Letter to the Editor: Lessons Learned from School’s Community Forum

— by Maggie Schuler — Thanks to all who came [to the school-sponsored Community Forum on Sept. 21], shared their beliefs and therefore furthered MY education. I came thinking I was adamantly opposed to building a track– mainly because I knew there are so many other, and to me, more … Continue reading

Thor Hanson Keynote Speaker at Annual Gardening Workshop "Secrets of Gardening" takes place Saturday, Oct. 1 on San Juan Island

Thor Hanson. Photo courtesy Kathleen Ballard

— from the WSU/San Juan County Master Gardeners — Calling All Gardeners to Our 2016 Gardening Workshop Author and biologist Thor Hanson will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Gardening Workshop presented by the San Juan County Master Gardeners on October 1, 2016. As the first speaker at this … Continue reading

Commmunity Discusses School Bond Priorities


— by Margie Doyle — The school cafeteria buzzed with hive-like activity as OPAL Executive Director Lisa Byers moderated a community forum about proposals for a “Phase III Bond” for the Orcas Island School District (OISD). After OISD Superintendent Eric Webb Webb acknowledged Board members Janet Brownell and Greg White, … Continue reading

Learn to Launch Your New Business Into Profitability San Juan County Economic Development Council business plan competition


— from San Juan Economic Development Council — Got a business idea? Bring it to the 2nd annual EDC Launch San Juan Islands business plan competition, brought to you by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. Featuring mentoring, workshops, business plan advisors, cash prizes, media exposure and more. Launch … Continue reading

Film Festival Giving Away Weekend Pass Come to viewing of "The Mask You Live In"


Thursday (September 22) in the Seaview Theatre at 7:30PM. — from the Orcas Island Film Festival — We are giving away two weekend passes for the Third Annual Orcas Island Film Festival at our showing of The Mask You Live In this Thursday (September 22) in the Seaview Theatre @ … Continue reading

EPRC Consideration of Street Standards “Throws a Curveball” to OPAL Comments bring out issues with unfinished zoning, increased infrastructure demands and urbanization


— by Emma Heikkinen and Margie Doyle — At the September 15 meeting of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC), much of the discussion focused on  the continued urbanization of Eastsound and efforts to maintain the area’s rural character. Public comment opened with a suggestion from John Campbell to the … Continue reading

Fire Commissioners Deliberate Appointee and Increased Number of Commissioners Five applicants come forward; appointment deferred until public meeting on Oct. 3

— by  Margie Doyle — Members of the public clearly expressed their support for additional Fire Commissioners at the regular meeting of the Orcas Fire and Rescue District commissioners on Monday, Sept. 19. They also expressed their gratitude and admiration for the candidates who had stepped forward to fill that … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Evaluate Elements of Proposed Bond on their Separate Merits Numbers of Students in the School Music Programs increasing


–from Miriam Ziegler– This letter is in response to Peg Manning’s comment following Martha Farish’s excellent “Guest Opinion: Broad Public Input Needed in School’s Bond Discussion,” published 9/19/16. I cannot address Peg’s question about construction costs of the track and the anticipated maintenance costs. What I do have is information … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Did You Get Our Mis-directed Mail?


— from Antoinette Botsford for Shinola Jewelry — UPDATE 2:15, September 21: It was discovered.  Within the post office building, if not the post office itself. Thanks for caring.  Love, AB A small package directed to Shinola Jewelry has been lost. The key to that locker was put in someone … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Broad Public Input Needed in School’s Bond Discussion Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the School Cafeteria is the next opportunity


— by Martha Farish — The issue [of the School’s Phase III bond proposal] needs broad public input. Everyone involved is trying to do the “right” thing. A historical note: before Orcas Park and Rec was formed the school board took on responsibility for (donated) Buck Park largely because they … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Café Olga to Close

— from Bobby Olmsted — It is with disappointment and sadness that we tell you Café Olga will be closing in mid-October. The building on Urner Street in Eastsound has been sold, and Bev and I have lost our lease. Since the arson fire at the Artworks three years ago, … Continue reading

Habitat Truck Returns for Donations

Monday, Sept. 26 at Island Market, Eastsound — from Jim Duffield– Fall is nearly here and it’s time to start putting things away, but the garage is already packed. Pete Moe, Executive Director of Orcas Recycling Services, recommends you consider donating items to the Skagit Habitat for Humanity Store truck. … Continue reading

Library Officials to Speak to Sunrise Volunteers

Friday, September 23, 7 a.m., The Skillet –from Dr. Chris White — Tom Fiscus of the Orcas Island Library Board of Trustees and Phil Heikkinen, Library Director, have accepted the Orcas Island Lions Club invitation to speak at the Sunrise Breakfast on September 23 at 7 a.m. As most of … Continue reading

LWV SJs to Host Meeting on Moderating Monday Meeting in Friday Harbor Features Diane Berreth as Presenter

Monday, Sept. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Public Library — by Clare Kelm for the League of Women Voters of the San Juans — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans is pleased to bring Diane Berreth, professional moderator and facilitator, from … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Include School Music Programs’ Success in Phase III Bond


— by Jim Shaffer-Bauck — It’s time to complete the second half of the school music building program. I vividly recall the valiant first effort of a string performance at a MAG concert years ago, and I marvel at the remarkable achievements since. Our school groups have performed extraordinarily well … Continue reading

Countdown Begins for This Year’s Film Fest Weekend passes go on sale September 15


— from Donna Laslo — The Orcas Island Film Festival (OIFF) producers are in full gear getting the island ready for another fantastic weekend of films on October 7 – 10. Jared Lovejoy & Donna Laslo are thrilled to spearhead the festival once again along with Carl Spence, chief curator … Continue reading