Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Announces 2016 Visitor Guide

Members are urged to sign-up now to be included in popular publication — from Lance Evans, Chamber of Commerce — The Orcas Island (WA) Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that its 2016 Visitor Guide & Business Directory is underway! Chamber members have until March 4 to get their listing in … Continue reading

OPALCO Offices Closed Today after Vandalism

All OPALCO offices county-wide are closed 2-11-16 — from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — OPALCO offices are closed today [Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016] after an act of vandalism, including threats of violence, occurred at the headquarters in Eastsound. The San Juan County Sheriff’s office is investigating. No further details are … Continue reading

“Polyfaces” Farming Film to Kick Off Ag Summit

Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange — from Lori Ann David– Filmakers Lisa Heenan and Isabella Dohery have allowed a special pre-release of their film “Polyfaces: A World of Many Choices” for a San Juan Island Grange #966 fundraiser as a kick off to … Continue reading

Soroptimists Offer Grad School Aid

Application Deadline February 12, 2016 — from Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Reprinted by request — Considering going to Grad School? You may be eligible to apply for the Soroptimist Fellowship Award, a $3,000 scholarship for post-graduate study. Woman resident of San Juan County who is established in business or … Continue reading

Cupid’s Closet Flea Market Is On!

Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Sound Community Hall — from Margot Shaw — Some Venerable Vendors include the ORCAS SENIOR CENTER (think Granny’s Attic), A-OK (the school arts support group), The FIDELIS CIRCLE women’s group (organizers of the fund raiser), STITCH & GOSSIP (Orcas … Continue reading

New Head at Peace Island Hospital

Merry-Ann Keane named chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor Merry-Ann Keane, MSN, BSN, RN, has been named interim chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, following the retirement last month of Jim Barnhart. Prior to joining PeaceHealth in 2012 as nurse manager … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Kris Lytton on Education and Business


Week 5 Update: Holding corporations accountable for tax breaks; moving forward on education — from State Representative Kris Lytton — Dear Friends and Neighbors, [Feb. 9] marks the fiscal committee cutoff deadline. That means today is the last day for House members to vote bills out of the Appropriations, Capital … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee Meets Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Deer Harbor Fire Station The agenda calls for discussion of: Pathways committee Jake Brake signs – Bob Connor Land bank signage Bridge Update Local business & Rock Island screening from road Members of the public are invited to participate in committee … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Park and Rec and School Levies Serve Us All

— by Martha Farish– Dear Islanders I wanted to write this letter before I know the outcome of the Park and Rec and school levies. I am a Park and Rec commissioner and have served as commissioner since the inception of Orcas Park and Rec District. Taxes that pay for … Continue reading

EDC, SJIVB Offer Workshop on Brochure Design

Tuesday, February 23, 2:30-4 p.m., San Juan Island Public Library Wednesday, February 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Orcas Island Public Library — from Victoria Compton, EDC — The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC), in partnership with the San Juan Islands Visitors’ Bureau (SJIVB,) are offering two free workshops entitled Effective Design … Continue reading

Vendors: Apply for August County Fair Slots Now

— from Ashley King for the SJ County Fair — The San Juan County Fair is now accepting vendor booth registration for the 2016 Fair [Aug 17-20 in Friday Harbor]. Are you an island artisan selling handmade goods? Is your local business looking to advertise? The Fair is the place … Continue reading

Rock Island Working with T-Mobile to Accelerate Wireless Internet Services

T-Mobile to offer cellular service in San Juan County — from OPALCO and Rock Island — Rock Island will deliver on its promise to bring wireless services to both home and business users in San Juan County via LTE Fixed Wireless by working with T-Mobile USA, Inc. “This is a … Continue reading

Help Low-Income Households with OPALCO’s Energy Assist Credit and Project PAL

— from Suzanne Olson, Public Relations Administrator, OPALCO — Did you notice the new line item on your January bill from OPALCO? All co-op members began paying about 45 cents per month (average residential bill) to fund the new Energy Assistance Credit to help qualified low-income households pay their electric … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Local Perspective on Water Issues in Flint


— from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) — It is hard to miss the distressing news of high lead concentrations found in the public water supply in Flint, Michigan. Unfortunately this will be one of the most significant public health system failures in American history, with children being … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: How Should We Be Looking at Energy Use and Conservation?


— by Tom Owens — OPALCO — ¨Clean All The Time¨ Energy. Really? Overview OPALCO is now telling us that the energy they provide is ¨clean all the time.¨ This is a very important piece of information because it will influence our decisions on the use of energy. CO2 is … Continue reading

Eastsound Planning & Review Committee to Focus on Streetscapes

Thursday, Feb. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall The Eastsound Planning & Review Committee (EPRC) agenda for its regular monthly meeting calls for a discussion of the Streetscape Standards with County Public Works Director Brian Vincent and County Planner Colin Huntemer on such matters as: … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Larsen Votes to Support Iran Nuclear Treaty

Larsen: Derailing Iran Agreement Short-Sighted, Ineffective — from the office of U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen– Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, [on Feb. 2, 2016] voted against a [House of Representtives] bill that would undermine the U.S. government’s ability to carry out the international agreement to prevent Iran from building a nuclear … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: We Are All Stakeholders of Dolphin Bay Road


— by Ken Katz — No one person owns our roads, libraries, schools and parks. These are for us to use now and preserve for future generations. We are all stakeholders of public assets in our community, the nation, and the world. All of us have different needs and wants … Continue reading

Sharon Abreu to Take “Climate Monologues” to LA

Sharon Abreu captures Spiritual Progressives with "The Left Hand of God"

— from Irthlingz — In 2010 Sharon Abreu did the first performance of her new show, “The Climate Monologues,” at The Orcas Grange. This March, Sharon will have the opportunity to bring “The Climate Monologues” to a wider audience as part of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. Sharon explains, … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Morris Pushes Solar and Space Bills

— from Washington State Representative Jeff Morris — It’s been a busy start to a short 60 day legislative session. I greatly appreciate the honor of serving the 40th Legislative District and representing you here in Olympia. Please take a look at some of the bills and issues I am … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for the Apology!

— from Moriah and Daniel Armstrong — On Wednesday, as an Orcas Coop member, I was quite surprised to open an email from the coop encouraging folks to sign the “Preserve, Not Pave” petition regarding Dolphin Bay Road. I live on Dolphin Bay Road and am sincerely hoping that the … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Our Last Chance to “Just Say No” to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

by Tuesday, February 2 — from Islanders for Safe Shipping — Remember the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion? This is the project that would increase Canadian crude oil tankers in the Salish Sea from 120 to 816 transits a year. Because this dramatic increase in shipping brings with it … Continue reading