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

Yakima Back in Service this Afternoon Sailings Canceled as Yakima is Fixed

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.: The Yakima is back in service and will return to the vessel’s regular schedule beginning with the 3:05pm departure from Anacortes. Reservation holders will not be charged a fee if they were unable to travel today … Continue reading

Address Pain with Blended Eastern-Western Treatments

February 18, 2 to 4 pm at Orcas Public Library Integrated (Eastern and Western) Approaches in Managing Acute/Chronic Pain Syndrome Presented by Vincent Shu, MD, FCCP, Board Certified Internist/Geriatrist/Cardiologist Have you been suffering from headache, back/shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, etc.? An estimated 5-8 million Americans use opioids … Continue reading

Orcas Choral Society Welcomes Marianne Lewis as Permanent Artistic Director

— from the Orcas Choral Society — The Orcas Choral Society is delighted to name Marianne Lewis as its permanent artistic director. Lewis, currently interim director, led the society’s successful winter concerts and is preparing the choir for its spring season. “We are so pleased that Marianne has decided to … Continue reading

Schools Closed for Snow Day All school events cancelled for Orcas Island Public Schools

Eric Webb, Superintendent of Orcas Island School District announced this morning, Feb. 7, “Due to additional snow and ice overnight and unsafe road conditions, ALL schools will be closed today Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and all school events are cancelled both today and tonight.” Salmonberry School has also cancelled classes … Continue reading

Winter Reading: What the White House is Reading Journalist's classic, ironically titled The Best and the Brightest

–by Marc Tracy of the New York Times — On the day after Christmas, I was walking through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when I caught sight of a slightly rumpled man waiting for a flight. He seemed familiar, the way figures in dreams do. It was, I thought, Stephen K. … Continue reading

Remembering Robyn Lowe Scholarship set up for Protector of Indian Island

— by Russel Barsh, Director, KWIAHT nonprofit conservation laboratory — All of you that have volunteered to help take care of Indian Island, and most of you that maintain an interest in stewardship of Indian Island, have spent some time there with Robyn Lowe. She was one of our “sea … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: County Comprehensive Plan Guides Growth

— by Joe Symons — You may have heard that San Juan County has embarked on an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. What you may not know is what a Comprehensive Plan (CP) is and how it impacts your life and the life of the community. Short answer—the CP … Continue reading

High School Students’ Art Shown along with “Places and People” Attend Opening Reception at Orcas Center

— from Orcas Center’s Visual Arts Committee– The public is invited to the opening reception at Orcas Center of its February exhibit. Island artists will display many different artistic expressions of “Places and People.” In addition, AP art students from Corey Wiscomb’s high school class will be showing their work … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: School’s Vitality Depends on Rejecting Bond

–by April and Clyde Duke — We had three children go through the Orcas public school system. Two graduated conventionally and one through the OASIS program. We want to support the ongoing viability of this important institution therefore we will be voting NO on the school bond measure. When our … Continue reading