The Life, the Library, the Legend How Orcas Island Public Library came to be

— by Emma Heikkinen — REPRINTED FROM JULY 19, 2016 Let’s start in 1949, glossing over the bit where the Madrona Club hosted a small library in their clubhouse in 1909. Sally Ployart had books. Hundreds of brand new books. She didn’t know what to do with them — a … Continue reading

Hazardous Waste Round-Up This Weekend Saturday on Orcas, Sunday on Lopez

— from San Juan County Public Works/Environmental Resources — Many household items may be harmful to you, your family, animals, and the environment. San Juan County and the Washington Department of Ecology conduct annual Hazardous Waste Round-Ups to remove these toxic materials from our islands and maintain a healthy environment. … Continue reading

Guest Column: The Graduation Tradition Continues Islanders welcome graduating seniors with full hearts, scholarships and laughter

— by Kathi Ciskowski — Cheering crowds, 28 elated graduates, music, officials, awards (both monetary and academic), caps and gowns, adoring teachers, and a surprise visit from the recently departed Orcas Island renegade bear, all were present at the Graduation Ceremony for the Orcas Island High School class of 2017 … Continue reading

Over 550 State Legislators Oppose Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal More than 40 states commit to state action

— from Dave Pringle for State Legislature — Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, California State Senator Kevin de León, Massachusetts State Senator Michael Barrett, and over 550 state legislators from across the country issued a statement [June 21, 2017} committed to maintaining U.S. leadership on fighting climate change and adhering … Continue reading

Library Closure Extended Library to be closed until Friday, June 23

— from Martin Arnold — We need more time! The addition to the Library is taking longer than expected to complete. The Library will be closed until Friday, June 23. The Library is expected to open its normal time – 10 a.m. – on Friday. Thanks for your continued patience. … Continue reading

CenturyLink Outage Hits Land Lines on Father’s Day Orcas Island experiences 12-hour outage for land line service customers

— by Orcas Issues staff — Telephone land lines for CenturyLink customers were out on Orcas Island yesterday, [Sunday, June 18] although internet and cell phone coverage was not affected. Jeff Larsen, manning the Eastsound Fire Station, said that its land lines were out at the Station from about 5 … Continue reading

Funhouse Hires New Director, Maureen Moran

— from the Funhouse Commons — The Funhouse Commons Board of Directors announces with great pleasure the hire of Maureen Moran as the organization’s new Executive Director. Maureen moved from Seattle to Orcas Island with her family in 2016. Her husband, Jim, works on the inter-island run for the Washington … Continue reading

Abreu and Limbach Come Back from People’s Summit Galvanized "You can build a lot of positive momentum by doing one thing at a time"

— by Margie Doyle, updated June 20 at 3 p.m. — Sharon Abreu and Learner Limbach returned this week from the second “People’s Summit” held last weekend in Chicago with a rekindled passion to build a new peoples’ movement to give power back to the people so that they may … Continue reading

Upcoming Bond: Needs Over Wants School Board Special Meeting

–by Ayn Gailey — After months of collecting community feedback, the School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, June 14, to hear more input and make a decision on what to do about the bond that did not pass in February. The Board heard from bond consultant Trevor Carlson, … Continue reading

Ferries Propose Price Increase Four public meetings planned

— from Reema Griffith, Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) Executive Director — Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its … Continue reading

Moving Days at the Library Monday, June 19 through Wednesday, June 21

— from Martin Arnold for the Orcas Island Public Library — It’s finally here! Moving day(s)! The Orcas Island Library will close at 1 pm Monday, June 19 and remain closed until 10 am Thursday, June 22, while we move into the new addition. The Grand Opening Celebration will be … Continue reading

New “Market Bucks” Program to Promote Locally Grown Foods Program will benefit WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Health and Community Services has partnered with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Lopez Locavores, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks … Continue reading