Orcas Fire and Rescue Sends Unit to Fight Eastern WA Fire

The following letter was written by Acting Fire Chief Mik Preysz to Orcas Fire and Rescue Commissioners on Aug.27: Dear Commissioners: I am writing you to let you know that I authorized the deployment of our Brush truck with Seth Ybarra as “Engine Leader” to the Kettle Complex (60,000 acres) … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Orcas Fire and Rescue Honors Fallen Firefighters

— from Miklos Preysz, Acting Chief, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR) — On August 25, 2015 at approximately 1900, a “paddle-out” memorial ceremony was performed for the three fallen Twisp Firefighters at Eastsound Waterfront Park. We regret to announce that OIFR was unable to formally attend. OIFR, in the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Is A Community Loan Fund Coming to Orcas? Should it?


— by Alexander Conrad — Would the Orcas Island community support a local Community Loan Fund? Would there be sufficient borrower interest? Would there be sufficient investor interest? How would it work on Orcas? These are just a few of the questions that a group of islanders (the loan fund … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Meetings to Address Proposed Farming Regs


Wednesday, August 26, from 4-5:30 at the Eastsound Firehall — by Sandy Strehlou — Dear Friends of Local Agriculture: I am writing to encourage you to attend one of the following meetings on the proposed greenhouse regs. The San Juan Island meeting is [Tuesday] afternoon at Brickworks. There will be … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks Again from Skagit Habitat for Humanity

— by Jim Duffield for Habit for Humanity — Wow! What a response from Orcas Islanders on Monday the 17th.The Skagit Habitat for Humanity Store truck was invited back to Orcas to accept donations that could be recycled for use by someone else. We had donors lined up at the … Continue reading

A Big Thank You Seems Fair


— from Ashley King — A big thank you from the staff at the San Juan County Fair for another great Fair! To our department superintendents, our hardworking volunteers, entertainers, musicians, vendors, and of course, our loyal patrons—your time and energy brings this Fair to life each and every year. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thank You from StoryFest Apprentices

Orcas Storyfest feature

–from Eth-Noh-Tec’s Apprentices, Aug. 5, 2015 (delay in publication due to technical difficulties) — Thank you Orcas! Five strangers gathered on Orcas Island from July 25-31 as Eth-Noh-Tec’s apprentice storytellers. Wow! What a privilege to personally meet the legendary and magical fairies of Orcas Island, manifested through a universal and … Continue reading

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

Letter to the Editor: Make a Difference, Mentor a Youth


— by Heather Dew Oaksen — Many thanks to David Turnoy for his Guest Opinion: Make a Difference in a Child’s Life explaining the very real need for additional youth mentoring on Orcas; as the filmmaker of MINOR DIFFERENCES, the documentary he mentioned, which follows five former juvenile offenders from … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Resolution Needed from Council for Safe Shipping


— from Islanders for Safe Shipping — A growing number of communities in Washington State have been voicing their concerns over the increase of fossil fuel rail transport. When this volatile danger travels right past their front yards, waterfront parks, their places of business, and their children’s schools, people speak … Continue reading