Public Hearing on County’s 2018 Budget this Monday

Monday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Legislative Hearing Room, at 55 Second Street, in Friday Harbor At its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 20 the County Council will hold a public hearing on adoption of an Annual Budget. Estimated revenues and appropriations will be set forth and Public … Continue reading

Orcas Online Strictly Wireless but NOT going out of business

— by Margie Doyle– Times change, people change, but above all technology changes. Stuart Baker, at Orcas Online, has seen his DSL customers, serviced through an agreement with CenturyLink, dwindling every year, as islanders chose other internet options such as wireless. Orcas Online serves over 1,000 customers, of whom about … Continue reading

Senator Ranker to File Bill to Ban Atlantic Salmon Farming Plan comes after a large-scale escape last August from Cooke Aquaculture net pens

— by Lynda V. Mapes for the SeattleTimes.com — Under fire after a collapse and massive escape last summer, Atlantic salmon net-pen farming would be banned in Washington under legislation that will be filed by Sen. Kevin Ranker this coming session. The legislation would allow existing state leases for the … Continue reading

First Town Hall Meeting – Public Hospital District

— from Alison Shaw for the Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC) wants to hear from as many folks in the community as possible. Toward that goal, it has planned four Town Hall-style meetings over the next few months to hold a community … Continue reading

New Task Force Looks Into Community Long-Term Care Options

— from Beth Helstien — Over the last few weeks, many of you have shown concern about the limited availability of long-term care, rehabilitation and housing for our county’s aging and at-risk, or complex-care populations. This subject has reached crisis-level with the closure of Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands; … Continue reading

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

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

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 EastsoundVision.com 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

Letter to the Editor: Heartfelt Thank You from Schools Superintendent

— by Eric Webb, Superintendent, Orcas Island School District — We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the voters of Orcas Island for your support of our School Bond and Levy. The passing of the school bond and levy will help to ensure that our students are being educated … Continue reading

New Emergency Doctor at Peace Island Medical Center

–from Peace Health communications — PeaceHealth welcomes a new emergency medicine provider to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center: Krishnaraj “Raj” Jayarama, DO. Dr. Jayarama earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. He completed an Internship in Emergency Medicine … Continue reading