League of Women Voters Sponsor Election Forums Throughout Islands Forums will take place on four consecutive evenings at ferry-served islands

— from Clare Kelm for the League of Women Voters of the San Juans — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will be sponsoring candidate forums on each of the following islands for state and local contests in the 2016 general election. We expect some or all … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Lessons Learned from School’s Community Forum

— by Maggie Schuler — Thanks to all who came [to the school-sponsored Community Forum on Sept. 21], shared their beliefs and therefore furthered MY education. I came thinking I was adamantly opposed to building a track– mainly because I knew there are so many other, and to me, more … Continue reading

Calling All Gardeners to Annual Gardening Workshop Secrets of Wheat, Bees, Tomatoes and Deer to be revealed at day-long event


Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Middle School, advance registration required — by the San Juan County Master Gardeners — Come join other garden enthusiasts at the 2016 Annual Gardening Workshop, Secrets of Gardening, at Friday Harbor Middle School, on Saturday, October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Space Needle Climb for Joe’s Legacy


— from Elaine Goodrich — In honor of Joe Goodrich, Elaine Goodrich and Cassie Hayes have created a team called “Joe’s Legacy” to raise donations for cancer research in the the Base 2 Space Climb. The climb is on October 2nd. It is 832 steps to the top of the … Continue reading

Thor Hanson Keynote Speaker at Annual Gardening Workshop "Secrets of Gardening" takes place Saturday, Oct. 1 on San Juan Island

Thor Hanson. Photo courtesy Kathleen Ballard

— from the WSU/San Juan County Master Gardeners — Calling All Gardeners to Our 2016 Gardening Workshop Author and biologist Thor Hanson will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Gardening Workshop presented by the San Juan County Master Gardeners on October 1, 2016. As the first speaker at this … Continue reading

Commmunity Discusses School Bond Priorities


— by Margie Doyle — The school cafeteria buzzed with hive-like activity as OPAL Executive Director Lisa Byers moderated a community forum about proposals for a “Phase III Bond” for the Orcas Island School District (OISD). After OISD Superintendent Eric Webb Webb acknowledged Board members Janet Brownell and Greg White, … Continue reading

OPALCO Member Committee Proposes Changes to Election Process Members can review recommendations at October Open House events

— from Suzanne Olson — At the September 16 meeting of the OPALCO Board of Directors in Friday Harbor, a volunteer Member Review Committee on Elections presented seven categories of recommendations for changes to OPALCO’s election process. Co-op members will have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed … Continue reading

Fire Commissioners Deliberate Appointee and Increased Number of Commissioners Five applicants come forward; appointment deferred until public meeting on Oct. 3

— by  Margie Doyle — Members of the public clearly expressed their support for additional Fire Commissioners at the regular meeting of the Orcas Fire and Rescue District commissioners on Monday, Sept. 19. They also expressed their gratitude and admiration for the candidates who had stepped forward to fill that … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Two Sailings Tonight to be Delayed 8:25 and 8:55 p.m. departures from Anacortes to sail late

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — Please be advised that tonight, September 20, the M/V Yakima will tie up early for a repair to the coolant system in the ship’s service generator. While no sailings will be canceled, this means that the 8:25 p.m. departure from Anacortes will leave … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Evaluate Elements of Proposed Bond on their Separate Merits Numbers of Students in the School Music Programs increasing


–from Miriam Ziegler– This letter is in response to Peg Manning’s comment following Martha Farish’s excellent “Guest Opinion: Broad Public Input Needed in School’s Bond Discussion,” published 9/19/16. I cannot address Peg’s question about construction costs of the track and the anticipated maintenance costs. What I do have is information … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Did You Get Our Mis-directed Mail?


— from Antoinette Botsford for Shinola Jewelry — UPDATE 2:15, September 21: It was discovered.  Within the post office building, if not the post office itself. Thanks for caring.  Love, AB A small package directed to Shinola Jewelry has been lost. The key to that locker was put in someone … Continue reading

Whidbey Naval Air Station Rescues Five in Olympic Mountains

— from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission near the High Steel Bridge in the Olympic Mountain Range on Thursday, 15 September, 2016. The SAR alert crew received a call on … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Broad Public Input Needed in School’s Bond Discussion Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the School Cafeteria is the next opportunity


— by Martha Farish — The issue [of the School’s Phase III bond proposal] needs broad public input. Everyone involved is trying to do the “right” thing. A historical note: before Orcas Park and Rec was formed the school board took on responsibility for (donated) Buck Park largely because they … Continue reading