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To the county, it's a necessary upgrade to a problematic road. To several hundred islanders, it's part of a treasured rural landscape that shouldn't be touched.
The new park and rec levy is 15 cents per $1000 of assessed property value and replaces the old levy of 9 cents. If approved, it will start in 2017 and go for six years. Sixty percent approval is required to pass the measure.
If you make a ferry reservation on the San Juan Islands’ route, you’ll get this notice with your confirmation: Effective March 20, 2016, you must arrive at the terminal at least 45 minutes prior to departure time. If you are not processed into the holding area at least 30 minutes prior to departure, you will forfeit your reservation and travel standby on a first come, first serve basis. According to Washington State Ferries, it’s not really anything new.
The Orcas Island Park and Rec District is asking voters to approve 15-cent property tax levy to support its current programing and finish improvements to Buck Park.
County councilman Rick Hughes is vying for a second term as the district two representative.
Note: A power outage is not "magical" for many people. Not being able to stay warm or cook food – especially for seniors – is a scary situation. I am deeply thankful for the linemen at Orcas Power and Light Cooperative for their long hours in freezing weather and dedication to getting the power back on for island residents.
Orcas Viking fans left the gym grinning on Friday, Dec. 11 after two major wins against Mt. Vernon Christian.
Local entrepreneurs are one step closer to seeing their business dreams come true.
Gerald Grellet-Tinner, 59, an Orcas High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with his 18-year-old student, plead not guilty during his arraignment in San Juan County Superior Court on Nov. 6.
After an investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and an outside investigator retained by the Orcas Island School District, science teacher Dr. Gerald Grellet-Tinner, 59, has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree, which is a felony.
After an investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Department and an outside investigator retained by the Orcas Island School District, science teacher Dr. Gerald Grellet-Tinner has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, which is a felony.
Community farming group starts on Orcas. Many have the desire to grow their own food but lack the space or camaraderie to do it.
It takes a community to prevent, recognize and end violence in the home.
Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
Orcas Island is on the cutting edge of cinema.During the second annual Orcas Island Film Festival, viewers will be treated to award-winning, independent and studio films and documentaries from 17 countries.
Over the course of a week in the fall, Camp Orkila provides free swimming lessons for first through fourth graders. The half-hour, daily sessions are an opportunity for kids to learn a critical life skill.
Orcas Fire and Rescue is following in the footsteps of its counterparts on Lopez and San Juan by implementing an EMS cost recovery program.
The two, who are born and raised on Orcas, have opened Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services.
According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, when the first person expressed juice from a succulent leaf to apply to a wound, it was being practiced.
Thanks to a grant from the Orcas Island Community Foundation, 20 seats for every Orcas Center-produced show will be available for $5
“It means a lot to us to be able to offer this to the community,” said O'Toole. “We want to reduce any barriers for community members not coming to Orcas Center.”
Sandlot has been playing tournaments every summer in Mt. Vernon and Ferndale for the past 10 years. This year’s team consists of Josh Claypool, Bobby Curtis, Joe Duenn, Cole Franklin, John Hamel, Reggie Harris, Mayson, Danny McAndrew, Jacob Myers, Tyler Nigretto, Tommy O’Rourke, James Segault and Josh Underdahl.
Orcas kids will now have the chance to learn and grow in a nontraditional school setting: the forest.
To those driving by this summer, it's looked like a jumble of jackhammering, digging and painting. All that work is culminating with a big reveal at the end of August when the school's renovation project is complete.
It’s one of the most dreaded pieces of mail you can get: a jury summons. With a grimace, you think of what that little postcard means – time off work, rearranging appointments and having to take the ferry to Friday Harbor.
“Roy is kind of the Indiana Jones of high-energy physics,” said Michael Riordan, a long-time friend and chair of the Orcas Currents Steering Committee.
Chamber Music Festival is back and ready to delight
Broadway performer Noah Racey is coming straight from the theatre world of New York to the community of Orcas to share his knowledge with island performers
Jessi Gudgell is heading into her junior year at the University of Oregon, and she can already cross some major items off her bucket list.
Fred Klein led a public meeting on June 30 organized by the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee and the Orcas Chamber of Commerce.
“We feel that low-level pathway lighting would be a positive addition to town,” said Chamber Director Lance Evans. He said the chamber's concern is with pedestrian safety, particularly on North Beach Road, as well as ensuring Eastsound is inviting to visitors after dark falls.
Thanks to local donations through the Orcas Island Community Foundation's Partners in Philanthropy, the Booster Club has received funding to participate in the Positive Coaching Alliance program.
Unlike Lopez or San Juan, the Orcas Fire Department doesn’t receive insurance reimbursement for EMS calls. And Acting Fire Chief Mik Preysz is hoping to change that.
One of Martin Lund’s favorite things to do is make music and share it with the community he calls home.
It’s a synchronicity that extends beyond their astrological signs, according to council member Rick Hughes.
Local men are taking a public stand in opposition to violence against women.
When you laugh and have a lot of fun together, it’s easy to be good friends with your mom. Claire Orser is 17 and looking at heading off to college, but she isn’t one bit shy about how much she loves her mother, Libi Geddes.
The Islands' Sounder is running a series on “Across the Universe: A Celebration in Concert,” a benefit for Orcas Center. The production weaves Beatles songs into a tale of love and revolution.
“We can’t keep up with the demand,” said Gerry Lawlor, executive vice president of Rock Island Communications, the new for-profit subsidiary of OPALCO. “We can’t get it out fast enough; we are a small team. We figured most early adaptors would want it cheap and easy by using a wireless adaptor, but most neighborhoods are opting for fiber installation.”
The Islands' Sounder is running a three-part series on “Across the Universe: A Celebration in Concert,” a benefit for Orcas Center.