Senator Ranker to Discuss New State Budget State Senator in Eastsound on Friday

Friday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Jeanne McPherson — State Senator Kevin Ranker will visit the Orcas Rotary on Friday, Mar. 24 in a meeting open to the public. Ranker will specifically address “Results of Our Recent Session: The New State Budget” in his presentation. All are … Continue reading

EDC Offers Workshop on Photography for Business

Wednesday, March 29, 9 – 11:30 a.m., San Juan Island Library — from Victoria Compton — Image quality is considered “very important” to 67 percent of consumers when making a purchase online. To turn browsers into buyers, business owners must show potential customers their products in the best possible light, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Trees in Eastsound Swale Essential to Good Development and how one woman worked to preserve essential open spaces

— by Sadie Bailey — I really appreciate the thought that went into Charlie Carver’s Letter to the Editor on March 6 (see orcasissues.com/waterfront-development-not-waterfront-reclamation/ ).Thank you for caring about Eastsound; so few Orcas people understand what we are up against here. I would add one thing to your concerns that’s … Continue reading

Free Workshop on Business Feasibility for Entrepreneurs Is there a market for your business idea?

Monday, March 20, 12:30 – 2 p.m., San Juan Island Library — 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 for a FREE workshop to learn … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

Village Expansion Discussed at Eastsound Planners Meeting

— by Maryse Sagewynd — The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) met on Mar. 2, 2017, at the Eastsound Fire Station for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. EPRC has a new Facebook site entitled Orcas EPRC. County Engineer Colin Huntemer said the County Council is concerned about curb, gutter, and … Continue reading

Can You Do A Day Without A Woman? Orcas Issues will strike on Wednesday

All Day, Wednesday, March 8 — by Lin McNulty — Following the overwhelming success of the Women’s March in January as millions of women took to the streets the day after the Trump inauguration, another event is scheduled across the country: A Day Without a Woman. On International Women’s Day, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … Continue reading

International Women’s Day Comes to Orcas, March 8 Local women's coalition outlines ways to honor, celebrate

— from Michele Bane — The Policial Action and Civic Engagement (PACE) Action Team of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) presents a community-wide celebration of women on March 8, 2017, in honor of International Women’s Day. We welcome the island’s participation in a variety of events: From 3:00-5:00 PM, San Juan … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Hear from Public Works, Visioners, and Waterfront Developers

Thursday, March 2, 3 – 5 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, following the Approval of Minutes (for February 2017- sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/11497) and public comments, the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will consider: 1. SJCDPW update – Colin Huntemer; (30 minutes)  Prune Alley Update  Madrona … Continue reading

State Commerce Dept. Awards Grant to Economic Development Council Funds for local marine-trades education program

— from Victoria Compton — The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce the award of a Washington State Department of Commerce Work Start grant for a county-wide Marine Trades Education program, which will be run in partnership with Commerce, San Juan County, the Town of … Continue reading

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

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