Feast on Your Local Heritage!

The Historical Museums, in town and in Crow Valley

Saturday, October 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Red Rabbit Farm, West Sound Tis’ the season of great food, wine and the celebration of the harvest! The Orcas Island Historical Museum will receive all proceeds from the “Heritage Harvest Feast” at Red Rabbit Farm on October 4. The farm-to-table family style … 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

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 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

New Ferries’ Head Announced by WSDOT

— from Lars Erickson, for WSDOT communications — Today [Sept. 10] Lynn Peterson, Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Lynne Griffith as Assistant Secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including guiding the … Continue reading

Busy, Productive County Council Tuesday Morning Session

– by Lin McNulty – Following a quick approval of minutes, and a few routine housekeeping items, the County Council on Tuesday opened their meeting on Orcas for Citizen’s Access Time. Pierette Guimond announced that island cemeteries now have a website which contains much historical information. Dan Wilk of Ecliipse … Continue reading

New Funding Gives Increased Preschool Accessibility and Quality

“It’s our torch to carry now.” — By Margie Doyle – “We can’t wait around,” Joe Cohen says, “We can do something now for our community and we will.” Cohen is speaking of the Early Childhood Education Initiative that is now underway, beginning a three-year “demonstration project” that will make … Continue reading

Ferries Operations Chief On Leave Since July after “Disrespect”

State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson says Rodgers disrespected her in a June conversation. – By Mike Lindblom, Seattle Times  transportation reporter — State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson formally reprimanded the operations director of state ferries, saying he disrespected her during a phone conversation in June. Steve Rodgers, a 42-year employee, … Continue reading

“Berto” Brings Openness and Acceptance to Emmanuel Episcopal Parish

Emmanuel Episcopal church USA

– by Margie Doyle – Jose Roberto Gándara-Perea, “Berto’s” life path has drawn him from Puerto Rico to Germany, from the Dominican Republic to Belgium, from Harlem to Orcas Island. Now, since August, it has brought him to a pastoral resting place at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Orcas Island. The … Continue reading

County Council to Meet in Eastsound

Tuesday, September 9, at 10 a.m at the Eastsound Fire Hall The San Juan County Council will hold its regular meeting on Orcas Island next week. The agenda for the meeting calls for: Citizens’ Access Time Discussions scheduled from 10:15 a.m. until 12 noon: Eastsound Subarea Plan Update– Colin Maycock, … Continue reading

A Night of Tradition and Vision

susan Mustard Millie Vaccarella feature 2014

– by Margie Doyle – Jan Koltun addressed “An Orcas Family: 130 Years and Counting” auction attendees, saying the gathering seemed like a cross between “High Mass and a summer camp gathering.” Hours later,  several  bidders chortled that they’d gotten items they’d coveted from seeing in the catalog, but never … Continue reading

School District Readying for First Day, Sept. 3

 — by Margie Doyle – Behind the chain link fences at the Orcas Island School District campus, the work of Tiger Construction and subcontractors has been simmering all summer long. Every day achieves some new benchmark towards completion of the “2012 Bond Project” to update the public education buildings. Behind … Continue reading