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

EDC Presents: Datapalooza! A statistics and demographics event for San Juan County

Wednesday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church — from Victoria Compton for San Juan County Economic Development Council — Need more data and information to make knowledgeable decisions about your business or as a community legislator or leader? Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council … 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

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

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

Eastsound Vision Survey Closed; Full Results Due Soon

— from Paul Kamin for Eastsound Planning Review Committee — The EastsoundVision.com online survey “closed” on Monday November 5. A committee of volunteers have been working on processing the results for public distribution. The Eastsound Planning and Review Committee and the Survey Team would like to thank those who invested … 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

Letter to the Editor: Heartfelt Thank You from Schools Superintendent

— by Eric Webb, Superintendent, Orcas Island School District — We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the voters of Orcas Island for your support of our School Bond and Levy. The passing of the school bond and levy will help to ensure that our students are being educated … Continue reading

New Emergency Doctor at Peace Island Medical Center

–from Peace Health communications — PeaceHealth welcomes a new emergency medicine provider to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center: Krishnaraj “Raj” Jayarama, DO. Dr. Jayarama earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. He completed an Internship in Emergency Medicine … Continue reading

New Exchange to Open November 24th, The Day After Thanksgiving New pricing, access and tax-deduction policies

— from Pete Moe, General Manager ORS/The Exchange — The new Exchange reuse facility on Orcas Island will re-open November 24th, ‘Black Friday’, at 10 a.m. This will kick-off a Grand-Opening Weekend, that will run through Sunday the 26th. Hot dogs and cider will be served at lunch, and The … Continue reading

Veterans Get Help Through Larsen’s Office Veterans, call direct line for assistance

— from U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — A better deal for our veterans starts with listening – and that is exactly what I had a chance to do last month. I held six Veterans Forums in San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. These forums were opportunities for veterans … Continue reading