Orcas Voters to Hold Meeting for Candidate for Public Lands Commissioner Meet and Greet scheduled for Tuesday afternoon

— from Joe Symons — Lynn Bahrych, Joe Symons, and Irmgard Conley invite you to meet and support Hilary Franz for Commissioner of Public Lands on Tuesday, Sept. 6th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Orcas Hotel, 18 Orcas Hill Rd, Orcas WA 98280. Donations will be gratefully accepted. … Continue reading

Network for Excellence in Schools Files Brief in McCleary Urges State Supreme Court to up stakes on sanctions

— from Cathy Ferran — When NEWS and the State return to the Temple of Justice next week to appear before the Washington State Supreme Court, NEWS will ask justices to take a strong stand for schoolchildren and reject the State’s longstanding procrastination and excuses for failing to comply with … Continue reading

OIFR Seeks Chief Applicants

— from Barbara Bedell — Fire Chief, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Orcas Island Fire and Rescue is seeking applications for the position of Fire Chief. The recruitment submission deadline is October 14, 2016. Starting Salary range: $85,000 – $95,000 DOQ with excellent benefits. For further information and the application process,  please … Continue reading

2016 Parks, Trails & Natural Areas Plan Comments Open Public comments due September 15

— from San Juan County Communications — The Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Plan (PTNA) provides direction for the development, management and acquisition of parks, trails, non-motorized transportation facilities, and natural areas for the Parks & Fair Department, Land Bank, Public Works, and Community Development Departments of the County. We … Continue reading

Calling All Singers Orcas Choral Society begins new season

— from Lynn Baker — The Orcas Choral Society kicks off its fall season 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 6, with a family picnic on the Orcas Center lawn. It’s a potluck, of course. We’ll have barbeques going for your meat of choice. Interim director Marianne Lewis will give us a … Continue reading

Martin Lund’s Jazz Festival: The Man Brings the Music to the Island Jazz Fest all this weekend!

— by Margie Doyle — Martin Lund, jazzman extraordinaire, considers himself a “musical chef.” He delights in exploring genres and talents of all kinds, and now for the second year, he’s organized a Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival. The Jazz festival deals with different talents from night to night: Friday: … Continue reading

Update on Library Expansion and Levy Lid Lift

— from Phil Heikkinen, Director, Orcas Island Public Library– Construction of the Orcas Island Public Library Expansion began on July 12, 2016. Detailed information regarding the expansion and still photographs are on the Library’s website. A continuous construction camera feed will also soon be available. As previously reported, the Library … Continue reading