Annual Tribal Canoe Journey Stopovers Planned for San Juan, Lopez Islands This year's theme is "Standing Together"

July 24 – 25, Lopez and San Juan Islands — from Katie Fleming for Friends of the San Juans — Each summer inter-tribal canoes depart from their homeland to a common destination within Coast Salish territory. Canoes will pass through the San Juan Islands on their way to the final … Continue reading

Governor Signs Paid Medical, Family Leave Program New law to be in place by 2020

— from Chase Gallagher for Governor Inslee’s Office — With Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature today, Washington became the fifth state in the U.S. to establish a paid family and medical leave program for workers — and arguably the most forward-thinking one in the nation. The new law Inslee signed was passed by the … Continue reading

Jesse Boleyn Announces Orcas Island Summer Concert Series for 2017 3 Concerts bring international musicians to Orcas Island

First concert of series Saturday July 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center — from Jesse Boleyn — American songwriter, recording artist and author, Jesse Boleyn is proud to host the 2017 Orcas Island Performing Arts Center summer concert series in beautiful Eastsound. Boleyn, along with special guest, Seattle blues … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Public Meeting Set to Discuss Seaview Propane Tank Siting

Wednesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — Donny Galt, Inter-Island Propane — This is Donny from Inter Island Propane in Friday Harbor. I just wanted you to know that I have personally read every one of your concerns about the new propane facility and hear you loud and … Continue reading

Orcas School Board Ups Lunch Prices, Hears from Juvenile Court Rep. District receives nearly $63,000 in grant funding

— by Ayn Gailey — [Note: This article has been updated to clarify the school lunch price increase.]* Classes and graduation ceremonies may have wrapped, but the OISD School Board, none of whom take compensation for their services, keeps on working. At the June 22 regular board meeting, Principal Kyle … Continue reading

Dead Man’s Cell Phone: Our “Devices” Have a (Weird) Life of Their Own Tickets still available for Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinee

— A review by Margie Doyle — It’s a puzzle, a tapestry and very much a hoot! “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” opened to a capacity crowd at Orcas Center’s Black Box last night, rewarding the audience with quick-paced commentary on love and connections in a slick, enthralling production, directed by … Continue reading

Lahari Launches Transportation Program Orcas Door to Door is now enrolling members, accepting volunteer drivers, and providing rides

— from Lahari — Have you ever thought about what would happen if driving yourself around the Island is no longer an option? How would you continue to maintain your independence so that you could continue with your daily routines? Who would you turn to for assistance? People often look to friends or relatives … Continue reading

Orcas Man Paddles His Way To Alaska, Alone, On A Standup Paddleboard Karl Kruger treks solo 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan

— from Northwest Public Radio — Here’s what your sporty friends should be talking about today. An Orcas Island, Washington, man is the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a standup paddleboard. He stroked 750 miles solo from Port Townsend up the Inside Passage, crossing the finish … Continue reading

County Health Dept. to Present at Community Meeting What is the future of health care in the San Juan Islands?

Thursday, June 29, 6 p.m., Senior Center — from Mark Mayer — What is the future of healthcare in the San Juan Islands? Director of San Juan County Health and Community Services, Mark Tompkins, and Ellen Wilcox, Community Health Services Manager, will be detailing the mission, responsibilities, programs and efforts … Continue reading

Orcas Island Historical Museums Host Independence Day Celebration Festivities celebrated on Saturday, July 1

— from Carol Kulminski — This is the 66th year that the Orcas Island Historical Museums has sponsored this summer celebration of the island’s history. The day’s festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st, on the Village Green with the pie booth. Volunteers will be serving slices of … Continue reading

Orcasong Farm Hosting Summer Classes: Elders in the Garden

Every Tuesday, July 18 – August, Orcasong Farm — from Gretchen Krampf for Orcasong Farm — Orcasong Farm will offer seven weekly hands-on classes to Orcas Elders, 55 and better, to help you understand the benefits of supporting Island farmers and encourage the choice, and use, of locally-grown foods. Each … Continue reading

Library Opens Henigson Wing Expansion to All of Orcas Henigsons among many acknowledged for successful completion of project

— by Margie Doyle, updated June 25 at 10 a.m. — Historic crowds attended the dedication of the Henigson Family Wing, the “Next Chapter” expansion of the Orcas Island Public Library on June 23, 2017. Director Phil Heikkinen proudly and happily greeted the hordes of islanders on a sun-soaked afternoon, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Propane Storage Unsafe for Seaview Neighborhoods Gas explosion would be disastrous

— by Eric Gourley — I am [sending to the county] this memo in opposition to the proposed propane storage facility on Aeroview Lane. I own a hangar/apartment on 77 Aeroview Lane. I have a tenant who lives year round in the apartment. I am at my hangar almost on … Continue reading

Master Storyteller Weaves Spooky Tales of History and Mystery Antoinette Botsford brings back "Spooky Tales" this summer to Orcas Historical Museums

— from the Orcas Island Historical Museums– Master Storyteller, Antoinette Botsford will again delight audiences this summer with stories weaving mystery with history. Stories of Orcas ghosts, limekilns, and local folklore will be told this summer at the Pioneer Museum at 8 p.m. beginning July 5, and the Crow Valley … Continue reading