Watch Installation of Funhouse Solar System!

 — from Krista Bouchey, The Funhouse Commons Executive Director – Funhouse Solar System is being installed today and tomorrow! With the break in the weather, we are excited to announce that our photovoltaic solar demonstration system is being installed today and tomorrow, Oct. 29 and 30! This project was made … Continue reading

Guest Column: Many Questions Raised by New EWUA Compliance Policy

— by Doug Bechtel — I’m surprised that Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) continues to hold a hard line on their plan to make people with bathrooms in outlying buildings pay for an additional half membership. After hearing from affected people at their recently held Board Meeting, they must understand … Continue reading

Guest Column: Why I Welcome the New Ferry Reservation System

FERRY MEETING ALERT!! Saturday, November 1, at the Orcas Library, WSF representatives will give three “Reservations 101” presentations: 2:00–3:15p.m., 3:30–4:45 p.m., 5–6 p.m. This is a change from the previous announcement. – by Margot Shaw – They tell us that, to keep young minds and bodies, we should change our … Continue reading

State-wide Projects Benefit from 50 Years of Recreation & Conservation Program

Formed by Citizens’ Initiative, RCO Celebrates 50 Years of Investing in Washington’s Great Outdoors — from Susan Zemek for the State Recreation and Conservation Office — Gov. Jay Inslee will be the featured speaker at the 50th anniversary celebration of The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) celebrates 50 … Continue reading

Venerable Orcas Group Celebrates 70 Years

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– from Patty Pirnack-Hamilton for Stitch & Gossip — “Stitch & Gossip” Orcas 98280 just celebrated their 70th anniversary this year! They had an entry in the 4th of July Parade which received “Honorable Mention”, a display at the library set up by the current President, Linda Armstrong, and their … Continue reading

Round Two of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced

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November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center – from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator – Early Bird Tickets have sold out – a limited number of discounted tier 1 tickets are on sale at www.TEDxOrcasIsland.com One day with more than a dozen Speakers, musical performances, and more, presenters … Continue reading

Clean Up Our Act: Our Recycling is Garbage!

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Orcas 8th Graders Dissect Island Recycling; Findings are Disappointing – from Orcas Recycling Services – Orcas Islanders are not doing a very good job recycling. That’s what Laura Tidwell’s 8th grade science class found out when they looked into the recycling at the Orcas Transfer Station in early October. “It … Continue reading

Guest Column: EWUA Roundtable Needed to Address Water Usage Rates

— by Lesley Liddle — To the Water Board, and EWUA Members: I read through the latest attachment from the EWUA, sent late last night, a missive selectively reflecting the board’s right to enforce this guest house initiative on all EWUA members with guest houses. I see confusing bylaw revisions … Continue reading

Round One of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced

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November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center – from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator – “This IS America” : Exploring the relationship between our Island individualism and our place within the larger collective American experiment. Presentation topics will range from psychology and medicine, law enforcement, media reporting, oceanic … Continue reading

Download Troxel’s New Song to Benefit DVSAS

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– from Mandy Troxel – Orcas Island singer songwriter Mandy Troxel has released a new original song in honor of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month. The song is available for free download, with the option to “tip” the music, with 100% of the proceeds designated toward the San Juan County’s … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Levy and County Parks

Please Support Continued Funding to Keep Our County Parks Open and Well-Maintained. Support for proposition number one on the November ballot continues the current “Levy Lift” funding needed to keep our county parks open, well-maintained, and in good repair. Our county parks make it possible for us all to enjoy … Continue reading

Paul Roberts and The Impulse Society

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Wednesday, Oct 22 at 6 p.m.at Emmanuel Church Paris Hall; reception and book signing immediately afterwards at Darvills Bookstore in Eastsound – by Margie Doyle – Paul Roberts, journalist and author, will return to Orcas Island, where he grew up, to speak to islanders about his latest book, The Impulse … Continue reading