Eastsound Vision Survey Results: Orcas Residents Value Natural Environment and “Village” Quality of Eastsound Want affordable housing, parking and streetscapes improved

— from the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) — Thank you to the 388 Orcas residents who completed all 65 questions in the recent Eastsound Vision survey and to the additional 217 who completed part of the survey. The large number of people completing the survey creates an accurate … Continue reading

Salish Sea Early Music Festival Announces 2018 Programs Seven programs of early music on period instruments on Orcas Island

Opening Concert: Saturday, January 27, 7 p.m., Orcas Adventist Fellowship Church — from Jeffrey Cohen — Treble Viol, Baroque Guitar & Flute, the opening performance among seven in the 2018 Salish Sea Early Music Festival, features Annalisa Pappano from Cincinnati, one of the world’s foremost players of treble viol, who … Continue reading

News from Hughes: Looking Ahead Trails, Orca protection and partnerships top the list

— by Margie Doyle — In recent days County Councilman Rick Hughes from Orcas Island has looked at the year ahead and announced his plans and “pipedreams” for the coming year. Relieved to sit back from the chairmanship of the three-person Council, Hughes says he’s re-energized to be an advocate … Continue reading

Writers Table Brings String Tales to the Library An Interactive Presentation and Workshop with Anne Focke

Sunday, January 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Public Library — from JoEllen Moldoff — Anne Focke will introduce you to her adaptation of literatura de cordel, or “string literature,” a popular form of publishing that thrives in Brazil. She coined the expression “string tales” for her own … Continue reading

Airport Master Plan Holds Open House 10-year old Master Plan to be updated by this September

–– by Margie Doyle — The Airport is currently completing an Airport Master Plan that will guide development over the next 20 years. The master plan began last September with an aeronautical survey to collect obstruction data and an inventory of the Airport’s existing facilities. At the Open House on … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Public Meets to Discuss Proposed Deer Harbor Parking

— from Terry Neill — The Jan. 13 meeting concerning the Deer Harbor parking plan was attended by about 70 people in addition to Councilman Rick Hughes, County Engineer Colin Huntemer and half a dozen other county employees. As the meeting opened there were handouts on each chair containing the … Continue reading

Annual Ferry Ridership Swells by 250,000 to 15-year High Nearly 24.5 million customers sailed on state vessels in 2017

— from Washington State Ferries — A surge in boardings in 2017 pushed Washington State Ferries to its highest ridership since 2002. Last year, the nation’s largest ferry system carried nearly 24.5 million people, enough to fill CenturyLink Field every day of the year. Ridership grew by more than 250,000 over 2016, … Continue reading

Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

— from Byron Rot for San Juan County — The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for two different grants for 2018 and 2019-2020 funding cycles. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts are invited to apply … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Why Orcas Needs Health Commissioners

— from Norm Zimlich — The proposed Orcas Public Hospital District presents many issues for consideration, but none as significant as the election of PHD Commissioners. Orcas residents already pay taxes for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, and they have also donated generously to build the Orcas Medical Center facility and … Continue reading

Annual Homeless Count Scheduled for January 25 Volunteer training scheduled

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County’s 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 25. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many … Continue reading

ICE Targets NW Immigration Activist for Deportation Protest organizer at Tacoma Detention Center to appear before Federal agency

— by Lilly  Fowler and Enrique Cerna from Crosscut.com — As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] continues to crack down on undocumented immigrants around the country, the agency has sent a prominent immigrant-rights activist in Washington a notice that it is initiating deportation proceedings against her. Maru Mora Villalpando, 47, known … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Policy Changes to Protect Personal Information

— from Tara Lee for Governor’s Office — “The recent revelations about our state Department of Licensing’s failure to safeguard certain information from federal immigration officials has shaken and angered many communities. It has angered me. I issued an executive order nearly one year ago saying we would do all … Continue reading

OPALCO Seeks Board Candidates For District 2 (Orcas et al)

— from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — Nominations are now open for the 2018 OPALCO Board of Directors election. There are two positions up for election in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands). Interested co-op members from District 2 can apply to be … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Call to Orcas Action Now! Americans and Islanders Protect the Dreamers and the Vulnerable Among Us

— by Eleanor Hoague, Judy Scott and Marc Cohen, updated Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. — An intense debate over the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is coming to a climax this week (by January 19). If Congress does not act to protect the more than 800,000 DACA … Continue reading

Town Hall Meeting Will Address Public Hospital District, What it Might Cost

Wednesday, January 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Alison Shaw for Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care is pleased to announce its third Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 24, from 5:30- 7 p.m., in the Eastsound Fire Station. Residents … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Association Recruiting Volunteer Facilitators in San Juan County

— from Linda Whiteside, Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter — Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver. The Alzheimer’s Association is currently recruiting local volunteers to facilitate Family Caregiver Support Groups in San Juan County, including Orcas Island and Friday Harbor. Family Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent … Continue reading