Schedule for 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update Posted

— from San Juan County Communications — The schedule for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update has been revised and is now posted on the Community Development website. The website has also been expanded to include a page showing status of the on-going work with links to work products. Background and … Continue reading

Public Historian Describes “Washington at War” The Evergreen State in World War I

The Orcas Island Library and Humanities Washington invite the community to an engaging conversation with Public Historian Lorraine McConaghy. This free event takes place Thursday, May 25 at Orcas Island Community Church 176 Madrona St, Eastsound, WA 98245. One-hundred years ago in 1917, the US entered The Great War to … Continue reading

Orcas In Step With Worldwide Marches Local route changes as too many marchers to walk the Labyrinth

— from Bob Phalan — As many residents of Orcas Island cringed on Friday January 20, 2017, they were preparing for multiple rallies they would attend on Saturday. Seattle, Bellingham and Friday Harbor are places that we know Orcas folks attended rallies. Rallies to protest promised changes to federal policies concerning … Continue reading

Larsen-led Ecosystem Restoration Bill Heads to Senate House greenlights nearly a half billion dollars for the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project

— from Office of Rep. Rick Larsen — Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today announced that an effort he spearheaded – along with other members of the Washington delegation – to authorize $451 million for the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project has been approved by the House as part of the … Continue reading

Reservations Still Available for Restoration Talk

— from Maddie Murray — The Olga Strawberry Council invites you to come to the Catkin Cafe this Friday evening, June10th at 6:00 for beverages and small bites and to hear the story of the rebuilding and restoration of the historic Olga Strawberry Barrel Plant after the 2013 fire. As a … Continue reading

Raised from the Ashes – Better Than Ever

Friday, June 10, 6 p.m., Catkin Café — from Olga Strawberry Council — July 19, 2013: If you were here on the island that day, you would well remember knowing of, or even experiencing, the arson fire that severely damaged the historic Strawberry Barreling Plant Building in Olga and its … Continue reading

The Marshall Strawberry and Its Significance on Orcas Island

by the Olga Strawberry Council The Marshall Strawberry, lauded to be the sweetest of them all, was the species grown here on Orcas Island and disbursed to places far and wide between the early 1930s and about 1943. Its fame and fortune was cut short because of disease and World … Continue reading

“Barn of the Month” – Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant

–by The Olga Strawberry Council– The beautifully restored Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant, commonly known as the Artworks Building, has been honored by being designated “Barn of the Month” by Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands. Though admittedly not quite a “barn,” it is recognized as a “structure significant to the history of agriculture … Continue reading

Tales, Tastes and Tidbits, June 25th

 — from Madie Murray — What could be better than enjoying a good story while sipping fine spirits and nibbling delicious nosh?  A unique fundraiser for Farm to Cafeteria will provide it all on Thursday, June 25th, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Inn at Ship Bay. You’ll hear TALES of … Continue reading

OSC Reaches Matching Goal

— from the Olga Strawberry Council Board– We said a donation of any size would put us over the top, and it did! Amounts from $20 to $9,000 coming from as close as Olga to as far away as Delaware (with Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Missouri and Colorado in … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: The Little Building That Could…

–by Madie Murray, Olga Strawberry Council Board Member– There’s no time like the present when the present is all you have. It’s a horrible time to be asking for money with Holiday and year-end expenses and obligations still lingering, tax-deductible requirements not needing to be made until the end of … Continue reading

Orcas Island Rowing Celebrates the WA State Parks 100th Anniversary

Orcas Island junior rowers gathered on and under the bridge over Cascade Lake to wish the WA State Parks system a happy 100th birthday. The park and most especially Cascade Lake have a special place in their hearts. It is the home of their club. It is a place they … Continue reading

Leak Closes Eastsound Public Restrooms

From Lance Evans, Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director A quick note regarding the Eastsound bathrooms at the Village Green.  San Juan County has discovered a water leak in the area and needs to shut down the facility until the issue can be resolved. Orcas Septic is delivering two … Continue reading