Guest Editorial: What the School Renovation Means to Farm to Cafeteria

School Cafeteria Staff Extraordinaire

— by Madie Murray, F2C Coordinator– I guess it would be more appropriate to say what it means to me! The amazing transformation of the entire public school campus is, by itself, awe-inspiring. But for me, what has occurred in the school cafeteria, old home ec and old science rooms … 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

Guest Opinion: Court Needs to Keep Pressure on Legislature


— from Tony P Ghazel, OISD Board Vice Chair; WSSDA Legislative Committee Chair — The Washington Supreme Court continues to be dissatisfied with the legislature’s continual failure to comply with the court’s order to have a complete plan to fully fund education by 2018. The court, a few days ago, imposed a $100,000 fine for … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Absentee Owners and Managers Hurt Island Rentals


— from Karen Key Speck — Recently I responded to a local island resident who complimented me and my company for regulating my vacation rentals in a manner as to be the least intrusive to neighbors and to his concern about Vacasa mass marketing to Orcas Island residents. I appreciate … Continue reading

Physicist Roy Schwitters to Speak on Innovative Maya Research

— from Michael Riordan for Orcas Currents On Thursday, August 6, University of Texas physicist and new Orcas Islander Roy Schwitters will treat fellow islanders to an absorbing Orcas Currents lecture on “Peering into a Maya Pyramid Using Cosmic Rays.” His multimedia presentation will begin at 5:30 pm in Emmanuel … 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

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