Guest Column: Many Questions Raised by New EWUA Compliance Policy

— by Doug Bechtel — I’m surprised that Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) continues to hold a hard line on their plan to make people with bathrooms in outlying buildings pay for an additional half membership. After hearing from affected people at their recently held Board Meeting, they must understand … Continue reading

Guest Column: Why I Welcome the New Ferry Reservation System

FERRY MEETING ALERT!! Saturday, November 1, at the Orcas Library, WSF representatives will give three “Reservations 101” presentations: 2:00–3:15p.m., 3:30–4:45 p.m., 5–6 p.m. This is a change from the previous announcement. – by Margot Shaw – They tell us that, to keep young minds and bodies, we should change our … Continue reading

State-wide Projects Benefit from 50 Years of Recreation & Conservation Program

Formed by Citizens’ Initiative, RCO Celebrates 50 Years of Investing in Washington’s Great Outdoors — from Susan Zemek for the State Recreation and Conservation Office — Gov. Jay Inslee will be the featured speaker at the 50th anniversary celebration of The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) celebrates 50 … Continue reading

Clean Up Our Act: Our Recycling is Garbage!

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Orcas 8th Graders Dissect Island Recycling; Findings are Disappointing – from Orcas Recycling Services – Orcas Islanders are not doing a very good job recycling. That’s what Laura Tidwell’s 8th grade science class found out when they looked into the recycling at the Orcas Transfer Station in early October. “It … Continue reading

Guest Column: EWUA Roundtable Needed to Address Water Usage Rates

— by Lesley Liddle — To the Water Board, and EWUA Members: I read through the latest attachment from the EWUA, sent late last night, a missive selectively reflecting the board’s right to enforce this guest house initiative on all EWUA members with guest houses. I see confusing bylaw revisions … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Levy and County Parks

Please Support Continued Funding to Keep Our County Parks Open and Well-Maintained. Support for proposition number one on the November ballot continues the current “Levy Lift” funding needed to keep our county parks open, well-maintained, and in good repair. Our county parks make it possible for us all to enjoy … Continue reading

Paul Roberts and The Impulse Society

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Wednesday, Oct 22 at 6 p.m.at Emmanuel Church Paris Hall; reception and book signing immediately afterwards at Darvills Bookstore in Eastsound – by Margie Doyle – Paul Roberts, journalist and author, will return to Orcas Island, where he grew up, to speak to islanders about his latest book, The Impulse … Continue reading

Geddes Returns to School!

 — by Madie Murray – If you have ever enjoyed a meal at the Inn at Ship Bay, then you have experienced food at its finest. Farm to Cafeteria is proud to announce that Geddes Martin, chef extraordinaire at Inn of Ship Bay, returns to school for the second time … Continue reading

Meet The New Artworks Building Café Owners

 — by Madie Murray – Though the name is yet to be determined, Cheryl Helm and Chris Lohman are a very determined twosome who are the owners and operators of the new café to be located in the Artworks Building when it reopens. “We couldn’t be more excited about these … Continue reading

SeaDoc Society & Camp Orkila Present Renowned Oceanographer

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Tuesday, October 14,  7 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall – from Joe Thoron, SeaDoc Society – Renowned oceanographer Paul Dayton comes to Orcas Island on Tuesday, October 14 to kick off the SeaDoc Society/YMCA Camp Orkila annual Marine Science Lecture Series. In a 44 year career at the Scripps Institution of … Continue reading

Local Construction Experts Tour School’s Bond Project

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— by Paula Treneer — Members of the Orcas Island School Board and other community members instrumental in achieving the goal of school bond approval (“A Way Forward”) convened at the Orcas Island School District campus on October 2nd for a brief tour of the ongoing construction site. The $11.9 … Continue reading

F2C Program Visited by Cascade Culinary Students

 — by Madie Murray, Farm to Cafeteria Committee – We had the honor of being visited by nine students from the Cascade Culinary Institute located in Bend, Oregon recently. The group was led by Chef Julian Darwin who put together the journey that also included visits to The Willows on … Continue reading

Celebrate National 4-H Week by Joining or Volunteering

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– from D. N. Kinsey for Orcas 4-H — More than 6 million young people across the United States will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. San Juan County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that … Continue reading

Free “Leave No Trace” Training this Sunday

The Leave No Trace™ Center for Outdoor Ethics has chosen Washington State’s San Juan Islands as only one of eight ‘Hot Spots’ in the entire United States.  The organization considers these public lands to be under considerable threat of “irreversible damage” due to recreational activities from public land users. On … Continue reading