Richard Bach to Meet and Help Local Writers

Author and aviator Richard Bach, photo by Sabryna Bach.

Tuesday, April 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Public Library in Eastsound. Sign-up required. — by Margie Doyle – Legendary writer and private Orcas Island resident Richard Bach hopes to meet with islanders and share his interests in writing, a writing career, publishing, passion and perserverence. The meeting … Continue reading

EDC Offers FREE Business Workshop

Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon at the Eastsound Fire Hall. Advance registration required – The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Wednesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. until noon. Advance registration is required. … Continue reading

Volunteers Prepare Olga Strawberry Building for Reconstruction

Volunteers hard at work, day in, day out, restoring the Orcas Artworks at Olga

– by Susan Gordon Bentley – We’ve heard several comments lately that the Olga Strawberry Building (Artworks and Café Olga) is looking a little neater and that finally something seems to be happening. Well it is thanks to a group of wonderful volunteers headed by Scott Whiting. They have worked … Continue reading

The Nuñez-Helsell Sawmill Saga

By Lornet Turnbull of the Seattle Times People on Orcas Island are uniting around the sole operator of a small family-run sawmill there, saying his scheduled deportation to Mexico this month could force that business closed and harm the region’s economy. Owners of West Sound Lumber, where Benjamin Nuñez-Marquez has … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Fire & Rescue Makes Good Use of Funding

 – from Moana Kutsche – A Yes vote on the fire levy will preserve and enhance our community’s investment in the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue department that serves us so well. The investment in people is paramount. OIFR can do what it does because of dedicated, highly-trained volunteers and … Continue reading

Orcas Bird and Wildlife Festival to Kickoff with Feathers Author

Thor Hanson will give the Keynote Speech and sign his book, "Feathers" at the April 10 Kickoff Dinner of the Bird and Wildlife Fest. Photo by Kathleen Ballard

– from the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce – The first-ever Orcas Bird and Wildlife Festival is fast approaching, from April 10 to 12, 2014. The Festival offers activities sure to please all who enjoy the birds and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. The line-up of walks, talks, workshops and … Continue reading

Salmonberry School to Host Spring Festival and Open House

Lamb and other young animals will be at Salmonberry's Spring Festival too!

– from the Salmonberry School – Ahh spring! The mud is dissipating, the cherry trees are in full blossom and the nettles are stinging. It’s time to celebrate! Salmonberry School would like to welcome all families and the entire Orcas Island community to join them in welcoming in the season … Continue reading

Canada to Hold Public Hearings on Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion

– from Dow Jones Business News — Canada’s main energy regulator said Wednesday [April 3, 2014], it will hold public hearings into Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P.’s planned expansion of a pipeline that carries crude from the Alberta oil sands to Canada’s Pacific Coast. … The National Energy Board said … Continue reading

Review Economic Development Element of the County Plan

Notice of SEPA Determination part of process – Public Hearing Friday, April 18 at 8:34 a.m. in the County Council Chambers, Friday Harbor; comments accepted until April 16. The San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the adoption of an Economic Development Element of the San … Continue reading