WSF exploring partnerships for Anacortes ferry terminal improvements

— from Washington State Ferries — The Washington State Department of Transportation is partnering with the Port and city of Anacortes to explore innovative public-private partnerships to enhance the 35-acre ferry terminal site. This could include commercial opportunities such as retail stores, lodging and food options. WSDOT would like to … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons seeks full-time mentor, volunteer coordinator

— from Liz Doane for Funhouse Commons — The Funhouse, a youth focused community center, is looking for a Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator. They are responsible for the development and implementation of the youth mentoring program which matches adult volunteer mentors with youth in a one-to-one relationship and group mentoring … Continue reading

It’s time for a community conversation on vacation rentals

Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Orcas School cafeteria — from Yonatan Aldort, Janet Alderton, Jennifer Barcelos, Lisa Byers, Andrea Cohen, Toby Cooper, Andrew Hursh, Michael Johnson, Artha F. Kass, Mark Mayer, Gregory Oaksen, Heather Dew Oaksen, Margaret Payne, Donna Gerardi Riordan, and Joe Symons — A diverse group … Continue reading

Rock Island hauls in some state / national awards

— from Rock Island Communications — BroadbandNow is a small team of data scientists, researchers, and telecom experts. They are champions for broadband consumers bringing transparency in government data and research, aggregating customer reviews and ratings, and fostering competition through better awareness of local providers. As such, they rate ISPs across … Continue reading

Governor Inslee meets with OPALCO to talk broadband, clean energy, electric ferries

— from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — OPALCO and Rock Island leadership update Governor Inslee on their broadband success in San Juan County. From L-R: Alan Smith, Executive Vice President of Rock Island; Rick Christmas, OPALCO Board Member; Foster Hildreth, OPALCO General Manager; Vince Dauciunas, OPALCO Board President; Gerry Lawlor, … Continue reading

Library seeking a vendor for coffee / refreshments

Six-month pilot project — from Martin Arnold for Orcas Library — The Orcas Island Library (OIPL) is exploring the concept of providing a coffee / refreshment service in or around the Library building. The Library invites interested parties to submit vendor proposals. Details may be found at Please email … Continue reading

Island Air Ambulance celebrates CAMTS accreditation

— from Will Hamilton for Island Air Ambulance — Friday Harbor, WA – Island Air Ambulance was recently awarded full reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) and joins an elite group of medical transport services that have achieved this recognition. CAMTS is an independent, non-profit … Continue reading

Guess which beloved Orcas bookstore kind of made best in the country list?

April 27 is National Independent Bookstore day, so buy a book — from — From their resident cats to that old book smell, there’s something about wandering up and down the aisles of a brick-and-mortar bookstore that online merchants could never replicate. In honor of Independent Bookstore Day (April 27, 2019), Mental Floss … Continue reading