Orcas Women and Children to March Across the Country on Saturday Details included if you want to march

— from Kristin Kolb — Numerous Orcas Island women and children are amassing in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Friday Harbor, and Eastsound, for the Women’s March on Washington this coming Saturday, January 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The D.C. protest, which originally was called the Million Women’s March, is … Continue reading

The Promise of Martin Luther King, Jr. Marches On Commemorate his words and work at Emmanuel Parish Hall at 6:30 tonight

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.” ~ Martin Luther King, … Continue reading

Local Women Have Their Marching Orders Sunday, Jan. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall

— from Mary Gropp — The 2016 United States Presidential campaign and election received an enormous amount of attention. The upcoming Inauguration has inspired a desire to express feelings about important issues. The Women’s March on Washington is a national movement for everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, diversity, and … Continue reading

“Growler” Draft Environmental Impact Statement: The Emperor Has No Clothes Deadline for comments on Jan. 25

–from Chom Greacen, Member, Quiet Skies over San Juan County– The Navy plans to add 36 EA-18G “Growler” fighter jets and roughly double the number of Growler flight operations out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The only thing standing in its way is completion of the Environmental Impact Statement … Continue reading

Island Market Hunger Bag Program A Success Food Bank delivers $5,000 worth of food through Island Market food drive

— from Orcas Island Food Bank Board — If you were one of the 314 people who paid $10 for a full bag of groceries to be given to the Orcas Island Food Bank during the Holidays, you helped Island Market deliver a total of 2453 pounds – almost $5,000 worth … Continue reading

B.C. Government Gives a “Go” to Kinder Morgan Pipeline

— from CBC News, British Columbia — The B.C. government has given the green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, after reaching an “unprecedented” agreement with Kinder Morgan for up to $1 billion in investment over 20 years. “We always said that the five conditions were a path … Continue reading

NOAA Invites Input on Proposed Killer Whale Protection Zone

— from Michael Milstein, NOAA Fisheries — NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments on a petition calling for a whale protection zone for highly endangered Southern Resident killer whales on the west side of Washington’s San Juan Island. The November 2016 petition from the Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance, Center for Biological … Continue reading

Breaking News | County’s Top Officials Affirm Existing Local Policies with Immigrants No agreements to provide assistance in detaining or deporting immigrants

— from San Juan County Communications — At the first meeting of the San Juan County Council in 2017, the County’s top law enforcement officers and the Council members talked about immigrants in the community without proper papers or who have overstayed their visa. Council Member Jamie Stephens kicked off … Continue reading

Business Owners: You Are Invited to an Eastsound Vision Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Orcas Chamber of Commerce — In cooperation with the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC), the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to a meeting to learn about the Eastsound Vision workshops and meetings taking place … Continue reading

EPRC to Meet Thursday for Extended Hours County Advisory Committee continues work on parking, roads, visioning plan

Thursday, January 5, 3 – 6 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — by Margie Doyle — When the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) meets this Thursday, it will address many issues that have been under discussion in recent months. The agendas have been so full during the past year, that the … Continue reading

State’s New Report Shows Salmon Still Declining “Salmon are ours to save,” says Governor

— from Susan Zemek, Recreation and Conservation Office — Salmon throughout most of Washington are in trouble, and will need continued investment by state, federal and local organizations if they are to be saved, according to a report released today by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office. “Washington State has been investing in salmon … Continue reading

Doe Bay Resort Promotes Indian Island in January

— from Russel Barsh — The Indian Island Marine Health Observatory, a volunteer monitoring and stewardship program, is the beneficiary of Doe Bay Resort’s Open-Mic Thursday nights in January. Every pizza you eat helps put more volunteers on the beach! Indian Island is Eastsound’s “window on the sea”: four acres … Continue reading

How Important is Future of Eastsound to You? Register and participate in Visioning Workshop starting Saturday

— from Fred Klein — There’s still time for YOU to register and participate…starts this Saturday at 1 p.m, Just imagine…Being part of a process where contentious issues are raised and dealt with in a non-coercive, respectful, and surprisingly gentle manner. Just imagine…Doing the hard work to reach a consensus-decision, … Continue reading