Roadway Excavation and Rock Breaking Underway at Orcas Park & Ride

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz for San Juan County Public Works — Rock breaking is scheduled to continue on site next week with the large hydraulic hammer. Our contractor will continue roadway excavation bringing the surface closer to subgrade. Material produced during rock breaking activities will stay on site to build the roadway … Continue reading

Rep. Larsen Fights Privatization of Air Traffic Controllers Calls for Focus on Bipartisan Agreement in FAA Reauthorization Talks

–from Douglas Wagoner for Rep. Rick Larsen — In a hearing of the House Committee on Transportation, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), the top-Ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Aviation, took aim at glaring inconsistencies in a Republican proposal to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system and called for … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | A New Vision

— from Joe Symons — Imagine a county whose population of residents and visitors chooses to honor its rural, wild, sustainable, refreshing, slow, nature-dominated, non-exploitive, respectful, in-perpetuity heritage. Imagine stepping off the ferry into a sacred sanctuary. Imagine that while everything looks the same, humans operate with a mindset of … Continue reading

Morris Sponsors Privacy Law to Protect Consumers Landmark biometric privacy bill signed into Washington State law

— from the Washington House Democrats — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill [on May 16] prohibiting businesses from collecting and selling your personal biometric information without your consent. Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mt. Vernon) sponsored the bill to protect consumers from new, invasive technology that can identify a person … Continue reading

Orcas Medical Foundation Hosts Q & A with UW Representatives Look ahead, advise clinic administrators

— by Dali Cuthbert — Concerned islanders — medical patients and practitioners — packed the Madrona Room at the Orcas Center on Saturday, May 13, for the Annual Meeting of the Orcas Medical Foundation, founded in 1956. It has operated the Orcas Medical Clinic on Mt. Baker Road since 1991. … Continue reading

SchoolMessenger Provides Safe, Secure Messages to Students’ Families Communications system funded by Orcas Island Educational Foundation (OIEF)

— by Eric Webb, Orcas Island School District (OISD) — If you are an Orcas Island School District parent, you may recall hearing a lot from me (Superintendent Webb) back in February and March thanks to Orcas Island Education Foundation’s funding of the implementation of the SchoolMessenger grant! School Messenger … Continue reading

Gov. Inslee to Sign DUI and Distracted Driving Bills

— from the Office of Governor Jay Inslee — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday will sign three transportation safety bills in Tacoma designed to increase safety for drivers on the state’s roads. Inslee has worked on strengthening DUI laws since his first year in office and will sign legislation to … Continue reading

Participate in Natural Hazard Mitigation Planning

Tuesday,  May 23, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Senior Center — from San Juan Communications — The San Juan County/Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is currently developing a “Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.” DEM is seeking input from members of the island community about potential ways to reduce the risk … Continue reading

Orcas Recycling Hits its Stride

Last week Orcas Recycling Services (ORS/The Exchange) saw workers pour the concrete for the ground floor of the New Exchange building, a steel  two-story building to replace the ramshackle, haphazard, and fondly-remembered “Exchange” of former days. –– from Pete Moe and Orcas Recycling Services Spring FAQs — ORS/The Exchange Director … Continue reading

Daciunas and Madsen Win OPALCO Election 269 attend 80th annual meeting on the ferry

— from Suzanne Olson for Orcas Power and Light (OPALCO) — OPALCO members boarded the ferry on Saturday, May 6th to participate in the 2017 Annual Meeting and learn the results of the Board of Directors’ election. Voter participation was lower than 2016 with 1,992 total ballots (1,114 online, 878 … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | April 26 – May 2, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — April 26, 2017 17-002244 Burglary – Residential 03:50:41 04/26/17 A Lopez Island Deputy responded to a residential burglary complaint. The victim stated the perpetrator entered her house at night, without permission, while she was sleeping. The male subject fled on foot after … Continue reading

VISTA Project to Target Homelessness AmeriCorps coming to San Juans

— from San Juan County Health & Community Services — This summer the San Juan County Health & Community Services Department, in collaboration with the Family Resource Centers on Lopez, Orcas, and the San Juan Islands and the Opportunity Council, will launch a three-year AmeriCorps VISTA poverty alleviation project specifically … Continue reading

Planned Outage for Shaw and Orcas Learn how to prepare for, and what to do, during an outage at

Wednesday, May 10 at 11:59 p.m. to Thursday, May 11 4:00 a.m. — from Suzanne Olson — OPALCO members on all of Shaw Island and west of Youngren’s Pond / Loon Song Lane on Orcas Island will experience an overnight planned power outage beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May … Continue reading

Learn to Protect Your Home From Wildfire "San Juans becoming too familiar with wildfire"

Friday, May 19, 5 – 7 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Robert Walters, San Juans Conservation District — Warmer and drier weather is just around the corner, so now is the time to concentrate on doing what you can to protect your home and belongings in case of wildfire. … Continue reading

Immigration Myths Debunked First in a series about U.S. immigration policy

— from Eleanor Hoague — Immigrants and immigration policy are difficult topics nowadays. Who is allowed to reside in or visit the United States? Who should be allowed into the United States? What qualifications should they have? Should they only be rich or “the hungry masses yearning to be free” … Continue reading