Author Spagna to Read at Darvill’s on Living Lightly Artsmith Salon Series at Darvill's Bookstore

Friday, February 24, 5:30 pm at Darvill’s Bookstore — from JoEllen Moldoff for Artsmith — Ana Maria Spagna returns to read from her nonfiction book, Reclaimers, about removal of the White Salmon River dam, and her new middle-grade novel, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, about the adventures of a back-country, … Continue reading

Free Workshop on Business Feasibility for Entrepreneurs Offered

Tuesday, February 28, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Victoria Compton — All entrepreneurs wonder if there is a market for their business ideas, or if they will make money from them. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) for a free workshop to learn … Continue reading

County’s Town Hall Talks Revenues and Challenges County officials gives facts, figures

— by Margie Doyle — County officials met with about 20 Orcas Islanders at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 to give a repeat “Taking Care of Business” presentation prepared for county employees on the achievements of the County in 2016 and the challenges facing county government in … Continue reading

Upcoming Free Workshop on Retirement Planning for Business Owners

Wednesday, February 22, 10-11 a m, San Juan Island Library — from Victoria Compton — Small business owners have many considerations when running their businesses, but often don’t have time to consider future financial requirements. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on retirement planning … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: County Comprehensive Plan Guides Growth

— by Joe Symons — You may have heard that San Juan County has embarked on an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. What you may not know is what a Comprehensive Plan (CP) is and how it impacts your life and the life of the community. Short answer—the CP … Continue reading

Fear of Bridges, Canals, Marinas Brings Full House to EPRC Meeting

— from Paul Kamin — What…a Bridge to Indian Island, a Marina in Fishing Bay and a “Grand Canal” between Crescent Beach and North Beach? The Eastsound Planning and Review Committee Meeting was packed Thursday afternoon with Orcas Islanders worried about Bridges and Canals. No such plans are on the … Continue reading

EDC Offers Free Workshop on Cybersecurity for Business

Wednesday, February 8, 9:15 -10:15, Russell’s Landing — from Victoria Compton — Cybersecurity is not just for large businesses: Small and mid-sized businesses are targeted just as frequently by cyber-crooks. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop on the topic of Cybersecurity for Business, on … Continue reading

New Area Code? Yeah, But… Time to start practicing ten-digit local dialing

— by Lin McNulty — Everyone with a landline phone received a notification from our local carrier, CenturyLink, that Western Washington is getting a new area code. Not really a new area code, per se, but an overlay area code. When the changeover goes into full effect July 29, 2017 … Continue reading

School Board Meeting Handles Heavy Agenda OASIS, English Language Learners, Special Ed and Career and Tech Education Reports

— by Ayn Gailey — In celebration of School Board Appreciation Month, 6th-grade students, Hayden Shaefer and Finn Rubottom, on behalf of the student body, delivered a banner to School Board members at the regular monthly Orcas Island School District (OISD) board meeting. All board members —  Janet Brownell, Chris … Continue reading

Free, Revolutionary, Interactive Audio Format Demo at Orcas Center 8Stem app puts the power of remixing music in anyone’s hands

Saturday, January 28, 2 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver — Orcas Islanders Adam Farish and Bruce Pavitt have pioneered “a revolutionary, interactive audio format – 8Stem —  that allows any listener to remix music like a professional DJ or sound engineer. Paired with the first multi-channel playback and … 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