Important Eastsound Water Users Meeting on Wednesday

— from Paul Kamin, EWUA Manager — Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) is hosting a membership meeting on Wednesday April 29th between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Orcas Fire Hall. So what is on tap for the meeting? Learn what’s going on inside our 600,000 gal water tank … Continue reading

“History Lives Here” Brings Island History to Life in May

Friday Harbor, 1908,  Front and Spring Corner

Smugglers, Phantoms and Tombstones — from Barbara Marrett, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — “History Lives Here” – National Historic Preservation Month in the San Juan Islands is all about breathing a little life back into history during the month of May. It’s easy. It’s time to enjoy guided walking tours, local … Continue reading

OPAL Homeowner Goes to Washington, D.C., to Lobby for Affordable Housing

— from Judy Whiting, OPAL — Eros Belliveau of Eastsound recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he met with federal lawmakers to advocate for increased funding for affordable housing on Orcas Island and across the country. One of six homeowners chosen nationwide to represent community land trusts, Belliveau, who owns … Continue reading

Inslee Praises Oil Transportation Act Passage, But What About our Salish Sea?

Statement by Gov. Jay Inslee on legislative passage of the Oil Transportation Safety Act (HB 1449) — from Jaime Smith — “Today, legislators did the right thing and approved a much-needed bill to improve the oversight of crude oil being transported through Washington and our ability to prevent and respond to … Continue reading

Editorial: Reality Check – We Rely on Outside Help When Disaster Strikes

— by Lin McNulty — Whaddaya mean we don’t have a bomb squad? Whaddaya mean we don’t have a HazMat unit? Two recent incidents have brought this reality to light in our neighborhoods. On Friday, April 10, a gas spill on Seaview Street on Orcas at 2:49 p.m. prompted a neighborhood evacuation of one-half … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Conservation District Salutes OPALCO

— from Ron Zee, Chair, Board of Supervisors. San Juan Conservation District — Many thanks to everyone who has supported Community Solar for Our Schools! We have completed the solar array installation on Orcas High School, and installations are scheduled for Lopez, San Juan, and Shaw schools in the next … Continue reading