Senator Ranker Champions Orcas Library Expansion Project

— from Phil Heikkinen, Director, Orcas Library — Orcas Island Public Library received a critical boost this week with passage of the State’s biennial budget for 2015–2016, which included $1.4 million in funding for the Library’s expansion project, “Books and Beyond: The Next Chapter.” Senator Kevin Ranker, supported by Representatives … Continue reading

County Fire Marshal: All Outdoor Burning Banned July 10

 — from San Juan County Fire Marshal Rob Low — The San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office in partnership with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs’ have determined that current weather conditions within San Juan County have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restriction … Continue reading

Orcas Christian School Offers Rental Venues

— from Orcas Christian School — Orcas Christian School is now offering space to rent for events, special occasions, or ongoing meetings. Fees are $25/hour for nonprofits, $30/hour for individuals or for-profit enterprises. OCS has various campus facilities including a gym, kitchen, chapel, and classrooms. Contact Anna Vast (360)-298-6610 ( … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Good People Grace Our Garden

Colleen and our water guru, Craig

— by Madie Murray for the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program — There are so many unsung heroes on our Island. It would take a novel to laud them all. But I’d like to mention three that have given so much to our Public School Garden over the past … Continue reading

Notice: Upcoming and Current Board Vacancies

— from San Juan County Communications — The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory … Continue reading

Historic Appraisals and Traditional Logging Show Highlight Historic Fair

Hist feature

Plus a hot dog stand and a beer garden in the shade!  — by Margie Doyle — The amazing Harvey family again delighted — and educated — Orcas Islanders and their guests who came to the Orcas Historical Society’s Fair on the Village Green July 3. Others enjoyed hearing the … Continue reading

Comment on Ferry Fare Changes for County Residents

Transportation Commission adds ways to participate — from the Washington State Transportation Commission — Those who want to weigh in on a new ferry fare proposal released by the Washington State Transportation Commission can do so 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the County Administrative Office Building in Friday Harbor. … Continue reading

Journey Off the Map: Vacation Bible School

–from Meredith Griffith for Orcas Island Community Church — All island kids from three years through 6th grade are invited to attend a free jungly adventure at Orcas Island Community Church on July 6-9. “Journey Off the Map: Vacation Bible School 2015” will lead young explorers through “uncharted territory” with … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: World-Class Response from Orcas Fire and Rescue

 — by Paul Sheridan, Director, Four Winds Camp — To the Editor: I want to take a moment out of the craziness of summer to publically thank Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. We had an injured camper here at Four Winds last week, and our team decided that we needed … Continue reading

Breaking News: Wildland Fire at Mountain Lake

— from the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District — At 06:27am Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a wildland fire in the area of Mountain Lake. Responding crews found a small vegitation fire approximately 40 feet x 30 feet.  An immediate response from more than twenty-five(25) personnel and … Continue reading

Kamin Warns of Increased Demand for Water

— from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — The summer of 2015 is starting markedly different than recent years. Eastsound Water has been experiencing significantly elevated demands for water throughout the month of June. This report has been designed to provide members information on the status of … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report: June 24 – July 1, 2015

— from Robin DeLazerda — June 24, 2015 15-003325 Accident-Injury, Traffic 01:09:44 06/24/15: An Orcas deputy was dispatched to the area of White Beach Road and Polar Circle Eastsound in regards to a vehicle roll over accident that occurred at some time. The vehicle had been abandon at the scene. Driver found the … Continue reading