Great Islands Clean Up Cleans Up on Orcas 2,330 pound of litter collected

—  from ORS/The Exchange and Orcas Elementary School — Big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in The Great Islands Clean-up [on Saturday]! On Orcas Island, 2,330 pounds of litter was collected by volunteers in just three hours Remember, just $31,000 needed to fully fund the new Exchange: http://www.exchangeorcas.org/just-31k-needed-to-fully-fund-the-new-exchange/ Meanwhile, … Continue reading

“The Universe in Verse” Live-Streamed Celebration of science and protest against defunding the arts

Streamed live at 4 p.m Pacific time, Monday, April 24 — from Brain Pickings by Maria Popova– This “labor-of-love [is a] celebration of science and protest against the defunding of the arts. (Original announcement below.) “When power corrupts, poetry cleanses,” John F. Kennedy famously wrote. Half a century later, with … Continue reading

Celebrate Mother Earth All Weekend A list of events

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 GREAT ISLANDS CLEAN-UP ON EARTH DAY (Saturday, April 22, 9 – 12 pm) It is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide greening event where volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways. Want to help on Orcas Island? Please participate and check in … Continue reading

Seattle’s District Court Sentences Russian Hacker for Stealing Credit Info Local (Anacortes) cafes among his victims

–by Susan Kelleher, Seattle Times staff reporter A prolific Russian hacker who raked in at least $170 million by stealing more than 2 million credit-card numbers and selling them on the black market was sentenced Friday morning to 27 years in prison in U.S. District Court in Seattle. “Simply put, Roman … Continue reading

The LIONS Hold Annual Easter Egg Hunt No parking permit needed for Moran State Park

Saturday, April 15, 10 am at Cascade Lake On Saturday at 10 am SHARP the Orcas Island Lions Club will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt. This free Eggstravaganza will take place at the Cascade Lake Day Use Area of Moran State Park. Parents – bring your children with their … Continue reading

Donate Items for Granny’s Attic Sale Tuesdays are drop-off days

— from Arron Redford for the Senior Center — Spring is on the doorstep and it’s time to clean out the attic! Once again the Orcas Island Senior Center is collecting donations of interesting and unique items of value for our annual Granny’s Attic rummage sale, to be held on … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: State Legislators Block Internet Intrusion Ranker and Fain Introduce Internet Privacy Act

— from the Daily Olympian — Aided by the Congress, President Donald Trump struck a blow this week for high-tech freedom and against individuals’ privacy on the internet. Perhaps the Other Washington can strike back. Democratic state Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island and Republican Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Trees in Eastsound Swale Essential to Good Development and how one woman worked to preserve essential open spaces

— by Sadie Bailey — I really appreciate the thought that went into Charlie Carver’s Letter to the Editor on March 6 (see orcasissues.com/waterfront-development-not-waterfront-reclamation/ ).Thank you for caring about Eastsound; so few Orcas people understand what we are up against here. I would add one thing to your concerns that’s … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

The Housing Puzzle: How We Can Put Together a Solution League of Women Voters presents public forum

Monday, March 13 at noon at the Friday Harbor Grange — from the League of Women Voters of the San Juans — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, Mar. 13. Panelists are Friday Harbor … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … 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- sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/11497) and public comments, the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will consider: 1. SJCDPW update – Colin Huntemer; (30 minutes)  Prune Alley Update  Madrona … Continue reading

Senator Ranker Meets with the Orcas Community "What's Next" concerns overflow crowd at Orcas Center

— by Margie Doyle — Senator Kevin Ranker advocated “Hope and Action” to over 235 people at the Orcas Center on Sunday afternoon. The event drew county residents from Lopez, Shaw and San Juan Islands to hear Ranker’s take on “What’s Next.” Ranker, who came to the island from Olympia … Continue reading

Ferry Update: Friday sailings served by the Kitsap Chelan Out for Engine Repairs

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF)– UPDATE: 9 pm: On Friday, February 24, the Kitsap temporarily joins the [Anacortes-San Juans] route as the #2 vessel while the Chelan undergoes engine repairs. Vessel capacity remains the same and full galley service will be available. UPDATE 9 am: The 11:20am sailing from … Continue reading

Senator Ranker Meets with the Orcas Community "What's Next" concerns overflow crowd at Orcas Center

— by Margie Doyle — Senator Kevin Ranker advocated “Hope and Action” to over 235 people at the Orcas Center on Sunday afternoon. The event drew county residents from Lopez, Shaw and San Juan Islands to hear Ranker’s take on “What’s Next.” Ranker, who came to the island from Olympia … Continue reading