County Looks to Fill Board Vacancies

— from San Juan County Communications — The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory … Continue reading

New Vehicle Licensing System Coming On Board; Expect Delays

— from San Juan County Communications — Washington State residents with vehicle and vessel transactions due in December are urged to complete them by Friday, December 9. On Monday, December 12, the Washington State Department of Licensing will implement, statewide, a new state-of-the-art computer system for vehicle and vessel title … Continue reading

San Juan County Issues Pertussis Health Alert

— from San Juan County Communications — Three San Juan Island children have been diagnosed with Pertussis, or “whooping cough.” San Juan County Health & Community Services is currently working with the families of these children to investigate the pertussis cases. None of the children have been hospitalized. Pertussis is … Continue reading

Last County Flea Market of 2016 Dec. 10 at County Fairgrounds on San Juan Island


— from Ashley King, Program Coordinator, San Juan County Parks & Fair — Mark your calendars, last Flea Market of 2016 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Saturday, December 10th 9am-Noon From jewelry and handmade goods to yard tools and , this is the place to find it! Got some … Continue reading

Navy Addresses Electronic Warfare Training in Pacific Northwest

— from Capt. Geoff Moore, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey — For several decades the Navy has sought to enhance its airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) training capabilities in the Pacific Northwest in order to keep ahead of our adversaries in this increasing important field of modern warfare. Recognition of this importance … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Pipeline Project Poses Major Threat to San Juan Region state legislature needs to implement recommendations this coming session before the next barge incident

–by Fred Felleman and Jamie Stephens, originally published in — There is a dichotomy that defines the Salish Sea, the network of waterways that includes Puget Sound, the San Juan region, and southwestern British Columbia. These deep, protected waters serve as habitat for a diversity of marine species and … Continue reading

Editorial: Giving Thanks When Others Are Hurting


— by Margie Doyle — Living and working on Orcas Island, I’m thankful: for Arts for Orcas Kids (A-OK) and the Music Advocacy Group, who work throughout the year to provide music and art experiences and learning to all our schoolchildren as part of the public school curriculum; for those … Continue reading

Post Election Meeting: Charting a New Course Together

— by Kelly Rose — Attendees numbered 112 people at a post-election meeting at Odd Fellows Hall last Friday, November 18. The meeting, titled “Where do we go from here?” offered community members the opportunity to share their thoughts around the elections, and brainstorm ideas together, with a main focus to … Continue reading

Fire Commissioners OK Resolutions for Budget, More

— by Lin McNulty — On Monday evening, the Board of Fire Commissioners, wrapped up some important pieces of business with adoption of three resolutions. Resolution 2016-10, 2017 Property Tax – RCW 84.55.120 WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 2 has met and … Continue reading

Hedrick Smith to Speak on the Political Earthquake of 2016


Sunday, November 20, 1:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Michael Riordan — Now that the most divisive and deeply disturbing US presidential election in memory is finally over, we face the difficult questions: What happened? What now? On Sunday, November 20, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning author and producer — … Continue reading

Fire Chief Candidate Names Revealed

— by Lin McNulty — Three finalists have been selected by the OIFR Search Committee for the position of Orcas Fire Chief. All three have extensive fire department experience, and are local to Western Washington. Scott Williams, currently interim chief of Orcas Fire, Martin Fowler from Vashon Island, and Jason … Continue reading

Larsen Raises Concerns With Proposal to Privatize Nation’s Air Traffic Control System

— from Representative Rick Larsen’s Office — Congressman: ‘progress can and should continue without privatizing the world’s largest and most complex air traffic control system’ Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and … Continue reading

School Board Reaches Consensus on Bond for Phase III Development Board hears different strategies for bond structuring, prioritized.

— by Margie Doyle, updated Nov.14 at 2:30 p.m.— On Nov. 7 the Orcas Island School District (OISD) board, administration and public members met to deal with the nitty-gritty decisions facing them in considering a bond proposal to complete several projects cut from previous bonds for capital construction. First the … Continue reading

Thankful for Orcas Community Resource Center

— by Sally Buchanan — The Orcas Island community has so many resources to be thankful for this Thanksgiving month. Highlighting the OCRC, Orcas Community Resource Center, seems especially appropriate. This non-profit organization has been active on the Island for many years as Orcas Family Connections helping families requiring assistance … Continue reading