Guest Column: Scheduling Too Tight for Shoreline Update


–by B. Sadie Bailey– The latest Draft Plan of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) was released on November 11, 2015. The Hearing, and chance to comment more extensively on the changes, is this Monday Nov. 30, 9 a.m. at the Council Chambers in Friday Harbor. Continuation of the hearing, if … Continue reading

Clyde Duke Steps Down from Fire Commission

And continues to serve the community — by Ed Sutton — Twelve years as a Fire Commissioner! The recently completed County election has resulted in a “changing of the guard” at the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District. After twelve years as a Commissioner, Clyde Duke has stepped aside, choosing … Continue reading

Small Businesses: Learn about Fund Local and Zero-interest Loands

Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Grace Church, Lopez Island — from the Lopez Island Family Resource Center ( 12:40 p.m. ferry from Orcas and 4:10 p.m. return from Lopez)– Want to learn more about a new twist on crowdfunding as a business seeking capital or as an individual … Continue reading

Orcas Voices: The Odd Fellows

Odd Fellows Hall wedding feature

— by Sally Buchanan — The “Odd Fellows” is a name familiar to most Islanders. People know where the building is and they enjoy the renowned Odd Fellows band participating in Island parades with enthusiasm, costumes, and a great rhythm section. Most Islanders also know about the “world famous” Halloween … Continue reading

Special Town Hall to Discuss Eastsound Changes

San Juan County Councilmember Rick Hughes will host a Town Hall meeting at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 5-7 pm on Thursday, December 3, 2015 to present and discuss changes to the proposed Eastsound Subarea Plan. “The Subarea Plan is a really important document that I have been working on … Continue reading

County Auditor Reports on 3rd Quarter Finances

— by F. Milene Henley, County Auditor — How Are We Doing? A recent local political cartoon pictured a person, labeled “County Budget,” stuffing money into one pocket, labeled “Reserves,” while simultaneously shuffling money from that pocket to another pocket, labeled “spending,” and pulling money out of the “spending” pocket. … Continue reading

Historical Museum Celebrates with Cookies, Rosario Tree and BOGO

Historical museum logo

Friday, Nov. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Historical Museum — by Carol Kulminski for the Orcas Historical Museum — This Friday, the Historical Museum in the village will be giving cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider during the Artwalk between 2 and 5 p.m. Visit the museum … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: The Dire Consequences of TPP: What You Need to Know

— by David Turnoy, reprinted Nov. 24 upon request — What do you know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? After years of negotiations, its text was finally released last week, and it is truly the trade treaty from Hell. Here are some of the very likely consequences: More early deaths … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: New Shoreline Aquaculture Laws Could Impact Homeowners, Tourists

— by Lovel Pratt — The SJC Council is updating the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), with hearings beginning on November 30th. This update is this community’s opportunity to address requirements for future aquaculture operations in SJC, including the types of commercial aquaculture we don’t yet have. There are two types … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Now is the Time to Let Council Hear from You on Shoreline Protection

— from Rein Attemann, Puget Sound Advocacy Manager, Washington Environmental Council — Shorelines define the uniqueness of the San Juan Islands – from the rocky shores of Lime Kiln State Park to the beaches of Spencer’s Spit on Lopez Island. And in San Juan County, there are more shorelines than … Continue reading

Editorial: Cram for the Changes in Shoreline Master Plan

— by Margie Doyle — As your Community-Journalist-in-Chief, I have an apology to make for the scarce coverage Orcas Issues has given to the County’s Shoreline Master Plan update. I confess it hasn’t been a top priority with the Eastsound Subarea Plan update, Managing Editor Lin McNulty’s 12-day hospitalization (thank … Continue reading

Roger Sherman’s New “Bach: Under the Influence” a Milestone

Bach under the influence feature

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island business Loft Recordings is pleased to release “Bach: Under the Influence,” a recording of the Sept. 20, 2001 concert of the same name at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. The concert, performed by Loft Recordings owner, Roger Sherman, came just 10 days after … Continue reading

After Turkey: Holiday Festival of Arts on Saturday

holiday festival 2014 feature

Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center — from Arron Redford, Senior Center Manager — The Operations Committee of the Orcas Island Senior Center invites you to participate in our annual Holiday Festival of Arts, 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, November 28th. This is … Continue reading

Guest Column: Congressman Rick Larsen Hears TPP Questions

Congressman Rick Larsen

–by David Turnoy– On Sunday, Nov. 15, Congressman Rick Larsen visited San Juan County to hear from and answer questions of constituents related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. About fifty members of the public attended the forum held at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, and for anyone who … Continue reading

What Should a New Dog Park Look Like?

Sunday November 29 from 10 3 p.m. at the Funhouse The San Juan County Land Bank, Orcas Island Park and Recreation District and OOLA, the nonprofit operator of the current off leash area, are looking into the feasibility of providing a new, permanent home for the Orcas Off-leash Area, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Housing Shortage Hits Another One of Our Own

— from Patty Johnson — Dear Friends and Neighbors, My name is Patty Johnson. You may recognize me if you’ve been to a Choral Society Concert — I was the accompanist for several years, and am now enjoying being a singer again. Or maybe you’re in my yoga class with … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Orcas Boosters Support Sare & Griffin

Jordan Griffin feature

— by Justin Paulson for the Orcas Booster Club — Sometimes our athletes shine well after their time in our program. In fact, isn’t that is kind of the point of it all? We have a lot of pretty fantastic success stories, but I think this one may be one … Continue reading

First Semi-annual San Juan Islands-Made Meeting

Monday, November 30th from 10-11:30am by videoconference — from Victoria Comption for the San Juan County EDC — The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) welcomes members of the San Juan Islands Made initiative and interested business owners to join in the EDC’s first semi-annual San Juan Islands Made … Continue reading

Residential Building Applications to get “Lean”

— from San Juan County Communications — As Community Development Director Sam Gibboney prepares to move a new position in County government, she is coordinating a sea change in the application process for residential building permits. Gibboney estimates that half of the residential building permit applications submitted in San Juan … Continue reading

Dec. 8 Last Public Hearing of Eastsound Subarea Plan Update

Tuesday, December 8, beginning at 10:15 a.m.  in the Eastsound Fire Hall Notice of a Public Hearing (Editor’s note: this notice is required to be published on Nov. 25, when the documents referred to in the notice will be available online. We will repeat this notice on Nov. 25, but … Continue reading

Electronic Attack Squadron Returns from Middle East Combat

— from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer, Whidbey Naval Air Station — Sailors from Electronic Attack Squadron 137 (VAQ-137) “Rooks” return home this weekend after successfully completing a nine-month combat deployment aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Rooks set sail from Naval Station Norfolk on March 11, 2015 … Continue reading