Lopez Crowds Ferry Reservation Gathering

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— by Ann Palmer — The May 19  Town Hall meeting to discuss the ferry reservation system was standing room only. The meeting was hosted by San Juan County Council members Jamie Stephens and Rick Hughes – council liaison to the Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) — Washington State Ferries (WSF) … Continue reading

OPAL Honors Mary Riveland and Justin Paulsen at 25th Annual Meeting

— from Judy Whiting — Community leader Mary Riveland and general contractor Justin Paulsen, owner of Terra Firma, NW, were honored, respectively, for their volunteer service and dedication to fair housing at the 25th annual meeting of OPAL Community Land Trust on April 29. Riveland was awarded the Sky Award, … Continue reading

Wow Them All at Smugglers’ Blues Costume Gala!

Be a flapper or a pirate or a dirty smuggler -- but come to the Historical Society's gala on May 23!

Saturday, May 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Historical Museum — from the Orcas Island Historical Society — Calling all guys and dolls, gangsters and molls, dappers and dames! You do not want to miss out on the Orcas Island Historical Museum’s opening season gala, celebrating our newest … Continue reading

History Matinee: When Orcas Was an Apple Orchard

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Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall In the year 1909, at the height of its fruit industry, the orchards of Orcas Island boasted 76,731 apple trees that bore more than 41 varieties of fruit with such exotic names as Red Astrachan, Blue Pearmain, Reinette, Blenheim, … Continue reading

OPALCO Member Feedback Posted Online

— from Suzanne Olson — OPALCO is listening. Of the 337 people who attended OPALCO’s 78th Annual Meeting, 54 members submitted questions and comments for staff to respond to. Member comments, questions and answers have been posted online in our Recently Asked Questions. All but four of those members have been contacted … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Thanks for 20 Years of Project PAL

— from Madeline Danielson, Project PAL Coordinator — Twenty years ago, Project PAL was started by Beth Anderson of OPALCO and a few community volunteers so Co-op members could give each other a hand up with electric bills in tough times. This gets done by rounding up the power bills to the next whole dollar … Continue reading

“Across the Universe” Tickets for Live Stream Available NOW!

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Tickets still available for this weekend — from Orcas Center — All tickets to “Across the Universe-A Celebration in Concert” in the Center Stage theater remain sold out for the Friday and Saturday performances on May 15 – 16. But…you can still come and see the show! Orcas Center will … Continue reading

Team Orcas Wins the Sailing Port Townsend Open

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— from Michele Wiley for Sail Orcas — OHS’s young team has a very strong finish to the spring season. Nine members of the Orcas High School Sailing Team (all Junior Sailing alumni) competed at the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Port Townsend Open Regatta on Saturday May 9th. This was … Continue reading