Rick Larsen Meeting on Lopez to Address Growlers

Tuesday, October 7, 2 – 3 p.m., Lopez Center – from Cynthia Dilling – Tuesday, October 7, from 2-3pm,U.S. Representative Rick Larsen will listen to the Lopez community and San Juan County concerns about EA18-G Growler noise at the Lopez Center in Lopez village. Councilman Jamie Stephens is hosting this … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Offers College Prep Presentation

Monday, September 29, 6:30 p.m., Funhouse Commons  — from Kimberley Ihlenfeldt, Program Director, Funhouse Commons – On Monday, September 29, as part of its annual College Counseling program, The Funhouse Commons will be hosting an event for parents with prospective college students at the Orcas High School Commons. The event … Continue reading

Open Houses Set for 2015 Leadership Program

Leadership San Juans continues -- next applications due Oct. 31

Wednesday, October 8, 5:30-7 p.m. on Orcas Island: Heartwood House – from Leadership San Juan Islands – The chance for San Juan County residents to learn more about their community and themselves returns, as Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) prepares for its eleventh year. Applications for the county-wide program are … Continue reading

Free “Leave No Trace” Training this Sunday

The Leave No Trace™ Center for Outdoor Ethics has chosen Washington State’s San Juan Islands as only one of eight ‘Hot Spots’ in the entire United States.  The organization considers these public lands to be under considerable threat of “irreversible damage” due to recreational activities from public land users. On … Continue reading

League of Women Voters Sponsors Voter Registration Drive

Meet and Talk with County Councilman Rick Hughes on  Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Orcas Library’s 1-2:30 p.m. session National Voter Registration Day is coming! The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWV-SJ) have joined Leagues around the country to kick their election-season planning into high gear, with a … Continue reading

Guitar-Making Class Raising Funds for Special Router

 — from Corey Wiscomb, Orcas High School teacher – Last scholastic year, with the help of Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF), the Orcas High School introduced a new course in STEM Guitar Building.  The hands-on course gained an instant popularity with students as an approach that immediately applies the taught … Continue reading

PTSA Hosts Back-to-School BBQ and Roller Skating

— from Cathy Faulkner, for Orcas Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA)– Orcas PTSA’s annual Back to School Barbecue is Friday, Sept. 26 from 5-7 p.m., and is also the kickoff of the Friday Night Roller Skating Season. Meet our special guest, OISD Superintendent Eric Webb. The free barbecue will be near the … Continue reading

County Council Drafting “Leave No Trace” Resolution

– from Barbara Marrett/San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau – The San Juan County Council is working on a draft resolution supporting a Leave No Trace (LNT) ethic in San Juan County. The resolution is a result of the local Terrestrial Managers Working Group, a coalition of conservation-oriented governmental and non-governmental land … Continue reading

Leave No Trace Comes to San Juan Islands Sept 23-28

— from Barbara Marrett for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Special Education Events September 25-29 in the San Juan Islands with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come Leave No Trace Selected Washington’s San Juan Islands as One of … Continue reading

Orcas Fur and Feathers 4-H Club Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Orcas Senior Center from 5:30-7 p.m. Dinner Menu: Cauliflower soup, Local green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, Roasted Chicken, creamy mashed potatoes with gravy, veggies and Apple Rhubarb crisp for dessert served with coffee & tea. Cost: $5 kids and seniors, $10 adults. … Continue reading

State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the Supreme Court’s McCleary Order

— from the Office of Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction — [On] September 11, the Supreme Court released its most recent order pertaining to McCleary v. Washington, the 2012 decision which held that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn … Continue reading

State Supreme Court Holds Legislature in Contempt

— from Governor Jay Inslee’s Communications Office — Statement from Gov. Inslee on today’s Supreme Court order regarding McCleary “Today, the state of Washington has been held in contempt for failing to provide the Supreme Court with the education funding plan it has ordered. This unprecedented action by the Supreme … Continue reading

Council Hears Updates at Afternoon Session

– by Margie Doyle – Updates on recent Orcas Island developments highlighted the Sept. 9 afternoon session of the San Juan County Council at the Eastsound Fire Hall. Before hearing from Orcas Recycling Services (ORS), the Library, and plans about parking at Orcas Landing, re-location of the Dog Park, and … Continue reading