Gov. Inslee to Meet with County Council on San Juan Island Tour of Mt. Grant property and Friday Harbor Athletic Field

— from Ingrid Gabriel, County Council Clerk– Notice of the SJC Council Attending a Public Meeting Members of the San Juan County Council will be attending a meeting with Governor Jay Inslee on Saturday, September 3rd beginning at approximately 9 a.m. at the Mt. Grant Land Bank property, San Juan … Continue reading

The Wooden Boat Rendezvous Comes to Deer Harbor

— from Steve McKenna — The 2016 Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Rendezvous will happen this year from Monday September 5th to Wednesday September 7th. Most activities including the sailboat race (about noon), rowing race (4PM) and Salmon dinner (4-8 PM) are on Tuesday. The dinner venue is changing this year … Continue reading

Matthew Laslo Shares Magic on National TV Join the viewing party Aug. 31 at the Sea View Theatre

Maria Bullock, Matthew Laslo's assistant, joins him for the taping of the "Fool Us" show in Las Vegas

— by Margie Doyle — Matthew the Magician is hooked — on magic. And this 16-year-old kid has incorporated lessons in physics, psychology, math, communication, scheduling, and strategizing as his career continues on an amazing trajectory to join the ranks of Penn and Teller, David Copperfield and even the Great … Continue reading

Frank Loudin Art Sale Labor Day Weekend Saturday

— from Jan and Frank Loudin —  Frank Loudin’s “Art and Garage Sale” will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be some classic antiques and collectibles! and GREAT art prices, one time only! Treasures from the collection of Jim Sankey and Ken … Continue reading

OMC / Island Hospital Contract for Patient Care to Expire in December

— by Lin McNulty — With the contract to maintain patient services at Orcas Medical Center (OMC) set to expire on December 31, 2016, Orcas Medical Foundation Board (OMF) and Island Hospital have been in negotiations for close to a year. These negotiations continued this week in a closed-door Executive Session on … Continue reading

Response from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District

— from Acting Chief Scott Williams and representatives of San Juan County Fire District #2 — We are responding to comments from community members to recent news (see regarding the Fire District. We appreciate that several people took the time to offer their viewpoints. 1. Facilities Maintenance Contract: The … Continue reading

School Music Program Supporters Have Their Say at Board Meeting School finances in good shape; teachers retained; gift policies discussed

— by Margie Doyle — Members of the community spoke of the need and benefits of an adequate classroom to accommodate the growing School Strings Music Program, at the regular Orcas Island School District (OISD) board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25. Before nearly a dozen people made their comments, School … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Does Eastsound Still Need Architectural Design Standards? Envisioning what Eastsound will look like entails planning and standards

— by John Campbell, Chairman, Eastsound Design Review Committee– History: 25 years ago there was a general outcry in favor of minimum architectural standards in response to a big dowdy building that engulfed a treasured old landmark. There are two legal bases for community architectural design standards: good design and … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: OPAL Working on Local Home Mortgage Fund


— by Alexander Conrad — A recent guest opinion by Ken Wood suggested one approach to increasing the affordability of housing. The [opinion] illustrated how the cost of capital (i.e. interest rates and terms) impact affordability. Comments to the opinion also called for a local organization to step up to … Continue reading

Entering Phase III: School District Starts Community Discussions Meetings on Aug. 15 and 16: presentation, discussion, tour, discussion. More meetings planned

— by Margie Doyle, updated Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. — Should the Orcas Island School District (OISD) ask the community to support a bond for improvements? But before deciding, what improvements are we talking about? The public was presented with a beginning draft of eight projects that might be … Continue reading

Hard Workers Abound on Orcas Island: Let’s Honor Them! Laboring Laboriously: in Italian "Opera" Means "Work"

— by Lin McNulty and Margie Doyle — For a tourist, vacation “paradise,” many year-round Orcas Island residents are renowned for their work ethic, which seems to be “Life is uncertain, get your work done first.” With many businesses and non-profits being entrepreneurial start-ups and artistic manifestations, islanders throw themselves … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Hamlet Plan Update Set for Public Review, Comments

Wednesday, August 31, 4 – 6 p.m., Deer Harbor Community Club — from Colin Maycock, SJC Community Development — On Wednesday, August 31, 2016 between 4 pm and 6 pm at the Deer Harbor Community Club, 4319 Deer Harbor Road, Orcas Island, San Juan County Department of Community Development is hosting a … Continue reading

Friends Plus Synergy = Frienergy Art Show At Orcas Center in September: "The Joy of Friends Making Art Together: Frienergy" Opening Reception Sept. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

— by Margie Doyle — BJ Arnold, JoEllen Moldoff, and Michelle Reed are artists whose creative, joyful friendship will be spotlighted in the September exhibit at the Orcas Center, organized by the Visual Arts Committee of the Orcas Center. For them, creating art is the ultimate in play. They embrace … Continue reading

Eastsound Visioning Statement Now Has a Survey Information Booth at Farmers Market on Labor Day Weekend

— from Jim Jonassen — The EPRC Task group  “to help enrich a community dialogue on the future to inform the [County Comprehensive] plan update,’ will again have an information booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day Weekend). That task group has created a report and … Continue reading

Public Library Board to Hold Special Meeting Expansion project and levy measure on the agenda

— from Phil Heikkinen for the Orcas Island Library Board– The Orcas Island Library Board will hold a Special Meeting in the Library Community Room at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. The agenda includes the November 8 levy lid lift ballot measure, building project update, and public campaign. … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Joins Other Agencies to Rescue Two Boatloads of Kayakers

— from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR)– Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol (Boat and Helicopter), YMCA Camp Orkila, Washington State Parks and Outer Island Excursions responded to an emergency call at 9:40 a.m. reporting five kayakers in the water south of … Continue reading

Whale Museum Lecture | Ocean Forecast Predicts Seasonal Outlook for PNW

Wednesday, August 24, 6:30 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Jill Berger — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Samantha Siedlecki of the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30 p.m. … Continue reading

Brigid Ehrmantraut Interns for the Chamber Music Festival

— by Emma Heikkinen, Orcas Issues Summer Intern — A concert is more than musicians performing — a great deal of organizational work is required, with a multitude of artists collaborating in order to create the final product. At Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Brigid Ehrmantraut is a particularly special … Continue reading

Whale Museum Lecture | Salish Sea: What’s in the Name?


Tuesday, August 23, 6:30 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Jill Berger — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Bert Webber as part of the 2016 Summer Lecture Series on Tuesday, August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. Bert will present “The Salish Sea: What’s in the Name?” Bert came to … Continue reading

Sunday’s Historical Matinee Features Frank Loudin

— from Carol Kulminski — The Orcas Island Historical Society’s next Historical Matinee will be this Sunday, August 21st at the Fire Hall starting at 3 p.m.  It features well-known local artist Frank Loudin.  He will talk about his art, including his much admired aviation art, some of which can … Continue reading

EWUA Seeks Recommendations from its Membership “Water, water, everywhere…and yet…?…”

— from Fred Klein — It’s not hard to find stories in the media describing how drinking water is becoming increasingly precious and strategically important in many parts of the globe… fortunately at our local level, we are blessed with adequate water resources if we use them wisely. Yes…we live on an … Continue reading

Orcas Rocks — Literally, Organically


— by Lin McNulty — Perhaps it’s an organic, homegrown Orcas version of the recent Pokémon GO* mania. But instead of wandering around with a cellphone in hand to look for and capture virtual reality creatures, folks on Orcas are finding, or hiding, or talking about real rocks that have been painted and … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Board Election Results

–from Paul Kamin, Manager EWUA– At the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) Annual Meeting on Aug 16, 209 votes were cast. Voter turnout was approximately 20% and exceeded the 10% quorum requirement. Joe Cohen, Clyde Duke and Steve Miller were elected to the Board, and will begin serving 3-year terms … Continue reading

Sunrise Volunteers to Hear from Rock Island

— from Chris White — Sunrise breakfast meeting will on August 19th at 7:00 AM. As usual coffee is on the Orcas Island Lions club, order breakfast, get the Sunrise update report and finally, listen to Dan Burke, Sr. vice President of Sales & Marketing of Rock Island Communications. This … Continue reading

Library Fair: Past, Present and Future for Many Years to Come Whether to hold it on the Village Green or at the Library site?

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— by Madeleine Treneer, Orcas Issues summer intern — Mysteries, Classics, Fiction, History, Biographies, Humor, and many more genres were among the piles and piles of books on display at the Library Fair on Saturday in the Orcas Library parking lot. This Library Fair was about the thrill of the … Continue reading