The Eastsound Subarea Plan Update at the 11th Hour

— by Margie Doyle — After years of hashing out what the intention and goals of the Eastsound Subarea Plan (ESAP) was, and how well Orcas Island’s only Urban Growth Area (UGA) has adhered to that vision, the County Planning Commission has now weighed in with its verdict. After two … Continue reading

Doe Bay Thursdays to Benefit the Funhouse

— from the Funhouse Commons — Help us grow strong & healthy kids by “chowing for children” at Doe Bay Café every Thursday night during September in support of a new playground at the Funhouse Commons! Thanks to the generosity of donors at our annual Gala fundraiser this year and … Continue reading

We Did It! and Orcas School District Begins a New Era

Some of the community that came out to celebrate the 2012 School Bond Project.

— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Community came out en masse to the ribbon cutting ceremonies of the 2012 Bond Reconstruction Project on Aug. 29, a rainy, blustery afternoon. But the power came back on as dignitaries such as State Senator Kevin Ranker, former and current School Board Members, … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Sends Unit to Fight Eastern WA Fire

The following letter was written by Acting Fire Chief Mik Preysz to Orcas Fire and Rescue Commissioners on Aug.27: Dear Commissioners: I am writing you to let you know that I authorized the deployment of our Brush truck with Seth Ybarra as “Engine Leader” to the Kettle Complex (60,000 acres) … Continue reading

San Juan Island’s Scenic Westside Preserve More than Doubles in Size


— from the San Juan County Land Bank — The San Juan County Land Bank received a 30-acre donation along Westside Road on San Juan last Friday, August 21st. “We are very happy to see this special piece of land preserved for future generations and enjoyed by a wider public,” … Continue reading

Flooding Flaws Fixed at Elementary School

 — by Margie Doyle — While the star of the School District show at this Saturday’s event may be the completion of the $11.9M Bond project, there’s a pretty impressive sideshow taking place at the north addition to the Nellie Milton (brick) elementary building. Catastrophic flooding over a period of … Continue reading

Farmers Market: A Summer Tradition for Locals and Visitors

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— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Island Farmers Market may be the greatest single tourist attraction on the island, but it is also a summer Saturday tradition for many islanders. Which is only fitting, because only Orcas Islanders can sell their products –whether farm produce, dairy or crafted items … Continue reading

With Our Support, Rebuilt Exchange is in Sight

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— by Lin McNulty — If you know a naysayer that freely expressed an opinion that the Exchange would never be rebuilt, you just might want to let him or her know that while it’s not quite time–yet–to empty the garage, the aspirational agenda certainly indicates it is time to prioritize those items and … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Is A Community Loan Fund Coming to Orcas? Should it?


— by Alexander Conrad — Would the Orcas Island community support a local Community Loan Fund? Would there be sufficient borrower interest? Would there be sufficient investor interest? How would it work on Orcas? These are just a few of the questions that a group of islanders (the loan fund … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Meetings to Address Proposed Farming Regs


Wednesday, August 26, from 4-5:30 at the Eastsound Firehall — by Sandy Strehlou — Dear Friends of Local Agriculture: I am writing to encourage you to attend one of the following meetings on the proposed greenhouse regs. The San Juan Island meeting is [Tuesday] afternoon at Brickworks. There will be … Continue reading

Apply for Low Income Housing Grants, Loans by Sept. 30

Funding for non-profits and developers, not individuals — — from Melanie Rollins, San Juan County Affordable Housing Coordinator — San Juan County will award grants and loans totaling up to $20,000 in 2015 for projects that help make housing available to local residents of very low income. The Low Income … Continue reading

Exchange Progress Public Forum on Tuesday

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Tuesday, August 25,  5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from the Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange newsletter (reprinted from Aug. 18)– Save the date! The team at ORS/The Exchange wants to update you, in person, on what we’ve been up to! Please join staff and the board of directors on … Continue reading