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The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Lopez Island, Monday, Jan. 10 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Lopez Center.
The Odd Fellows kitchen, on Madrona Point, has a new food venue. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week from 11 a.m.. to 8 p.m., they call themselves Tee-Jay’s Cafe.
San Juan Interiors is rolling out the carpet on Orcas Island. The Friday Harbor-based business opened a new showroom in Eastsound on Dec. 20, offering a range of coverings for the home and office, including flooring, natural stone, tile, countertops, and window shades.
Eric Crowe has been named district manager of San Juan Propane's Orcas Island Branch.
He’s always been an outdoorsman. Now Ted Tidrington gets paid to study the Orcas Island environment.
Captain Dragonfruit sailed the Indian Ocean, a would-be pirate hunter lured into the world of exotic foods by epicurean taste buds. Now the 18th Century sailor is the namesake of a new Eastsound eatery: Dragonfruit Cafe.
Rolland (Rollie) Rueb, Washington Federal’s Eastsound Branch Manager, has been given the company’s lifetime achievement award.
The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present two two-hour workshops…
The Washington State Department of Information Services is working on a statewide…
A new website is available showing the services, building plans and background…
The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free workshop on Nov. 16 called “Making it Stick: Crafting a Message They'll Remember,” taught by writer and English teacher Ian Byington. The workshop will be held from 9‐11 a.m. at Skagit Valley College’s Friday Harbor campus downstairs community room.
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce board president Michell Marshall presented inaugural awards before a packed crowd of members and friends at the chamber's annual membership meeting, Oct. 27.
Celebrate the Stinking Rose at Doe Bay Café.Its Fifth Annual Garlic Feast…
Orcas Medical Center’s Medical Director, Dr. Tony Giefer, will be a faculty…
The Sea View Theater has brought a little bit of Hollywood to…
The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day…
In conjunction with Crescent Service and Orcas Autotech, Napa will be conducting…
Do you have an idea for a new business? Or do you…
Orcas Power & Light Cooperative received recognition in the 2010 “Spotlight on Excellence” national awards program, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
The Washington State Department of Health has recognized Eastsound Water Users Association for “outstanding performance and treatment plant optimization”. EWUA is one of only five water systems in the state to receive this performance award this year. The Water Treatment Optimization Program is a Department of Health (DOH) initiative that challenges water systems to meet significantly higher water quality standards than are required by law.
They call it the Chocolate Diablo for a reason: it’s devil’s food cake with whipped dark chocolate and chili, cocoa, cinnamon ganache. And who dreamed up this devilish creation? Master baker Jami Plummer. The long-time Orcas resident has just launched Sugar Baby Specialty Cakes.
In May, Eric Youngren, who owns Island Energy Systems, joined friends at the non-profit SolarAid Tanzania to install and rebuild three different off-grid photovoltaic systems, including the learning center’s, using an invention he has dubbed the “SolarNexus Powercenter.”
Bob Coleman announced his resignation this week as president of Islanders Bank,…
If it was made in Europe, can reach speeds well over 100…
An independent steering committee made up of OPALCO members has begun to meet with the mission of developing a proposal for a new green power program. The program would provide financial incentives for renewable generation and, potentially, fund energy efficiency and conservation measures beyond what OPALCO can offer through Bonneville Power Administration’s (BPA) conservation program.
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.
Clyde and April Duke, owners of Duke Contracting Services, LLC, have purchased…
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.
The Friday Harbor OPALCO office is undergoing a construction remodel to make improvements to the public entrance and front offices. The member services office is temporarily located to the right of the usual entrance at the back of the parking lot in a modular building. The temporary office will be open normal hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Signage will direct you to parking in front of the modular building during construction.
San Juan Surveying has announced that Andy Holman and Mark Wagner, after…
Shoshana Avree and Holly C. Berman have announced the opening of HOME, a community-style cafe in the Oddfellows Hall, Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. beginning April 9. HOME will be serving homemade soup, gluten-free muffins, (dairy-free and agave sweetened) healthy Chai (caffeine, sugar and dairy free), and curried sweet potato bites.
Carole Anderson’s Magic Islands body and beauty products and jewelry, Gypsy Mellonie Eckerson’s Willow Catering, and Willow Eckerson’s Blue Willow Designs were three vendors who set up booths at the first of the midweek markets on July 22. The market hopes to attract between six and eight vendors to the space behind Orcas Online on Prune Alley in coming weeks.
Mikial Denker, the owner of the new Travel Light Cycles and Systems shop believes he is doing what his life experience in bikes, his degree in education and his work in transportation has all been leading him to with his used and refurbished bike shop on Orcas Road.
Long-time Orcas residents Kendall and Sandra, their son Justin, and Justin's wife Keary are new owners of the Orcas Island Golf Club.
It's just about the healthiest gourmet chocolate on the market – and it's made right here on Orcas. Tracy Oniya created her own raw chocolate after looking for it online and finding it was not very affordable. After several test runs, she created a chocolate that has seven times more antioxidants than other varieties.
Orcas Island Freight Lines was sold on Aug. 10 to Mike and Sarah Aley of San Juan Island. Orcas resident Wayne Foster sold the business after operating the shipping company for more than 40 years. It is one of the oldest known businesses on the island.
What’s cooking lately at Orcas Island restaurants? Plenty. Despite the economic gloom in the news lately, long-time island favorites continue to serve up their specialties, while others are welcoming new chefs to the kitchen.
Miho Ljubic was no stranger to stone while growing up in Croatia,…
Steve Emmes' favorite part of his profession is when he can stand back, survey the gleaming wood around him, and consider it a job well done. “I really enjoy the process, but the end of the project is most gratifying,” Emmes said. “When we can look at the finished product that was created by all of us.” Emmes has been a woodworker for 40 years, learning first from his dad, Emery Emmes, a high school wood shop teacher. Steve says his dad passed on traditional techniques, but over the years he has incorporated new methods, tools, and materials.
It has the look and feel of a city restaurant, but it's Orcas Island all the way – from the staff to the food. After a year of planning, Madrona Bar and Grill opened on Sept. 2 with a full dinner menu; lunch followed a few days later. Owners Monica Oberg and Steve Duthie say they had a bit of a rough start, as the sous chef quit just hours before opening night.