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

Students Treated to Private “Hidden Figures” Viewing

— by Lin McNulty — Orcas Middle and High School students were treated to a private showing of the new film “Hidden Figures” on Friday afternoon at Sea View Theatre. The movie reveals an incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at … Continue reading

Local Students Explore … Edible Insects

— from Russel Barsh — Are easily-grown insects such as crickets the sustainable food of the future? The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) thinks so, and promotes international research identifying edible insects and ways of raising them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

Stewardship Network Accepting Good Steward Award Nominations Calling all tree huggers

— from Amy M. Nesler — Look out Oscar, the Finnie is coming! Its award season here in the San Juans. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award. Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finees,” have been … 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

Free Workshop on Business Feasibility for Entrepreneurs Offered

Tuesday, February 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Victoria Compton — All entrepreneurs wonder if there is a market for their business ideas, or if they will make money from them. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for a free workshop to learn … Continue reading

Dvořák’s Rusalka Streaming to Orcas Center Dvořák’s fairy tale— Rusalka, a water nymph and her ‘song to the moon'

Sunday, February 26, 1 p.m, Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver — Orcas Center presents the New York Met’s Rusalka by Dvořák streaming Live in HD on Sunday, February 26 at 1 pm. Islanders will be smitten by the enchanting opera about a mermaid who gives up her voice to … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Bridge Work Nears Finish

—  from John Van Lund — Crews continue final removal of fill from the temporary bridge, while drivers get accustomed to the two-way traffic across the bridge. The yellow shaded area in the rendering above shows the location of the now-demolished temporary road embankment and bridge, which was used to … 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

Getting the Job Done Without Trying Aging | Who, Me?

— from Rosie Kuhn — This week, my friend Marj had a second knee replaced, just ten months after her first knee operation. She is coming home today just two days after the surgery. Amazing. There is no dilly-dallying these days when it comes to hospital recuperation time. They expect … Continue reading

From Our Auditor: Voter Turnout

(Reprinted from Sept. 2016 by request) The ninth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. (View first article HERE. View second article HERE. View third article HERE. View fourth article … Continue reading

School Board Will Convene Special Monthly Meet on Thursday

Thursday, February 23, 4:30 p.m., School Library — from Cathy Ferran — Orcas Island School District Eastsound WA 98245 Notice of a Special (Monthly) Meeting Thursday, February 23, 2017 Agenda 4:30 PM CALL TO ORDER – REGULAR MEETING – School Library 1. Pledge of Allegiance *2. Approve Agenda *3. Approve … Continue reading

Fire Commission to Meet on Tuesday

Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Patricia Ayers — Agenda Regular Meeting San Juan County Fire Protection District #2 February 21, 2017 5:30 PM Commissioners Wesley Heinmiller (Chair), Barbara Bedell, Amanda Montague, District Secretary Patricia Ayers, Chief Scott Williams, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue staff, and … Continue reading

Men, You’re Invited to a Breakfast at Community Church

Saturday, February 25, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Orcas Community Church — from Meredith Griffith — All island men are invited to attend a men’s breakfast at Orcas Island Community Church on Saturday morning, February 25. Recreational chef Stan Armstrong and friends will be creating something fresh and unique out of … Continue reading

At Orcas Center, Joan of Arc Displays Courage and Quiet Conviction

Saturday, February 25, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver — The National Theatre production of Saint Joan is broadcast live from London to Orcas Center Saturday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. Bernard Shaw’s play depicts Joan of Arc, a young girl who declares a bloody mission to drive … Continue reading