State Supreme Court Gives Red Light to Grays Harbor Oil Terminal

— from The Seattle Times — The Washington Supreme Court effectively canceled plans for a big oil terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor in a unanimous decision Thursday. The justices reversed decisions by a state board and the state Court of Appeals, which held the Ocean Resources Management Act … Continue reading

Island Market Hunger Bag Program A Success Food Bank delivers $5,000 worth of food through Island Market food drive

— from Orcas Island Food Bank Board — If you were one of the 314 people who paid $10 for a full bag of groceries to be given to the Orcas Island Food Bank during the Holidays, you helped Island Market deliver a total of 2453 pounds – almost $5,000 worth … Continue reading

B.C. Government Gives a “Go” to Kinder Morgan Pipeline

— from CBC News, British Columbia — The B.C. government has given the green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, after reaching an “unprecedented” agreement with Kinder Morgan for up to $1 billion in investment over 20 years. “We always said that the five conditions were a path … Continue reading

Business Owners: You Are Invited to an Eastsound Vision Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Orcas Chamber of Commerce — In cooperation with the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC), the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to a meeting to learn about the Eastsound Vision workshops and meetings taking place … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Predicts: Expect the Unexpected in 2017 Go ahead! Add your predictions!

Orcas Medical Center will receive the necessary donations by the January 15 date to proceed with the agreement with University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics to assume operations at OMC. Growlers will soon be practicing landings on the numerous oil tankers puffing their way through Puget Sound. Hillary Clinton will soon … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Releases Request for Remodel Bids

— from Krista Bouchey — Request for Qualifications – Remodel General Contractors (Negotiated Bid Process) Owner: Children’s Discovery Foundation DBA Funhouse Commons James Cook, Project Manager PO Box 204 Eastsound, WA. 98245 757-377-3621 / Project Name & TPN: Funhouse Improvement Project (FIP) TPN: 271412016000 Eastsound, WA. 98245 Architect: Stolitz … Continue reading

Snow, Cold, Library Work Continues on Schedule

— from the Orcas Island Library — Framing: The majority of the framing was estimated to be complete last week. Additional miscellaneous areas will be completed in December. Roof Framing / Sheathing and Water Barrier Installation: Roof sheathing will start on December 5. The roof envelope and underlayment is expected … Continue reading

Immigration Rights Talk on Lopez Spanish translation included

Wednesday, Dec. 14 on Lopez, 160 Village Rd — from Eleanor Hoague — Daniel Perez from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will give a talk in Spanish called “Know Your Rights” next Wednesday, December 14th at 5:00 p.m. It will be held at the Lopez Island Family Resource Center, 160 … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Orcas Medical Center Questions & Answers An ongoing conversation regarding becoming a University of Washington Neighborhood Clinic

-– from the Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) –- (Updated Dec. 5, 2016) (This is the first in a series of answers to frequently asked questions about the OMF/UW Medicine plan to have a UW Neighborhood Clinic on Orcas Island. Each week, these updates will be submitted for publication and also … Continue reading

Last County Flea Market of 2016 Dec. 10 at County Fairgrounds on San Juan Island

— from Ashley King, Program Coordinator, San Juan County Parks & Fair — Mark your calendars, last Flea Market of 2016 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Saturday, December 10th 9am-Noon From jewelry and handmade goods to yard tools and , this is the place to find it! Got some … Continue reading

Senior Center Presents Holiday Festival of Arts

Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Senior Center — from Arron Redford — 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 26th. This is one of our major fund-raisers of … Continue reading

School Board Reaches Consensus on Bond for Phase III Development Board hears different strategies for bond structuring, prioritized.

— by Margie Doyle, updated Nov.14 at 2:30 p.m.— On Nov. 7 the Orcas Island School District (OISD) board, administration and public members met to deal with the nitty-gritty decisions facing them in considering a bond proposal to complete several projects cut from previous bonds for capital construction. First the … Continue reading

Adam Farish and Bruce Pavitt Launch 8 Stem Music-mixing application revolutionizes music appreciation, sharing

–by Margie Doyle — “A vital element for the music audience now is engagement by the listener with the musician, and sharing the result on social media,” says Adam Farish in explanation of the impetus behind the creation of a new computer system application, 8Stem. Recently Adam Farish said he … Continue reading

School Board to Review Phase III Building Project at Special Meeting

Monday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas School Library — from Cathy Ferran for the Orcas Island School District — A Special School Board meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. to discuss, review and approve the plan for Phase III modernization and renovation. Possible … Continue reading

Senior Center Festival of Arts Will Kick Off Holidays

Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Senior Center — from Arron Redford — The Operations Committee of the Orcas Island Senior Center invites you to participate in our annual Holiday Festival of Arts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. This is one of our major … Continue reading