Gather Up Your Garbage for First Halloween Clean-Up


— from Danielle Wheeler for Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) — Have you noticed? There’s quite a bit of trash out there folks… ORS has decided to put on the first ever post-summer “Halloween Clean-Up” on Saturday October 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m! Volunteers are encouraged to meet ORS … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision for the Milennials’ Future Seeking inter-generational engagement with islanders under 50 yrs


— from Gretchen Krampf — It’s a 50/50 Conversation: Eastsound Village … What’s Your Vision? Join us Wednesday, October 26th at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Eastsound Village is the center of Orcas Island. As our main commercial hub, it’s also slated as the area of … Continue reading

Changes to OPALCO Election Process Approved No more voting on the ferry; Districts remain unchanged; Full membership to vote if changes to districts or board make-up proposed

— from Suzanne Olson — After hearing from the membership at OPALCO open house events, the Board approved a number of the changes to the election process that were proposed by a volunteer Member Review Committee. Beginning in 2017, all voting will be by electronic (online) or mail-in ballot. The … Continue reading

Orcas Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Awards Barbara Marrett for County Visitors' Bureau and Jim Jonassen for "Vision for Eastsound" also speak

— by Margie Doyle, corrected Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. — Lance Evans, Executive Director of the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, greeted another standing-room-only audience of Chamber members and guests at the Chamber’s annual dinner at Rosario Resort’s Beach House on Thursday, Oct. 20. Evans quipped that the traditional … Continue reading

$2.7 Million Apprenticeship Grant Awarded State from Federal Dept. of Labor Funds to support apprenticeship expansion to new sectors and underserved populations

— from the office of U.S. Representatvie Rick Larsen — Representatives Rick Larsen (WA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Denny Heck (WA-10) today [Oct. 21]  announced that Washington is being awarded a … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Please Vote Yes on I-732 to Address Climate Change Let's make polluters pay and WA taxes less regressive


— from Chris and Chom Graecen — Firstly we would like to thank fellow islanders for gathering signatures and signing in support of the grassroots climate change initiative that is now successfully on the ballot as I-732. Please now join us in voting “YES.” I-732 will reduce Washington State’s greenhouse … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: San Juan County Needs Watson


— from Senator Kevin Ranker — I have known Bill Watson for many years. I find him to be exactly the sort of thoughtful person we need leading this great county of ours. We need strong, intelligent advocates for the issues that bind us together as a community. Bill joining … Continue reading

Lahari Launching Orcas Door to Door, an Assistive Transportation Service Director Dennis King to speak at next Sunrise Volunteers Meeting

Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 a.m. at the Skillet Restaurant — from Chris White for Lions Sunrise Volunteers — Not being able to drive oneself to essential medical appointments, shopping or social events due to the effects of aging, medical procedures or a disability has shown to be detrimental to … Continue reading

Orcas Design Meeting on Mt. Constitution Summit Plans Disappoints Funding only adequate for restrooms now

— by Margie Doyle — At a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Orcas School Cafeteria, representatives from Washington State Parks and Patano Studio Architecture met with the public to discuss designs for new bathrooms and an interpretive center at the summit of Mount Constitution. Derek Gustafson, Northwest Regional … Continue reading

Hughes Reports on Lodging Tax Allocations to EPRC Review of applications precedes annual awards

— by Margie Doyle — At the monthly meeting of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) on Oct. 15, County Councilman Rick Hughes elaborated on the Lodging Tax Allocations (LTAC) made by the County Council last Tuesday, Oct. 13. The allocations to Orcas Island organizations for facilities: $21,000 for … Continue reading

Council Candidate Michael Durland Outlines His Vision


— from Michael Durland for Council Position #2 — Mine is a true grassroots campaign. I am not soliciting campaign donations. You will see no yard signs.  I ask that you vote for me and support my efforts to make positive change in County government. I grew-up farming, served in the … Continue reading

Emmanuel’s 2016 Market Day Nets $5,000 for Orcas Charities

— from Emmanuel Episcopal Church — The Food Bank. The Children’s House. Camp Orkila. The Exchange. These are a few of the Orcas Island charities that received checks this past week from Emmanuel Episcopal Church, thanks to all the islanders who bought bargains at the church’s Market Day sale in … Continue reading

Oil Spill in BC Waters “Tribe’s Worst Nightmare” Salish Sea faces damage by potential 60,000 gallon diesel oil spill from tug

Tribal harvest, economy threatened — from Mark Hume for The Globe and Mail — Members of the Heiltsuk Nation are hoping cleanup crews can protect clam beaches and salmon streams after a tug pushing a massive fuel barge ran aground [on October 13] near Bella Bella in the heart of … Continue reading

OPALCO Meets the Public on Orcas Board election recommendations and Rock Island LTE improvements discussed


— by Margie Doyle, updated and corrected at 4 p.m. — Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) management, staff, board and coop members met on Orcas Island  on Tuesday, Oct. 11 to hear member input regarding recent developments at the rural electric coop, which serves San Juan County. This was … Continue reading

Breaking News: Salish Sea Festival Canceled Taste of the Salish Sea also canceled due to high wind warnings


— from Peggy Bill for the County Agricultural Resources Committee — The Salish Sea Festival and the Taste of the Salish Sea are canceled due to the extreme high wind warnings, likely power outages, and uncertain ferry service. Refunds will be provided to those who registered online. Please forward any … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Reykdal Understands Challenges of School Students Candidate for State Superintendent is grounded in the real world


— by Kari Schuh — I first met Chris Reykdal in January of 2016 when he and five other candidates running for the Superintendent of Public Instruction spoke to a cohort group of WSU graduate students. I could see then that Chris, hands down, was the frontrunner of all the … Continue reading

Council Considering Ordinance to Ban Single-use Bags

Tuesday, October 11, 9:15 a.m., Council Hearing Room — from Ingrid Gabriel — NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE DISTRIBUTION OF SINGLE-USE CARRYOUT BAGS IN RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the San Juan County Council will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of … Continue reading

EDC Offers Free Workshop on Business Planning, Financing

Monday, October 17, 12:30 – 4 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from San Juan County Economic Council — The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Monday, October 17 from 12:30 – 4 p.m. Advance registration is required. … Continue reading

LWV Forum on Orcas Brings Candidates to the Public Part One: County Council Candidates


— by Janet Brownell — The San Juan Island’s League of Women Voters Orcas Island Forum was well attended on October 4th at the Orcas Island Fire Hall. Steve Bowman served as moderator, and reminded the crowd of the LWV’s mission: “The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization, that encourages … Continue reading

Participate in Design for Mt. Constitution Summit Learning Center Presentation of conceptual design planned

Thursday, October 13, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Orcas Island School Cafeteria — from Nancy Burdyshaw for Washington State Parks — Washington State Parks would like to invite you to participate in a presentation and discussion on the current conceptual design for the Summit Learning Center on Mount … Continue reading

LeaderShip San Juan Islands Begins 13th Year with Open House

Wednesday, October 19, 5 – 7 p.m., Orcas Food Co-op (Upstairs) — from Gretchen Krampf — 2017 marks the 13th year of the  Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) program, a local leadership training course that helps introduce islanders to the interconnecting “systems” that make up daily life throughout the county. … Continue reading

Fire Commissioners Select Amanda Montague to Replace Commissioner Coffin

— by Margie Doyle — At a special meeting of the Orcas Fire and Rescue District Commissioners, sitting Commissioners Barbara Bedell and Wes Heinmiller selected Amanda Montague to fill the position vacated by Jim Coffin in September. Montague has lived past Doe Bay for over a year. She serves as … Continue reading