A letter sparked an impromptu gathering at the county-owned property between Prune Alley and North Beach Road known as the "Fern Street Path" on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The following was submitted by the Orcas Senior Center.
San Juan County Sheriff Detective Stephen Parker was put on paid administrative leave while the sheriff looks into new information of misconduct involving a victim in an ongoing case.
Orcas Viking homecoming is the week of Oct. 3 to 8.
Flu season is here and it is time to get your flu shot.
OPAL Community Land Trust and San Juan County were recently awarded a HUD Community Development Block Grant of $562,672. The grant will help fund the purchase of 2.5 acres of land on North Beach Road that OPAL will develop to provide 30 affordable townhomes.
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, issued the following statement regarding the tragic shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington that claimed five lives.
It is time for the annual Orcas all-kid talent show, "Whale of a Show" on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Center.
The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce and the Eastsound Planning Review Committee are hosting a public meeting seeking input to the Eastsound Urban Growth Subarea Plan, which is up for review this year. Public comment is sought for the update and the process will be kicked off by a community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Lundeen Room at the Orcas Senior Center.
EDC invites entrepreneurs to participate in business plan competition, "Launch San Juan Islands."
Orcas resident Patricia J. Tullock, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of theft in the first degree, three counts of forgery and two counts of trafficking in stolen property. She was sentenced on Sept. 20 to 50 months. Tullock was transferred to Island County Jail where she will be assessed and then taken to a correctional facility.
Day of Caring is the day that United Way of San Juan County and its supported programs get together with community volunteers for a half-day work party in the community.
At the Sept. 16 meeting of the Orcas Power and Light Co-op Board of Directors in Friday Harbor, a volunteer Member Review Committee on Elections presented seven categories of recommendations for changes to OPALCO's election process. Co-op members will have an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes at a series of open house events scheduled October 7–11. The board expects to make decisions at the Oct. 20 board meeting with member feedback gathered at the open house events.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is considering a change to the boundaries of the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. DNR decided to consider incorporating a "cutout" area left for the then-proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal into the reserve in response to a request from the Lummi Nation.
Orcas Power and Light Co-op will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. to discuss election changes as proposed by the Member Review Committee. The meeting is open to all co-op members and will be held in OPALCo's Eastsound office, located at 183 Mt. Baker Road.
At a special endorsement meeting on Sept. 10 in Friday Harbor, the San Juan County Democrats voted to endorse various candidates and ballot measures in the Washington state general election on Nov. 8.
Safe San Juans (formerly known as Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juans) invites the community to join the organization in raising awareness around domestic violence next month.
Judge Donald Eaton has granted former Orcas High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner a new trial after a lead investigator on the case was accused of misconduct. A new trial is scheduled for Dec. 5. The defendant was released from custody on Sept. 20 after Judge Eaton announced his ruling.
Six people have shown an interest in filling the vacant Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Board of Commissioners seat. Long-time commissioner Jim Coffin resigned during the board's regular meeting on Agu. 22.
Submitted by Washington State Ferries On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 6:25 p.m. departure from Friday Harbor will make an unscheduled stop at Orcas to offload foot traffic only. This is to facilitate Orcas student participation in school athletic events in Friday Harbor. This may affect the 7:10 p.m. departure from Lopez.