Editorial: Support Orcas Issues on Small Business Saturday

— by Margie Doyle — Sometimes, because Orcas Issues is an information service, it seems to fail to register as a business. But that’s what we are: a small, local (in modern parlance “hyper-local”), news and information business. We’ve been established as such for seven years now, and as a … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A New Exchange — What If?

– from Tim Blanchard, ORS Board President and Pete Moe, Executive Director – Ever since we lost The Exchange to fire, everyone’s wondering, “When will it re-open?” It’s an important question. Every day our community is losing economic and social value as useful goods are shipped off island, sit in … Continue reading

Concerned about EWUA Policies and Rates? Attend Special Meeting

— by Paul Kamin, EWUA General Manager – The EWUA Board has scheduled a membership meeting for Monday Dec 8th at 6:30 -8:30 pm at the Eastsound Fire Hall. The meeting will include two topics that have drawn attention recently: EWUA’s Guest House policies; alternative rates structures. This Fall, EWUA … Continue reading

Guest Column: Background Check Vote Has Ripples Nationwide

— by Kathy Sakahara for the League of Women Voters of Washington State — On November 4, Election Day, over one million Washington voters said yes to background checks for gun sales and other transfers, giving Initiative 594 a landslide victory of almost 20 points. We would like to thank … Continue reading

Water Users and Board Agree to Better Communication

–by Margie Doyle — Board calls for Membership Meeting on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall– At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Eastsound Water Users Board, a group calling themselves the Concerned EWUA Members met with the EWUA Manager Paul Kamin, Board President … Continue reading

State Transportation Fires Ferries’ Operations Manager

– by Mike Lindlbom for the Seattle Times (www.SeattelTimes.com ) – The operations director for the state ferry system — who has been on paid administrative leave and under investigation since July after being reprimanded — has been fired. Steve Rodgers, who was reprimanded in July after State Transportation Secretary … Continue reading

Guest Column: County Fails to Notify Neighborhoods of Re-zoning

2014-08-04_cdp_Eastsound Proposed Land Use Maps Exhibit 2

— by John M. Campbell – As the currently revised Eastsound Subarea Plan works its way thru the adoption process, a neighborhood rezoning has been added to the agenda without any notice or explanation to the residents and property owners directly affected. The rezoning is a small sideshow to the … Continue reading

Dance Tonight to Fund New Exchange Building!

Friday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. at Random Howse – from Wendy Shinstine — Come celebrate and help raise funds for a new building for The Exchange! Members of the Board will be present for information and questions. $10 suggested cover donation – 21+ Even if you can’t come to … Continue reading

EDC Offers FREE Workshop on Business Planning and Financing

Friday, Nov. 21, from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Friday, November 21, from 8:45am until 12:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. The business … Continue reading

Water User Members Prepare Response

– Representatives prepare formal petition to the board at Nov. 18 meeting — by Margie Doyle – On Wednesday, Nov. 12, a group of concerned members of the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA), a 501(c)12 non-profit, met to discuss responses to the EWUA board’s decision to impose the purchase of … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee to Meet Wednesday

The Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee will hold its monthly Public Meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 at the Deer Harbor Community Center, 4319 Deer Harbor Road. The agenda call for public participation in committee discussions regarding the Deer Harbor Fire Station status and Article V. … Continue reading

Only $5 for B.C. Workshop on Orca & Salmon Recovery

— from Jenny L. Atkinson, Director, The Whale Museum — On Friday, November 21, the Orca and Salmon Recovery Workshop from 12 to 5:30 p.m. will take place at the Beaty Museum on campus at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Sponsored by Orca Network, the … Continue reading