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

First Town Hall Meeting – Public Hospital District

— from Alison Shaw for the Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC) wants to hear from as many folks in the community as possible. Toward that goal, it has planned four Town Hall-style meetings over the next few months to hold a community … Continue reading

New Task Force Looks Into Community Long-Term Care Options

— from Beth Helstien — Over the last few weeks, many of you have shown concern about the limited availability of long-term care, rehabilitation and housing for our county’s aging and at-risk, or complex-care populations. This subject has reached crisis-level with the closure of Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands; … 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

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

Mr. Music: Ken Speck Now a Hall-of-famer

— from Karen Key Speck — On Friday, November 3, 2017, Orcas islander Ken Speck received the Indiana Broadcasters Association / Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame Award. Orcas Island Bandleader, Philanthropist, Star Trekkie, Percussionist and Realtor Ken was chosen for induction into the Indiana Hall of … 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

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

American Legion to Honor Veterans’ Day Saturday, Nov. 11 And the annual turkey dinner event will take place on Sunday

The American Legion will honor Veterans Day with a ceremony on Saturday, November 11 at 11 a.m. with refreshment to follow. The public is welcome at this observance in honor of those who serve for our country The next day, Sunday November 12, is the Legion’s  Annual Turkey “Shoot” with … 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

Make the Holidays Shine in the San Juan Islands Tree lightings, artisan fairs and an Island Nutcracker bring good cheer to the San Juan holiday season

— from Barbara Marrett, San Juan Visitors Bureau — In the San Juans, the holidays are a perfect time to get away from crowded parking lots and cookie-cutter chain stores. This season, celebrate with a winter forest hike or walk on a stormy beach, a great meal fireside, and holiday spirit … 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

Comprehensive Plan Vision Check-in Survey Now Open

— from San Juan County Communications — Please participate in the Department of Community Development’s online survey regarding the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement. The survey is intended to provide the opportunity for residents to give input on the Vision Statement. Residents that attended the October Workshops will find that this … Continue reading

An Accounting of San Juan 1921 County Fair Second in a semi-regular series of stories and information about the San Juan County Fair

— from Barbara Bevens — We know that the first fair in San Juan County was in 1906. What we don’t know is what happened with Fairs until records began in 1921. I need to do some research with the Historical Societies from all of the islands. But, until then, … Continue reading