Letter to the Editor: OPALCO 2014 Election

 – from Islands Energy Coalition – Dear OPALCO members, We, the undersigned, are members of the Islands Energy Coalition (IEC), a coalition of individuals from throughout the San Juan’s. Our primary goal is to bring awareness to energy issues ranging from the global to the local. On April 14th we hosted … Continue reading

Meet Interim Ferries Chief George Capacci

San Juan Islands Reservation System a priority — from Washington State Ferries’ Captain George A. Capacci – I am Capt. George Capacci, the interim assistant secretary appointee for the WSDOT Ferries Division. … I would like to take this opportunity to recognize David Moseley as he concludes his tenure as … Continue reading

Richard Bach to Meet and Help Local Writers

Author and aviator Richard Bach, photo by Sabryna Bach.

Tuesday, April 29 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Public Library in Eastsound. Sorry, Registration closed. — by Margie Doyle – Legendary writer and private Orcas Island resident Richard Bach hopes to meet with islanders and share his interests in writing, a writing career, publishing, passion and perserverence. The … Continue reading

Council Chair Hughes Asks Federal Legislators to Help Nuñez

San Juan County Council Chair Rick Hughes, from Orcas/Waldron District #2, sent the following letter to Senator Patty Murray, Congressman Rick Larsen and Senator Maria Cantwell on March 31, 2014, regarding the proposed deportation of Benjamin Nuñez: It has come to my attention that Orcas Island resident, Ben Nuñez, is … Continue reading

Volunteers Prepare Olga Strawberry Building for Reconstruction

Volunteers hard at work, day in, day out, restoring the Orcas Artworks at Olga

– by Susan Gordon Bentley – We’ve heard several comments lately that the Olga Strawberry Building (Artworks and Café Olga) is looking a little neater and that finally something seems to be happening. Well it is thanks to a group of wonderful volunteers headed by Scott Whiting. They have worked … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Fire & Rescue Makes Good Use of Funding

 – from Moana Kutsche – A Yes vote on the fire levy will preserve and enhance our community’s investment in the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue department that serves us so well. The investment in people is paramount. OIFR can do what it does because of dedicated, highly-trained volunteers and … Continue reading

Orcas Bird and Wildlife Festival to Kickoff with Feathers Author

Thor Hanson will give the Keynote Speech and sign his book, "Feathers" at the April 10 Kickoff Dinner of the Bird and Wildlife Fest. Photo by Kathleen Ballard

– from the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce – The first-ever Orcas Bird and Wildlife Festival is fast approaching, from April 10 to 12, 2014. The Festival offers activities sure to please all who enjoy the birds and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. The line-up of walks, talks, workshops and … Continue reading

Community Rallied; Now Congress & Senate Members Step In to Help Nuñez

– by Lin McNulty – In response to numerous letters, phone calls, and email from concerned Orcas Islanders to local Senators and Representatives, the following letter has been sent to Department of  Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, on behalf of Benjamin Nuñez Marquez. Mr. Nuñez has been employed at West … Continue reading