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by Coolaid Armstrange
At its annual conference in late April, The Washington State Library Association will honor the Orcas Island Library Board of Trustees, the Bob Henigson family (Phyllis Henigson and her sons, Jeff and Ted), and state Senator Kevin Ranker for their hard work toward and funding of the Orcas Library expansion project.
The trails of Moran State Park will receive some much-needed attention this summer, as a result of a collaborative effort between the three youth conservation corps of the San Juan Islands. The groups received a grant through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for a Recreational Trails Program grant, specifically to address maintenance problems on some of the 38 miles of trail in Moran. In addition to the RCO grant, the group also received funding from San Juan County's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The combined funds will go towards hiring San Juan County youth crews to work on park trails during the summers of 2016 and 2017.
"We have very good dispatchers and very good deputies," said Krebs during a town hall meeting on Feb. 24 in Eastsound. "The system is not broken, it just needs to be improved. We are streamlining the process."
It’s been a soggy few days in Western Washington. On Orcas, a total of 4.05 inches of rain was recorded from Feb. 10 to Feb. 18.
If you’re ever concerned about the state of our youth, just watch a Viking sports game.
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.