County and Municipal Employees Endorse Hughes and Watson for Council

— from Colin Maycock, President, AFSCME Local 1849, updated Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m.– On the morning of June 18, 2016 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union, Local 1849 (San Juan County employee’s union) gathered to meet the San Juan County Council candidates … Continue reading

OPALCO Member Committee Proposes Changes to Election Process Members can review recommendations at October Open House events

— from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO, updated Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. — At the September 16 meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors in Friday Harbor, a volunteer Member Review Committee on Elections presented seven categories of recommendations for changes to OPALCO’s election process. Co-op members will have an … Continue reading

U.S. Rep Rick Larsen to Attend Scheduled Forums Across 2nd District At Shaw and Orcas Forums this week

— from the office of Rep. Rick Larsen — Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) [recently] announced a schedule of candidate forums he will attend across Washington’s 2nd congressional district in October. “I am determined to prove to my constituents that their government works for them,” said Rep. Larsen. “That starts with … Continue reading

Fire Commissioners to Appoint New Commissioner

Monday, October 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall –from Pat Ayers, Secretary for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District — A Special Meeting has been called by the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Commissioners. Following welcome and introductions and a public comment session, the Fire Commissioners, Barbara … Continue reading

Orcas Center Seeks Pieces for “Art From Around the World” Exhibit

— from Pat Littlewood — Coming up in November in the Lobby Gallery at Orcas Center will be a unique display of Art From Around the World,” which will include pieces collected by local residents who appreciate original art from around the globe. Members of the Orcas community are invited to share some of … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Re-name the “Old Gym” Honor Coach Bob Curtis

— from Betty Jean Rodenberger, prepared for the Aug. 15-16 OISD Phase III Community Discussion — Sixty years ago, on March 13, 1956, the voters of Orcas Island School District (OISD) approved a bond to build a new physical education auditorium building to replace the aging gymnasium at the school … Continue reading

Public Meeting: The Future of Eastsound Comments and input sought for planning purposes

Thursday, October 13, 6 p.m., Senior Center Lundeen Room — from Orcas Chamber of Commerce — The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce and the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) are hosting a public meeting seeking input to the Eastsound Urban Growth Subarea Plan, which is up for review this year. … Continue reading

$451 M for Puget Sound Protection, Restoration Passes House The House and Senate will now reconcile the two versions of Larsen-led bill

— from Douglas Wagoner — Congressman: ‘this project will help facilitate restoration of river deltas, beaches, open coastal inlets, and barrier embayments within the region’ Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today announced that the House has approved an effort he led – along with Reps. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07), … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Election Review Committee Process Free of OPALCO Mgmt/Board Input Recommendations made by committee members to be explained in community forums

— by Terry O’Sullivan — [In response to recent opinions expressed in Orcas Issues,] and as one co-chair of the Election Review Committee, I want to ensure that everyone understands that OPALCO’s Board and Management are the wrong ones to ask why our Committee recommended what it did. Our Committee … Continue reading