Guest Column: How to Communicate with Congress Two actions suggested by high level staffer

— by Pat Reuss, National Action Vice President for the National Organization of Women — What I have been preaching since I came to DC to lobby for women’s rights 38 years ago: Get to know the staff person for your Senators and Rep.  Even though their boss may be … Continue reading

Larsen Condemns Immigrant Ban "As low as it gets"

— from Rep. Rick Larsen, WA Dist 02 — President Trump’s executive order barring citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States is as low as it gets. It scapegoats refugees fleeing war, terrorism and persecution. With one signature, this action undermined our American values and left countless … Continue reading

Seed: The Untold Story to Kick Off Agricultural Summit

Thursday, February 9, 7:30 p.m., Sea View Theatre — from Jared Lovejoy — Orcas Island Film Festival and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit Team invites you to the 2017 Ag Summit Weekend Kick Off event. Join us for a very special screening of the powerful documentary, “SEED: The Untold … Continue reading

Whitfield Recognized for Innovation with Pellet Stove

— from Suzanne Olson — OPALCO Board Vice President, inventor and former Boeing Engineer Dr. Jerry Whitfield of Shaw Island was recognized for his development of the highly efficient Pellet Stove, which burns compressed wood or biomass pellets. He was recognized in Seattle Magazine‘s 2016 list of “Top Essential Innovations … Continue reading

New Area Code? Yeah, But… Time to start practicing ten-digit local dialing

— by Lin McNulty — Everyone with a landline phone received a notification from our local carrier, CenturyLink, that Western Washington is getting a new area code. Not really a new area code, per se, but an overlay area code. When the changeover goes into full effect July 29, 2017 … Continue reading

School Board Meeting Handles Heavy Agenda OASIS, English Language Learners, Special Ed and Career and Tech Education Reports

— by Ayn Gailey — In celebration of School Board Appreciation Month, 6th-grade students, Hayden Shaefer and Finn Rubottom, on behalf of the student body, delivered a banner to School Board members at the regular monthly Orcas Island School District (OISD) board meeting. All board members —  Janet Brownell, Chris … Continue reading

Editorial | Community Institutions Depend on Your Vote Vote for the School Bond and the increase in Fire Commissioners

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island residents have the opportunity to have their say in our local government when they cast their ballots in the special election. Most island residents have received their ballots and as they cast their votes, due February 14, there is still time to witness … Continue reading

Contractors Will Be Spraying Foam Insulation at Library Fumes may be released

Thursday, February 2 to Sunday, February 5 — from Phil Heikkinen — As part of our building expansion project, contractors will be spraying foam insulation this week, with the odor noticeable from Thursday, February 2 to Sunday, February 5. Although the spraying will be within the new area, some fumes … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | January 18 – 24, 2017

January 18, 2017 17-000346 Domestic Dispute or Assault 22:57:26 01/18/17 Deputies arrived at an apartment in Friday Harbor to investigate a disturbance. Deputies arrested a male subject that threatened to kill a neighbor with a knife. January 19, 2017 17-000349 Welfare Check 11:23:24 01/19/17 An Orcas deputy responded to welfare … Continue reading