2018 Campsite Reservations for San Juan County Residents Make reservations from January 16 - February 22

— from Adrienne Bourne for San Juan County Parks & Fair — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year-round. Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park … Continue reading

Ferry Service Anticipates Bad Weather Service Disruptions ALERT: Sunday morning ferry cancelled; service resumes on 12:40 p.m. vessel

— from Washington State Ferries — UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. Sunday The repairs have been completed and the Elwha will return to service with the 12:40 p.m. departure from Anacortes to Lopez and Orcas. The next departure from Orcas is 2:10 p.m. Reservation holders will be given priority loading. We apologize … Continue reading

Ranker: Trump Puts Washington Coasts at Risk From Oil Spill

— from Senator Kevin Ranker — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement of increasing offshore oil and gas drilling: “The president’s reckless action is the largest assault on our oceans in American history. This proposal opens over 90 percent of … Continue reading

OPALCO + PNGC = More Power to Shape Our Islands’ Energy Future

— from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — PNGC is a power supplier and cooperative of 15 regional electric cooperative utilities who are banding together to build greater access to affordable power, renewable resources and to influence public policy. It also increases OPALCO’s buying power as we plan for an energy … Continue reading

San Juan Islands License Plate Petition Needs Your Signature

— from San Juan Islands Conservation District — We need your help! We are almost there. The San Juan Islands License Plate will raise money for local organizations’ conservation projects. We just need a few more signatures. If you have not yet signed the petition, please go to www.madrona.org/, scroll down … Continue reading

Reception to Benefit Whale Museum Education, Research Programs

Thursday, January 11, 6 – 8 p.m., The Whale Museum — from Jill Berger for The Whale Museum — Join us January 11, from 6-8 p.m. for a Reception at The Whale Museum to explore the Museum and enjoy excellent food, drinks, friends and the unveiling of our newest exhibits. … Continue reading

San Juan County Now Accepting Accessory Dwelling Unit Applications

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is now accepting eligibility applications for detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) permits proposed outside of urban growth areas and activity centers. ADU eligibility applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm February 12, 2018. In … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Users Propose Rate Changes New rate structure means about half will pay less; half will pay more

— from Paul Kamin, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) General Manager — At the Dec 14th annual meeting there was a presentation and discussion of a new rate structure proposal. Unfortunately, the attendance at the Annual Meeting was low. Through the below link members who were unable to attend the … Continue reading

Atlantic Salmon Net Pens — Here? "Our Sound, Our Salmon" with Kurt Beardslee

On January 4th, Kurt Beardslee invites you to join the Our Sound, Our Salmon campaign on Orcas Island for a lively discussion on the future of Atlantic salmon net pens in Puget Sound. Kurt Beardslee is a co-founder of the Wild Fish Conservancy and has been its Executive Director since … Continue reading

Editorial Reprise: Not a Time for Keeping Silent on Climate Change A call to cooperative action

— by Katie Wilkins, originally published Feb. 15, 2017 — I have wanted to write this for a long time. I have waited because I didn’t know how to fit a topic as large as climate change into few enough words. But as the price of saying nothing grows higher, … Continue reading

2017: What a Year, Far and Near

— by Margie Doyle — As the tumultuous year 2017 comes to an end, one of our pleasures is to look back on events as they happened. Our core belief is You can make a difference, and our reports, opinions and comments bear this out. Here for your pleasure is … Continue reading

Novel Lab Partners With Funhouse and OI Lit Fest

— from Sam Gailey, Novel Lab co-founder — photos courtesy of Novel Lab & CoventryAutomatik.com Novel Lab Kids is transforming the literary landscape of Orcas Island. A non-profit version of Novel Lab’s adult writing workshops, they have partnered with the Funhouse to go after grants that will extend its current … Continue reading

Editorial Reprise: Women of Orcas! We Can Do It!

— from Donna Riordan, Anne Bertino, Martha Fuller, originally posted on January 6, 2017 — Rosie the Riveter used to say, “We Can Do It!” Since the November [2016] election, women across the country have been organizing in new ways to ensure that our voices are heard. Here on Orcas, we’re … Continue reading

Orcas Family Health Nears Goal with Matching Grant Donation deadline is Jan. 8

— from Karen J. Key Speck, OFHC Board Secretary — The final push is on! Orcas Family Health Center and all the great staff are excited to see the “thermometer of progress” inching upward. Our fundraising deadline is January 8, 2018 and we are at $120,000 of our $175,000 goal. … Continue reading

EPRC to Hear New Port Plans and Review 2018 Plans Links to relevant documents included

The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall. County Council Chair Rick Hughes is scheduled to report to the community at the EPRC meeting shortly after it opens, followed by the first … Continue reading

Public Hospital Districts: Been There, Done That District commissioners from Mason County and Lopez Island give perspective

— by Susan McBain, Orcas Issues reporter — People who have been involved in existing Public Hospital Districts (PHDs) in Washington were the focus of the Dec. 18 Town Hall on establishment of a PHD on Orcas. The four guests gave short presentations on their experience and then answered many … Continue reading