Extra Sailings Added for Memorial Day | Interisland Sailings Cancelled

— from Washington State Ferries — UPDATE: May 28, 6:30 p.m. Supplemental service is scheduled for the Anacortes/San Juan Island routes on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. An extra westbound sailing is scheduled at1:55 pm from Anacortes to Orcas. Extra eastbound sailings will be at 2:15 pm from Friday Harbor to … Continue reading

5th-grade Parents Bring Concerns to School Board

–by Margie Doyle– Concerned parents of fifth grade students addressed the school board and administrators at the board meeting on May 26, following the announcement that 5th grade teacher Bob Ingram was on academic leave. District Superintendent Eric Webb said in his written report: “This month, Orcas Island School District … Continue reading

Karamazov Brothers to Revel on Orcas

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Sunday, May 29 at 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall — by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Odd Fellows will host an evening with “The Flying Karamazov Brothers” on May 29 for the purpose of supporting their “New Old Time Chautauqua” summer tour to benefit Washington State Parks. Paul  … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Common Sense Alliance v. San Juan County over Critical Areas Law

 — from Ed Kilduff for the Common Sense Alliance — Can San Juan County Turn Your Land Into a Waste Treatment Facility Without Compensation? On May 10, 2016, the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) submitted a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on behalf of the … Continue reading

Young Eagles to Take Flight Thanks to EAA

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Saturday, June 4 at Eastsound Airport  — from Erica Berdan for Experimental Aircraft Association — Area young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on June 4th, 2016, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 937 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Event at Eastsound Airport. The … Continue reading

Orcas Community Resource Center Identifies Local Needs

— from Sandra Burt, MSW, OCRC Board Secretary — Last June, the Orcas Community Resource Center (OCRC – then Orcas Family Connections) created a new Board of Directors, and our first mission was to clarify the priority services the Resource Center could realistically and effectively provide. “We must endeavor to stay true … Continue reading

County Asks for Help Reviewing Footprints

— from San Juan County Communications — For hundreds of years, humans have used maps for navigating to new worlds, charting unknown locations and recording histories. Today, the county uses building footprints in maps for dispatching emergency responders, planning land use designations, appraising property values and designing proper infrastructure. County … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Salmonberry Fundraiser a Great Success


— from Paula Shuman, Chair, Salmonberry Board of Trustees — The Salmonberry Board of Trustees would like to extend a resounding note of thanks to everyone who made this year’s Annual Fundraiser such a huge success. The amount of affinity and support for the school by Salmonberry Friends and Families was amazing. Although we … Continue reading

Smile: Medical Team International Dental Van Returning

— from Hilary Canty — The Medical Teams International (MTI) dental van returns to Orcas on June 3 and 4. Applications are available at www.oicf.us, at the Public Library, and Orcas Community Resource Center. Please drop off applications in the GREEN box marked “Dental Van” outside the library. Previous applicants need to re-apply. Denture … Continue reading

San Juan County Parks’ Drone Policy in Effect

— from San Juan Communications — San Juan County has adopted an Unmanned Aircraft System (“drone”) policy for County parks and the fairgrounds. Beginning on February 2, 2016, the launching, landing, or operating of unmanned aircraft systems from or on all San Juan County Parks & Fairgrounds property is prohibited, … Continue reading

“Taming Wild” Comes to Orcas After Equus Film Festival


Thursday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m., Sea View Theatre — from Elsa Sinclair — The movie “Taming Wild” is playing at the Sea View Theatre! Having premiered at the Equus Film Festival in New York City, and shown to sold out theaters in Seattle, we are excited to be bringing this … Continue reading

Here They Come: Busy Ferry Weekend Ahead

— from Washington State Ferries — WSF expects a record number of ferry travelers this weekend, so please plan ahead if you are visiting the San Juan Islands. Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for tall vehicles over 7’2″.  To make reservations or check schedules, visit:  http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/TakeaFerry/  or call 206-464-6400. When … Continue reading

The Farmer’s Market, Pet Parade, Parking and You

— from Martha Farish — This Saturday, May 28, the Farmer’s Market (opens at 10am) shares the Village Green with the annual Kaleidoscope Pet Parade (starts at 11am). If lack of parking was your issue for deciding not to attend the market and this charming parade, fear not, help is … Continue reading