Letter to the Editor: Vote for Levy and County Parks

Please Support Continued Funding to Keep Our County Parks Open and Well-Maintained. Support for proposition number one on the November ballot continues the current “Levy Lift” funding needed to keep our county parks open, well-maintained, and in good repair. Our county parks make it possible for us all to enjoy … Continue reading

Crowdfunding Workshop Offered by San Juan County EDC

Monday, October 27, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Brickworks in Friday Harbor – from Victoria Compton, Executive Director, San Juan County Economic Development Council — Crowdfunding is an exciting way for entrepreneurs to use online communities like Kickstarter to ask for monetary pledges from individuals. Crowdfunding has significantly expanded the … Continue reading

Paul Roberts and The Impulse Society

Paul Roberts feature

Wednesday, Oct 22 at 6 p.m.at Emmanuel Church Paris Hall; reception and book signing immediately afterwards at Darvills Bookstore in Eastsound – by Margie Doyle – Paul Roberts, journalist and author, will return to Orcas Island, where he grew up, to speak to islanders about his latest book, The Impulse … Continue reading

Book Review: Excellent Executives Profiled in Rising to Power

— by Margie Doyle — Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives, written by  managing partners at Navalent organizational consultants Ron Carucci and Eric Hansen, profiles successful 21st century executives and identifies the four essential characteristics for their achievement. In an interview with Carucci about the book, he points … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Community Jet Noise Meeting an Opportunity to Discuss Concerns, Solutions

– by U.S. Congressional Representative Rick Larsen, WA-02 — On Tuesday, October 7th Commissioner Jamie Stephens held a meeting on Lopez Island to address community concerns about jet noise from flights out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). I attended that meeting at his request. Orcas Island County Council … Continue reading

LWV Orcas Forum: Replace the 2009 Levy Lid Lift?

LWV Mike and Nick feature

– by Margie Doyle – County Proposition 1 on the November election ballot would renew taxes to fund Senior Services, Parks, Extension Services (including 4-H), Victim Services, Public Health and Corrections in San Juan County.  The Proposition was established in 2009 as the County struggled to fund programs. County Manager … Continue reading

Meet The New Artworks Building Café Owners

 — by Madie Murray – Though the name is yet to be determined, Cheryl Helm and Chris Lohman are a very determined twosome who are the owners and operators of the new café to be located in the Artworks Building when it reopens. “We couldn’t be more excited about these … Continue reading

EDC Commends OPALCO for Broadband Progress

EDC Logo

– from Victoria Compton, San Juan Co. Economic Development Council – The San Juan County Economic Development Council commends OPALCO for its rapid progress on the broadband initiative, particularly its work on the completed broadband plan and development of “Neighborhood Connections” for broadband deployment in the county. The EDC has … Continue reading

October Writers Roundtable: Every Word a Poem

Chief Sealth's gravefeature

Saturday, October 11, 1 – 3 p.m., Orcas Library Every Word a Poem: Word Choice and Chief Seattle’s Speech A writer’s creativity and unique voice begin with word choices: we’ll look at examples from advertising, poetry, medicine and government to talk about the emotion and meaning packed into our words. … Continue reading

Councils Send Letter Protesting Ferry Cuts

– from Rick Hughes for the San Juan County Council – [Editor’s note: to read the State Dept. of Transportation’s budget request (Executive Summary) go to: WSDOTSupplementalBudgetRequestExecutiveSummaryREV.pdf To read the State Dept. of Transportation’s full proposed budget for 2015-17, go to: wsdot.wa.gov/TabBCombinedREVISED.pdf ) Dear Governor Inslee: On behalf of the … Continue reading

Local Construction Experts Tour School’s Bond Project


— by Paula Treneer — Members of the Orcas Island School Board and other community members instrumental in achieving the goal of school bond approval (“A Way Forward”) convened at the Orcas Island School District campus on October 2nd for a brief tour of the ongoing construction site. The $11.9 … Continue reading