Snowmageddon Does Not Stop Orcas Fire & Rescue Once again, they meet the challenge of weather, multiple calls

— from Marla Johns — A sudden and strong winter snow storm will stop everyone in their tracks … everyone except Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. In spite of the rapid accumulation of snow yesterday, staff and volunteers of OIFR responded and found solutions to difficult transport situations, complicated by … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Landslide Votes Enough to Run Bond Again An Open Letter to the Orcas Island School Board

— from Randall K. Gaylord — Dear School Board: Please submit the capital facilities bond proposal to the voters again in the next election, without change. Conventional thinking is to make a modification to a proposal before resubmitting it, but in this case that’s not necessary. Here’s why. You have gathered … Continue reading

Speak Up Now to Establish Whale Protection Zone Email your preference today

— from Stephanie Buffum — [On] March 1, our local San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) wants to hear from citizens about whether it should facilitate a community conversation about a proposed whale protection zone. We need to show up and tell them – Yes. If you can’t attend … Continue reading

Ranker on Immigration Rights, Outdoor Preschool, Education Sen. Ranker: Our values demand action to fully fund education

— from Dave Pringle, Senator Ranker’s Office — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement [Monday]: Protecting Immigrants’ Rights Our values tell us to cherish and accept all people and protect the most vulnerable in our state, especially in the face of today’s national climate. Senate Democrats sponsored bills … Continue reading

Something to Intrigue Everyone at Art Exhibition Exhibitions open March 4 at San Juan Island Museum of Art

— from Diane Martindale — The three new exhibitions opening March 4 at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art truly are for everyone who loves working with wood, painters, bookworms, collectors of odd objects in the forest, and those who care about forest destruction and erosion. Morse Clary, a … Continue reading

International Women’s Day Comes to Orcas, March 8 Local women's coalition outlines ways to honor, celebrate

— from Michele Bane — The Policial Action and Civic Engagement (PACE) Action Team of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) presents a community-wide celebration of women on March 8, 2017, in honor of International Women’s Day. We welcome the island’s participation in a variety of events: From 3:00-5:00 PM, San Juan … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Hear from Public Works, Visioners, and Waterfront Developers

Thursday, March 2, 3 – 5 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, following the Approval of Minutes (for February 2017- and public comments, the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will consider: 1. SJCDPW update – Colin Huntemer; (30 minutes)  Prune Alley Update  Madrona … Continue reading

Governor Spotlights Threats to Washington’s Economy and Natural Resources from Invasive Species

— from Susan Zemek, Office of the Governor — OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee declared the week of Feb. 26 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington State, noting that invasive species cost the United States more than $137 billion annually in crop damage, loss of fish, and damage to … Continue reading