Washington Federal’s Eastsound branch awarded for top performance

Manager Rolland Rueb and the staff of the Eastsound branch were honored…

  • Jan 20th, 2010

Madrona Point Insurance: Protecting a lifestyle

What do you have that you want to protect?This is the question…

  • Nov 21st, 2009

OPALCO website earns prestigious Davey Award

OPALCO’s website (, launched in May 2009, has won the 2009 Silver…

  • Nov 10th, 2009

OPALCO recycles old transformers

OPALCO sent two trailers full of old transformers back to the manufacturer…

  • Nov 7th, 2009

Sew n Sew: Zahn stitches up a family tradition

Donna Zahn has been sewing since she was seven years old.When she…

  • Nov 3rd, 2009

Orcas Book Exchange: Books from floor to ceiling

Sir Francis Bacon said, "Some books are to be tasted, others to…

  • Oct 3rd, 2009

New owner plans to take Chimayo back in time

As a man known for his Mediterranean cooking, it seemed logical that…

Professional sports management firm opens office in Eastsound

MPC Sports Worldwide recently opened a corporate office in Eastsound. Run by…

  • Sep 22nd, 2009

Island Automotive celebrates 30 years with give-aways

How does an Orcas business celebrate 30 years on the island? They…

  • Sep 17th, 2009

Lopez Village Market breaks ground for new facility

Lopezians will soon be walking the aisles of a brand new market.On…

  • Sep 17th, 2009

New owners of Windermere San Juan Island: Gary Franklin and Scott family of Skagit Valley

Gary Franklin, broker of Windermere San Juan Island, is joining forces with…

  • Aug 27th, 2009

Orcas Alchemy sells specialty sugars and salts

Lisa Trifiro wasn't always a foodie. But after discovering the excitement of…

VanderYacht Propane branches out to Orcas

VanderYacht Propane is a family-owned, multi-generational business that can now include Orcas…

OPALCO fuel mix: 95 percent greenhouse gas free

Orcas Power & Light Cooperative received its 2008 fuel mix report from…

  • Jul 8th, 2009

Local business to be featured at Smithsonian Folklife Festival in D.C.

Bossy’s Feltworks, an Orcas based handcrafts business, has been chosen to have…

  • Jun 30th, 2009

OPALCO line crew trains in pole-top rescue

OPALCO’s line crew is well trained. In addition to the statewide three-year…

  • Jun 11th, 2009

New manager for Aeronautical Services

Barbara Parrot has taken over the position of manager at Orcas Island's…

  • May 6th, 2009

Local grants benefit local businesses

Many of the grants made to nonprofits by the Orcas Island Community…

  • May 5th, 2009

Gymnastic business opens on Orcas

Every week Orcas kids gather for an afternoon of tumbling, handstands, vaulting,…

Chimayo restaurant reopening after fire

After months of renovating her fire-damaged restaurant, it was a turning point…

San Juan County opens email information service for builders

The Community Development and Planning department is setting up an email news…

  • Apr 17th, 2009

Business Essentials mini-series April 21 and 22

A new Business Essentials mini-series, sponsored by the Orcas Chamber of Commerce,…

  • Apr 14th, 2009

Mermaid greets customers at Crescent Beach Kayak

Crescent Beach Kayak is getting ready for the summer season in artistic…

  • Apr 13th, 2009

Slight bump in February home sales and prices in San Juan County

Amid frigid temperatures and frigid economy, a ray of sunshine peeked through…

  • Mar 25th, 2009

San Juan County jobless rate 7.5 percent; second-lowest in state

The job picture in San Juan County is … well, it could…

  • Mar 25th, 2009

Turtleback Farm Inn listed in National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler selected Orcas Islands’ Turtleback Farm Inn to be in…

  • Mar 16th, 2009

Kiki’s Kafe says goodbye

Kiki’s Kafe closed its doors on Friday, March 13. Barista Beth Roberts…

  • Mar 16th, 2009

Building homes for the full spectrum of Orcas Island

After finishing architecture school, Matthew Maher had a desire to build simple, sturdy, self-contained units. That is the foundation of his new Orcas business, Stem.

  • Mar 11th, 2009

Olga power station upgrade close to completion

Residents of Olga have seen a lot of activity since December at the power station on Pt. Lawrence Road and experienced two power outages. It’s all part of the upgrading of the power station that was built in the 1970s.

  • Feb 24th, 2009

Orcas Island Farmers’ Market hires new manager

The Orcas Island Farmers’ Market (OIFM) has hired Charly Robinson as the new market manager.

  • Feb 24th, 2009

Fisherman Bay Road project to start soon

The San Juan County Public Works Department reports that design work and permitting have been completed on the $2.5 million Fisherman Bay Road improvement project on Lopez Island, and right of way preparation work will begin shortly. Major construction is scheduled to begin in April and completed by the end of August. Federal and State grants totaling approximately $1.50 million will cover nearly 60 percent of the total project cost.

  • Feb 16th, 2009

Orcas accounting firm merges

Eastsound and Lopez accounting firm Haweley & Nicholson PS has merged with Mount Vernon area Hilsinger & Company SJI PS to form Hilsinger & Company SJI PS. Sandra Hawley and Beth Nicholson will continue to offer a full range of accounting services, including tax preparation, bookkeeping audits, consulting and valuations in Eastsound.

  • Feb 16th, 2009

Portofino’s Pizzeria has new owners

Portofino’s Pizzeria has new owners. Owners who are new to this restaurant, but who are certainly not new to the restaurant business or to Orcas Island.

  • Jan 13th, 2009

There is still time to order holiday wreaths

Holidays wreaths are still available to order from the Orcas Montessori School. They are the perfect compliment to your home, business, or as a great gift for clients, family, and friends. Now in its 14th year, this is the benchmark fundraiser for Orcas Montessori.

  • Dec 9th, 2008

San Juan Propane expands Lopez office

The Lopez office of San Juan Propane just got a little more oomph.

  • Dec 9th, 2008

Bohéme, hippy-chic clothing store, opens on Orcas Island

It was the love of a building that led to a whirlwind two weeks of renovation, a new career for one of the owners, and to the opening of Bohéme, the new clothing store that opened in August.

  • Oct 8th, 2008

SJC Council expresses concern about Rosario Closing

The San Juan County Council today expressed concern about the imminent closing of the Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. The resort, centered around the 100-year-old Rosario mansion built by shipbuilder Robert Moran, is an island landmark and one of the island’s largest employers.

  • Sep 11th, 2008