We Did It! and Orcas School District Begins a New Era

Some of the community that came out to celebrate the 2012 School Bond Project.

— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Community came out en masse to the ribbon cutting ceremonies of the the 2012 Bon Reconstruction Project on Aug. 29, a rainy, blustery afternoon. But the power came back on as dignitaries such as State Senator Kevin Ranker, former and current School Board … Continue reading

District Reaches Contracts with Both School Unions

New Faces at School include Teachers — by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island School District Superintendent Eric Webb announced at the monthly school board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27, “I’m very happy to report we have a tentative agreement with Orcas Island Education and Public School Employees Unions,” after spending … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Sends Unit to Fight Eastern WA Fire

The following letter was written by Acting Fire Chief Mik Preysz to Orcas Fire and Rescue Commissioners on Aug.27: Dear Commissioners: I am writing you to let you know that I authorized the deployment of our Brush truck with Seth Ybarra as “Engine Leader” to the Kettle Complex (60,000 acres) … Continue reading

San Juan Island’s Scenic Westside Preserve More than Doubles in Size


— from the San Juan County Land Bank — The San Juan County Land Bank received a 30-acre donation along Westside Road on San Juan last Friday, August 21st. “We are very happy to see this special piece of land preserved for future generations and enjoyed by a wider public,” … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Orcas Fire and Rescue Honors Fallen Firefighters

— from Miklos Preysz, Acting Chief, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR) — On August 25, 2015 at approximately 1900, a “paddle-out” memorial ceremony was performed for the three fallen Twisp Firefighters at Eastsound Waterfront Park. We regret to announce that OIFR was unable to formally attend. OIFR, in the … Continue reading

Apply for Low Income Housing Grants, Loans by Sept. 30

Funding for non-profits and developers, not individuals — — from Melanie Rollins, San Juan County Affordable Housing Coordinator — San Juan County will award grants and loans totaling up to $20,000 in 2015 for projects that help make housing available to local residents of very low income. The Low Income … Continue reading

Exchange Progress Public Forum on Tuesday

OIRS concept.psd

Tuesday, August 25,  5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from the Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange newsletter (reprinted from Aug. 18)– Save the date! The team at ORS/The Exchange wants to update you, in person, on what we’ve been up to! Please join staff and the board of directors on … Continue reading

Islanders’ Opposition to Trans-Mountain Pipeline Voiced

— from Shaun Hubbard for SJ Islanders for Safe Shipping — 16 months after applying and being accepted to comment, and after many delays and extensions on Canada’s part, San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping just submitted our letter to Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) asking them to reject the … Continue reading

The Current State of Island Agriculture: Greenhouse Regulations Proposed

Orcas -Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at Eastsound Fire Hall Lopez – Thursday, August 27 at 4 p.m. at Lopez Library — from Peggy Bill, County Agriculture Resources Committee Coordinator — San Juan County Council is currently considering adoption of new regulations that would be applied to greenhouses and … Continue reading

Planning Commission Continues Deliberations on Sub-area Plan

— by Margie Doyle — The County Planning Commission will continue its deliberations on the Eastsound Subarea Plan update next Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Eastsound Fire Hall. The commissioners, from Lopez and San Juan Islands as well as Orcas Island’s Bob Gamble, Brian Ehrmantraut and Tim Blanchard, agreed to … Continue reading

OPAL Offers First Look at Rental Housing Schematic Design at Saturday Market

— from Judy Whiting for OPAL — The community can view a draft version of the site plan for OPAL Community Land Trust’s proposed rental housing in Eastsound at this week’s Saturday Market. Architect Jess Blanch will be on hand with members of the OPAL board of trustees to answer … Continue reading

Prelude to Planning Commission: EPRC Articulates Vision

Eastsound Sub-area map withing bold borders

Planning Commission meets Friday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Eastsound — by Margie Doyle, updated, correction August 16 “Does it represent the character of the community?” That was the question asked, both openly and implicitly, as four members of  the Eastsound Planning Review Committee … Continue reading

Do You Know a Veteran Nearby?

— Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friday Harbor American Legion — — from Congressman Rick Larsen — Next week I will be holding roundtable discussions with veterans across Northwest Washington. I welcome all veterans who are residents of the 2nd Congressional District to join me in a discussion about … Continue reading

School’s Ready for a New Year

School Bond 2015 feature

Bond Project completed on-time and on-budget –by Margie Doyle — It’s only 10 more days until the Orcas Island School District formally “unveils” it’s $11.9M Bond renovation project, and it’s full steam ahead, with big changes every day. Once planting starts, the school campus on School Road and Madrona Streets … Continue reading