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

Guest Column: Eastsound Water Sources at Normal Levels

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— by Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — Much of Washington is discussing drought preparations for this summer due to the extremely low snowpack that accumulated this winter. EWUA’s water sources not dependent on snowpack. Purdue Lake on Buck Mountain (photo) filled this winter as normal, and … Continue reading

What A Weekend in the School Garden!


–by Colleen Stewart, School Garden Keeper — Thank you Americorps Volunteers! On a sunny Saturday, a team of six NCCC Americorps volunteers from around the country worked in our school garden assembling pallet platforms for mural painting, fixing gates with spring closures, securing the compost and worm bin doors with … 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

“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

Let’s Keep Our Bees!

Saturday, May 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at  Emmanuel Episcopal Farming and Gardening with Native Pollinators will be the subject of a free presentation by Eric Lee-Mader at the Episcopal Church. Eric will be discussing habitat restoration for bees, farming and gardening practices, economics of insect pollination and more. Please … Continue reading

BirdFest: All Things Bird and Beautiful

Kim Middleton with her fine-feathered friend

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce ramps up the 2nd Annual BirdFest, April 30 to May 3  — by Margie Doyle — Lovers of all things “bird” and beautiful can indulge their passion in a multitude of events at the second annual Orcas Island Birdfest – All Things Bird and Beautiful. … Continue reading