Small Businesses: Learn about Fund Local and Zero-interest Loands

Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Grace Church, Lopez Island — from the Lopez Island Family Resource Center ( 12:40 p.m. ferry from Orcas and 4:10 p.m. return from Lopez)– Want to learn more about a new twist on crowdfunding as a business seeking capital or as an individual … Continue reading

Orcas Voices: The Odd Fellows

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— by Sally Buchanan — The “Odd Fellows” is a name familiar to most Islanders. People know where the building is and they enjoy the renowned Odd Fellows band participating in Island parades with enthusiasm, costumes, and a great rhythm section. Most Islanders also know about the “world famous” Halloween … Continue reading

It Takes a Village to Bring the Classroom to Salmon

— from Fiona Norris for the San Juan Nature Institute — On Monday November 23rd, the third grade class from Orcas Elementary School, accompanied by teachers, instructors from San Juan Nature Institute and a few parents, set off to see the return of the Kokanee at Cascade Lake. It was … Continue reading

Eastsound Subarea Plan Public Hearing Scheduled

Tuesday, December 8, 10:15 a.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Colin Maycock — Notice of a Public Hearing A 2015 Docket Ordinance repealing San Juan County Code Chapter 16.55, the Eastsound Subarea Plan, amending Section B, Element 2, Subsection 2.6.B (2) of the County Comprehensive Plan, adopting an amended Eastsound Subarea … Continue reading

Orcas Choral Society Concert Will Celebrate Our Longest Nights

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Saturday Dec. 5 at Orcas Center; Sunday Dec. 6 at Lopez Center — from Lynn Baker for the Orcas Choral Society — Contentment. Companionship. A good book by a crackling fire. Longing. Love. Prayer. These are a few of the many moods evoked in songs of the Orcas Choral Society’s … Continue reading

County Auditor Reports on 3rd Quarter Finances

— by F. Milene Henley, County Auditor — How Are We Doing? A recent local political cartoon pictured a person, labeled “County Budget,” stuffing money into one pocket, labeled “Reserves,” while simultaneously shuffling money from that pocket to another pocket, labeled “spending,” and pulling money out of the “spending” pocket. … Continue reading

Historical Museum Celebrates with Cookies, Rosario Tree and BOGO

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Friday, Nov. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Historical Museum — by Carol Kulminski for the Orcas Historical Museum — This Friday, the Historical Museum in the village will be giving cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider during the Artwalk between 2 and 5 p.m. Visit the museum … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Your Care after House Fire

— from Josie and Wally Barrow — We cannot believe how fortunate we are to live in such a caring community!! We want to thank you…so many, who have given clothing, food and other things to us since our house burned to the ground on Sunday night. Also..and really first … Continue reading

Overnight Shelter Opens for Cold Nights Ahead

— from Janine Heimerich for the Orcas Interfaith Council of Churches — The churches here on Orcas have gotten together to provide an overnight Severe Weather Shelter. In a nutshell, the shelter will be: Located in the basement fellowship hall at Orcas Island Community Church, with Benson Hall at Emmanuel … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Kiwanians and Volunteers for New Playground

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— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Executive Director — To Members of the Orcas Kiwanis Club, This past summer you gave a very generous contribution in support of a new playground for the Funhouse. Over the weekend 37 volunteers installed the structure and the base chips. Yesterday [Nov. 18] was … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: The Dire Consequences of TPP: What You Need to Know

— by David Turnoy, reprinted Nov. 24 upon request — What do you know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? After years of negotiations, its text was finally released last week, and it is truly the trade treaty from Hell. Here are some of the very likely consequences: More early deaths … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: New Shoreline Aquaculture Laws Could Impact Homeowners, Tourists

— by Lovel Pratt — The SJC Council is updating the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), with hearings beginning on November 30th. This update is this community’s opportunity to address requirements for future aquaculture operations in SJC, including the types of commercial aquaculture we don’t yet have. There are two types … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Now is the Time to Let Council Hear from You on Shoreline Protection

— from Rein Attemann, Puget Sound Advocacy Manager, Washington Environmental Council — Shorelines define the uniqueness of the San Juan Islands – from the rocky shores of Lime Kiln State Park to the beaches of Spencer’s Spit on Lopez Island. And in San Juan County, there are more shorelines than … Continue reading

Editorial: Cram for the Changes in Shoreline Master Plan

— by Margie Doyle — As your Community-Journalist-in-Chief, I have an apology to make for the scarce coverage Orcas Issues has given to the County’s Shoreline Master Plan update. I confess it hasn’t been a top priority with the Eastsound Subarea Plan update, Managing Editor Lin McNulty’s 12-day hospitalization (thank … Continue reading

School Board Meet to Introduce New Student-Families Program

Monday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. in the School Library — from the Orcas Island School District — The Board of Directors of the Orcas Island School District will hold a special monthly board meeting on Monday, Nov. 23 to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. The meeting time is moved up … Continue reading

After Turkey: Holiday Festival of Arts on Saturday

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Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center — from Arron Redford, Senior Center Manager — The Operations Committee of the Orcas Island Senior Center invites you to participate in our annual Holiday Festival of Arts, 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, November 28th. This is … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Medically Evacuates Lopez Resident

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— from Anthony Popp, Assistant Public Affairs Officer — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) on the afternoon of November 12, 2015, for a man with a heart condition from Lopez Island. The SAR crew of five took off just … Continue reading

Island Lights Festival Brings Good Cheer

— from the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Why not stay home or visit a neighboring island to ring in the season? Eastsound Village Green, Lopez Village and Friday Harbor will all sparkle during their signature lighting events with singing by local choirs, cookies and hot cider to brighten … Continue reading

Guest Column: Congressman Rick Larsen Hears TPP Questions

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–by David Turnoy– On Sunday, Nov. 15, Congressman Rick Larsen visited San Juan County to hear from and answer questions of constituents related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. About fifty members of the public attended the forum held at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, and for anyone who … Continue reading