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Hope for the king salmon is now leaping up a fish ladder at Orcas Island’s Glenwood Springs Hatchery.
Folks battling cancer or who have walked that road in the past now have a confidential place to gather, share their stories and find new sources of help.
San Juan County public works will soon begin the first stage of installation for a two-acre constructed wetland designed to filter Eastsound's stormwater runoff, said county utility manager Ed Hale. “On September 15 we will start laying pipes that will handle the flow out of the wetland,” said Hale.
When wastewater disappears down most Eastsound drains, where does it go?
Rumor has it some folks are hauling waste to Skagit County because dumping there is so much cheaper. After all, your momma told you you’d better shop around. However, shopping out of county for the cheapest garbage disposal is illegal, according to county prosecutor Randy Gaylord.
Over 1,000 people gathered at peaceful Doe Bay Resort last weekend for a laid-back music festival featuring ethereal vocals, virtuoso musicians and a mellow, friendly crowd.
Contractor Dwight Guss has been hired as the Project Consultant for the Deer Harbor fire station, and fire commissioners are already glad to have him overseeing the building process.
Two young Orcas men incurred minor injuries July 28 when the Porsche Boxer convertible they were taking for a test drive spun off the road on a curve, rolling into the ditch. The vehicle ended up with its wheels in the air and the passengers hanging upside-down by their seat-belts.
Colton Harris-Moore is turning down book and movie offers, saying his latest jaunt as an outlaw wasn’t anything to emulate – in fact, he was scared silly. According to attorney John Henry Browne, the teen suspect ignored a June offer of $50,000 and free representation by lawyer Jim Johanson because he was too afraid to turn himself in.
It's time for Orcas to say farewell to the plucky little fire pumper that saved the super ferry Elwha one dark October night in 1983.
The Orcas Island Park and Rec District is getting ready to put its popular support to the test. Come November, voters will decide whether to fund the district. The board has proposed a levy rate of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for six consecutive years.
Pilots, friends and young aviation aficionados enjoyed the Orcas Fly In last weekend. Dozens of gleaming aircraft wowed a steady stream of visitors, who enjoyed food, company and artwork by island artist Frank Loudin. Watch for a slide show to come.
Three Orcas high school softball players were selected for all-state teams out of Washington state's class 2-B division. “It's really cool to see those girls recognized like that,” said coach Scott Harris. “These are some of the elite teams in the state; it's some amazing company that our girls are in. The first team is just a powerhouse.”
Sergeant Steve Vierthaler received boxes full of prescription drugs and personal care products on Wednesday, August 4 at Ray's Pharmacy on Orcas. He said about 50 percent of the items handed in were controlled substances. A steady stream of clients kept him at the pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sandy Playa stepped down from her position as a San Juan County Parks and Rec Commissioner last month, leaving a current vacancy for an Orcas island representative. “I've got lots of irons in the fire,” said Playa. “I was tired. It takes a fair amount of time and energy to travel to San Juan Island, and I just didn't feel like I had enough time to continue to do the job right.”
Gleaming metal “birds” of various feather will flock together at the Port of Orcas next weekend, July 30 – August 1 for the 26th annual Orcas Fly In. It’s a time for pilots and friends to throttle back and set their wheels down easy: bogeys and bandits are not invited, and the area’s most notorious airplane thief is safely behind bars. The weekend is a meeting of old friends and new.
Merrymakers gathered once again to share live indie music, make crafts and enjoy food together at the 12th annual Woodsong Arts and Music Festival.
Alternative energy guru Eric Youngren invited teens out to his off-grid home to learn about solar and hydro power systems last week, as part of this summer's Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) program.
Orcas teens experienced blacksmithing in a trial by fire at Orcas Island Forge last week. “It was so hot, and we were next to the furnace, so it was double-hot!” said Orcas High junior Susanne Mietzner.
Bob Coleman announced his resignation this week as president of Islanders Bank,…
If you flush those old prescription drugs, you could end up drinking them. Toss them into the trash or leave them sitting around in your medicine cabinet and they could be swiped by someone looking to get high – perhaps even a son or daughter, visitor or neighbor. Soon there will be a better option for all those bottles, beginning Aug. 4.
Waiting at the Anacortes ferry terminal for five hours, the Coats found something constructive to do: they fine tuned a spot-on vocal imitation of bagpipes, composing a new song they called, “Get There Earlier Next Time”. The brief tune inspired raucous mirth at Orcas Center on Sunday night, and the crowd drove home with faces aching from laughing so hard.
Islanders on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan met and questioned candidates for…
Orcas residents who were alarmed at the disappearance of the Orcas sheriff phone number with the 376 prefix can rest assured: nothing has really changed.
Low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are hurting some local practices, say doctors.
Orcas islanders gathered to shear their locks at a potluck and hair-cutting party last week, collecting bags of hair to be made into oil-absorbent booms to help mop up the Gulf of Mexico. Some guests even brought their pets to be shorn for the cause.
What does Orcas Island get back in return for all the taxes it pays to San Juan County? The Orcas Park and Rec District discussed this issue at their July 8 meeting. Before asking the community to approve a park and rec district levy, they wanted to examine how taxes already collected by the county help to support Orcas parks.
Deckhand Kacie Guthrie’s clear voice drifts across the harbor as two lines of passengers and crew haul away in unison, raising the one-ton mainsail pull by pull.
New Italian eatery Luna's has emerged from a long winter eclipse and is ready to tarantella by the light of the moon under the practiced hands of Orcas islanders Heather and Kim Thomas. “I could never think of it as anything but an Italian restaurant,” said Heather, who remembers eating at La Famiglia with her family as a young child.
Before tackling the highest peak in North America, islander Greg Ripley's only mountaineering experience was on 2,409-foot Mt. Constitution. Ripley described the experience as “walking into the unknown”. “This has been a dream of mine, to climb this mountain, ever since I was a child,” he said.
A large evergreen tree crashed through a guest lodging building at Orcas Suites at Rosario this week. The tree "did a considerable amount of damage," said general manager Dick Hansen, crushing part of the roof and one guest room, as well as the deck and stairway.
The sign that formerly announced that Madrona Point is closed to the public has been changed, now reading, "Madrona Point is Sacred Ground, Leave no Trash".
Three years ago Kamara Salifu stood before the Unites States Embassy in the Republic of Sierra Leone, seeking a visa. He was penniless and on crutches, amid a crowd of wealthy applicants. The consulate asked about his financial resources, and asked what would bring him back to Sierra Leone. While Salifu is on full scholarship at Clark, he still needs $7,000 each year to pay for living expenses like room and board. To help him with expenses, friends have organized a fundraiser dinner at the Odd Fellows Hall on July 9 at 6 p.m., with a presentation by Salifu, food, music and drumming. Tickets are $10 from Rena Patty at 376-6864, or at the door.
Artwork by internationally known artists Kate Scott and Marc Foster Grant will be featured at Orcas Center next month in the show, "Folly a Deux". “Kate has the most wonderful sense of humor and she loves to play with words and then transform that into some of her artwork,” said friend Bev Leyman. “Mark is just full of life and energy. This art show is going to be spectacular."
When Erica Lyons was a little girl growing up on Orcas, she often wandered the beaches collecting special treasures: smooth stones, dusky bits of old glass bottles, and salty, gnarled shells. Eventually, she graduated from Orcas high and went off to seek her fortune in the wide, wide world.
Orcas fire commissioners say representatives from San Juan County, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw, and San Juan islands, are in one accord regarding the proposed new interlocal agreement for the county fire marshal position. The parties voted in favor of the agreement at a June 17 inter-district fire commissioners meeting to discuss the current situation.
The traditional Eastsound Fourth of July fireworks look like a no-show at this point, according to Chamber of Commerce director Lance Evans. “All signs indicate that it’s not gonna happen,” said Evans. He found out two weeks ago that Chehalis-based Eagle Fireworks, which has supplied the show for the past 20 years, had mysteriously removed all of the necessary firing equipment from the barge.
The Moran State Park manager now has his own custom-built Bat Cave equipped with a state of the art infrared bat-cam, and even a robin standing watch outside. But before you go imagining Jim Schuh zooming along in a glossy black Bat-mobile, endangering the local wildlife – the new building is an experimental bat nursery designed for birthing and nursing baby bats. A colony of 50 to 150 rare, Long-Eared Myotis bats has been raising its pups in the rafters of the 75-year old park manager's office for years now.