Public Meeting: The Future of Eastsound Comments and input sought for planning purposes

Thursday, October 13, 6 p.m., Senior Center Lundeen Room — from Orcas Chamber of Commerce — The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce and the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) are hosting a public meeting seeking input to the Eastsound Urban Growth Subarea Plan, which is up for review this year. … Continue reading

$451 M for Puget Sound Protection, Restoration Passes House The House and Senate will now reconcile the two versions of Larsen-led bill

— from Douglas Wagoner — Congressman: ‘this project will help facilitate restoration of river deltas, beaches, open coastal inlets, and barrier embayments within the region’ Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today announced that the House has approved an effort he led – along with Reps. Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07), … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: OPALCO’s Proposed Election Changes Significant


–by Alex MacLeod– If you were paying attention, you might recall that the last OPALCO election was fraught with controversy, miscues and mismanagement. It began in January when Gerry Lawlor, the No. 2 guy at OPALCO’s subsidiary, Rock Island Communications, posted notes encouraging members to sign petitions to change the … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Open Letter to OPALCO


— from Michael Karp — To: OPALCO Board of Directors General Manager Re: Member Review Committee on Elections I am compelled to communicate my views regarding the recent report from the Member Review Committee on elections and feel I would be remiss to not do so. I am very interested … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Proposed OPALCO Election Changes Dilute Member Input a letter to OPALCO Board of Directors

 — by Chom Graecen — To: OPALCO Board of Directors and General Manager Foster Hildreth, Firstly I would like to commend the board for engaging members to provide inputs and recommendations to OPALCO on important matters such as the elections. The Member Review Committee on Elections and the planned Open Houses on different … Continue reading

Calling All Gardeners to Annual Gardening Workshop Secrets of Wheat, Bees, Tomatoes and Deer to be revealed at day-long event


Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Middle School, advance registration required — by the San Juan County Master Gardeners — Come join other garden enthusiasts at the 2016 Annual Gardening Workshop, Secrets of Gardening, at Friday Harbor Middle School, on Saturday, October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to … Continue reading

EPRC Consideration of Street Standards “Throws a Curveball” to OPAL Comments bring out issues with unfinished zoning, increased infrastructure demands and urbanization


— by Emma Heikkinen and Margie Doyle — At the September 15 meeting of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC), much of the discussion focused on  the continued urbanization of Eastsound and efforts to maintain the area’s rural character. Public comment opened with a suggestion from John Campbell to the … Continue reading

Fire Risk Status Now “Low”

Fire Risk Status “LOW,” Burn Permits set to begin October 3rd — from Robert Low, SJC Fire Marshal — Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, San Juan County has reduced the fire risk status to “LOW.” However, burn permits will not be issued until October … Continue reading

No More Breeding of Captive Orca in California

— from Reuters — California will no longer allow the breeding of captive killer whales such as those used in SeaWorld’s famous “Shamu” shows under a measure signed on Tuesday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. The move comes months after the embattled entertainment company pledged to stop breeding orcas, or … Continue reading

Odlin County Park Celebrates 90th Year with Free Camping Reserve by Friday, September 16

— from Kathryn Hansen — Join San Juan County Parks for a night of free camping on September 24 and commemorate the 90th anniversary of Odlin County Park. An Act of Congress granted the land to the County for “recreational and public park purposes” in 1926. The Parks Department wants to thank … Continue reading

Eastsound Planning Committee Tackles Mountains and Molehills EPRC's Thursday meeting to plan proposed Oct. 13 Town Hall

September 15,from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall — from Colin Maycock for the EPRC — The agenda for the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC), a county advisory body includes: Public Comment period County Council Update – Councilman Rick Hughes Main Topics: 1. Street frontage improvement designs … Continue reading

Movement to Stop Dakota Access Pipeline to Gather on Orcas


Tuesday, September 13, 5 – 6:30 p.m., IsleWork, 9 Hope Lane — from Gretchen Krampf — September 13, 2016 from 5:00-6:30 PM at IsleWork, 9 Hope Lane, Eastsound, next to Island Hoppin’ Brewery. The movement to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline is growing stronger by the day, and it’s time … Continue reading

OPALCO Doubles Down on Low-Income Bill Credits

— from Suzanne Olson — OPALCO’s Energy Assist Program will double the monthly bill credit for participating low-income members through the end of the year. The number of members participating in this new program is lower than budgeted and the Board decided to increase the assistance for those who need … Continue reading

Exchange at the Grange a Big Win for ORS Swap Meet Sunday brings smiles and finds to Orcas Islanders


— by Margie Doyle, updated Sept. 13 at 9:45 a.m. — The Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange (ORS) non-profit exceeded expectations with a community outreach Swap Exchange, with booth after booth, table after table of hardware, tools, arts and crafts, paintings, books, clothes, furniture, linens, jewelry and even a portable forge. … Continue reading

Free Workshop for Shoreline Property Owners and Managers

Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – noon, San Juan Island Grange — from Katie Fleming — Interested in learning more about your shoreline property and how it can help feed salmon, seabirds and orca? Join engineering geologist and shoreline erosion management expert Jim Johannessen of Coastal Geologic Services and nearshore … Continue reading

Kids and Canoes: a Lummi – Odd Fellows Project


— from Peter Fisher — Kids and Canoes! Dear to the heart of many of us over the years has been to find a way to get Lummi and Orcas Island kids together on a regular basis to create friendships and learn from each other. In 2000, at a celebration … Continue reading

Orcas Sends a Troubadour for Our Times to the Big Apple Call to Action: See "The Climate Monologues" and Spread the Word


— a review of “The Climate Monologues” by Margie Doyle — Update: Repeat performance on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Random Howse — Sharon Abreu is an inspired listener. She listens to the stories of West Virginian coal mining families, NW activists, Tribal leaders, Mississippi teachers, a Colorado cowgirl and Orcas’ … Continue reading

County Land Bank Announces Sept. 16 Hearing to Deliberate on Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Long-term vision and 6-year plan required for sate park and rec grant funding

Sept. 15 deadline for Public Comments — from the San Juan County Land Bank– The Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Plan (PTNA) provides direction for the development, management and acquisition of parks, trails, non-motorized transportation facilities, and natural areas for the Parks & Fair Department, Land Bank, and Public Works … Continue reading