Meredith Griffith

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Eastsound Water proposes sewer main to residents outside the UGA

Eastsound Water Users Association director Paul Kamin recently suggested that residents living in 29 homes in the Los Arboles area - outside the Urban Growth Area - welcome an Eastsound sewer main into their neighborhood. For residents within the Urban Growth Area (UGA), connection to the sewer main has become an offer they can’t refuse, thanks to the state Growth Management act. Some of these residents fear making payments on the $6,500 sewer connection fee could sink them financially. This situation is different, because the 29 homes on Michael, Teri and Timber Lanes are outside the UGA. The sewer district is not required to serve the area under growth management, and would even have to obtain a special exception in order to run a main into the area.

  • Apr 22nd, 2011 6:12pm

Orcas Rec-less summer still offers soccer, sailing and Ninja Camp

Some parents are wondering what activities there will be for kids this summer without Orcas Rec in the game. The program expired this winter without a funding source, and while the Orcas Island Park and Rec District was funded by a February ballot, the district won't receive any actual revenue until 2012. In spite of the funding gap, this summer there will be at least two programs for kids traditionally facilitated by Orcas Rec: soccer and sailing, both run by a host of volunteers.

  • Apr 21st, 2011 8:34pm

Fire update: Orcas Fire welcomes 12 new recruits

Orcas Fire welcomed 12 new firefighter recruits to the fold on April 12, trained, certified and ready to brave the fiery depths to save lives and property.

  • Apr 21st, 2011 8:06pm

Food Bank building to set sail next week

The Food Bank's new building is scheduled to arrive by ferry next week after delays by the Washington State Ferry System. The building will come in two sections on April 27 and 28 and be placed on the waiting foundation using rollers.

  • Apr 21st, 2011 7:00pm

Orcas kids study rockfish on UW research boat Centennial

Orcas seventh and eighth-graders and high schoolers in the Marine Tech program took a rockfish cruise on the University of Washington's 58-foot research vessel Centennial last week, thanks to the Kwiaht Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea.

  • Apr 20th, 2011 5:01pm

FoodMasters: Helping islanders teach islanders to grow their own food

While the Orcas Island Food Bank fills the immediate gap between out-of-work islanders and hunger, a new group called FoodMasters is helping islanders teach other islanders how to grow and raise their own foods, gaining independence from purchased foods and fluctuating global prices.

  • Apr 19th, 2011 10:09pm

Rosario opens ‘The Mansion Restaurant’


  • Apr 19th, 2011 7:53pm

The state of Eastsound: Orcas Island businesses get creative to stay alive in a tough economy

After a lean year in which Eastsound lost at least six prominent businesses – Vern’s Bayside Restaurant and Lounge, Portofino’s Pizzeria, the Sunflower Cafe, Aesthetica, Spirit of the Northwest, and Rhapsody as well as the newly opened Dragonfruit Cafe – we’ve been hearing worried talk on the street: is the Eastsound core becoming a “ghost town”?

  • Apr 14th, 2011 6:17pm

Orcas softball: Vikings sail past Lions

The lady Vikings tore up the field during a double-header against Concrete on April 11, sending their runners sliding home for decisive 23-3 and 10-3 victories.

  • Apr 14th, 2011 5:56pm

Orcas and Lopez basketball players make all league

Several Lopez and Orcas basketball players were honored for their hard work this season with all league selection.

  • Apr 11th, 2011 4:44am

Spring Women’s Luncheon to be held May 7

Wood-fired barbecued chicken. Sweet basil lemonade. Fettucini with roasted red pepper pesto, scalloped potatoes, organic greens and blackberry cobbler a la mode, all catered by the Carpenter brothers of Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant. Top it all off with an inspirational talk by international nurse, author and poet Diana Stuhr and you've got a community women's luncheon hosted by the Orcas Island Community Church.

  • Apr 6th, 2011 6:55pm

Orcas softball: Vikings stand firm against a top 1A team

Last Saturday Orcas fans watched the Lady Vikings battle it out against the 1A league's undefeated Cedar Park Christian Eagles, who have competed at 1A state champs in past years. “I wanted to see how our team responded to a high-caliber opponent, to see how we would do under pressure,” said coach Scott Harris. Despite a strong showing by the Vikings, the Lions dashed in for the last run, winning the non-league game 5-4.

  • Apr 5th, 2011 11:51pm

Lopez doctor Bob Wilson on probation for unprofessional conduct

Lopez physician Robert Wilson has been placed on probation after being charged with unprofessional conduct and sexual misconduct in his medical practice by the Washington State Department of Health Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

  • Mar 28th, 2011 9:16pm

Orcas golf: March on the green

March 17: match at Friday Harbor With a boys' “no contest” match, highlights for Orcas were first year player Devon Stanzione shooting a low Orcas score of 46, followed closely by returning state player Miles McCloskey with a 47. The girls team lost 260 - 230. Courtney Ray shot a team low of 59.

  • Mar 28th, 2011 6:22pm

Vikings softball hitting spring with a swing

The Orcas Vikings came out swinging to start the 2011 softball season, crushing Concrete 20-10 on March 18. The next day they narrowly beat Squalicum in a low-scoring home game, 8-6, and took down South Whidbey 8-7 on March 20. On March 26 they went up against Tacoma Baptist in Burlington for a big 15-2 win.

  • Mar 28th, 2011 5:20pm

Simon Winchester to speak at Orcas Center about China

Globe-scouting British journalist and best-selling author Simon Winchester will soon pay a visit to Orcas Island to share his thoughts on China.

  • Mar 28th, 2011 4:06pm

Island naturopath is headed to Japan on relief mission

Eastsound naturopathic doctor Kate Jewell has loaded up her car with 18 boxes of donated goods for Japan: clothing, flashlights, batteries, toothbrushes and even some toys. “It's always good on these missions to have something to give the kids,” said Jewell, who has traveled to El Salvador and Guatemala on previous community health-focused missions of mercy with the organization Airline Ambassadors International (She's a retired American Airlines flight attendant).

  • Mar 21st, 2011 11:15pm

Slideshow: Saint Patrick’s Day parade on Orcas

Emerald-clad islanders took to Eastsound streets today in celebration of a grand old island tradition: the celebration of Ireland's patron saint Patrick. A massive green cement-mixer added a certain gritty pluck to the affair, while gussied-up little ones and silky pooches melted onlookers' hearts.

  • Mar 17th, 2011 9:59pm

Girls softball: league champion Vikings returning even stronger for 2011 season

This year's Vikings softball team is a fiercely driven team of 19. “It's the most overall athletic team I've ever had... and competition for positions is the highest I've ever seen,” said head coach Scott Harris, now in his seventh season coaching. “We've got some very fast and strong girls, and they're really starting to hit the ball well.”

  • Mar 16th, 2011 8:36pm

Taking potassium iodide ‘a bad idea’, says county emergency management director

The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management is urging islanders not to take potassium iodide out of fears over radiation fallout from the current Japanese nuclear crisis.

  • Mar 16th, 2011 8:27pm

Back on the slopes: Orcas teenager Jordan Griffin, paralyzed after a snowboarding accident, skis again

Island teen Jordan Griffin has been careening down the slopes on a bi-ski with the help of islander Mark O’Neill and the Outdoors for All Foundation. He hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to tear up the powder like he used to, before a snowboarding accident two years ago paralyzed him from the chest down. He has been fighting hard to regain his health amid a series of setbacks that sometimes take all of his energy.

  • Mar 9th, 2011 5:15pm

Solid Waste meeting: ‘Reduce stream of waste leaving the island,’ islanders say

Orcasites overwhelmingly said reducing the amount of waste leaving the islands should be the top priority for county solid waste management at a Feb. 24 Solid Waste discussion workshop. They also expressed frustration about a system that has professed waste reduction as a goal for years, but in their view hasn’t made significant strides in that direction. Meanwhile, the county council is planning a parcel fee or levy measure proposal to pay for already existing services and put the solid waste department in the black.

  • Mar 3rd, 2011 11:10pm

Financial analyst Ned Brines to speak at Orcas Center Crossroads lecture

Next week at Orcas Center nationally recognized financial analyst Ned Brines will…

  • Mar 3rd, 2011 11:01pm

Port of Orcas files declaratory judgment on airport access fees; Ferris neighbors to contest

The Port of Orcas filed a declaratory judgment action in the San Juan Superior Court Feb. 3 to confirm the port's right to impose an annual access fee on aircraft owners who access the port from their port-neighboring properties. The court will issue a legal opinion on the matter, without a money judgment.

  • Mar 2nd, 2011 8:40pm

Kids from war-torn countries will tell their stories on Orcas

An international group of high school students from war-torn countries will be coming to Orcas March 5 to 8 to share stories from their homelands.

  • Mar 1st, 2011 11:28pm

Music Advocacy Group hosts 14th annual Orcas school music benefit concert

The Music Advocacy Group invites the community to its 14th annual concert for the public school music program on Sunday, March 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the school cafeteria. Featured musical groups are the Orcas Choral Society, Orcas Island Community Band and Island Sinfonia joined by the High School Strings, the Middle School Band and the Orcas Youth Symphonia.

  • Mar 1st, 2011 11:23pm

Lopez girls basketball on to state, first time since 1982

The Lopez basketball girls just trounced Tahola High School, District 4's number one team, to win the Regional competition and move on to state championship playoffs. They will play Colombia High School in Spokane on Thursday, March 3 at 12:15 p.m.

  • Feb 28th, 2011 10:12pm

2011 Kiwanis paper airplane contest on March 5

Dozens of prizes will be given out at the 16th annual Orcas Kiwanis Club paper airplane contest, to be held in the high school gym on March 5. The Kiwanis do it “because people have just a big thrill out of folding and building these paper airplanes, “ said event organizer Lynn Richards. Building and testing of the paper airplanes will start at 1 p.m., with the contest at 2 p.m. Kiwanis will provide all the materials necessary to build the airplanes, and instruction books will be available.

  • Feb 28th, 2011 10:07pm

Pharmaceutical companies would pay for statewide drug takeback programs under new bill

British Columbia passed a law thirteen years ago requiring drug companies to…

  • Feb 28th, 2011 7:17pm

OffCenter stage to host showcase of local music

An upcoming Local Artist Showcase at Orcas Center will feature singer-songwriters, acoustic…

  • Feb 25th, 2011 7:37pm

Islander to show original “Finding Our Way” film about apartheid in North America

Between the 1870's and the 1970's, around 150,000 Canadian native children were forcibly taken from their parents and sent to residential boarding schools, with an official goal “to kill the Indian in the native child,” all too often through horrific abuse. Some of these children were native Orcas Islanders.

  • Feb 22nd, 2011 11:04pm

Friends of the Library to host winter book sale

So the 2011 winter bonanza begins.On Saturday, Feb. 26 at the public…

  • Feb 22nd, 2011 7:14pm

Finding our way to a yes for Orcas schoolkids: local man launches community effort

Last year’s $35 million February school bond failed. August’s scaled-down $27 million bond failed too. Taxpayers sent a clear message to the school board: they aren’t willing to incur that much debt at this time, in that manner.

  • Feb 17th, 2011 5:10pm

Orcas basketball: Lady Vikings compete at district playoffs

The Orcas girls have successfully battled their way through a rocky season, earning a berth at district playoffs by taking down Seattle Lutheran 34-30 in their final league game on Feb. 11. It was another very tight match, tied 16-16 at half, with the Seattle team ahead by four points to start the final quarter; but the Vikings rallied to clinch the win.

  • Feb 14th, 2011 10:11pm

Seattle’s Kara O’Toole appointed new director of Orcas Center

Orcas Center will soon be welcoming its new executive/artistic director Kara O’Toole, the former executive director of Seattle’s Velocity Dance Center. O’Toole and her family will move to Orcas in March.

  • Feb 14th, 2011 10:01pm

Boys basketball: Lopez boys at district playoffs

The Lobos are in the midst of district playoffs this week. The boys beat Tulalip Heritage (60-51) on Feb. 8, to seal second place in their league, with a season record of 9-3 in league, 13-6 overall. The Lobos advanced to Tri Districts on Feb. 12, losing their first playoff match against Neah Bay 71-56. They will play a second playoff match against Tulalip Heritage at La Conner, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

  • Feb 14th, 2011 6:19pm

Seattle’s Kara O’Toole is the new leader of Orcas Center

Orcas Center will soon be welcoming its new executive/artistic director Kara O’Toole, the former executive director of Seattle’s Velocity Dance Center. O’Toole and her family will move to Orcas in March.

  • Feb 11th, 2011 7:06pm

Rec levy measure is at 62 percent approval

The February Orcas Recreation District levy appears to have passed with a supermajority as of today, Feb. 9, with 2,270 ballots cast and only 20 left to count by official tally.

  • Feb 10th, 2011 10:48pm

Starfish Marine offers boaters electrical and electronic work

Recreational and commercial boaters in need of electrical or electronic work have a new option in town: Starfish Marine.

  • Feb 10th, 2011 6:42pm

Girls basketball: Lady Vikings beat Concrete – again

The Lady Vikings continued their winning spree this week, slipping one past the Concrete Lions 53-50 on Feb. 9.

  • Feb 10th, 2011 9:20pm