Wildlife Biologist Brad Hanson to Speak on Orca Travels


Saturday, October 29, 2 p.m., Orcas Island Community Church — from Michael Riordan — Three pods of Southern Resident Killer Whales, commonly known as Orcas, spend most of the summer months in the waters around the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands, where they forage for Chinook salmon. Until recently, … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Please Vote Yes on I-732 to Address Climate Change Let's make polluters pay and WA taxes less regressive


— from Chris and Chom Graecen — Firstly we would like to thank fellow islanders for gathering signatures and signing in support of the grassroots climate change initiative that is now successfully on the ballot as I-732. Please now join us in voting “YES.” I-732 will reduce Washington State’s greenhouse … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Invests in Outdoor Play


— by Margie Doyle — When Kaleidoscope Childcare Center was discredited for its play area, Director Amber Paulsen addressed the situation and turned it into an investment opportunity for Kaleidoscope kids and their families. Kaleidoscope’s playground ranked low in the “Early Achievers” score which came out April 2015, Paulsen explained, … Continue reading

Orcas Design Meeting on Mt. Constitution Summit Plans Disappoints Funding only adequate for restrooms now

— by Margie Doyle — At a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Orcas School Cafeteria, representatives from Washington State Parks and Patano Studio Architecture met with the public to discuss designs for new bathrooms and an interpretive center at the summit of Mount Constitution. Derek Gustafson, Northwest Regional … Continue reading

State, Federal Leaders Announce Major Initiatives for Puget Sound Recovery

— from Office of the Governor — Today officials from the Obama administration and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and U.S. Reps. Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer and Rick Larsen announced new federal actions to help protect and recover the health of Puget Sound, one … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision for the Milennials’ Future Seeking inter-generational engagement with islanders under 50 yrs

— from Gretchen Krampf — It’s a 50/50 Conversation: Eastsound Village … What’s Your Vision? Join us Wednesday, October 26th at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Eastsound Village is the center of Orcas Island. As our main commercial hub, it’s also slated as the area of … Continue reading

Oil Spill in BC Waters “Tribe’s Worst Nightmare” Salish Sea faces damage by potential 60,000 gallon diesel oil spill from tug

Tribal harvest, economy threatened — from Mark Hume for The Globe and Mail — Members of the Heiltsuk Nation are hoping cleanup crews can protect clam beaches and salmon streams after a tug pushing a massive fuel barge ran aground [on October 13] near Bella Bella in the heart of … Continue reading

Editorial | Let’s Make This Our Last Columbus Day Celebration


— by Lin McNulty — “Columbus sailed the ocean blue In fourteen hundred ninety-two” We learned to recite that little ditty in school as we were taught that Christopher Columbus’ “discovery of America” in 1492 was a defining moment in our country’s history, that it is when American history really began. We are now learning to view … Continue reading

Council Considering Ordinance to Ban Single-use Bags

Tuesday, October 11, 9:15 a.m., Council Hearing Room — from Ingrid Gabriel — NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE DISTRIBUTION OF SINGLE-USE CARRYOUT BAGS IN RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the San Juan County Council will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of … Continue reading

Mixed Media Presentation to Explore Era of Megafires

Wednesday, October 12, 7 – 9 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church — from Rainshadow Consulting — Join us for a 70-minute, multi-media presentation, The Wildfire Project: The Era of Megafires, hosted by Dr. Paul Hessburg. This presentation offers a history of wildfire in the west and a discussion about how homeowners … Continue reading

Savor the Salish Sea in 1st Annual Salish Sea Festival


Saturday, October 15, Rosario Resort — from San Juans Visitors Bureau — Celebrate the salty tastes and traditions of San Juan Island waters this fall. Savor engaging conversation, talks, tours and demonstrations as well as fresh oysters on-the-half-shell, and other sustainably harvested seafood, on October 15, 2016 at Rosario Resort, … Continue reading

LWV Forum on Orcas Brings Candidates to the Public Part One: County Council Candidates


— by Janet Brownell — The San Juan Island’s League of Women Voters Orcas Island Forum was well attended on October 4th at the Orcas Island Fire Hall. Steve Bowman served as moderator, and reminded the crowd of the LWV’s mission: “The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization, that encourages … Continue reading

Participate in Design for Mt. Constitution Summit Learning Center Presentation of conceptual design planned

Thursday, October 13, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Orcas Island School Cafeteria — from Nancy Burdyshaw for Washington State Parks — Washington State Parks would like to invite you to participate in a presentation and discussion on the current conceptual design for the Summit Learning Center on Mount … Continue reading

New Exchange Expected To Open Summer 2017

— from Orcas Recycling Services — “Barring major problems, I think we will open the doors by next summer,” says Pete Moe, Executive Director of Orcas Recycling Services (ORS). “For the first time since the fire, I am confident enough to put a timeline on it.” That confidence comes from the … Continue reading

Author to Speak on Return of Elwha River Presented by SeaDoc Society & YMCA Camp Orkila


Tuesday, October 11, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall — from Jean Lyle — The world’s largest dam removal project, the demolition of the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams, set the Elwha River free to run again after close to a century of being blocked. Salmon now migrate up the river … Continue reading

Change is Coming to Mt. Constitution Summit

Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m., School Cafeteria — from Jackie Daigle, Friends of Moran State Park — Next Spring (2017) the old KVOS building at the summit of Mt. Constitution will be razed. During the 2015-2017 biennium, funding was granted to renovate the existing building. Upon inspection, the State reconsidered renovating … Continue reading

Eastsound Water’s Member Engagement Process Group to Present Recommendations Concerns of rate increases prompts three nights of meetings

— by Margie Doyle — Paul Kamin, General Manager of the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) spoke recently of the process involved whereby 20 EWUA members came to some recommendations, which they will present before the board at the Oct. 18 board meeting. The participants spent the better part of … Continue reading