Larsen Votes For Critical Transportation Funding

Calls Out Congress For Failing On Export-Import Bank — from the Office of Representative Rick Larsen — Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today voted to make sure transportation projects nationwide will continue to receive funding through summer construction season. Larsen voted … Continue reading

County Fair Office on Limited Service during Fair Week

— from San Jan County Parks — During County Fair week, August 10-14, the County Parks Administration office will have very limited walk-in access by appointment only. With the Parks office now situated on the Fairgrounds, parking and access to the office will be difficult while the County Fair is … Continue reading

Editorial: Make Your Support of ORS/The Exchange Known

Persuade Council to Add Funding for Site Road — by Margie Doyle — This is a call to action from those who support The Exchange and Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) in its mission to ““Build a zero-waste community through service, education and stewardship of Orcas Island’s waste and resource streams.” … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Presents: “Democracy Futures” with Lori Benjamin

Climate Resilience for All of Us When I think about climate change, earthquakes, and the end of civilization as we know it, I find myself pining over the small but significant comforts I’ll miss: Floss. Contact solution. A fresh toothbrush. Yes, it’s true — I’m as tied into the consumer … Continue reading

Connecting on Climate Educator Workshop

August 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An Educators Workshop, “Connecting on Climate” will be held next week on San Juan Island. The two-day workshop is sponsored by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and San Juan Island National Historic Park. The National Park Service Climate … Continue reading

Calendula Workshop A “Salvy” Success

The first workshop held in our Public School Garden was on July 23. Those who came made calendula salve from the garden’s own flowers, dried and steeped in oil for more than 3 weeks, and beeswax. They experimented with adding dock, fresh petals, lavender and blackberry. If you have a … Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee Talks Reading


— by Valerie Easton for — Jay Inslee is a home-grown governor. His Dad was a biology teacher at Garfield and Sealth high schools, and Inslee’s first foray into public service was when he fought for a new public high school during the years he lived near Yakima. Our … Continue reading

July Count: 81 Orcas, Including 4 Babies


— from — SEATTLE (AP) – The annual July tally of endangered orcas is complete, and researchers have counted 81 whales, including four babies born since last winter. Researchers tracking the southern resident killer whales have photo confirmation of each whale and nobody is missing, said Ken Balcomb, a … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Is OPALCO Mismanaged?


— by Alex MacLeod — A day after the OPALCO board approved an emergency 10% increase in our electric rates, effective at the start of this month, its management issued a press release announcing the “Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On.” In it, General Manager Foster Hildreth “explained” that the emergency increase … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Rental Housing and “Families”


— by Fred Klein — First off, OPAL is to be congratulated for thinking big and initiating the first large, affordable rental housing initiative that Eastsound’s seen since Wally and Gretchen Gudgell’s creation of Lavender Hollow over twenty years ago. Likewise, OPAL’s approach to gather community input via an initial … Continue reading

Membership Drive is ON at Orcas Senior Center

No age requirement to get Senior Center Benefits! — from Jami Mitchell, Senior Center Manager — The annual membership drive for the Orcas Island Senior Center is in full swing! Member perks have been added, expanded, and re-vamped to make the benefits of membership enticing, advantageous, and convenient to use. … Continue reading

Building Climate Resilience in SJ County


Monday, July 20th, 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange — from the San Juan Conservation District — You are Invited to join a facilitated discussion on building a climate resilient San Juan Islands community. The world is facing unprecedented change due to the impacts of climate … Continue reading

Naturalists Program Starts on Anacortes/San Juan Islands Sailings

 —  from Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division —  Starting on Wednesday, July 22, our popular Ferry Naturalist Program resumes on select Anacortes/Friday Harbor sailings. This longstanding partnership between WSF, the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor and Orca Network educates visitors to San Juan Island about the Southern Resident killer whales … Continue reading

Lummis and Unitarian Universalists Unite for Totem Pole Journey

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To support opposition to fossil fuel production and transportation   — from the Lummi Nation and the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship — Each year for the past two years, [Lummi] tribal members, led by Master Carver Jewell James of the Lummi Nation’s House of Tears Carvers, have carved and transported totem … Continue reading