Watch Installation of Funhouse Solar System!

 — from Krista Bouchey, The Funhouse Commons Executive Director – Funhouse Solar System is being installed today and tomorrow! With the break in the weather, we are excited to announce that our photovoltaic solar demonstration system is being installed today and tomorrow, Oct. 29 and 30! This project was made … Continue reading

Guest Column: Many Questions Raised by New EWUA Compliance Policy

— by Doug Bechtel — I’m surprised that Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) continues to hold a hard line on their plan to make people with bathrooms in outlying buildings pay for an additional half membership. After hearing from affected people at their recently held Board Meeting, they must understand … Continue reading

Round Two of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced

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November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center – from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator – Early Bird Tickets have sold out – a limited number of discounted tier 1 tickets are on sale at www.TEDxOrcasIsland.com One day with more than a dozen Speakers, musical performances, and more, presenters … Continue reading

Orcas Cuisine Artists Featured at “Bite of the Islands”

 — from Shannon Borg for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau – On Sunday, October 26 from 1 to 4 p.m., the passionate and talented chefs, farmers, fishers, winemakers, distillers and brewers of the San Juan Islands will create a unique tasting event—the Bite of the San Juan Islands—showcasing the … Continue reading

Guest Column: EWUA Roundtable Needed to Address Water Usage Rates

— by Lesley Liddle — To the Water Board, and EWUA Members: I read through the latest attachment from the EWUA, sent late last night, a missive selectively reflecting the board’s right to enforce this guest house initiative on all EWUA members with guest houses. I see confusing bylaw revisions … Continue reading

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

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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?

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– 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