Letter to Editor | Many Thanks to OWL Supporters

— from Suzanne Olson, Sandi Burt, Berto Gandara, Serena Burman and RJ Myers — On behalf of the students, families, and teaching team that have just completed the 26-week Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education Program for 7-9th graders, we would like to thank the following businesses and individuals, without … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Thank You, United Way

— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Executive Director — We would like to thank the United Way of San Juan County for generously supporting the Funhouse Commons’ out of school time programming and expanded learning opportunities for Orcas youth during 2017. In partnership with United Way, we are providing the … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Stay Engaged for Future of Eastsound

— from Jim Jonassen — As many islanders are now aware, a process to update the County’s Comprehensive Plan is underway, and a part of that is the update of the Eastsound Sub Area Plan, which includes the Eastsound Urban Growth Area. Under the State’s Growth Management Act the Eastsound Urban … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Regarding the Recent Media Post from Local 3911

— from San Juan County Firefighter and Paramedic Association, IAFF Local 3911, via Chad Kimple — The following message is a follow-up statement from our previous media release last week (January 30, 2017). The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 3911 (also known as San Juan County Firefighter and Paramedic Association) is … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Something to Be Proud Of and Fight Against

— from David Kobrin — Last week, at the Eastsound Post Office, I asked for American Flag stamps. I said aloud, “Now, there’s something to be proud of. There’s something worth fighting against.” Judging by looks on the faces of some patrons near enough to hear my comment, I realized … 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

Letter to Editor | Levy Should Focus on Maintenance, Preservation

— from Justin Paulsen — The Orcas Island School District has placed before the voters a proposal seeking funding for many important and critical projects. I fully support OISD in completing the critical repairs and upgrades to the physical plant. In fact, in the final analysis, I am left to … Continue reading