Sneak Peek at the Exchange Goods accepted with reservations; Grand Opening Nov. 24

— by Margie Doyle — “Here we go!” Tim Blanchard and fellow ORS/The Exchange board members and staff welcomed major supporters and contributors to the raising of the New Exchange building at the Orcas Waste Transfer site. The new Exchange will officially open on Friday, Nov. 24, with celebrations taking … Continue reading

State Parks Considering Long-term Boundary Revisions for Two Orcas Island Parks Public invited to learn more at kickoff meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Toni Droscher, Washington State Parks — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process to consider expanding the long-term park boundaries of Moran and Obstruction Pass state parks on Orcas Island. The public is invited … Continue reading

“Out” is Now “In” at the Orcas Waste Transfer Site New traffic flow pattern starts Thurs. Nov. 16

— from Orcas Recycling Services — One of the most notable changes coming this month will be a completely revised traffic pattern. This change, mandated by San Juan County, will keep vehicles from circling on and off Orcas Road. Most importantly: EVERY driver will enter at the western gate, and … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Senator Ranker Hopes to Move Forward on Many Fronts Concerns include voting rights, equal pay, protections for immigrants and minorities, women’s reproductive rights, oil spills, climate change.

— from State Senator Kevin Ranker — Last week, with the election of Manka Dhingra, Democrats gained control of the Washington State Senate and we finished building the west coast Blue Wall along with Oregon and California. Now, we begin implementing an agenda that truly represents our core values. We … Continue reading

See Christopher Evans, Anwyn Thompson in “Chocolate Factory” Didier Gincig directs locally cast family musical to run this weekend at Orcas Center

— by Margie Doyle — This weekend, Orcas Islanders again present much-loved community theater, this time “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,”  based on the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join a small … Continue reading

Passing the Torch: Sara Boyle, New Lead at Orcas Senior Center New survey, new challenge grant, new programs "We have a lot of potential"

(This is the second in a series of articles about new leadership at Orcas Island institutions) –by Margie Doyle, updated Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. — Sara Boyle brings new enthusiasm and direction as she joins the leadership team at the Senior Center as Executive Director of the Orcas Senior … 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

Grange Gifts Local Students With Dictionaries

— from Linda Peth for Orcas Island Grange — The Orcas Island Grange No.964 is proud to support the organization’s dictionary project through its “Words for Thirds” program. Through the tireless efforts of more than 300,000 volunteers, America’s oldest rural and agricultural organization has presented third-grade students across the nation … Continue reading

Share the BOUNTY at Darvill’s This Wednesday

Wednesday, November 15, 6 p.m., Darvills Bookstore — from Jill McCabe Johnson for Artsmith– As islanders plan locally-inspired meals for the holidays, you might want to turn to the locally-inspired book, BOUNTY, a 124-page collection of photographs, profiles, and recipes for a behind-the-scenes look at Lopez Island farms and farmers. … Continue reading

Be Part of Leadership San Juan Island Class XIV

— from Gretchen Krampf — Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) continues recruiting for Class XIV, with applications due by Monday, November 27 at 5 p.m. Since 2004, LSJI has contributed to the vitality of San Juan County by helping community members become better leaders and citizens. Sessions help participants develop … Continue reading

Wanted: Day Park Volunteers

— from Ashley King for San Juan County Parks & Fair — The San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair Department is inviting community members to become day park volunteers (opportunities available on different islands). Volunteers can participate in weekly monitoring and/or light litter pick-up, and are invited to participate in … 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

Paris in New York in February OIHS student to perform again at Carnegie Hall

— from Kristen Wilson — Paris Wilson, junior at Orcas Island High School, has been invited to return to play violin with the 2018 Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in February. Selection for the group was by audition. “We processed more than 18,000 nominations this year,” said the Honors … Continue reading