Orcas Women and Children to March Across the Country on Saturday Details included if you want to march

— from Kristin Kolb — Numerous Orcas Island women and children are amassing in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Friday Harbor, and Eastsound, for the Women’s March on Washington this coming Saturday, January 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The D.C. protest, which originally was called the Million Women’s March, is … Continue reading

2017 Accessory Dwelling Unit Eligibility Deadline

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is accepting applications for detached ADU permits proposed outside of urban growth areas and activity centers until 4:30 pm February 13 2017.  There are 8 permits for the construction of new ADUs and 2 permits … Continue reading

Annual Homeless Count to be Completed This Month

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County’s 2017 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 26th. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | On That OPALCO Rate Increase

— from Alex MacLeod — In what has become an annual event, OPALCO put out a news release the other day letting us know our electricity rates are increasing yet again, this time by another 5%, effective January 1. It said the increase is necessary “to meet OPALCO’s cost of service, … Continue reading

Breaking News | Orcas Medical Foundation Raises Necessary Funds

— by Lin McNulty — Orcas Issues reached out to the Orcas Medical Foundation to inquire about the status of the fundraising effort to bring University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics to Orcas. UW Medicine estimated the cost of transitioning OMC to a UW Neighborhood Clinic would be $750,000. To move … Continue reading

Rock of Orcas to Dive into the Music of the 80s Three Choirs and Dance Classes forming

— from Grace McCune — Orcas Island: We Will Rock You! You have been warned. Get your bangles and bandannas on: The creative team of Grace McCune and Jake Perrine, who brought you “Moulin Rouge” and “Across the Universe,” will serve up Orcas Center’s next musical extravaganza: ROCK OF ORCAS … Continue reading

Friday Harbor Women Also Marching Because women’s rights are human rights

Saturday, January 21, Noon, San Juan County Courthouse — from Roberta Michelle Stringer — Residents of the San Juan Islands are coming together to support human rights and the environment in our county and our country. A community march is planned for Saturday January 21st at 12:00pm noon. This march … Continue reading

Local Women Have Their Marching Orders Sunday, Jan. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall

— from Mary Gropp — The 2016 United States Presidential campaign and election received an enormous amount of attention. The upcoming Inauguration has inspired a desire to express feelings about important issues. The Women’s March on Washington is a national movement for everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, diversity, and … Continue reading

“Growler” Draft Environmental Impact Statement: The Emperor Has No Clothes Deadline for comments on Jan. 25

–from Chom Greacen, Member, Quiet Skies over San Juan County– The Navy plans to add 36 EA-18G “Growler” fighter jets and roughly double the number of Growler flight operations out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The only thing standing in its way is completion of the Environmental Impact Statement … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Mentor Program a Win-Win Every child can benefit from a mentor

— from Sarah McKay — The Funhouse Commons Mentor program matches children with talented, caring adults in the community who can help teach them a new skill, provide a listening ear, go on adventures, and simply be a friend.  National studies show that children who have mentors are more likely to succeed … Continue reading

Navy Agrees To Extend Environmental Impact Study Public Comment Period Following push from Larsen, Murray, Cantwell

— from Douglas Wagoner — After urging from Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Navy today announced it will extend by 30 days the ongoing public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Study of EA-18G “Growler” Airfield Operations at Naval … Continue reading

Breaking News | County’s Top Officials Affirm Existing Local Policies with Immigrants No agreements to provide assistance in detaining or deporting immigrants

— from San Juan County Communications — At the first meeting of the San Juan County Council in 2017, the County’s top law enforcement officers and the Council members talked about immigrants in the community without proper papers or who have overstayed their visa. Council Member Jamie Stephens kicked off … Continue reading

Explore the Gifts of The Artist’s Way with Kate Gavigan

Tuesday, January 17 at 1 p.m. at the Orcas Library The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is an international bestseller on the subject of creativity. Kate Gavigan’s talk on creativity will highlight the primary tools of creative recovery that Julia Cameron outlines in her international bestseller on creativity: The Artist’s … Continue reading

Business Owners: You Are Invited to an Eastsound Vision Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Orcas Chamber of Commerce — In cooperation with the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC), the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to a meeting to learn about the Eastsound Vision workshops and meetings taking place … Continue reading

Go Camping this Summer 2017 San Juan County resident camping reservations

— from San Juan County Parks Staff — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round! Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park for any dates … Continue reading