Eagle Forum Hosts Comp Plan Info Meeting

Saturday, September 23, 1 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Cindy Carter for Eagle Forum — San Juan County Planner Erica Shook will be speaking about the upcoming Comprehensive Plan update on Orcas at the Eastsound Fire Station on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to … Continue reading

Friends, Partners Restore Fisherman Bay Coastal Wetland

— from Shannon Davis for FRIENDS of the San Juans — Outdated and unnecessary dikes, berms, and ditches that once clogged a marine wetland along Lopez’s Fisherman Bay were removed last week through a collaborative effort led by Friends of the San Juans, in partnership with the San Juan County … Continue reading

Fall Farm Tours Upcoming for Orcas, San Juan, Lopez Celebrating farms, food, and community

Sunday, October 1 for Orcas Island — from San Juan Islands Conservation District — Join us in October for the San Juan Islands Fall Farm Tours. There will be fun for everyone. Come meet local farmers and feast on the bounty of local harvest. Tickets are now on sale: October … Continue reading

Black-tailed Deer Overabundance and Management Lecture and Community Forum

Wednesday September 20 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Joe Gaydos, SeaDoc, UC Davis Wildlife Health Center — Black-tailed deer are native to the San Juan Islands. Predator removal and modern reductions in hunting, however, have resulted in high deer densities on many islands, including Orcas. … Continue reading

Join 2nd Annual Fall Great Islands Clean-Up Think Litter-Free by the Sea

Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Village Green — from Pete Moe for Orcas Recycling — Please help clean-up all the summer’s accumulated refuse before winter closes in. Come out and volunteer for this all-islands greening event where volunteers pick-up litter from our public beaches and roadways. During … Continue reading

UW Professor David Montgomery to Speak on “Growing a Revolution”

Sunday, September 24, 4 p.m., Orcas Center — from Michael Riordan for Orcas Currents — Throughout history, civilizations have withered and even disappeared after destroying their once-fertile soils. We now risk repeating this age-old trauma on a global scale due to ongoing soil-degradation, climate change, and rapidly rising populations. But … Continue reading

Prescribed Fire on Young Hill Slated for Late September

— from Brandon Cadwell for San Juan National Historical Park — San Juan Island National Historical Park plans to conduct a prescribed fire on Young Hill between late September and early October 2017, when weather permits. As part of post-burn operations, herbicide will be used in selected areas – less than … Continue reading

OPALCO Survey Results Show Support for Community Solar Proposals sought for design and construction

— from Suzanne Olson for Orcas Power & Light — More than 1,200 members responded to an online survey about Community Solar, measuring preferences, appetite, and collecting narrative comments. In a nutshell, the membership is very interested in Community Solar so long as it doesn’t affect rates. A request for … Continue reading

Council to Hold Shoreline Plan Public Hearing Postponed to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon

— from Ingrid Gabriel, County Council Clerk — The SJC Council’s Tuesday, September 19 Public Hearing to Adopt a Shoreline Master Program Ordinance will be postponed from its originally published time. The Public Hearing on the Shoreline Master Program Ordinance will open as advertised at 9:15 AM on September 19, … Continue reading

5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival: At the Edge Co-hosted by Orcas Center and San Juan Preservation Trust

Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.at Orcas Center; refreshments from Cocina Latina served at 6:30 p.m. — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Celebrate the equinox with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an evening of inspiring documentaries about young people who are healing the earth,on September 22, 7:30 … Continue reading

Top EPRC Recommendations for the Comprehensive Plan Update

— by Matt Willis — Over the last two months members of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC), business owners, and Orcas citizens have toiled diligently to begin the process of distilling the output from each of the four working groups tasked to make recommendations to County Council for … Continue reading

Whale Museum Lecture to Focus on Whale Health With an update on drone surveys of resident killer whale condition

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Tracie Merrill for The Whale Museum — On Tuesday, September 19, Dr. John Durban from NOAA and Dr. Holly Fearnbach from SR3 SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research will present on “Assessing whale health, with an update on drone surveys of resident … Continue reading

County Comp Plan Topic for League of Women Voters

Monday, September 11, Noon, San Juan Island Library — from League of Women Voters — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) announces a community program “Our County Comp Plan Update: Shaping the Future.” This program will be held in Friday Harbor at the San Juan Island … Continue reading

Orcas Women’s Coalition Hosts Rep. Lytton at Quarterly Meeting Participate in Action and Development Teams

Sunday, Sept. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the Orcas Public School Cafeteria — from Gretchen Krampf for Orcas Women’s Coalition — Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) is a vibrant, energetic network of women and transgender people on Orcas Island, working together to create positive change through progressive reform. We believe in … Continue reading