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 — 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

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

State Parks Considering Long-term Boundary Revisions for Two Orcas Island Parks Public invited to learn more at kickoff meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Toni Droscher, Washington State Parks — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process to consider expanding the long-term park boundaries of Moran and Obstruction Pass state parks on Orcas Island. The public is invited … 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

Guest Opinion: Senator Ranker Hopes to Move Forward on Many Fronts Concerns include voting rights, equal pay, protections for immigrants and minorities, women’s reproductive rights, oil spills, climate change.

— from State Senator Kevin Ranker — Last week, with the election of Manka Dhingra, Democrats gained control of the Washington State Senate and we finished building the west coast Blue Wall along with Oregon and California. Now, we begin implementing an agenda that truly represents our core values. We … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Out, Comprehensive Plan Survey Ends Nov. 30

— from San Juan County News — Time is running out, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. San Juan County is conducting a survey to get feedback on the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement. We have already received some great feedback but something is missing… YOUR THOUGHTS! The survey is intended to … Continue reading

Wanted: Day Park Volunteers

— from Ashley King for San Juan County Parks & Fair — The San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair Department is inviting community members to become day park volunteers (opportunities available on different islands). Volunteers can participate in weekly monitoring and/or light litter pick-up, and are invited to participate in … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision Survey Closed; Full Results Due Soon

— from Paul Kamin for Eastsound Planning Review Committee — The 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

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

Guest Opinion: Beyond the Eastsound Vision Survey Directing future efforts

— by B. Sadie Bailey — I just took the Eastsound Vision survey on Saturday, November 4, a day before the Nov. 5 deadline; primarily because, as a gardener, I had no large chunk of time or mental energy to devote to it until it snowed the other day. When … Continue reading

Free Lecture: “Sea Star Wasting Disease: What Is Happening Now?”

Tuesday, November 14, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall — from The SeaDoc Society & YMCA Camp Orkila — Since 2013 a devastating outbreak of sea star wasting disease has killed millions of sea stars from Mexico to Alaska. The ongoing epidemic is so huge that many consider it to be … Continue reading

Kwiaht Annual Gathering to Discuss Future of Indian Island Good news and bad will be presented. More volunteers needed to preserve habitat.

Thursday, November 16, 5:30 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Russel Barsh for Kwiaht — Kwiaht and community scientists of the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory invite the public to the eighth annual celebration of Indian Island and Fishing Bay, Eastsound’s window on the sea, at the Episcopal Parish … Continue reading

Have You Taken the Eastsound Vision Survey Yet?

–from Paul Kamin — Sunday November 5th is the last day that Orcas residents have to take or complete the online survey that is posted at The survey is an initiative of the volunteer Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC). It has been designed to get community feedback on … Continue reading

County Council Hears Good News on Orcas Local agencies report; Council cuts ribbon on new Park and Ride

— by Margie Doyle, updated Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. — The Orcas Island meeting of the County Council on Tuesday, Oct. 31 was one of the fastest-paced, information-packed council meetings ever.  The agenda items amounted to an Executive Summary of the extensive progress made by Orcas agencies, resulting in … Continue reading

Hearing on Proposed Expansion to Xylene at Anacortes Refinery Tesoro now called Andeavor

— from Katie Fleming for Friends of the San Juans — Community activists and representatives from many environmental organizations including, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Evergreen Islands, and Friends of the San Juans will testify at an upcoming public hearing on a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit for the Andeavor … Continue reading