Chief O’Brien Learns Leadership on the Line

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 – by Margie Doyle – If anyone thought Kevin O’Brien was done learning now that he is Chief and Executive of the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District, they’d have thought wrong. This spring, O’Brien started a four-year course on Executive Fire Officer Leadership through the Federally-supported National Fire Academy. … Continue reading

Wednesday Evening Markets on the Village Green!


— from Jennifer Pietsch, Orcas Island Farmers Market Manager — For the third year, Orcas Island Farmers Market is hosting Evening Markets Wednesdays on the Village Green! We started three years as part of the celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week in August. It was so fun and successful that … Continue reading

San Juan Neighbors Support Marijuana “Farm”

After the fact regulations, temporary structures, criminal activity and GMO all questioned before County Council – by Margie Doyle – Editor’s note: Updates in italics, thanks to Council Chair Rick Hughes The County Council heard from a standing-room-only public crowd on Monday, July 14. They were almost all there in … Continue reading

On the Ground, In the Air: Fieldwork by FEMA

— from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be performing field work along the shorelines of San Juan County July 14th to July 18th. The fieldwork is part of an effort to develop more accurate coastal flood insurance rate maps for San … Continue reading

Council Expected to Propose Continuation of Tax Levy Authorization

— from San Juan County Communications — During its July 14 meeting, the San Juan County Council will discuss placing a property tax measure on the November election ballot. If approved by voters, the issue would continue the County’s property tax at a level that guarantees funding for a number … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Annual Sale Offers Many “Finds”


Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center holds its Annual Yard Sale, happening Saturday, July 12.  “There’s a little bit of everything,” says  Director Amber Paulsen. “All proceeds go to keep Kaleidoscope’s doors open and keep island families working, in so … Continue reading

County Council Approves ORS/The Exchange Price Increases

– from Pete Moe, Director, Orcas Recycling Services –  On July 1, the San Juan County Council voted to approve a range of price adjustments requested by Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange. The prices, which were built-in to the operating contract between ORS and the County, cannot be increased without Council … Continue reading

Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps Begins New Season

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— by Skylar Dalusio, Jackie Figueroa & Kayleigh Horton, with Mary Gropp — A group of Orcas Island Middle and High School students have decided to dedicate part of their summer to helping their community by joining the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps. The OIYCC began our second season last … Continue reading

Jan Koltun Plans Historic Auction Before Moving On

– by Margie Doyle – Jan Koltun is about to embark on a new adventure, and before heading for the east coast, she’s starting an ambitious project — establishment of a fund to provide for senior housing. That fund will begin with the proceeds from an auction of historical artifacts, … Continue reading