Public Informs Advisors and Officials

meeting feature

March 26 Town Hall hears (mostly) from Orcas Islanders. Another meeting planned for Thursday, April 2. – by Margie Doyle – The Orcas Public — breast-feeding mothers, business owners, proud, self-identifying tree-huggers, official skeptics and impatient elders — spoke to local officials and advisors to voice their praise and criticisms … Continue reading

Guest Column: OPALCO’s Price Increases Are Shocking

— by Chom Graecen — Be warned. Some of us, particularly small electricity users, might be in for an electrifying shock treatment. Electricity prices are going up to the point where some may no long be able to afford this supposedly basic necessity. Despite OPALCO’s effort to educate its members … Continue reading

April Concert “Goldberg Variations” with Pianist Jeffrey Kahane

Call soon – almost sold out! – from the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival – The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is proud to announce internationally renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane in a special Salon Concert Friday, April 17th at 6 p.m. Kahane will perform the incredible Goldberg Variations BWV 988 … Continue reading

Shakespeare Shakes Up the Shoulder Season!

Shakespeare feature

4th Annual Shakespeare Festival April 7-11 – by Margie Doyle – Now looking ahead to the 4th year of the Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival, (April 7-11, 2015), the five-day festival brings back popular events and introduces new ones: The local Shakespeare talent show that starred Jake Perrine, Steve Henigson,  and … Continue reading

San Juan County Cooperates on Broadband Deployment in Eastsound

— from Rock Island Communications — San Juan County is allowing Rock Island Communications to install fiber optic cable in the conduit associated with the County’s Eastsound Village streetlight project. “Co-locating our fiber optic cable in the streetlight conduit will save businesses located in Eastsound Village a great deal on … Continue reading

Native Plant Sale and Expo — Spring’s Here!

Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to noon – from Jane Wentworth, Master Gardener Foundation – The Master Gardener Foundation and the San Juan Islands Conservation District bring you the 2015 Annual Native Plant Sale and Expo. Pre-ordered plants pick-up will be March 21st on San Juan, Lopez and Orcas … Continue reading

Ferry Reservations: Working out the Wrinkles

“We’re here to listen to you”  — by Margie Doyle – Washington State Ferry (WSF) representatives heard islanders’ complaints about the ferry reservation system, now two months old, at a well-attended meeting at the Orcas Senior Center last week. WSF representatives Brian Churchwell and Dwight Hutchinson met with County Councilman … Continue reading

EDC Offers Business Boot Camp for Women

Wednesday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Friday Harbor – from the San Juan County Economic Development Council — Women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the EDC’s Women’s Business Boot Camp, an all-day workshop specifically designed to tune up or start-up businesses. Participants will learn how to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Black Dog Farm Stand Broken Into, Closed

(Editor’s note: Since this letter was published, we learned from the owners that the clothing barn and donation box are the two portions of the farm stand that have been closed: owner Ian Harlow states: “We are just no longer accepting clothing donations at our thrift shack. An[d] yes our … Continue reading

OSC Reaches Matching Goal

– from the Olga Strawberry Council Board– We said a donation of any size would put us over the top, and it did! Amounts from $20 to $9,000 coming from as close as Olga to as far away as Delaware (with Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Missouri and Colorado in … Continue reading

New Report Shows Status of Salmon Recovery

— from the State Recreation and Conservation Office — Salmon recovery efforts in Washington are making a difference – more salmon are returning home in some areas, although significant work remains – according to a new report released by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. “Washington State has been investing in … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Islanders Send “Do Not Invest” Message

— from Nick Jones — Dear Editor, Watching the San Juan Sungrown debacle unfold has been like watching a slow-moving, entirely preventable car accident. This situation is a tragedy for the Rice family, their employees, our struggling island economy, a tragedy, ultimately, for their neighbors, who are going to have … Continue reading