Emergency Weather Shelter Will Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday It's going to be that cold...

— from Janine Heimerich — With cold weather moving in and overnight temperatures forecasted to dip into the 20s, the Orcas Island Severe Weather Shelter will be open Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights (Feb 18, 19, and 20). The Severe Weather Shelter is held in the basement of the Community Church.  Doors open at 7:00 … Continue reading

Guest Column: Protect the Comp Plan Vision Statement Comments sent to County regarding Comp Plan

— by Joe Symons, sent to CompPlanComments@sanjuanco.com  — The following comments are based on the Vision Statement Amendments Draft shown at https://www.sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/14382 I have attached a copy of the Vision Statement Draft with highlights; please refer to this document in considering the following comments. I realize the Vision Draft is … Continue reading

Revisit Karl Kruger’s Stand-up Paddleboard Race to Alaska Fundraiser for Sail Orcas' Youth Sailing Program

Saturday, February 24th at 4 p.m. at Orcas Odd Fellows Hall — from Kimaya Maitreya – Last June, Karl Kruger paddled into SUP history when he became the first person to complete the 750 mile Race to Alaska on a stand up paddleboard. Kruger paddled from Port Townsend, WA to … Continue reading

Coast Guard Auxiliary Offering a Free “Adventures in Boating” Class

Saturday, March 3, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center — from Chuck Dalldorf for Coast Guard Auxiliary — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment is offering a free Washington Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island. The class will be held on … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Facing Violence with More than Hope A safety net to prevent tragedy

— by Hilary Canty — It is hard to know how to respond to the increasing violence facing our Nation. The loss of 17 students and teachers is heart breaking and have left many feeling hopeless and overwhelmed. I’d like to think that this could never happen on Orcas and … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Clarification of After-hours Care

— by Tom Eversole — Madie Murray’s January 26 letter brings a human perspective to cases for and against the proposed hospital district. Thank you, Madie! The 55+ aged people, who “put a burden on the island” are also great contributors to our community in time, treasure and talent. They have … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Consensus Group Formed in Response to Newtown Revisited 36 Orcas residents came to complex consensus three years ago. How's that working?

— by Fred Klein — On the subject of children being gunned down while in school…after getting beyond the immediate grief for those intimately affected, and the sorrow that it’s an apparent on-going condition in our society…I’m increasingly troubled by a sense that I’m becoming desensitized…that school shootings are part … Continue reading

Free Electrical Basics Training Scheduled Deadline to apply is March 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 6 – April 12, 3:45 – 5:45 p.m., Orcas High School — from Victoria Compton for Economic Development Council — The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) will offer free training in electrical basics this spring, funded by the Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Kiwanis, … Continue reading

The Met’s La Boheme is Riveting and Emotional at Orcas Center

Sunday, February 25, 1 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Orcas Center presents the New York Met’s new production of Puccini’s La Boheme streaming Live in HD on Sunday, February 25 at 1:00 pm. Come and see this timeless love story with music that moves … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | PHD Costs Less Than Mainland Trips

— from Craig Abolin — I fully support, and will vote YES for, the establishment of an Orcas Island Public Hospital District (PHD) when I receive the ballot in the mail this coming April. In order to assure a fair distribution of the PHD taxes to the medical practices on … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | February 7 – 13, 2018

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — February 7, 2018 18-000870 Accident-NonInj 05:03:37 02/07/18 A Deputy responded to a one car non-injury collision in Friday Harbor. Information was gathered, car towed, and report made. 18-000876 Found Property 13:11:31 02/07/18 A complainant brought an iPhone to Dispatch, stating he had … Continue reading

Reflections on Carnegie Hall And the global influence of Orcas Island

— from Kristen Wilson — Pamela Wright, Director of Strings at Orcas Island High School, and violinist Paris Wilson, Junior at OIHS, returned from New York City earlier this month with memories to last a lifetime. Their trip was part of the Carnegie Honors Performance Series. Each year the Honors … Continue reading