Eagle Forum Hosts Comp Plan Info Meeting

Saturday, September 23, 1 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Cindy Carter for Eagle Forum — San Juan County Planner Erica Shook will be speaking about the upcoming Comprehensive Plan update on Orcas at the Eastsound Fire Station on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to … Continue reading

Friends, Partners Restore Fisherman Bay Coastal Wetland

— from Shannon Davis for FRIENDS of the San Juans — Outdated and unnecessary dikes, berms, and ditches that once clogged a marine wetland along Lopez’s Fisherman Bay were removed last week through a collaborative effort led by Friends of the San Juans, in partnership with the San Juan County … Continue reading

Fall Farm Tours Upcoming for Orcas, San Juan, Lopez Celebrating farms, food, and community

Sunday, October 1 for Orcas Island — from San Juan Islands Conservation District — Join us in October for the San Juan Islands Fall Farm Tours. There will be fun for everyone. Come meet local farmers and feast on the bounty of local harvest. Tickets are now on sale: October … Continue reading

Black-tailed Deer Overabundance and Management Lecture and Community Forum

Wednesday September 20 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Joe Gaydos, SeaDoc, UC Davis Wildlife Health Center — Black-tailed deer are native to the San Juan Islands. Predator removal and modern reductions in hunting, however, have resulted in high deer densities on many islands, including Orcas. … Continue reading

Join 2nd Annual Fall Great Islands Clean-Up Think Litter-Free by the Sea

Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Village Green — from Pete Moe for Orcas Recycling — Please help clean-up all the summer’s accumulated refuse before winter closes in. Come out and volunteer for this all-islands greening event where volunteers pick-up litter from our public beaches and roadways. During … Continue reading

Orcas Friends’ Hour of Contemplation and Prayer

– from Deborah Sparks — The Orcas Island Friends Meeting (Quakers) welcomes all to join in an hour of contemplation and prayer every other Sunday from 9:30-10:30. The next meeting will be September 23. Friends Meeting is held in the upstairs meditation room of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish Hall, … Continue reading

Reclaim the Rock — an Orcas Center First

Saturday, September 23, 1 to 7 p.m. at  Orcas Center’s Live Music Outback  Stage “Reclaim the Rock,” aka Silly Season Cessation Soiree, is a mini-music festival outdoors behind Orcas Center, at Orcas Center’s new Outback Stage near the Storage Building. By Islanders, for Islanders! The lineup includes Funk Sway, Dust … Continue reading

UW Professor David Montgomery to Speak on “Growing a Revolution”

Sunday, September 24, 4 p.m., Orcas Center — from Michael Riordan for Orcas Currents — Throughout history, civilizations have withered and even disappeared after destroying their once-fertile soils. We now risk repeating this age-old trauma on a global scale due to ongoing soil-degradation, climate change, and rapidly rising populations. But … Continue reading

History Matinee: Author Candace Wellman Talks About Coast Salish Women Sunday, Sept. 24, at 3 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station

— from Carol Kulminski for the Orcas Island Historical Museum — Candace Wellman, author of the book Peace Weavers, is the presenter at the History Matinee sponsored by the Orcas Island Historical Museums on Sunday, September 24, 3:00 pm at the Eastsound Fire Station. The following is a book review … Continue reading

Upcoming Opportunities to Participate in OPALCO Co-op

— from Suzanne Olson for Orcas Power & Light — OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative committed to democratic member control and community involvement. In the coming weeks, there are a number of opportunities for OPALCO members to join in conversation with the Board, staff and each other. Members are encouraged … Continue reading

Prescribed Fire on Young Hill Slated for Late September

— from Brandon Cadwell for San Juan National Historical Park — San Juan Island National Historical Park plans to conduct a prescribed fire on Young Hill between late September and early October 2017, when weather permits. As part of post-burn operations, herbicide will be used in selected areas – less than … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Protect Your Credit in Equifax Breach Island professional gives step-by-step instructions

— by Cathy Vierthaler, Island Business Services — You have probably heard by now about the Equifax data breach affecting more than half the US population. Here are some concrete steps to protect your credit.  It is important for all of us to protect our credit, not just the wealthy. … Continue reading

OPALCO Survey Results Show Support for Community Solar Proposals sought for design and construction

— from Suzanne Olson for Orcas Power & Light — More than 1,200 members responded to an online survey about Community Solar, measuring preferences, appetite, and collecting narrative comments. In a nutshell, the membership is very interested in Community Solar so long as it doesn’t affect rates. A request for … Continue reading

Famed Pianist to Perform on Shaw Fundraiser for Shaw's Emergency Medical Services

— from Alex MacLeod — Well known pianist and composer Grisha Krivchenia will perform Sunday, September 24 at 4 p.m. at the Shaw Island Community Building. His performance will be a fundraiser for Shaw’s volunteer EMS team, which is raising money for a new ambulance. Grisha is well known in … Continue reading