Aerodynamics, Inertia, Drag, Statistical Data Manipulation Come Together at Orcas Christian School

— from Ron Claus — Recently the Jr. High Students at Orcas Christian School worked on a complex project involving pine wood derby cars. Rather than focus just on the racing competition, the goal was determine what made one vehicle faster than another. The students were surprised that weight and … Continue reading

Passing the Torch: Scott Williams Completes His First Year as Fire Chief Chief salutes volunteers

— by Susan McBain, Orcas Issues reporter — Scott Williams, Fire Chief for Orcas Island Fire & Rescue (OIFR), came to Orcas for the same reason many people do: he fell in love with the San Juans on a vacation visit. A long-time kayaker, Scott came out one summer to … Continue reading

Hear Julie Negrin’s ACA Story

Thursday, December 13, 6:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Brad Brown — The Affordable Care Act (ACA) saved my life. That is the message delivered by #SAVEACA activist Julie Negrin as she travels throughout Washington state and the Pacific Northwest describing the effects of “Obamacare” on the macro and … Continue reading

New Reports Available: Vision Outreach and Natural Resource Lands

— from San Juan County Communications — Two new reports will be presented to County Council and Planning Commission Next Week. The reports summarize the community workshops and surveys conducted for the Vision Statement Check-In and the economic analysis of natural resource lands. The Vision 2036 Update Process report will … Continue reading

Second Town Hall: How a Public Hospital District Works Invitation to Orcas Residents

Monday, December 18, from 5:30- 7 p.m., in the Public High School Cafeteria — from the Coalition for Orcas Healthcare — The Coalition for Orcas Healthcare is pleased to announce its second Town Hall Meeting on Monday, December 18, from 5:30- 7:00 PM, in the Orcas Island Public High School … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Users Annual Meeting Coming Rate Structure, and Election of New Board

Thursday Dec 14 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center — from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — Eastsound Water is hosting a membership meeting on Thursday Dec 14 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center. A special rate … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Science Has Made America Great

–by Neal Lane and Michael Riordan, as published in — This coming Sunday, December 10, millions of people around the world will watch as eight U.S. researchers—two of them foreign born—receive prestigious Nobel Prizes in Stockholm for major scientific contributions that “have conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.” These … Continue reading

Soroptimists Accepting Applications for Educational/Training Awards

— from Nancy DeVaux for Soroptimists of Friday Harbor — The Soroptimists of Friday Harbor are currently accepting applications for their “Educational Opportunity” and “Fellowship” awards. Eligible women who are residents of San Juan County are encouraged to apply. The $2,000 Educational Opportunity Award is for a woman in financial need, … Continue reading

Annual Tree Lighting Event a Glowing Success Special thanks to Santa & Mrs. Claus for 20 years of holiday joy

— from Lance Evans for Orcas Chamber of Commerce — The Orcas Island (WA) Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank all those who helped make this year’s Village Green tree lighting a success. Friday, December 1st was a bit on the wet and windy side, so the Chamber opted to … Continue reading

Salish Sea Youth Ballet Will Present Nutcracker in Friday Harbor

Saturday, December 16, 7 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2 p.m., Friday Harbor Brickworks — from Jeanne Peihl for Salish Sea Youth Ballet — Salish Sea Youth Ballet is proud to present the 2017 Friday Harbor Nutcracker. San Juan Island dancers will perform The Nutcracker in an intimate tea party setting at … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | November 29 – December 5, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — November 29, 2017 17-008395 Accident-NonInj 07:47:14 11/29/17 An Orcas Island Deputy was dispatched to a single vehicle motor vehicle collision on Orcas Rd. The female driver, who was the vehicles soleoccupant, was uninjured. A report was taken. 17-008401 Theft 11:21:49 11/29/17 Mail … Continue reading

County Acquires 100-acre Odlin South from State DNR

— from San Juan County Communications — After a persistent year-long effort by San Juan County, the Odlin South property sale was approved by the WA Board of Natural Resources on December 5, 2017. Council members Jamie Stephens and Rick Hughes, along with County Manager Mike Thomas, made the trip … Continue reading