A Night of Tradition and Vision

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– by Margie Doyle – Jan Koltun addressed “An Orcas Family: 130 Years and Counting” auction attendees, saying the gathering seemed like a cross between “High Mass and a summer camp gathering.” Hours later,  several  bidders chortled that they’d gotten items they’d coveted from seeing in the catalog, but never … Continue reading

School District Readying for First Day, Sept. 3

 – by Margie Doyle – Behind the chain link fences at the Orcas Island School District campus, the work of Tiger Construction and subcontractors has been simmering all summer long. Every day achieves some new benchmark towards completion of the “2012 Bond Project” to update the public education buildings. Behind … Continue reading

When a Business Becomes So Successful That…

– by Margie Doyle – Clyde Duke saw a beautiful building abandoned in the middle of our community that could be brought together for fun and camaraderie under its roof. April Duke saw a full-time business opportunity for a couple who already had a full-time business — and more — … Continue reading

Historic Auction Sold Out — Proxy Bids Still OK

– from Marian O’Brien – The Historic Benefit Auction, An Orcas Family: 130 Years and Counting, to be held now at Emmanuel Church, Benson Hall this Saturday, August 30 is SOLD OUT! Ticketed guests will be able to preview auction items beginning at 4:30 on Saturday. Confidential proxy bids can … Continue reading

Community Solar for our Schools

— from the San Juan Conservation District – Community Solar for our Schools was developed by Islands Energy, a collaborative group of local and regional nonprofits and community volunteers led by the San Juan Islands Conservation District and sponsored by OPALCO. The intent of Community Solar for our Schools is … Continue reading

Utilities Commission Staff Concludes CenturyLink Violated Laws and Rules

– from The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission — On August 20, 2014, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission released its report on CenturyLink’s November 2013 outage. The report from commission staff recommends the commission order CenturyLink to pay over $170,000 in penalties. This is in addition to the $271,000 … Continue reading

‘X’ to Mark the Spot: Nominations Open

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– from Adam Farish – Do you have an “idea worth spreading” or know of someone that does? Is your neighbor working on something that could change the world? Know a grade school kid who does something interesting with recycled golf clubs?…. Yes?… Here’s where you can tell us about … Continue reading

Eclipse Historical Cruise to Benefit Museum

Sunday, September 7

 – from Denise Wilk – Explore the history of lime stone quarrying and the lime industry on a “Cruise into History” and benefit the Orcas Island Historical Museum. Visit remaining lime kilns along the shores of Orcas Island aboard the 56-foot vessel “Orcas Express.” Embark on a … Continue reading

County Councilman Rick Hughes Drafts Strategic Economic Plan

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes, who resides on Orcas Island, presented a draft strategy for economic development to the County Council earlier this year. Hughes said recently, “When I ran for County Council, I hoped to add jobs in the county. I’ve found that’s it’s not easy for Council … Continue reading

Oregon Denies Permits for Columbia River Coal Transport

– by Floyd McKay for Crosscut.com — An Oregon agency created a major setback Monday [August 18] for plans to build a complex coal project on the Columbia River upstream from Portland. The Department of State Lands (DSL) denied a removal-fill permit for a small area of state-regulated waters on … Continue reading

Pre-schoolers Get an Educational Boost!

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— from Jim Connell and Joe Cohen – Orcas Island’s four pre-schools, Montessori, Children’s House, Kaleidoscope and Salmonberry have combined school fundraising, parent tuition and community-based “investment” dollars to provide all Orcas 3-5 year-olds access to quality early childhood education. Research shows that children who attend pre-school at least 12 … Continue reading