Gather Up Your Garbage for First Halloween Clean-Up


— from Danielle Wheeler for Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) — Have you noticed? There’s quite a bit of trash out there folks… ORS has decided to put on the first ever post-summer “Halloween Clean-Up” on Saturday October 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m! Volunteers are encouraged to meet ORS … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision for the Milennials’ Future Seeking inter-generational engagement with islanders under 50 yrs


— from Gretchen Krampf — It’s a 50/50 Conversation: Eastsound Village … What’s Your Vision? Join us Wednesday, October 26th at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Eastsound Village is the center of Orcas Island. As our main commercial hub, it’s also slated as the area of … Continue reading

Changes to OPALCO Election Process Approved No more voting on the ferry; Districts remain unchanged; Full membership to vote if changes to districts or board make-up proposed

— from Suzanne Olson — After hearing from the membership at OPALCO open house events, the Board approved a number of the changes to the election process that were proposed by a volunteer Member Review Committee. Beginning in 2017, all voting will be by electronic (online) or mail-in ballot. The … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Bridge Weekly Update

— from San Juan County Communications — The bridge replacement project experienced minimal impact from last weekend’s wind and rain storms. West abutment activities will include installing rebar, forming the abutment wall, and placing concrete in the abutment wall. Crews on the east abutment will continue excavating the cofferdam and … Continue reading

Orcas Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Awards Barbara Marrett for County Visitors' Bureau and Jim Jonassen for "Vision for Eastsound" also speak

— by Margie Doyle, corrected Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. — Lance Evans, Executive Director of the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, greeted another standing-room-only audience of Chamber members and guests at the Chamber’s annual dinner at Rosario Resort’s Beach House on Thursday, Oct. 20. Evans quipped that the traditional … Continue reading

$2.7 Million Apprenticeship Grant Awarded State from Federal Dept. of Labor Funds to support apprenticeship expansion to new sectors and underserved populations

— from the office of U.S. Representatvie Rick Larsen — Representatives Rick Larsen (WA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Denny Heck (WA-10) today [Oct. 21]  announced that Washington is being awarded a … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Please Vote Yes on I-732 to Address Climate Change Let's make polluters pay and WA taxes less regressive


— from Chris and Chom Graecen — Firstly we would like to thank fellow islanders for gathering signatures and signing in support of the grassroots climate change initiative that is now successfully on the ballot as I-732. Please now join us in voting “YES.” I-732 will reduce Washington State’s greenhouse … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Invests in Outdoor Play


— by Margie Doyle — When Kaleidoscope Childcare Center was discredited for its play area, Director Amber Paulsen addressed the situation and turned it into an investment opportunity for Kaleidoscope kids and their families. Kaleidoscope’s playground ranked low in the “Early Achievers” score which came out April 2015, Paulsen explained, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: San Juan County Needs Watson


— from Senator Kevin Ranker — I have known Bill Watson for many years. I find him to be exactly the sort of thoughtful person we need leading this great county of ours. We need strong, intelligent advocates for the issues that bind us together as a community. Bill joining … Continue reading

Orcas Design Meeting on Mt. Constitution Summit Plans Disappoints Funding only adequate for restrooms now

— by Margie Doyle — At a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Orcas School Cafeteria, representatives from Washington State Parks and Patano Studio Architecture met with the public to discuss designs for new bathrooms and an interpretive center at the summit of Mount Constitution. Derek Gustafson, Northwest Regional … Continue reading