Mini-Film Festival This Weekend Two showtimes for four films Friday and Saturday nights

— from Jared Lovejoy — Orcas Island Film Festival Presents an International 4-film mini-fest on June 23-24 at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Sea View Theatre, featuring four incredible films from four countries. These films are fresh from the festival circuit and include early contenders for Oscar awards for … Continue reading

Hazardous Waste Round-Up This Weekend Saturday on Orcas, Sunday on Lopez

— from San Juan County Public Works/Environmental Resources — Many household items may be harmful to you, your family, animals, and the environment. San Juan County and the Washington Department of Ecology conduct annual Hazardous Waste Round-Ups to remove these toxic materials from our islands and maintain a healthy environment. … Continue reading

Library Closure Extended Library to be closed until Friday, June 23

— from Martin Arnold — We need more time! The addition to the Library is taking longer than expected to complete. The Library will be closed until Friday, June 23. The Library is expected to open its normal time – 10 a.m. – on Friday. Thanks for your continued patience. … Continue reading

A Brand New Chapter Opens at the Library Friday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

— by Margie Doyle — Late notice: Library will be closed for collection moving and painting until Friday June 23. Friday is the long-awaited day for the opening of the expanded Orcas Island Public Library. the completion of the project is a triumph of planning, design, participation and execution befitting … Continue reading

Pelindaba and Orcasong Team Up

— from Paul King for Orcasong — Pelindaba and Orcasong today announce a long-term strategic alliance to significantly expand Lavender production in the San Juan Islands. “Escalating demand for our broad portfolio of all-natural lavender-based products across the country has prompted our desire to significantly expand our environmentally friendly organic … Continue reading

CenturyLink Outage Hits Land Lines on Father’s Day Orcas Island experiences 12-hour outage for land line service customers

— by Orcas Issues staff — Telephone land lines for CenturyLink customers were out on Orcas Island yesterday, [Sunday, June 18] although internet and cell phone coverage was not affected. Jeff Larsen, manning the Eastsound Fire Station, said that its land lines were out at the Station from about 5 … Continue reading

Funhouse Hires New Director, Maureen Moran

— from the Funhouse Commons — The Funhouse Commons Board of Directors announces with great pleasure the hire of Maureen Moran as the organization’s new Executive Director. Maureen moved from Seattle to Orcas Island with her family in 2016. Her husband, Jim, works on the inter-island run for the Washington … Continue reading

Propane Tank and Delivery Service Planned for Residential Area Comments need to be submitted by June 21

— by Margie Doyle, updated June 17 at 4:30 p.m. — County officials are considering the application for InterIsland Propane to place a 30,000-gallon propane tank and distribution center on a lot just west of the airport, adjacent to residential homes on Seaview Street and within 300 feet of Opal … Continue reading

Upcoming Bond: Needs Over Wants School Board Special Meeting

–by Ayn Gailey — After months of collecting community feedback, the School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, June 14, to hear more input and make a decision on what to do about the bond that did not pass in February. The Board heard from bond consultant Trevor Carlson, … Continue reading

Guest Column: The End of KVOS Influence on Mt. Constitution Summit

–by Rolf Eriksen — As I have viewed the demolition of the KVOS building on the summit of Mt. Constitution in recent days I am feeling a bit wistful knowing that the influence that KVOS and its management has pretty well ended in multiple dump trucks full of debris. As … Continue reading

Ferries Propose Price Increase Four public meetings planned

— from Reema Griffith, Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) Executive Director — Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its … Continue reading

New “Market Bucks” Program to Promote Locally Grown Foods Program will benefit WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Health and Community Services has partnered with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Lopez Locavores, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks … Continue reading

Flights to Canada from Friday Harbor Inaugurated Ribbon-cutting on Thursday June 1 at Friday Harbor Airport

— by Paige Cornwell of the SeattleTimes.com — North America’s shortest scheduled international flight — less than 20 minutes — will soon take off daily from Friday Harbor Airport and land in Victoria, Canada. Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, and Victoria, on Vancouver Island, are only 20 miles from … Continue reading