Guest Column: County Fails to Notify Neighborhoods of Re-zoning

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— by John M. Campbell – As the currently revised Eastsound Subarea Plan works its way thru the adoption process, a neighborhood rezoning has been added to the agenda without any notice or explanation to the residents and property owners directly affected. The rezoning is a small sideshow to the … Continue reading

Dance Tonight to Fund New Exchange Building!

Friday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. at Random Howse – from Wendy Shinstine — Come celebrate and help raise funds for a new building for The Exchange! Members of the Board will be present for information and questions. $10 suggested cover donation – 21+ Even if you can’t come to … Continue reading

2nd Annual Holiday Art Walk Comes to Eastsound

Friday, November 28, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. – from Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce — Join galleries and businesses throughout Eastsound as we celebrate our local arts scene! Why go off island when you can find beautiful, functional, and handmade gifts right here and support our local economy? Take a … Continue reading

An Enchanted Evening: Community Solar for Our Schools Fundraising Dinner and Auction

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Saturday, December 6 at 6 p.m., at the Episcopal Parish Hall – from Michel Vekved – Save the date and come support Community Solar for Our Schools on Saturday, December 6 at the Episcopal Parish Hall! We have an Enchanted Evening planned to celebrate community and support Solar for Our … Continue reading

What’s Farm to Classroom Been Up To?

— from Madie Murray — Farm to Classroom is experienced by all of our public school students from Kindergarten through grade 8. For those of you curious about what students do in these classes, here’s a brief summary of just a few of the exciting food-farm-garden projects they have experienced … Continue reading

EWUA Members to Meet Wednesday

 — from Lesley Liddle – (Additional note: To clarify any misunderstanding, this EWUA meeting is a special meeting organized by EWUA members themselves. The EWUA board chose not to have a special meeting this month to address a difficult issue. The coming meeting this Wednesday at the OPAL meeting room … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee to Meet Wednesday

The Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee will hold its monthly Public Meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 at the Deer Harbor Community Center, 4319 Deer Harbor Road. The agenda call for public participation in committee discussions regarding the Deer Harbor Fire Station status and Article V. … Continue reading

Only $5 for B.C. Workshop on Orca & Salmon Recovery

— from Jenny L. Atkinson, Director, The Whale Museum — On Friday, November 21, the Orca and Salmon Recovery Workshop from 12 to 5:30 p.m. will take place at the Beaty Museum on campus at the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in Vancouver, B.C. Sponsored by Orca Network, the … Continue reading

Leadership San Juans Forming New Class for 2015

Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) is reaching out to the community to complete its enrollments for their 5 month long community leadership program. It runs from January 9 until May 29. The course has 12 meeting days (3 half-days and 9 full days). LSJI has incorporated a unique community facilitation … Continue reading

Can There be Justice AND Compassion in Human Relations?

Sunday, November 9, 11:30am at Benson Hall (Emmanuel Episcopal Church) — from the Orcas Island Unitarian Universalist Fellowship — All are welcome to join the Orcas Island Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for a discussion on “Promoting Justice, Equality and Compassion in Human Relations,” the second UU Principle. The discussion will be … Continue reading

Hughes Hosts Town Hall Re: Eastsound Update

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Planners zoom in on Service Light Industrial (SLI) zoning –by Margie Doyle — Orcas County Councilman Rick Hughes called a public meeting in Eastsound on Wednesday, Oct. 29 to present the progress on the Eastsound Sub-area Plan Update. Hughes explained that the lengthy process’s “original intent was to have a … Continue reading

Orcas Power Teams with the Funhouse Commons

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— from Suzanne Olson for Orcas Power and Light Co-operative (OPALCO) — – from Suzanne Olson, OPALCO – The Funhouse Commons is in the process of becoming OPALCO’s 170th local renewable energy generator, bringing our total production to 1 megawatt capacity of locally produced power. The Funhouse will use their … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes on School Levy to Prepare Students for Future

To the Orcas community, I enthusiastically and absolutely support the levy to enable our Orcas Island school district to continue to do the best job possible in preparing our kids for the future. Yes, we did pass a bond in 2012 for much needed new construction and hurrah for that! … Continue reading