$2.7 Million Apprenticeship Grant Awarded State from Federal Dept. of Labor Funds to support apprenticeship expansion to new sectors and underserved populations

— from the office of U.S. Representatvie Rick Larsen — Representatives Rick Larsen (WA-02), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Adam Smith (WA-09), and Denny Heck (WA-10) today [Oct. 21]  announced that Washington is being awarded a … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Please Vote Yes on I-732 to Address Climate Change Let's make polluters pay and WA taxes less regressive


— from Chris and Chom Graecen — Firstly we would like to thank fellow islanders for gathering signatures and signing in support of the grassroots climate change initiative that is now successfully on the ballot as I-732. Please now join us in voting “YES.” I-732 will reduce Washington State’s greenhouse … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Invests in Outdoor Play


— by Margie Doyle — When Kaleidoscope Childcare Center was discredited for its play area, Director Amber Paulsen addressed the situation and turned it into an investment opportunity for Kaleidoscope kids and their families. Kaleidoscope’s playground ranked low in the “Early Achievers” score which came out April 2015, Paulsen explained, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: San Juan County Needs Watson


— from Senator Kevin Ranker — I have known Bill Watson for many years. I find him to be exactly the sort of thoughtful person we need leading this great county of ours. We need strong, intelligent advocates for the issues that bind us together as a community. Bill joining … Continue reading

Lahari Launching Orcas Door to Door, an Assistive Transportation Service Director Dennis King to speak at next Sunrise Volunteers Meeting

Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 a.m. at the Skillet Restaurant — from Chris White for Lions Sunrise Volunteers — Not being able to drive oneself to essential medical appointments, shopping or social events due to the effects of aging, medical procedures or a disability has shown to be detrimental to … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Compassion, Empathy, Sustainability After 12 years at Orcas Center, Artha Kass continues to champion the arts


— from Artha Kass, notes from a speech at the Orcas Center reception on Sunday, October 16 — Twenty-three years ago, when I was visiting Orcas, still in the last stages of my decision-making process to move here, by chance I attended a community theatre event at Orcas Center. It … Continue reading

Orcas Design Meeting on Mt. Constitution Summit Plans Disappoints Funding only adequate for restrooms now

— by Margie Doyle — At a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Orcas School Cafeteria, representatives from Washington State Parks and Patano Studio Architecture met with the public to discuss designs for new bathrooms and an interpretive center at the summit of Mount Constitution. Derek Gustafson, Northwest Regional … Continue reading

Chamber Music Festival Brings Two Grand Piano Men to Orcas Jon Kimura Parker and student Scott Cuellar play this Saturday afternoon


— from Linda Slone for Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — For large-hall, big-piano-sound aficionados, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival brings two concert grand pianos to the Orcas Center stage on Saturday, October 22. One week before Jon Kimura Parker performs the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 at Carnegie Hall, hear … Continue reading

Mary’s Wedding: A Dreamy, Dramatic Love Story At Orcas Center's Black Box

Charlie and Mary (Kelly Toombs and Cali Bagby) create a powerful love story in the midst of war, onstage at the Black Box tonight, and next weekend.

“Mary’s Wedding” plays this weekend, Thurs-Sat — review by Margie Doyle — In the play “Mary’s Wedding,” the Black Box at Orcas Center becomes a foreign landscape, whether recreating a Canadian farm town or a French battlefield. At its center is a bed, where, from under a white coverlet, with … Continue reading

Hughes Reports on Lodging Tax Allocations to EPRC Review of applications precedes annual awards

— by Margie Doyle — At the monthly meeting of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) on Oct. 15, County Councilman Rick Hughes elaborated on the Lodging Tax Allocations (LTAC) made by the County Council last Tuesday, Oct. 13. The allocations to Orcas Island organizations for facilities: $21,000 for … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision for the Milennials’ Future Seeking inter-generational engagement with islanders under 50 yrs

— from Gretchen Krampf — It’s a 50/50 Conversation: Eastsound Village … What’s Your Vision? Join us Wednesday, October 26th at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Eastsound Village is the center of Orcas Island. As our main commercial hub, it’s also slated as the area of … Continue reading

Council Candidate Michael Durland Outlines His Vision


— from Michael Durland for Council Position #2 — Mine is a true grassroots campaign. I am not soliciting campaign donations. You will see no yard signs.  I ask that you vote for me and support my efforts to make positive change in County government. I grew-up farming, served in the … Continue reading

Party to Honor Artha Kass’ Retirement


Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon at Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for the Orcas Center — Join us at Orcas Center this Sunday, October 16 at 12:00 pm for a very special reception honoring our very own Artha Kass, Champion of the Arts for Orcas Center, to celebrate her … Continue reading

Emmanuel’s 2016 Market Day Nets $5,000 for Orcas Charities

— from Emmanuel Episcopal Church — The Food Bank. The Children’s House. Camp Orkila. The Exchange. These are a few of the Orcas Island charities that received checks this past week from Emmanuel Episcopal Church, thanks to all the islanders who bought bargains at the church’s Market Day sale in … Continue reading

Oil Spill in BC Waters “Tribe’s Worst Nightmare” Salish Sea faces damage by potential 60,000 gallon diesel oil spill from tug

Tribal harvest, economy threatened — from Mark Hume for The Globe and Mail — Members of the Heiltsuk Nation are hoping cleanup crews can protect clam beaches and salmon streams after a tug pushing a massive fuel barge ran aground [on October 13] near Bella Bella in the heart of … Continue reading

OPALCO Meets the Public on Orcas Board election recommendations and Rock Island LTE improvements discussed


— by Margie Doyle, updated and corrected at 4 p.m. — Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) management, staff, board and coop members met on Orcas Island  on Tuesday, Oct. 11 to hear member input regarding recent developments at the rural electric coop, which serves San Juan County. This was … Continue reading

Breaking News: Salish Sea Festival Canceled Taste of the Salish Sea also canceled due to high wind warnings


— from Peggy Bill for the County Agricultural Resources Committee — The Salish Sea Festival and the Taste of the Salish Sea are canceled due to the extreme high wind warnings, likely power outages, and uncertain ferry service. Refunds will be provided to those who registered online. Please forward any … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Reykdal Understands Challenges of School Students Candidate for State Superintendent is grounded in the real world


— by Kari Schuh — I first met Chris Reykdal in January of 2016 when he and five other candidates running for the Superintendent of Public Instruction spoke to a cohort group of WSU graduate students. I could see then that Chris, hands down, was the frontrunner of all the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Watson Understands County’s Need for Balance


— by Bear and Mitzi Johnson — To the Voters of San Juan County Re: Bill Watson, Candidate for County Council, District #1, San Juan County. As full-time San Juan County residents since 1983, we’ve watched the County grow from sleepy, little laid-back communities to vital location destinations with great … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria participates in “Taste Washington Day” Local farms provide daily sustenance at school


— by Ashley Randall — On October 5th, the WSDA Farm to School and the Washington School Nutrition Association partnered to sponsor “Taste Washington Day,” an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals. The Orcas Island School District was one of forty districts signed up to participate … Continue reading