Public Hearing on County’s 2018 Budget this Monday

Monday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Legislative Hearing Room, at 55 Second Street, in Friday Harbor At its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 20 the County Council will hold a public hearing on adoption of an Annual Budget. Estimated revenues and appropriations will be set forth and Public … Continue reading

Orcas Online Strictly Wireless but NOT going out of business

— by Margie Doyle– Times change, people change, but above all technology changes. Stuart Baker, at Orcas Online, has seen his DSL customers, serviced through an agreement with CenturyLink, dwindling every year, as islanders chose other internet options such as wireless. Orcas Online serves over 1,000 customers, of whom about … Continue reading

Senator Ranker to File Bill to Ban Atlantic Salmon Farming Plan comes after a large-scale escape last August from Cooke Aquaculture net pens

— by Lynda V. Mapes for the SeattleTimes.com — Under fire after a collapse and massive escape last summer, Atlantic salmon net-pen farming would be banned in Washington under legislation that will be filed by Sen. Kevin Ranker this coming session. The legislation would allow existing state leases for the … Continue reading

December Show: Art from Around the World Intake Nov. 29; Reception Dec. 1

— from Pat Littlewood — The Orcas Center Visual Arts Committee is reaching out to all Orcas art collectors to participate in the upcoming unique show of “Art from Around the World”, featuring work of art assembled by local residents sharing some of their favorite pieces of indigenous art with … Continue reading

First Town Hall Meeting – Public Hospital District

— from Alison Shaw for the Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC) wants to hear from as many folks in the community as possible. Toward that goal, it has planned four Town Hall-style meetings over the next few months to hold a community … Continue reading

“Willie Wonka” Opening Night Tonight at 6:30 A sweet treat in store for you

— by Margie Doyle — Magic happens on Orcas tonight — old-time Orcas magic with longtime talent nurturer Dider Gincg bringing out the best in the cast of “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” from the youngest oompah-loompahs to the posse of grandparents that inhabit this modern-day fairy tale. For … Continue reading

Sneak Peek at the Exchange Goods accepted with reservations; Grand Opening Nov. 24

— by Margie Doyle — “Here we go!” Tim Blanchard and fellow ORS/The Exchange board members and staff welcomed major supporters and contributors to the raising of the New Exchange building at the Orcas Waste Transfer site. The new Exchange will officially open on Friday, Nov. 24, with celebrations taking … Continue reading

“Out” is Now “In” at the Orcas Waste Transfer Site New traffic flow pattern starts Thurs. Nov. 16

— from Orcas Recycling Services — One of the most notable changes coming this month will be a completely revised traffic pattern. This change, mandated by San Juan County, will keep vehicles from circling on and off Orcas Road. Most importantly: EVERY driver will enter at the western gate, and … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Senator Ranker Hopes to Move Forward on Many Fronts Concerns include voting rights, equal pay, protections for immigrants and minorities, women’s reproductive rights, oil spills, climate change.

— from State Senator Kevin Ranker — Last week, with the election of Manka Dhingra, Democrats gained control of the Washington State Senate and we finished building the west coast Blue Wall along with Oregon and California. Now, we begin implementing an agenda that truly represents our core values. We … Continue reading

See Christopher Evans, Anwyn Thompson in “Chocolate Factory” Didier Gincig directs locally cast family musical to run this weekend at Orcas Center

— by Margie Doyle — This weekend, Orcas Islanders again present much-loved community theater, this time “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,”  based on the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join a small … Continue reading

Passing the Torch: Sara Boyle, New Lead at Orcas Senior Center New survey, new challenge grant, new programs "We have a lot of potential"

(This is the second in a series of articles about new leadership at Orcas Island institutions) –by Margie Doyle, updated Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. — Sara Boyle brings new enthusiasm and direction as she joins the leadership team at the Senior Center as Executive Director of the Orcas Senior … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: School Observes Veterans Day

— from Tom and Karen Ritter — A tribute to the military veterans of the United States of America was conducted on Thursday November 9th at Orcas Island Public School. This special event has been conducted for five years and each time it becomes more dramatic and “professional.” Early this … Continue reading

Orcas School Honors Veterans’ Service to Our Country

— by Sam Gailey, Orcas Issues reporter — For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform by celebrating Veterans Day, and on November 9, at the Orcas Island Schools, students, teachers, administrators, and parents gathered to honor our brave veterans. The high school gym was … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Public School Employees Union Seeks Wage Support

— from members of the Orcas Island Chapter of Public Employees Union– Thank you Orcas Island Community for passing the OISD Bond and Levy, this will provide funding for necessary school improvements! The Orcas chapter of the Public School Employees union is currently in negotiation with the OISD Administration concerning … Continue reading