Guest Column: Many Questions Raised by New EWUA Compliance Policy

— by Doug Bechtel — I’m surprised that Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) continues to hold a hard line on their plan to make people with bathrooms in outlying buildings pay for an additional half membership. After hearing from affected people at their recently held Board Meeting, they must understand … Continue reading

State-wide Projects Benefit from 50 Years of Recreation & Conservation Program

Formed by Citizens’ Initiative, RCO Celebrates 50 Years of Investing in Washington’s Great Outdoors — from Susan Zemek for the State Recreation and Conservation Office — Gov. Jay Inslee will be the featured speaker at the 50th anniversary celebration of The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) celebrates 50 … Continue reading

Navy Plans to Add Two Scoping Meetings for Growler EIS

– Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer, NAS Whidbey Island – In response to requests from elected officials, the Navy has decided to hold two additional scoping meetings for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) analyzing EA-18G Growler operations at NAS Whidbey Island. These scoping meetings will be conducted in Port Townsend … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Support Continued Funding to Keep Our County Parks Open and Well-Maintained

– from Jeff Struthers – Support for proposition number one on the November ballot continues the current “Levy Lift” funding needed to keep our county parks open, well-maintained, and in good repair. Our county parks make it possible for us all to enjoy some of the best features of living … Continue reading

Round Two of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced

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November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center – from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator – Early Bird Tickets have sold out – a limited number of discounted tier 1 tickets are on sale at www.TEDxOrcasIsland.com One day with more than a dozen Speakers, musical performances, and more, presenters … Continue reading

Clean Up Our Act: Our Recycling is Garbage!

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Orcas 8th Graders Dissect Island Recycling; Findings are Disappointing – from Orcas Recycling Services – Orcas Islanders are not doing a very good job recycling. That’s what Laura Tidwell’s 8th grade science class found out when they looked into the recycling at the Orcas Transfer Station in early October. “It … Continue reading

Round One of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced

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November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center – from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator – “This IS America” : Exploring the relationship between our Island individualism and our place within the larger collective American experiment. Presentation topics will range from psychology and medicine, law enforcement, media reporting, oceanic … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Levy and County Parks

Please Support Continued Funding to Keep Our County Parks Open and Well-Maintained. Support for proposition number one on the November ballot continues the current “Levy Lift” funding needed to keep our county parks open, well-maintained, and in good repair. Our county parks make it possible for us all to enjoy … Continue reading

EDC Commends OPALCO for Broadband Progress

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– from Victoria Compton, San Juan Co. Economic Development Council – The San Juan County Economic Development Council commends OPALCO for its rapid progress on the broadband initiative, particularly its work on the completed broadband plan and development of “Neighborhood Connections” for broadband deployment in the county. The EDC has … Continue reading

SeaDoc Society & Camp Orkila Present Renowned Oceanographer

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Tuesday, October 14,  7 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall – from Joe Thoron, SeaDoc Society – Renowned oceanographer Paul Dayton comes to Orcas Island on Tuesday, October 14 to kick off the SeaDoc Society/YMCA Camp Orkila annual Marine Science Lecture Series. In a 44 year career at the Scripps Institution of … Continue reading