San Juan County Retires Solid Waste Debt Early

– from San Juan County Communications — The San Juan County Council authorized the re-payment of a limited tax general obligation bond at its February 24, 2015 meeting. The bond, secured in 2012, in the amount of $810,000, was necessary to provide operational funding for the solid waste utility, and … Continue reading

EDC Offers Business Boot Camp for Women

Wednesday, March 25, 9 a.m.—2:30 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor – from the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) — Women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the EDC’s Women’s Business Boot Camp, an all-day workshop specifically designed to tune up or start-up businesses. Participants will learn how to … Continue reading

DNR Says “No” to Navy Electronic Warfare

– by Nicholas Johnson, Port Townsend Leader – In a Friday, Feb. 27 letter, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) told the U.S. Navy it won’t participate in a plan to train fighter jet pilots in detecting enemy electronic signals over the Olympic National Forest. “The Department of Natural Resources … Continue reading

From EWUA: Guest House Upgrade Initiative Progress Report

— from the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) – In 2015 EWUA will begin the process of developing our next Water System Plan, which is required by the State Department of Health every 6 years. Foundational to this process is documenting EWUA’s service commitments to insure that we have the … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: OPALCO’s Commitment Justified

– by David Mieland – [In the recent conversation about the ”morphing” of OPALCO], maybe I’m missing something, but I’m not under the impression that OPALCO’s venture into broadband is impacting electric rates much at all. We have seen small increases in kilowatthour rates related mostly to wholesale increases from … Continue reading

The Last Week of Our “Push to Finish”

— from The Olga Strawberry Council Board – Picture yourself having the best first half of the year since the recession of 2008 in sales and visitors to your business. That’s what Café Olga, the Artworks Cooperative and James Hardman Gallery were experiencing when the call came on July 19, … Continue reading

OPALCO and Rock Island Join Internet Forces

— from Rock Island Communications and OPALCO — General Manager Foster Hildreth announced today that Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) has acquired Rock Island Communications. Rock Island will merge its staff, infrastructure and operations with OPALCO to deliver modern, scalable and reliable broadband services for homes and businesses in … Continue reading

Phase I Done! on School Bond Construction Project

cte blg center feature

 — by Margie Doyle – Now that the crowbars and sledgehammers are demolishing the old Orcas Island School District’s middle school-cafeteria building, islanders can really see that  work is well underway on the reconstruction of the campus, approved with an $11.9 M bond vote in 2012. However, insiders — including … Continue reading

Larsen Addresses Drone (UAS) Regulations

— from Rick Larsen, 2nd District Representative, U.S. Congress – Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released draft rules regarding the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes. “Safety is, and must be, the FAA’s number-one priority. I know … Continue reading

Next Phase of Rosario Master Plan to Begin

rosario master plan meeting

Friday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rosario Mansion Music Room  — from – Our guest rooms have been remodeled, our indoor swimming pool rebuilt, and our new kitchen is now open. returning it to its original location in the historic Moran Mansion. The upcoming phase of the … Continue reading

Orcas Kids Plant for the Planet

Plant for Planet feature

– by Cara Russell and Margie Doyle – Twenty-three students from Orcas Island, Kirkland, Enumclaw and Seattle gathered with adult volunteers at Orcas Island School District on Saturday to “Plant for the Planet” and to learn about and become climate change “ambassadors.” After a brief slideshow presentation created by then … Continue reading

History Lives Here! The Museum’s Calendar

The Historical Museums, in town and in Crow Valley

— from Maggie Vinson of the Orcas Island Historical Museum — Family Dinner Night, Smugglers Island, History Matinees and Heritage Festival highlight the year for the Orcas Island Historical Museum. This Sunday begins the monthly series of talks presented by locals, historians, and experts on topics pertaining to Orcas Island, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: The Kids Are Leading the Way

– by Adrienne Reed, of Plant for the Planet – Plant for the Planet is coming to Orcas Island on Saturday, February 14th for a free Climate Ambassador training of youth ages 8-14,  from 9 a.m. until Orcas Island Elementary School in the Gymnasium. Parents are optional and welcome, but … Continue reading