Fire on the Island Last Night – UPDATED Story Cabin fire near Orcas Landing extinguished with help from San Juan Island crews

— from Marla Johns, Public Information Officer, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue — UPDATE: 3:30 p.m., July 25: Orcas Island Fire crews have been on scene of the Minnow Creek Fire since approximately 3 a.m.  Crews from San Juan Fire and Department of Natural Resources responded and assisted in the extinguishment … Continue reading

San Juan County Scholars Shine at Regional Co-op Leadership Camp

— from Krista Bouchey for OPALCO — Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at The College of Idaho as part of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. During the week-long leadership camp in July, four of the six students earned top scholarships ranging from … Continue reading

Canada to Study Ship Noise Effects on Orcas in Haro Strait

 — from Port Technology International — Fifty-three marine shipping industry organizations have committed to participate in a first-of-its-kind voluntary study focusing on the relationship between slower vessel speeds, underwater noise levels and effects on killer whales. Between August 7 and October 6, 2017, the speed of participating vessels will be … Continue reading

“Immigration Initiative” to Be on November Ballot Celebration acknowledges signature-gatherers

— by Margie Doyle — On Tuesday, July 18, the Immigration Rights Group of Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) gathered at Emmanuel Parish Hall with signature-gatherers and others to celebrate the “overwhelmingly positive response we received” to the initiative petition campaign to place “AN ORDINANCE PROTECTING THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF ALL … Continue reading

Fire Commission Meeting Focuses on Propane Tank Safety Issues Regular meeting dominated by neighbors concerned for safety

— by Susan McBain — The “hot topic” for the July 17 meeting of the Orcas Board of Fire Commissioners wasn’t on the agenda. The public wanted to talk about Inter-Island Propane’s proposed location of a 30,000-gallon propane tank on Aeroview Lane near Seaview St., and the capacity of Orcas … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | It’s Time to Deal With This Gentle-eyed Island Menace

— from Emery Rhodes — Deer. They are here, there, and everywhere. Day and night these normally nocturnal animals are now out searching for anything tasty and tender. After dusk their numbers increase, they veritably turn the San Juan Islands into Deer Zombie Islands, wreaking havoc and occasionally attacking innocent … Continue reading

The Exchange Introduces Management Team

— from Orcas Recycling Services — Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) is pleased to introduce a stellar management team for the new Exchange reuse center. Jeff Ludwig has accepted the position of Exchange Manager; Peg O’Hara will assist as retail and merchandising consultant; and Jim “Duff” Duffield will act as volunteer coordinator. … Continue reading

Summer in the School Garden Farm to Cafeteria Program

— by Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria program invites you to join us in the school garden this summer for Calendula salve making workshops and work-trade Wednesdays! Our first salve making workshop of the season is Saturday, July 15th at 11 am in the public school … Continue reading

Annual Tribal Canoe Journey Stopovers Planned for San Juan, Lopez Islands This year's theme is "Standing Together"

July 24 – 25, Lopez and San Juan Islands — from Katie Fleming for Friends of the San Juans — Each summer inter-tribal canoes depart from their homeland to a common destination within Coast Salish territory. Canoes will pass through the San Juan Islands on their way to the final … Continue reading

Fun Interpretive Walk in Garry Oak Restoration Area on Turtleback What’s Up in the Oaks?

Saturday, July 8, 9 – 11 a.m., Turtleback Mountain Preserve — from Tanja Williamson for San Juan County Land Bank — Ruthie Dougherty, Orcas Preserve Steward, will lead an interpretive hike on south Turtleback, focusing on the oak woodlands where the Land Bank has conducted extensive restoration over the last six years. … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Propane Storage Unsafe for Seaview Neighborhoods Gas explosion would be disastrous

— by Eric Gourley — I am [sending to the county] this memo in opposition to the proposed propane storage facility on Aeroview Lane. I own a hangar/apartment on 77 Aeroview Lane. I have a tenant who lives year round in the apartment. I am at my hangar almost on … Continue reading

Abreu, Hurwicz to Release Salish Sea CD in Benefit Concert CD release concert & benefit for “Kids and Canoes” Project

Sunday, July 2, 7 – 9 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall — from Sharon Abreu for Irthlingz — Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz of Irthlingz Arts-Based Environmental Education will present a musical evening celebrating the release of their CD, “Songs to Save the Salish Sea.” The concert, from 7-9 pm at … Continue reading