Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

Navy’s Wrongheaded Approach to Whidbey Island Growler Jets

— from Brian Cullin, Special to Seattle Times — It is the season for arrogance. We have all witnessed this trend at the highest levels of our republic. Whether progressive or conservative, compromise has become a dirty word. Finding common ground is viewed as abandoning principle. Yet, if history serves, … Continue reading

The Housing Puzzle: How We Can Put Together a Solution League of Women Voters presents public forum

Monday, March 13 at noon at the Friday Harbor Grange — from the League of Women Voters of the San Juans — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, Mar. 13. Panelists are Friday Harbor … Continue reading

Can You Do A Day Without A Woman? Orcas Issues will strike on Wednesday

All Day, Wednesday, March 8 — by Lin McNulty — Following the overwhelming success of the Women’s March in January as millions of women took to the streets the day after the Trump inauguration, another event is scheduled across the country: A Day Without a Woman. On International Women’s Day, … Continue reading

How Did Ferries Perform in 2016? Survey Results Released

— from Jerry Litt, Chairman, State Transportation Commission — The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has released the results of several completed 2016 Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) surveys. We would like to share the results of these surveys with you so you can see how riders like you view … Continue reading

March Turtleback March Just Down the Road

Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m., Turtleback Mountain Preserve — from Tanja Williamson, San Juan County Land Bank — Welcome Spring. The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust invite you to the third annual March Turtleback March, a 5 mile “up and over” hike on the Turtleback Mountain Preserve. … Continue reading

The Island Is Alive With the Sound of Music Music Advocacy Group celebrates 20 years of supporting school music program

Sunday March 5, 3 p.m., Old School Gym — from Sharon Ho — Keeping music education in public school classrooms in today’s school budget climate is as challenging today as it was 20 years ago. That the Orcas Island School District has managed this since 1997 is even more of … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … Continue reading

Snowmageddon Does Not Stop Orcas Fire & Rescue Once again, they meet the challenge of weather, multiple calls

— from Marla Johns — A sudden and strong winter snow storm will stop everyone in their tracks … everyone except Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. In spite of the rapid accumulation of snow yesterday, staff and volunteers of OIFR responded and found solutions to difficult transport situations, complicated by … Continue reading

International Women’s Day Comes to Orcas, March 8 Local women's coalition outlines ways to honor, celebrate

— from Michele Bane — The Policial Action and Civic Engagement (PACE) Action Team of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) presents a community-wide celebration of women on March 8, 2017, in honor of International Women’s Day. We welcome the island’s participation in a variety of events: From 3:00-5:00 PM, San Juan … Continue reading