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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.
"I worked for OPALCO for 33 years and I feel deeply connected to it. But I am disappointed with what's happening," said Todd Shaner. "I am bewildered that OPALCO has taken this attitude of not sharing. The trust has been broken.
“We voted to allow discrimination. Elected officials are willing to sacrifice core values to gain control,” Ranker said. “It was disgusting.”
You send a text to your daughter. Five minutes goes by and there is no response. You wait another five, and you can feel the anxiety and impatience rising. Why hasn’t she answered?
Portable homes with a light development footprint are gaining popularity, and Issa Wild is hoping to be at the forefront of the movement.
When Clark McAbee was a boy, his father took him to the Field Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, where he marveled at the dinosaur skeletons and fossils. The collections he saw left an impression that inspire him to this day.
Hughes has a list of what he’d like to see the county facilitate: mooring muoys, a long-term stormwater plan, curb gutters, low level streetlights and more sidewalks and parking.
A total of 80 neighborhoods in the county are currently in the design process. The areas that are most advanced in the process and under construction are Cape San Juan and Mineral Point on San Juan Island and Eagle Lake on Orcas.
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue honored its newest members of the department on Feb. 11.
Most people know that Orcas has a chamber of commerce. But its exact purpose is not always clear. Susan Gudgell, chamber board president, is hoping to change that.
The Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand has become like a second home to Tracy Harachi and Nathan Yoffa.
Orcas Has Talent is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and eight hopeful singers and musicians will compete for $500 during the finale show on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Center.
When talking about his new venture, chef Bill Patterson uses words like synergy, simpatico and serendipity.
When Gunnar Sandwith and Devon Mann went to their first debate competition, the last thing they expected was to bring home trophies.
When you're related to the first director of the Central Intelligence Agency, you get invited to cool events like award banquets in Washington, D.C.
Law enforcement and victim support groups are aware of a series of alleged date rapes in the San Juans. While the cases are currently at a stand still because of victims’ reluctance to testify, the need to educate the public has become apparent.
Over the years, Marlace Hughes had thought about owning Ray’s Pharmacy. And after it unexpectedly became a reality seven years ago, it’s where her heart is.
Lisa Crowe spent well over a decade running a kitchen for hundreds of young campers. Now she is out from behind the stove and oversees a well-loved island tavern.
Orcas Island’s election forum heated up with questions pointed at the sheriff and state representative candidates last week.
It is a 20-year tradition that has been keeping islanders warm throughout the winter. Dawn Parnell and the Orcas Adventist Fellowship have been holding a community clothing bank for two decades. It is a chance for people of all ages to pick up much-needed items for free.
Ever wondered about the creatures living beneath the surface of the sea?
John Quincy Adams said if your “actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more,” then you are a leader.
It was a beautiful August day and Doug Maya had just finished playing soccer with his girlfriend’s daughter Jayna.
Every afternoon, a group of girls and boys meet for a snack in the school garden and walk over to the Funhouse Commons for games and help with homework.
With its deep appreciation for the arts, Orcas Island is the perfect place to celebrate cinema. “I am a big film fan,” said Jared Lovejoy, who is spearheading the first annual Orcas film festival. “I love art house theaters and we have two viable locations here: the Sea View Theatre and Orcas Center. So it got me thinking.”
When Cooper Rankin discovered Orcas Auto Tech, it was love at first sight. “I walked in and said, ‘I could live here!’” said the 10-year-old budding mechanic who first visited the shop with his mom Shelly a few years ago.
“She could ask me to fly to the moon tomorrow and I would do it,” said Mierau about her long-time best friend.
Webb is replacing superintendent Barbara Kline, who worked for the district for 24 years, first as middle and high school principal and then as superintendent. His first impression of the school is that it is supported by a strong faculty.
Every glass of wine you drink has a story. That is according to Michael Yeaman, who helps to run the Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, Wash.
Live music, good food and summer sun is always more fun with friends and family. Soon you can gather with your fellow community members for a special barbecue on the Village Green.