Guest Editorial: A New Exchange — What If?

– by Tim Blanchard, ORS Board President and Pete Moe, Executive Director – Ever since we lost The Exchange to fire, everyone’s wondering, “When will it re-open?” It’s an important question. Every day our community is losing economic and social value as useful goods are shipped off island, sit in … Continue reading

Concerned about EWUA Policies and Rates? Attend Special Meeting

— by Paul Kamin, EWUA General Manager – The EWUA Board has scheduled a membership meeting for Monday Dec 8th at 6:30 -8:30 pm at the Eastsound Fire Hall. The meeting will include two topics that have drawn attention recently: EWUA’s Guest House policies; alternative rates structures. This Fall, EWUA … Continue reading

Water Users and Board Agree to Better Communication

–by Margie Doyle — Board calls for Membership Meeting on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall– At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Eastsound Water Users Board, a group calling themselves the Concerned EWUA Members met with the EWUA Manager Paul Kamin, Board President … Continue reading

Pot Growing Moratorium Meeting Adds Speakers

Tuesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor — from Boyd Pratt — San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at … Continue reading

Dance Tonight to Fund New Exchange Building!

Friday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. at Random Howse – from Wendy Shinstine — Come celebrate and help raise funds for a new building for The Exchange! Members of the Board will be present for information and questions. $10 suggested cover donation – 21+ Even if you can’t come to … Continue reading

What’s Farm to Classroom Been Up To?

— from Madie Murray — Farm to Classroom is experienced by all of our public school students from Kindergarten through grade 8. For those of you curious about what students do in these classes, here’s a brief summary of just a few of the exciting food-farm-garden projects they have experienced … Continue reading

Indian Island: Celebrating Five Years of Challenges and Change

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Thursday, November 20, 5:30 p.m., Orcas Center – from Russel Barsh – Diversity and change are themes of this year’s Celebrate Indian Island event at Orcas Center on November 20, hosted by the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory and the conservation laboratory Kwiaht. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the … Continue reading

Water User Members Prepare Response

– Representatives prepare formal petition to the board at Nov. 18 meeting — by Margie Doyle – On Wednesday, Nov. 12, a group of concerned members of the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA), a 501(c)12 non-profit, met to discuss responses to the EWUA board’s decision to impose the purchase of … Continue reading

Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart to Speak on Threat of Asteroid Impacts

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Wednesday, November 19 5:30 p.m., at the Episcopal Parish Hall – from Michael Riordan – This Wednesday Apollo 9 astronaut Russell L. “Rusty” Schweickart will visit Orcas Island to deliver a seminar about the dangers of asteroid impacts. Such a “near-Earth object” (NEO) exploded in the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, … Continue reading

EWUA Members to Meet Wednesday

 — from Lesley Liddle – (Additional note: To clarify any misunderstanding, this EWUA meeting is a special meeting organized by EWUA members themselves. The EWUA board chose not to have a special meeting this month to address a difficult issue. The coming meeting this Wednesday at the OPAL meeting room … Continue reading

Only $5 for B.C. Workshop on Orca & Salmon Recovery

— from Jenny L. Atkinson, Director, The Whale Museum — On Friday, November 21, the Orca and Salmon Recovery Workshop from 12 to 5:30 p.m. will take place at the Beaty Museum on campus at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Sponsored by Orca Network, the … Continue reading