Vision for Eastsound Will Be Presented to Public

Friday, March 31, 6 – 8 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Gretchen Krampf — The Vision for Eastsound has been released for Community input and feedback at www.eastsound.vision. On Friday, Mar. 31, a Community Meeting will be held at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6-8 PM as an opportunity … Continue reading

UPDATED: Eastsound Vision 2035 Released for Community Input

— from Gretchen Krampf — Beginning on Jan. 7, 34 Orcas Island residents entered into a consensus building process to craft a Vision Statement for Eastsound in 2035. The group’s work was done under the auspices of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee, and EPRC members Bob Maynard, Fred Klein, and … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Stay Engaged for Future of Eastsound

— from Jim Jonassen — As many islanders are now aware, a process to update the County’s Comprehensive Plan is underway, and a part of that is the update of the Eastsound Sub Area Plan, which includes the Eastsound Urban Growth Area. Under the State’s Growth Management Act the Eastsound Urban … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Trees in Eastsound Swale Essential to Good Development and how one woman worked to preserve essential open spaces

— by Sadie Bailey — I really appreciate the thought that went into Charlie Carver’s Letter to the Editor on March 6 (see orcasissues.com/waterfront-development-not-waterfront-reclamation/ ).Thank you for caring about Eastsound; so few Orcas people understand what we are up against here. I would add one thing to your concerns that’s … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

Village Expansion Discussed at Eastsound Planners Meeting

— by Maryse Sagewynd — The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) met on Mar. 2, 2017, at the Eastsound Fire Station for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. EPRC has a new Facebook site entitled Orcas EPRC. County Engineer Colin Huntemer said the County Council is concerned about curb, gutter, and … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Why Waterfront Development, Not Waterfront Reclamation?

— from Charles Carver — On Mar. 6 I attended a meeting of the EPRC, curious about the visioning process for Eastsound that I have heard about. I much appreciated that portion of the meeting, the items under consideration and the enthusiasm of attendees. Another topic came up at the … Continue reading

March Turtleback March Just Down the Road

Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m., Turtleback Mountain Preserve — from Tanja Williamson, San Juan County Land Bank — Welcome Spring. The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust invite you to the third annual March Turtleback March, a 5 mile “up and over” hike on the Turtleback Mountain Preserve. … Continue reading

State’s Oldest Ferry, Our Evergreen State, Sold Moving to the Caribbean

— from Washington State Ferries — Washington State Ferries announced [Wednesday, March 1, 2017] the sale of its oldest ferry, Evergreen State. The 63-year-old ferry sold for $300,000 to Jones Broadcasting, LLC. The new owners plan to use it for active ferry service in the protected waters of the southern … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … Continue reading

Snowmageddon Does Not Stop Orcas Fire & Rescue Once again, they meet the challenge of weather, multiple calls

— from Marla Johns — A sudden and strong winter snow storm will stop everyone in their tracks … everyone except Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. In spite of the rapid accumulation of snow yesterday, staff and volunteers of OIFR responded and found solutions to difficult transport situations, complicated by … Continue reading

Orcas Center Spamalot Production Gets Ready for Opening Night It takes an island

Thursday – Saturday, March 16 – 18 & 23 – 25, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center — by Lin McNulty — In what promises to be an irreverent, extraordinarily funny production at Orcas Center, Monty Python’s Spamalot is nearing the last weeks of rehearsal before unfolding before an audience on opening night, … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Bridge Work Nears Finish

—  from John Van Lund — Crews continue final removal of fill from the temporary bridge, while drivers get accustomed to the two-way traffic across the bridge. The yellow shaded area in the rendering above shows the location of the now-demolished temporary road embankment and bridge, which was used to … Continue reading

From Our Auditor: Voter Turnout

(Reprinted from Sept. 2016 by request) The ninth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. (View first article HERE. View second article HERE. View third article HERE. View fourth article … Continue reading

Salish Sea Citizens Stand on Capitol Hill in Olympia

— from Katie Fleming — On Monday, February 13, 200 people from the San Juan Islands and greater Salish Sea region attended a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia to show support for the Oil Transportation Safety Bills (House Bill 1611/Senate Bill 5462). A major oil spill would … Continue reading