Small Businesses: Learn about Fund Local and Zero-interest Loands

Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Grace Church, Lopez Island — from the Lopez Island Family Resource Center ( 12:40 p.m. ferry from Orcas and 4:10 p.m. return from Lopez)– Want to learn more about a new twist on crowdfunding as a business seeking capital or as an individual … Continue reading

Orcas Voices: The Odd Fellows

Odd Fellows Hall wedding feature

— by Sally Buchanan — The “Odd Fellows” is a name familiar to most Islanders. People know where the building is and they enjoy the renowned Odd Fellows band participating in Island parades with enthusiasm, costumes, and a great rhythm section. Most Islanders also know about the “world famous” Halloween … Continue reading

Eastsound Subarea Plan Public Hearing Scheduled

Tuesday, December 8, 10:15 a.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Colin Maycock — Notice of a Public Hearing A 2015 Docket Ordinance repealing San Juan County Code Chapter 16.55, the Eastsound Subarea Plan, amending Section B, Element 2, Subsection 2.6.B (2) of the County Comprehensive Plan, adopting an amended Eastsound Subarea … Continue reading

Special Town Hall to Discuss Eastsound Changes

San Juan County Councilmember Rick Hughes will host a Town Hall meeting at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 5-7 pm on Thursday, December 3, 2015 to present and discuss changes to the proposed Eastsound Subarea Plan. “The Subarea Plan is a really important document that I have been working on … Continue reading

County Auditor Reports on 3rd Quarter Finances

— by F. Milene Henley, County Auditor — How Are We Doing? A recent local political cartoon pictured a person, labeled “County Budget,” stuffing money into one pocket, labeled “Reserves,” while simultaneously shuffling money from that pocket to another pocket, labeled “spending,” and pulling money out of the “spending” pocket. … Continue reading

Historical Museum Celebrates with Cookies, Rosario Tree and BOGO

Historical museum logo

Friday, Nov. 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Historical Museum — by Carol Kulminski for the Orcas Historical Museum — This Friday, the Historical Museum in the village will be giving cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider during the Artwalk between 2 and 5 p.m. Visit the museum … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Your Care after House Fire

— from Josie and Wally Barrow — We cannot believe how fortunate we are to live in such a caring community!! We want to thank you…so many, who have given clothing, food and other things to us since our house burned to the ground on Sunday night. Also..and really first … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Kiwanians and Volunteers for New Playground

funhouse playgroundkids feature

— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Executive Director — To Members of the Orcas Kiwanis Club, This past summer you gave a very generous contribution in support of a new playground for the Funhouse. Over the weekend 37 volunteers installed the structure and the base chips. Yesterday [Nov. 18] was … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: The Dire Consequences of TPP: What You Need to Know

— by David Turnoy, reprinted Nov. 24 upon request — What do you know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? After years of negotiations, its text was finally released last week, and it is truly the trade treaty from Hell. Here are some of the very likely consequences: More early deaths … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: New Shoreline Aquaculture Laws Could Impact Homeowners, Tourists

— by Lovel Pratt — The SJC Council is updating the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), with hearings beginning on November 30th. This update is this community’s opportunity to address requirements for future aquaculture operations in SJC, including the types of commercial aquaculture we don’t yet have. There are two types … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Now is the Time to Let Council Hear from You on Shoreline Protection

— from Rein Attemann, Puget Sound Advocacy Manager, Washington Environmental Council — Shorelines define the uniqueness of the San Juan Islands – from the rocky shores of Lime Kiln State Park to the beaches of Spencer’s Spit on Lopez Island. And in San Juan County, there are more shorelines than … Continue reading

Editorial: Cram for the Changes in Shoreline Master Plan

— by Margie Doyle — As your Community-Journalist-in-Chief, I have an apology to make for the scarce coverage Orcas Issues has given to the County’s Shoreline Master Plan update. I confess it hasn’t been a top priority with the Eastsound Subarea Plan update, Managing Editor Lin McNulty’s 12-day hospitalization (thank … Continue reading

School Board Meet to Introduce New Student-Families Program

Monday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. in the School Library — from the Orcas Island School District — The Board of Directors of the Orcas Island School District will hold a special monthly board meeting on Monday, Nov. 23 to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. The meeting time is moved up … Continue reading

After Turkey: Holiday Festival of Arts on Saturday

holiday festival 2014 feature

Saturday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center — from Arron Redford, Senior Center Manager — The Operations Committee of the Orcas Island Senior Center invites you to participate in our annual Holiday Festival of Arts, 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, November 28th. This is … Continue reading

Guest Column: Congressman Rick Larsen Hears TPP Questions

Congressman Rick Larsen

–by David Turnoy– On Sunday, Nov. 15, Congressman Rick Larsen visited San Juan County to hear from and answer questions of constituents related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. About fifty members of the public attended the forum held at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, and for anyone who … Continue reading

What Should a New Dog Park Look Like?

Sunday November 29 from 10 3 p.m. at the Funhouse The San Juan County Land Bank, Orcas Island Park and Recreation District and OOLA, the nonprofit operator of the current off leash area, are looking into the feasibility of providing a new, permanent home for the Orcas Off-leash Area, … Continue reading

Residential Building Applications to get “Lean”

— from San Juan County Communications — As Community Development Director Sam Gibboney prepares to move a new position in County government, she is coordinating a sea change in the application process for residential building permits. Gibboney estimates that half of the residential building permit applications submitted in San Juan … Continue reading

Dec. 8 Last Public Hearing of Eastsound Subarea Plan Update

Tuesday, December 8, beginning at 10:15 a.m.  in the Eastsound Fire Hall Notice of a Public Hearing (Editor’s note: this notice is required to be published on Nov. 25, when the documents referred to in the notice will be available online. We will repeat this notice on Nov. 25, but … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Gov. Inslee’s Response to Refugees FROM War and Terror

— from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee in the New York Times — For the last week, a growing number of governors, representatives, senators and presidential candidates have demanded that America slam shut our borders to refugees who are fleeing unspeakable horrors at the hands of the Islamic State. On … Continue reading

Sunrise Volunteers to Hear from ORS/The Exchange’s Pete Moe

Friday, Nov. 20 at 7 a.m. at Island Skillet — from Chris White — This Friday at 7 a.m. will be the monthly gathering of Sunrise Volunteers at the Island Skillet with Pete Moe as our featured speaker. As usual Orcas Island Lions will sponsor free coffee to the attendees. … Continue reading

Women’s Scholarship Opportunity from Soroptimists

Soroptimist Club offers educational scholarship to all women of San Juan Islands. Apply now!

– Open to women on all county islands — from Friday Harbor Soroptimists — Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor (SIFRI) is offering a $2,000.00 “Educational Opportunity Award.” This award helps women to overcome financial difficulties and better their lives through education and training. The recipient may use the cash award … Continue reading

Hearing Examiner Allows Conditional Use Permit for Pot-growing Operation

— from the Nov. 3 Hearing Examiner’s decision — On Nov. 3, Sharon A. Rice, San Juan County Hearing Examiner, signed off on a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Tusco Property Management of Bellevue to construct a building to house indoor commercial marijuana production and processing under state-licensed Initiative 502. … Continue reading