An Enchanted Evening: Community Solar for Our Schools Fundraising Dinner and Auction

Saturday, December 6 at 6 p.m., at the Episcopal Parish Hall — from Michel Vekved — Save the date and come support Community Solar for Our Schools on Saturday, December 6 at the Episcopal Parish Hall! We have an Enchanted Evening planned to celebrate community and support Solar for Our … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A New Exchange — What If?

— from Tim Blanchard, ORS Board President and Pete Moe, Executive Director — Ever since we lost The Exchange to fire, everyone’s wondering, “When will it re-open?” It’s an important question. Every day our community is losing economic and social value as useful goods are shipped off island, sit in … Continue reading

Klahowya Back in Service

 Interisland boat out of commission earlier today — from Washington State Ferries — UPDATE: The Klahowya,  is back in service with the 8:30 a.m. departure from Friday Harbor. At 6:30 a.m. WSF announced: The Klahowya, which is the inter-island vessel, is out of service due to operational constraints. This will … Continue reading

Flight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville, Nov 30 – Dec 6, 2014

— from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer, NAS Whidbey Island — Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from late afternoon to early evening Dec. 1 and 2, 2014. The FCLP tempo … Continue reading

Holiday Open House at The Whale Museum

— from the Whale Museum, Friday Harbor — The Whale Museum is hosting a holiday open house on the evening of Friday, December 5th until 6:30 p.m. Come to Friday Harbor’s Tree Lighting and enjoy the festivities. After the Tree Lighting, there will be holiday refreshments and goodies to enjoy … Continue reading

Editorial: Support Orcas Issues on Small Business Saturday

— by Margie Doyle — Sometimes, because Orcas Issues is an information service, it seems to fail to register as a business. But that’s what we are: a small, local (in modern parlance “hyper-local”), news and information business. We’ve been established as such for seven years now, and as a … Continue reading

County Parks & Fair Calls for Small Works Roster Contractor

— from San Juan County Communications — On San Juan County’s behalf, Wardell Architects is calling for bids to construct an approximately 1,846 SF office and 420 SF storage shed addition at the Main Building located on the SJC Fairgrounds. The County will utilize the Small Works Roster procedure to receive … Continue reading

Concerned about EWUA Policies and Rates? Attend Special Meeting

— by Paul Kamin, EWUA General Manager — The EWUA Board has scheduled a membership meeting for Monday Dec 8th at 6:30 -8:30 pm at the Eastsound Fire Hall. The meeting will include two topics that have drawn attention recently: EWUA’s Guest House policies; alternative rates structures. This Fall, EWUA … Continue reading

Council Chair Rick Hughes Receives Leadership Award

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 San Juan County Council Chairman Rick Hughes recieved the prestiguous Leadership Award from the Washington State Association of Counties at its recent annual meeting.   Chairman Hughes was recognized for his “extraordinary effort in establishing new collaborative partnerships” with other counties in 2014. Chairman Hughes, with the … Continue reading

Guest Column: Background Check Vote Has Ripples Nationwide

— by Kathy Sakahara for the League of Women Voters of Washington State — On November 4, Election Day, over one million Washington voters said yes to background checks for gun sales and other transfers, giving Initiative 594 a landslide victory of almost 20 points. We would like to thank … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Evacuates Orcas Island Resident

— from Mike Welding, Mike, NAS Whidbey — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island medically evacuated (MEDEVAC) a diabetic heart attack victim from Orcas Island to Bellingham International Airport for further follow on transportation to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham Tuesday afternoon, November … Continue reading

Bach Seminar

Tuesday, December 2, 12 noon, Emmanuel Parish Hall — from Jan Ehrlichman — In preparation for Orcas Choral Society’s December all-Bach concerts, a free Choral Society Pre-Concert Seminar will be held on Tuesday, December 2 at 12 noon at Emmanuel Parish Hall. The Choral Society’s Artistic Director Roger Sherman will … Continue reading

Water Users and Board Agree to Better Communication

–by Margie Doyle — Board calls for Membership Meeting on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall— At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Eastsound Water Users Board, a group calling themselves the Concerned EWUA Members met with the EWUA Manager Paul Kamin, Board President … Continue reading