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

UW Medicine to Manage Orcas Primary Care Clinic Collaboration with Island Hospital will assure smooth transition

— from Susan Gregg, UW Medicine — UW Medicine has begun work with Island Hospital to transition the management of a primary care clinic located on Orcas Island from Island Hospital to UW Medicine. The two entities are collaborating to ensure that the community will continue to have access to care … 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

Letter to Editor | Vacation Rentals a Cash Cow for San Juan County Open letter to County Commission

— from Karen J. Key Speck — Dear San Juan County Councilpersons Hughes, Stephens, Watson I am writing to express opinion on pending changes to the Vacation Rental Permits issued by San Juan County. Recent press indicates that the county planning commission is considering renewal fees for existing legally permitted … Continue reading

Orcas Center Hires Brian A. Kemp as Executive Director

— from Tom Fiscus, Orcas Center Board President — Orcas Center is pleased to announce its hire of Brian Kemp as Executive Director. Kemp has held business development and creative programming positions at several well-known corporations including Sony Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Hasbro and most recently The Boeing Company.  A graduate of … Continue reading

Senator Ranker to Discuss New State Budget State Senator in Eastsound on Friday

Friday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Jeanne McPherson — State Senator Kevin Ranker will visit the Orcas Rotary on Friday, Mar. 24 in a meeting open to the public. Ranker will specifically address “Results of Our Recent Session: The New State Budget” in his presentation. All are … 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

Free Workshop on Business Feasibility for Entrepreneurs Is there a market for your business idea?

Monday, March 20, 12:30 – 2 p.m., San Juan Island Library — from Victoria Compton — All entrepreneurs wonder if there is a market for their business ideas, or if they will make money from them. Join the San Juan County Economic Development Council for a FREE workshop to learn … 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

Village Expansion Discussed at Eastsound Planners Meeting

— by Maryse Sagewynd — The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) met on Mar. 2, 2017, at the Eastsound Fire Station for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. EPRC has a new Facebook site entitled Orcas EPRC. County Engineer Colin Huntemer said the County Council is concerned about curb, gutter, and … Continue reading

Can You Do A Day Without A Woman? Orcas Issues will strike on Wednesday

All Day, Wednesday, March 8 — by Lin McNulty — Following the overwhelming success of the Women’s March in January as millions of women took to the streets the day after the Trump inauguration, another event is scheduled across the country: A Day Without a Woman. On International Women’s Day, … 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