Letter to the Editor: Absentee Owners and Managers Hurt Island Rentals

— from Karen Key Speck — Recently I responded to a local island resident who complimented me and my company for regulating my vacation rentals in a manner as to be the least intrusive to neighbors and to his concern about Vacasa mass marketing to Orcas Island residents. I appreciate … Continue reading

“Barn of the Month” – Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant

The building today.

–by The Olga Strawberry Council– The beautifully restored Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant, commonly known as the Artworks Building, has been honored by being designated “Barn of the Month” by Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands. Though admittedly not quite a “barn,” it is recognized as a “structure significant to the history of agriculture … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report: July 23 – 28, 2015


— from Robin DeLazerda — July 23, 2015 15-004165 Found Property 12:38:05 07/23/15: An Eastsound woman called to report property she found on the sidewalk. 15-004168 Agency Assistance 16:10:43 07/23/15: Deputy on San Juan Island responded to the Customs dock in the Port of Friday Harbor to take a wanted subject into … Continue reading

Larsen Votes For Critical Transportation Funding

Calls Out Congress For Failing On Export-Import Bank — from the Office of Representative Rick Larsen — Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today voted to make sure transportation projects nationwide will continue to receive funding through summer construction season. Larsen voted … Continue reading

County Health & Community Services Supports World Breastfeeding Week

— from San Juan County Communications — August 1-7, 2015 marks the annual celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, a global call to action for support and empowerment for ALL women in achieving their breastfeeding goals. This celebration highlights the positive impact breastfeeding has on long-term health. This year’s theme or … Continue reading

“Red Altar” Historic Theatre Tonight


Thursday July 30 at 8 p.m. at the Sea View Theatre — by Margie Doyle — “The Red Altar Project: Stories of Immigration, Migrations and Journeys” – is a visual and performance art celebration of our stories towards a diverse society.  Nancy Wang, co-founder of Eth-Noh-Tech theatrical storytelling troupe, describes … Continue reading