Orcas Observes Women’s Protest March

— by Lin McNulty — Blustery January weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of participants in the Orcas Women’s March on Saturday, January 20. Nearly 100 women gathered at Waterfront Park to march in solidarity with other women across the country. The protest marches were held on the one-year anniversary … Continue reading

Writers Table Brings String Tales to the Library An Interactive Presentation and Workshop with Anne Focke

Sunday, January 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Public Library — from JoEllen Moldoff — Anne Focke will introduce you to her adaptation of literatura de cordel, or “string literature,” a popular form of publishing that thrives in Brazil. She coined the expression “string tales” for her own … Continue reading

Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

— from Byron Rot for San Juan County — The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for two different grants for 2018 and 2019-2020 funding cycles. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts are invited to apply … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Why Orcas Needs Health Commissioners

— from Norm Zimlich — The proposed Orcas Public Hospital District presents many issues for consideration, but none as significant as the election of PHD Commissioners. Orcas residents already pay taxes for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, and they have also donated generously to build the Orcas Medical Center facility and … Continue reading

Annual Homeless Count Scheduled for January 25 Volunteer training scheduled

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County’s 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 25. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many … Continue reading

ICE Targets NW Immigration Activist for Deportation Protest organizer at Tacoma Detention Center to appear before Federal agency

— by Lilly  Fowler and Enrique Cerna from Crosscut.com — As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] continues to crack down on undocumented immigrants around the country, the agency has sent a prominent immigrant-rights activist in Washington a notice that it is initiating deportation proceedings against her. Maru Mora Villalpando, 47, known … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Call to Orcas Action Now! Americans and Islanders Protect the Dreamers and the Vulnerable Among Us

— by Eleanor Hoague, Judy Scott and Marc Cohen, updated Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. — An intense debate over the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is coming to a climax this week (by January 19). If Congress does not act to protect the more than 800,000 DACA … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision Survey Results: Orcas Residents Value Natural Environment and “Village” Quality of Eastsound Want affordable housing, parking and streetscapes improved

— from the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) — Thank you to the 388 Orcas residents who completed all 65 questions in the recent Eastsound Vision survey and to the additional 217 who completed part of the survey. The large number of people completing the survey creates an accurate … Continue reading

Senator Doug Jones Remembers Martin Luther King “We must walk on in the days ahead with audacious faith in the future.”

— from U.S. Senator Doug Jones — Today, we pause to reflect and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. This is a day that many have come to use as a day of service — honoring the spirit of Dr. King by connecting personally with someone in … Continue reading

State Christens Newest Ferry Suquamish Sea Trials to begin for deployment this fall

— from Ian Sterling, WSF Communications — A sparkling white and green Washington state ferry is the center of attention at Vigor’s Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle today as the Washington State Department of Transportation christened Suquamish, the fleet’s fourth Olympic Class vessel. In a traditional maritime ceremony, Amy Scarton … Continue reading

Gov. Inslee Responds to Federal Justice Dept. Crackdown on State Cannabis Laws Cole Memorandum has allowed states' "common sense" marijuana laws

— from the office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee — Gov. Jay Inslee issued the following statement today upon news that the U.S. Department of Justice would announce its decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum that has allowed Washington and other states to implement common-sense marijuana laws: “If news … Continue reading

Winter Nutrition Class at Orcas Food Co-op Prepare your meals in harmony with the season

Sunday, Jan.7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — from the Orcas Food Co-op — Join Wellness Specialist Stephanie Rosenblatt as she explains the importance of infusing your recipes with body-nurturing Macrobiotic cooking tips for this winter season. For 35 years Stephanie has created workshops, motivational lectures, and interactive programs helping … Continue reading

Poetry: Practice, Possibility, Pleasure New poetry class at the Library

— from JoEllen Moldoff — A five week poetry class on Tuesdays, January 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 13 from 1-3 p.m. at the Library in Eastsound, with JoEllen Moldoff as Facilitator. Poetry gives us a unique path into the rich content of our inner and outer worlds. As … Continue reading

San Juan County Now Accepting Accessory Dwelling Unit Applications

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is now accepting eligibility applications for detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) permits proposed outside of urban growth areas and activity centers. ADU eligibility applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm February 12, 2018. In … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Makes Predictions for 2018 Tell us yours, and your resolutions!

Ta Da! We have looked into the future and make these predictions for 2018: State Department of Transportation will add solar-power boats to its fleet of ferries Victoria will complete its sewage treatment plant, with pressure from its neighbors in the San Juans — tourists, legislators and health and environmental … Continue reading

2017: What a Year, Far and Near

— by Margie Doyle — As the tumultuous year 2017 comes to an end, one of our pleasures is to look back on events as they happened. Our core belief is You can make a difference, and our reports, opinions and comments bear this out. Here for your pleasure is … Continue reading