Celebrate Return of Salmon With Salmon BBQ

Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., RSVP Required   — from Daniel Poppe — The Salmon Homecoming, sponsored by Long Live the Kings and Nootka Marine Adventures, celebrates the return of Chinook to the Glenwood Springs Salmon Hatchery. Join us for a salmon and pizza cookout with local wine, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Does Eastsound Still Need Architectural Design Standards? Envisioning what Eastsound will look like entails planning and standards

— by John Campbell, Chairman, Eastsound Design Review Committee– History: 25 years ago there was a general outcry in favor of minimum architectural standards in response to a big dowdy building that engulfed a treasured old landmark. There are two legal bases for community architectural design standards: good design and … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Hamlet Plan Update Set for Public Review, Comments

Wednesday, August 31, 4 – 6 p.m., Deer Harbor Community Club — from Colin Maycock, SJC Community Development — On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 between 4 pm and 6 pm at the Deer Harbor Community Club, 4319 Deer Harbor Road, Orcas Island, San Juan County Department of Community Development is hosting a … Continue reading

Eastsound Visioning Statement Now Has a Survey Information Booth at Farmers Market on Labor Day Weekend

— from Jim Jonassen — The EPRC Task group  “to help enrich a community dialogue on the future to inform the [County Comprehensive] plan update,’ will again have an information booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day Weekend). That task group has created a report and … Continue reading

OPALCO Awarded Grant for $1 Million for Grid Modernization

— from Suzanne Olson — OPALCO’s spirit of innovation was recognized this week as the Co-op was awarded a $1 million grid modernization grant by the Washington Clean Energy Fund (CEF). OPALCO is the smallest utility to ever receive a CEF grant. Other recipients include Avista, Seattle City Light, Snohomish … Continue reading

Inslee Declares Wildfire Emergency in 20 Counties Active Burn Ban Remains in San Juan County

— from Tara Lee — Gov. Jay Inslee today proclaimed a state of emergency for 20 counties in response to multiple wildfires in Eastern Washington threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources. Inslee toured the Spokane-area fires this morning. The proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, … Continue reading

Whale Museum Lecture | Screening of Sonic Sea Venue changed to the San Juan Grange


Tuesday, August 30, 6:30 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Jill Berger — Update: The venue has changed for the Sonic Sea screening to the San Juan Island Grange. Thanks to the Grange for their generosity in helping make this important film available in a larger space with excellent acoustics … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Joins Other Agencies to Rescue Two Boatloads of Kayakers

— from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR)– Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol (Boat and Helicopter), YMCA Camp Orkila, Washington State Parks and Outer Island Excursions responded to an emergency call at 9:40 a.m. reporting five kayakers in the water south of … Continue reading

Whale Museum Lecture | Ocean Forecast Predicts Seasonal Outlook for PNW

Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Jill Berger — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Samantha Siedlecki of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m. … Continue reading

Whale Museum Lecture | Salish Sea: What’s in the Name?


Tuesday, August 23, 6:30 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Jill Berger — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Bert Webber as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Bert will present “The Salish Sea: What’s in the Name?” Bert came to … Continue reading

EWUA Seeks Recommendations from its Membership “Water, water, everywhere…and yet…?…”

— from Fred Klein — It’s not hard to find stories in the media describing how drinking water is becoming increasingly precious and strategically important in many parts of the globe… fortunately at our local level, we are blessed with adequate water resources if we use them wisely. Yes…we live on an … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Board Election Results

–from Paul Kamin, Manager EWUA– At the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) Annual Meeting on Aug 16, 209 votes were cast. Voter turnout was approximately 20% and exceeded the 10% quorum requirement. Joe Cohen, Clyde Duke and Steve Miller were elected to the Board, and will begin serving 3-year terms … Continue reading

EWUA Updates Members in Annual Meeting Most significant water system savings is in your toilet

PowerPoint Presentation

— by Lin McNulty — Innovative and award-winning was the message at Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) Annual Meeting on Tuesday, August 16, as General Manager Paul Kamin highlighted key water system projects over the last year. A resurgence in growth was the first item on the agenda. EWUA gained 74 new … Continue reading

Burn Ban Now in Effect Update: Reminder from OIFR

extreme fire danger

— from Robert Low, SJC Fire Marshal — Due to the high heat and low fuel moisture levels, all of San Juan County will be at the EXTREME fire hazard level. Therefore, no fires, including recreational fires, are allowed at this time. UPDATE: August 18, 2016 — from Chief Scott Williams, … Continue reading

WSU Extension Offers Twilight Shaw Island Forest Tour A casual, educational walk in the woods

Wednesday, August 24, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m., Religious Sisters of Mercy Property, Shaw Island — from Ian Fawley, WSU– Long summer evenings are perfect for enjoying “twilight tours” of local forests. These free out-in-the-woods events are a chance to share ideas, see what others are doing, and look at real … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Help Replace Oil Spill Assc. Landing Craft Matching funds to replace motor during County Fair days ONLY

— from Islands Oil Spill Association — Thanks to the generosity of the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF), each of us has a special opportunity to help Islands’ Oil Spill Association purchase a much-needed new outboard motor for the Green Heron, IOSA’s landing craft that is staged at the … Continue reading

Flotsam & Jetsam | Horseshoe Highway Buffet


— a semi-regular humor column by Maurice Austin — One benefit of the recent Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission decision to allow the salvaging of road-kill deer and elk is that the Horseshoe Highway might begin to smell better. The past couple of years, there’s always been a slight … Continue reading

Larsen Announces $2 Million Grant to Improve Orcas Island Airport


— from Douglas Wagoner — Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Aviation, [yesterday] announced that the Port of Orcas has been awarded a $2,004,466 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to help improve the safety and operations at Orcas Island Airport. “Orcas Island Airport is an … Continue reading

Permaculture Celebration at Orcasong Farm


Wednesday, August 24, 10 a.m. –  4 p.m., Orcasong Farm — from Gretchen Krampf — We invite you to join us at Orcasong Farm, 280 Dolphin Bay Road, for a day of community and permaculture learning-in-action. Our first Salish Sea Permaculture Action Day brings musician/sisters Leah and Chloe of Rising … Continue reading

Watch Perseids Meteor Shower Tonight From Mount Constitution Discover Pass required


Friday, August 12 — from Orcas Chamber of Commerce — Park Rangers will be leaving Mount Constitution Road open on the night of Friday, August 12, and invite the public to view the Perseid Meteor Shower. Visitors are welcome to bring telescopes. We will have a volunteer on site, helping … Continue reading

Center for Whale Research to Use Drones to Discover More about Killer Whales

— from Center for Whale Research — Drones will be used to discover more about the social lives of killer whales as part of new research which could help protect the species. Experts from the Universities of York, Exeter and the Center for Whale Research (CWR) in Washington State, USA, … Continue reading

Orcas Recycling and Library Awarded Public Facilities Grants County also approves awards to Lopez Port and San Juan Parks

The roadwork begins at the Orcas Transfer Station. The "new" Exchange is the brown building at the top (north) of this map

–by Margie Doyle — The San Juan County Council approved awards of $150,000 to the Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange and of $60,000 to the Orcas Island Public Library yesterday, Aug. 9.  The awards are funded by the .09 Public Facilities Financing Assistance Program (PFFAP), which gave out $303,225 in grants … Continue reading