Roadway Excavation and Rock Breaking Underway at Orcas Park & Ride

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz for San Juan County Public Works — Rock breaking is scheduled to continue on site next week with the large hydraulic hammer. Our contractor will continue roadway excavation bringing the surface closer to subgrade. Material produced during rock breaking activities will stay on site to build the roadway … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | A New Vision

— from Joe Symons — Imagine a county whose population of residents and visitors chooses to honor its rural, wild, sustainable, refreshing, slow, nature-dominated, non-exploitive, respectful, in-perpetuity heritage. Imagine stepping off the ferry into a sacred sanctuary. Imagine that while everything looks the same, humans operate with a mindset of … Continue reading

Cruise into History: Sentinels of Orcas Island and Surrounding Waters

Sunday, May 21 at noon — by Carol Kulminski — Eclipse Charters once again hosts a benefit cruise for Orcas Island Historical Museums, this year on Sunday, May 21. The cruise will focus on the main water ways in the San Juan Islands, noting the markers, navigation aids, and the light … Continue reading

Researching Our History A free workshop for anyone with a story to tell

Saturday, May 13, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church — from Sandy Strehlou for Writing Our History Project — There is still room for local history buffs who want to attend this Saturday’s workshop “Researching Our History” taking place from 12:30pm – 4:30pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church Hall in East … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Discuss Changes to Historic Properties Mount Baker Farm and Madrona Point anticipating development

–by Margie Doyle — At the May 4 monthly meeting of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee — which was announced as the last meeting for Committee members Greg Ayers and Fred Klein — the plans to develop Mount Baker Farm and Madrona Point  highlighted recent developments in Orcas Island’s biggest … Continue reading

Editorial | You Make a Difference File for elected county positions by May 15

— by Margie Doyle — One of the curiosities of local news publishing is how often “Government” is one of the categories that we check off before posting our stories live. School? that’s government. Fire and Rescue? that’s government, too. As is Senior Services, agriculture, marine, and many of our … Continue reading

Presentation Celebrates Coast Salish, Wooly Dogs For weavers, dog-lovers and anyone interested in the Coast Salish peoples

Sunday, May 7, 5:30 p.m., Brickworks — from Sandy Strehlou — Join ecologist and historian Russel Barsh and botanist and spinner Madrona Murphy for a slideshow presentation and weaving demonstration celebrating the Coast Salish “wooly dog” and the first peoples of the islands on Sunday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. … Continue reading

BLM Seeks Nominations to Monument Advisory Committee

— from Barbara Marrett, SJ Visitors Bureau — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today announced it is seeking public nominations for four open positions on the San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee (MAC). The nomination period is open until May 26, 2017. The BLM’s Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), of … Continue reading

SJ National Monument Not on Trump’s List Small is better in this case

— by Lin McNulty — On Apr. 26, 2017 the White House initiated an executive order authorizing the review of national monuments designated since Jan. 1, 1996. The order targets monuments of more than 100,000 acres in size or that were “made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.” … Continue reading

Governors Issue Statement on Offshore Drilling In response to White House Executive Order

— from Chase Gallagher, Gov. Inslee’s Office — Governor Jay Inslee, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today in response to a presidential executive order to revise offshore oil and gas leasing in federal waters: “Today’s unilateral action is short-sighted. For good … Continue reading

Pigs, Plants, and Pickett: A Peek into Our History “History Lives Here” brings island stories to life in May

— from Amy Nesler, San Juan Visitors Bureau — Who would have thought a trespassing pig could start a war? Only in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Discover this and other colorful stories during History Lives Here – National Historic Preservation Month in the San Juan Islands. During the month of … Continue reading

Immigration Rights Group Drafts Resolution for San Juan County

— from Orcas Women’s Coalition — In line with the recommendations of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement, the Immigration Rights Group, a sub-group of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC), has drafted a resolution which provides guidance for San Juan County personnel regarding the gathering and … 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

Donate Items for Granny’s Attic Sale Tuesdays are drop-off days

— from Arron Redford for the Senior Center — Spring is on the doorstep and it’s time to clean out the attic! Once again the Orcas Island Senior Center is collecting donations of interesting and unique items of value for our annual Granny’s Attic rummage sale, to be held on … Continue reading

EPRC Meets on Thursdsay

Thursday, April 6, 3 – 6 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Colin Maycock — Eastsound Planning Review Committee Agenda April 6, 2017 Eastsound Fire Station 3 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions Additions or Agenda modifications Approval of Minutes: March 2017 – Public Access/Comment #1 County Council … Continue reading

Trump Budget Details Indicate WSF to be Renamed WALL Flotsam & Jetsam

— a Maurice Austin Special Investigation into Stuff — According to recently released documents from the Governmental Organization for Open Process (GOOP), the much-debated Trump fiscal budget for 2017-2019 mandates a restructuring of the Washington State Ferry System (WSF), highlighting the transportation corridor as key to securing American borders under … Continue reading