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Several weeks ago, a documentary called “Minor Differences” was shown at our local theater. An Orcas resident made this film, and it tells the story of five different young men who ended up in jail as teenagers.
I wept when I heard of the Charleston church shootings; wept for the senseless loss of life, wept for how we as a nation have become numb to these never-ending tragedies.
As the Sounder has reported, there is a plan for a new layout at the Orcas transfer station (the dump) to make it easier for us to separate our recyclables. Glass in one bin, paper in another, only certain plastics in a third and so forth.
All of us who share in conversation, spirited by your deeply honest and courageous performance, thank you for your message of truth-telling, truth-living and love.
This year’s Salmon BBQ is on Saturday, July 4, beginning after the parade at 1 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m.
I have truly enjoyed my term as mayor, and it has been an honor to serve. If my experience is any indication then I feel I am leaving Eastsound a friendlier town, and that is something of which we can all be proud.
We believe the accomplishment highlights the synergy of a dedicated and talented teaching staff, tireless leadership, coupled with family and community partners combining in common.
We must address our constitutional and moral obligation to fully fund education.
Living as we do on an island and knowing that we can’t get everything we need here, the June 3 Sounder had an excellent suggestion from Rich Hughes.
For more than 30 years the Orcas Island Education Foundation has been working to bring “excellence in education” to our public schools. This can only happen with the generous support of donors. In this school year our donors have made an impact in classrooms K-12.
Many thanks to everyone who made this year’s Salmonberry School Annual Fundraising Event so exceptionally successful.
Investing in our community is part of the United Way mission, and it shows here in the San Juan Islands.
A letter to the editor by David Turnoy in the Sounder’s May 20 edition speaks to the corruption that money has in the electoral process.
From folk music to country, from jazz to rock and roll and blues, with a dash of poetry thrown in, Saturday night’s first open mic was a big success
I would like to address some concerns that I have about some actions of the Orcas Fire Board of Commissioners.
Would the kind soul who returned my purse last week please step up and be recognized as a towering example of honesty and good neighborliness?
Thank you Orcas Island Community Foundation and all who supported their grant cycle. The Orcas Senior Center is extremely grateful for a grant of $6,160 to support the expansion of our weekly meal program.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands is in awe of our amazing Orcas Island community for the overwhelming support for our first annual “Beautiful You Fashion Show” this last Sunday, May 17.
Since 2012 this board has gone into executive sessions 54 times in the course of 76 meetings. I understand the reason for confidentiality regarding medical information, qualification and bargaining terms, but 34 performance reviews during this period must be considered excessive especially in light of the fact that since March 2012 there was never any indication but great satisfaction with the performance of the chief who oversees the rest of the employees and volunteers.
Are you tired of billionaires and corporations running/ruining our country, buying candidates and political outcomes? The only solution is to get money out of politics by passing a constitutional amendment that says that money is not speech and that corporations are not people.
Shakespeare responds to Grace McCune and Jake Perrine who said, “We liken them (The Beatles) to the Shakespeares of pop…”
Twenty years ago, Project PAL was started by Beth Anderson of OPALCO and a few community volunteers so co-op members could give each other a hand up with electric bills in tough times.
Many, many thanks to all of YOU who supported your island nonprofits with gifts during GiveBIG May 5, the Seattle Foundation’s 24-hour online-giving event packed with matching gifts and bonus rewards!
At the OPALCO Election this year, we saw a record voter turnout: 24 percent compared to around 15 percent in past years. Thank you all who have taken the time to vote.
The Choral Society performed Bach’s “B Minor Mass” and the very first chord sung by a five-part chorus sent chills down my neck.
Well, that was humbling! I was fourth in the voting for the open director positions at OPALCO’s Annual Meeting.
As a teacher, I know Orcas Island students would benefit from smaller class sizes at every grade level, whether they’re in kindergarten or high school.
Throughout the state, teachers are staging one-day walkouts to protest the Legislature’s failure to fully fund K-12 public schools. Our local teachers’ union (OEA) voted last month NOT to walk out on our students and schools.
The Orcas Island Education Foundation has been in existence for more than 30 years. Our mission is clear and simple:
I would like to thank Grace and Jake and all the performers for a fantastic evening. This production is the best that I have ever seen at Orcas Center in all the years I have lived on the island.
The Granny’s Attic rummage sale was a fantastic success due to an outpouring of community donations and a champion effort by dozens of volunteers. This is one of the Orcas Island Senior Center’s largest fundraisers of the year.
Kudos to the Greacans and islanders invested in renewable energy.
We would sincerely like to take this opportunity to thank all who attended and helped with Corey’s celebration. From the folks who mopped the floors, did dishes and cleaned the toilets and everyone in between.
Once again the visit of the Skagit Habitat for Humanity Store truck on Orcas Island was a success for islanders and the store.
On behalf of the San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Board, tremendous thanks go to Bill Buchan for his on-going efforts in removing Scotch broom from Orcas roadsides.
Orcas, you are now a TON more beautiful than before! On Saturday, April 18, the Great Islands Cleanup returned to the island, and we collected 2,400 pounds of litter (and 320 pounds of recycling) in three hours!
On Earth Day our congressman, Rick Larsen, sent out a message touting his support for efforts to protect our environment, including the laudable statement that “Our focus on keeping our local environment healthy must also include efforts to curb the devastating effects of climate change.”
Several weeks ago I was visiting your beautiful island when I had a paragliding accident in which I fractured my patella (kneecap) and separated the patellar tendon. Needless to say I was in a bit of pain and needed help.
Please return my “Goats at Work” sign to Deer Harbor Boatworks. Thank you.
Recent OPALCO announcements on the need to increase customers’ rates in order to recoup a $1.4 million revenue shortfall in 2014 and to plan for future capital improvements raise fundamental policy questions.