Whale Museum Talk on Garbage Archaeology

The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series: ProjectSAM Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Candace Gossen as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series to discuss “ProjectSAM” on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. Candace Gossen, PhD, … Continue reading

Comment on Ferry Fare Changes for County Residents

Transportation Commission adds ways to participate — from the Washington State Transportation Commission — Those who want to weigh in on a new ferry fare proposal released by the Washington State Transportation Commission can do so 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the County Administrative Office Building in Friday Harbor. … Continue reading

Rental Housing Site Plan Alternatives at OPAL Open House

— from OPAL Community Land Trust — An open house is scheduled on Tuesday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m., so the community can view alternative preliminary site plan concepts for OPAL Community Land Trust’s proposed rental housing in Eastsound. The meeting will take place in the modular building behind … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Wireless Installations Critical for Public Safety

— by Jim Ghiglione, Lopez Fire Chief, San Juan County Fire District #4 — When I first began my work as your Lopez Island Fire Chief July 1, 2008 I was challenged to improve communications for our first responders and thereby improve public safety for all. This has been a … Continue reading

A Letter to OPALCO Members to Clear-Up Some Lingering Confusion

(Editor’s note: A version of this letter appeared in the Comments section under the Orcas Issues post last Friday:  ((orcasissues.com/opalco-board-sets-temporary-revenue-recovery-add-on )). Since there has been a response to the letter, we are keeping the original version in the Comments as well as publishing it here.) — from Suzanne Olson (solson@opalco.com)– … Continue reading

Governor Inslee, Legislative Leaders Announce Operating Budget Agreement

— from the Office of the Governor — Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan legislative leaders said today [June 27] that the proposed 2015–17 state operating budget they agreed to early Saturday is sustainable, responsible and makes important investments for Washingtonians in education and other important services. An intensive six-hour session … Continue reading

Funhouse Organizes Summer Packs for Kids

— from Emilie Gincig for The Funhouse Commons — The Funhouse Commons is happy to announce that the “Packs for Kids” program will be extended through the summertime in partnership with the Funhouse Commons. The school district is partnering with the PTSA, Orcas Island Food Bank, Island Market and Funhouse … Continue reading

Breaking News: State Reaches Budget Agreement

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — The following statement from the Governor and legislative leaders from the House and Senate   announces the agreement reached this morning, June 27. The agreement meets the June 30 deadline for an operating budget. “Early this morning we reached an agreement in principle on … Continue reading

State Bans all Open Park Fires

 — from Jackie Daigle for Friends of Moran State Park — Campfires prohibited in all state parks — Open fires and use of charcoal briquettes prohibited until further notice Washington State Parks announced on Friday, June 26 that campfires in all state parks and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation … Continue reading

OPAL Affordable Housing Meeting Asks: What Could Go Right? . . . or Wrong?

-– by Cara Russell– A sizeable number of the community filled Senior Center for the OPAL Community Land Trust on Tuesday, June 23 to respond to housing survey data and give input to basic information about plans for a 30-unit mixed housing opportunity. It was an evening of honest words … Continue reading

Bats by Moonlight

Thursday, July 2, from 8:30 to 10:30 pm at Judd Cove Preserve, Orcas Island — from the San Juan County Land Bank — Learn about island bat’s distinguishing features and natural history, as well as questions being asked by researchers who study these remarkable creatures. This evening field trip with … Continue reading

School Bond Job in Final Stretch

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— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas School Bond project, managed by Liz LeRoy and contracted by Tiger Construction, has made quick work of the $11.9 M campus remodel. Now, barely one year after starting the “shovel work,” a tour of the nearly-completed Phase II (or Library-Cafeteria-Culinary Arts-Technology building, also … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Choose Other than Violence

 — by Andy Wickstrand, Olga — I wept when I heard of the Charleston church shooting. Wept for the senseless loss of life. Wept for how we as a nation have become numb to these never-ending tragedies. And wept precisely for the frustration so many of us feel for seemingly … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Who’s Behind the Recycling “Industry”?

— by Pete Moe, Director, Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange Most of us believe that recycling is our civic and environmental duty. And certainly, as the system is designed now, it is. But if you dig deeper into recycling, you very quickly come upon this controversial concept: “Extended Producer Responsibility”. Extended … Continue reading

Guest Column: Assessing the Big Picture that is Rental Housing

— by Susan Bradford — First of all, let me thank Steve Mckenna ( see orcasissues.com/guest-opinion-moratorium-on-vacation-rentals-needed-immediately ) for opening this discussion. It has obviously sparked a lot of thought-provoking comments. I would like to weigh in as one who has recently been directly affected by this situation. I have lived … Continue reading