Comprehensive Plan Vision Check-in Survey Now Open

— from San Juan County Communications — Please participate in the Department of Community Development’s online survey regarding the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement. The survey is intended to provide the opportunity for residents to give input on the Vision Statement. Residents that attended the October Workshops will find that this … Continue reading

Currently Critically Endangered, Our Orca Population Heads Toward Extinction

— by Lin McNulty — The frightening message is about as clear as it can be in a recent study published on Thursday in the peer-reviewed, scientific journal Nature: The population of our Southern Resident killer whales could show robust growth if all anthropogenic threats were removed, but has no growth … Continue reading

Join the “The Addams Family” at Orcas Center The comic ghouls entertain us with a twist on 'Family Values'

— a review by Margie Doyle — “The Addams Family” is a surprisingly old-fashioned, Main-Street America tale that takes “apple pie” messages like: Never lie to you spouse Be patient Loosen up Live before you die and then turns those homilies inside-out as the course of young love meets family … Continue reading

Orcas Island Film Festival Recap: “Visages Villages (Faces/Places) French New Wave director and street photographer salute "ordinary people"

— a review by Paula Treneer — Released at Cannes last spring to international acclaim, “Visages Villages” by French director Agnes Varda is a glimpse of a celebrated female cineaste of the French New Wave plying her trade and characteristic humor in celebration of art and life. Made in collaboration with … Continue reading

Park and Ride Nears Completion

— from San Juan County Communications — Our contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has reached substantial completion. San Juan County crews placed two layers of chipseal on Orcas Hill Road and throughout the Orcas Village Park and Ride to finish the 2017 paving efforts. Topsoil, mulch and permanent erosion control are … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Gimme Shelter

— from Joe Symons — Someone seeking refuge is a refugee. My dictionary defines refuge as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. A refuge is also something providing shelter: the family came to be seen as a refuge from a harsh world. Prior to 1970, one might imagine that those … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Map Out 2018 Work Council Chair Rick Hughes brings county advisors up-to-date

— by Margie Doyle — The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) agreed on five top work plan priorities at its monthly meeting on Oct. 5. They also encouraged the community to complete the Eastsound Vision Survey,  and heard a report from County Council Chair Rick Hughes. In its preliminary review … Continue reading

Audition for “Billy Elliot the Musical” at Orcas Center

November 6, 7 and 8th at the Orcas Center Madrona Room at 6 pm to 9 pm. — from Robert Hall — The Orcas Center will be presenting “Billy Elliot – the Musical” in March 2018. “Billy Elliot the Musical” is a musical based on the 2000 film “Billy Elliot.” … Continue reading

Film to Be Left Behind for the Future of Story-Telling? A review of the virtual reality experience at the Orcas Island Film Fest

— reviewed by Matt Willis, Orcas Issues reporter — This year the Orcas Island Film Festival (OIFF) plunged headlong into the future of storytelling by augmenting its usual lineup of traditional “film” narratives with what it called a “360/VR Lab.” Many of the Virtual Reality (VR) stories presented, however, fell … Continue reading

Park & Ride Just Sooooo Close to Completion

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz, San Juan County Public Works — Our contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has reached substantial completion. San Juan County crews placed two layers of chipseal on Orcas Hill Road and throughout the Orcas Village Park and Ride to finish the 2017 paving efforts. Topsoil, mulch and permanent erosion … Continue reading

How Do You See Eastsound in 2036? Complete the Eastsound Survey - Add your voice to the Vision

— from Jeff Otis — A History of Eastsound Visioning: In January and February of 2017, looking ahead to the updating of the County’s Comprehensive Plan, the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) asked a volunteer group of 35 islanders to develop a Vision for Eastsound. Immediately following this process, … Continue reading

Three Opportunities to See Miró Quartet Next Week

— Linda Slone for Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Think you don’t like classical music? You will have three very affordable opportunities (four, if you’re old enough) to discover it just might be OK. Come hear the internationally renowned Miró Quartet in unusual settings on and around Orcas next … Continue reading

Give Input on Comp Plan at Island Market Pop-up and School Workshop Community input will ensure that Comp Plan Vision "reflects the aspirations of all county residents"

Tuesday, Oct. 3 all day at Island Market, workshop 6-8 p.m. at Orcas School CAFETERIA — from San Juan County Communications — The Department of Community Development will be hosting events to solicit public input on the County’s Comprehensive Plan vision, values, and priorities. The public is encouraged to attend … 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

Guest Opinion | The Time has Come, the Walrus Said, to Talk of Many Things

— from Joe Symons, PhD — In a week, citizens of San Juan County will be given an in-person moment to express their views about what they value and want in living here. San Juan County is offering a one-day event on each of the three major ferry served islands … Continue reading