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

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

Schedule for 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update Posted

— from San Juan County Communications — The schedule for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update has been revised and is now posted on the Community Development website. The website has also been expanded to include a page showing status of the on-going work with links to work products. Background and … Continue reading

OPALCO No Longer Accepting CenturyLink Payments

— from Suzanne Olson of OPALCO — Since 1994, OPALCO has been accepting CenturyLink payments in its office locations and in drop boxes throughout the County as a service to the Co-op membership. CenturyLink has informed OPALCO that this type of bill collection program is no longer cost-effective for their … Continue reading

Native Plants Find New Home in School Garden Grant from Garden Club nurtures school garden

— from Ashley Randall — Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, Sea Blush.  Do you know the three things all these plants have in common?  Go ahead, read ‘em again and think about it. You got all three? Okay, let’s see if we came up with the same answers: 1. … Continue reading

Rock Breaking, Road Construction Make Progress

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz for San Juan County Public Works — Roadway excavation and rock breaking activities have made significant progress at the site of a new Park and Ride lot above Orcas ferry landing. Utility relocation is active on Orcas Hill Road. Rock breaking is scheduled to continue on site … Continue reading

Ranker: Up to Washington to Fight Climate Change With Trump administration's lack of leadership

— from Dave Pringle, State Senate Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement following President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord: “Today, the president announced his ill-advised decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, … Continue reading

Larsen Statement on Trump’s Exit From Paris Climate Accord "Today, he abdicated that responsibility."

— from Douglas Wagoner, Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office — Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after President Trump announced America will exit the Paris climate accord – an agreement between 195 countries to slow the effects of global climate change. “Withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate … Continue reading