Leave No Trace Comes to San Juan Islands Sept 23-28

— from Barbara Marrett for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Special Education Events September 25-29 in the San Juan Islands with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come Leave No Trace Selected Washington’s San Juan Islands as One of … Continue reading

Feast on Your Local Heritage!

The Historical Museums, in town and in Crow Valley

Saturday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Red Rabbit Farm, West Sound Tis’ the season of great food, wine and the celebration of the harvest! The Orcas Island Historical Museum will receive all proceeds from the “Heritage Harvest Feast” at Red Rabbit Farm on October 4. The farm-to-table family style … Continue reading

State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the Supreme Court’s McCleary Order

— from the Office of Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction — [On] September 11, the Supreme Court released its most recent order pertaining to McCleary v. Washington, the 2012 decision which held that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn … Continue reading

Orcas Fur and Feathers 4-H Club Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Orcas Senior Center from 5:30-7 p.m. Dinner Menu: Cauliflower soup, Local green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, Roasted Chicken, creamy mashed potatoes with gravy, veggies and Apple Rhubarb crisp for dessert served with coffee & tea. Cost: $5 kids and seniors, $10 adults. … Continue reading

Council Hears Updates at Afternoon Session

– by Margie Doyle – Updates on recent Orcas Island developments highlighted the Sept. 9 afternoon session of the San Juan County Council at the Eastsound Fire Hall. Before hearing from Orcas Recycling Services (ORS), the Library, and plans about parking at Orcas Landing, re-location of the Dog Park, and … Continue reading

New Ferries’ Head Announced by WSDOT

— from Lars Erickson, for WSDOT communications — Today [Sept. 10] Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Lynne Griffith as Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including guiding the … Continue reading

Supreme Court Considers Radical Measures to Ensure Education

By John Stang for Crosscut.com There are the “going nuclear” options. And there’s the “trust us” scenario. Washington’s Supreme Court quizzed attorneys Wednesday about the best ways for the court to make sure state legislators will comply with its 2012 ruling that the state meet its constitutional duty to provide … Continue reading

New Funding Gives Increased Preschool Accessibility and Quality

“It’s our torch to carry now.” — By Margie Doyle – “We can’t wait around,” Joe Cohen says, “We can do something now for our community and we will.” Cohen is speaking of the Early Childhood Education Initiative that is now underway, beginning a three-year “demonstration project” that will make … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Shape Stormwater Projects We’ll Be Paying For

— by Gulliver Rankin — If you have concerns about the quality of our drinking water and streams, property damage from flooding events or development regulations dealing with stormwater, I want to encourage you to attend the September 16th Public Works Open House at the Eastsound Fire Hall. From 11-1 … Continue reading

County Council to Meet in Eastsound

Tuesday, September 9, at 10 a.m at the Eastsound Fire Hall The San Juan County Council will hold its regular meeting on Orcas Island next week. The agenda for the meeting calls for: Citizens’ Access Time Discussions scheduled from 10:15 a.m. until 12 noon: Eastsound Subarea Plan Update– Colin Maycock, … Continue reading

A Night of Tradition and Vision

susan Mustard Millie Vaccarella feature 2014

– by Margie Doyle – Jan Koltun addressed “An Orcas Family: 130 Years and Counting” auction attendees, saying the gathering seemed like a cross between “High Mass and a summer camp gathering.” Hours later,  several  bidders chortled that they’d gotten items they’d coveted from seeing in the catalog, but never … Continue reading

School District Readying for First Day, Sept. 3

 — by Margie Doyle – Behind the chain link fences at the Orcas Island School District campus, the work of Tiger Construction and subcontractors has been simmering all summer long. Every day achieves some new benchmark towards completion of the “2012 Bond Project” to update the public education buildings. Behind … Continue reading

When a Business Becomes So Successful That…

– by Margie Doyle – Clyde Duke saw a beautiful building abandoned in the middle of our community that could be brought together for fun and camaraderie under its roof. April Duke saw a full-time business opportunity for a couple who already had a full-time business — and more — … Continue reading