Guest Opinion: Trees in Eastsound Swale Essential to Good Development and how one woman worked to preserve essential open spaces

— by Sadie Bailey — I really appreciate the thought that went into Charlie Carver’s Letter to the Editor on March 6 (see orcasissues.com/waterfront-development-not-waterfront-reclamation/ ).Thank you for caring about Eastsound; so few Orcas people understand what we are up against here. I would add one thing to your concerns that’s … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

The Housing Puzzle: How We Can Put Together a Solution League of Women Voters presents public forum

Monday, March 13 at noon at the Friday Harbor Grange — from the League of Women Voters of the San Juans — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, Mar. 13. Panelists are Friday Harbor … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Hear from Public Works, Visioners, and Waterfront Developers

Thursday, March 2, 3 – 5 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, following the Approval of Minutes (for February 2017- sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/11497) and public comments, the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will consider: 1. SJCDPW update – Colin Huntemer; (30 minutes)  Prune Alley Update  Madrona … Continue reading

Senator Ranker Meets with the Orcas Community "What's Next" concerns overflow crowd at Orcas Center

— by Margie Doyle — Senator Kevin Ranker advocated “Hope and Action” to over 235 people at the Orcas Center on Sunday afternoon. The event drew county residents from Lopez, Shaw and San Juan Islands to hear Ranker’s take on “What’s Next.” Ranker, who came to the island from Olympia … Continue reading

Ferry Update: Friday sailings served by the Kitsap Chelan Out for Engine Repairs

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF)– UPDATE: 9 pm: On Friday, February 24, the Kitsap temporarily joins the [Anacortes-San Juans] route as the #2 vessel while the Chelan undergoes engine repairs. Vessel capacity remains the same and full galley service will be available. UPDATE 9 am: The 11:20am sailing from … Continue reading

Senator Ranker Meets with the Orcas Community "What's Next" concerns overflow crowd at Orcas Center

— by Margie Doyle — Senator Kevin Ranker advocated “Hope and Action” to over 235 people at the Orcas Center on Sunday afternoon. The event drew county residents from Lopez, Shaw and San Juan Islands to hear Ranker’s take on “What’s Next.” Ranker, who came to the island from Olympia … Continue reading

Islanders Get “First Dibs” on County Camps 2017 San Juan County Resident Camping Reservations

— from San Juan County Parks and Fair — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round. Choose from: San Juan County Park San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only) Odlin County Park Shaw County Park for any … Continue reading

Author Spagna to Read at Darvill’s on Living Lightly Artsmith Salon Series at Darvill's Bookstore

Friday, February 24, 5:30 pm at Darvill’s Bookstore — from JoEllen Moldoff for Artsmith — Ana Maria Spagna returns to read from her nonfiction book, Reclaimers, about removal of the White Salmon River dam, and her new middle-grade novel, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, about the adventures of a back-country, … Continue reading

County’s Town Hall Talks Revenues and Challenges County officials gives facts, figures

— by Margie Doyle — County officials met with about 20 Orcas Islanders at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 to give a repeat “Taking Care of Business” presentation prepared for county employees on the achievements of the County in 2016 and the challenges facing county government in … Continue reading

Shepler to Speak on Causes of Death Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief to address Sunrise Lions

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. at the Skillet — from Chris White for Orcas Lions — Battalion Chief and Paramedic Patrick Shepler of Orcas Fire and Rescue will speak next Wednesday Feb 22 at 8 a.m. to the Orcas Lions and Sunrise Volunteer members regarding the four most common … Continue reading

Votes Favor Passage of School Bond and Add’l Fire Commissioner Still a "nail-biter" for School District

— by Margie Doyle — As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 Election Day, both the School District’s $8M bond measure and the Orcas Fire District’s increase in commissioners measure were favored by Orcas voters. However, the Orcas School District bond requires 60 percent approval; as of last night’s tally, … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Christian School Free for all

— from the Orcas Christian School — The second 2017 Community Dinner at Orcas Christian School is on Tuesday, February 14, from 5 – 7:30 pm.. This all-you-can-eat meal is free for all who come. On the menu is Mexican food which includes enchiladas, refried beans, burritos, black bean casserole, … Continue reading