Council pulls Aquatic Reserve application

On April 15, the San Juan County Council voted four-to-one to direct the Marine Resource Committee (MRC) to discontinue its effort to have the County designated an Aquatic Reserve.

  • Apr 22nd, 2008

Pay more to ride at prime time? tPeak-time prices still on the table in WSF’s long-range plan

Forget about the spread sheets. The true value of any public administrator may be an ability to read between the lines.



  • Apr 16th, 2008

League of Women Voters Sponsors Global Warming Presentation

April 26 meeting connects global warming and 2008 elections.

  • Apr 15th, 2008

Crossroads lecture: Intimate Relationships

The lecture series Crossroads: Ideas for a New Century will continue on Saturday, April 19 with a presentation by part-time Orcas Islanders John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, co-founders of the Gottman Institute, who will discuss “Building and Restoring Intimate Relationships: A Research-Based Approach.”

  • Apr 15th, 2008

Friends clean Moran Park

Friends of Moran State Park will celebrate Earth Day 2008 with the Moran State Park Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 19.

  • Apr 15th, 2008

Orcas Fire Dept. graduates EMT class

Early last December, eighteen women and men began a journey to earn Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificates from the State of Washington. Seven dropped out. Eleven stayed the course. The Orcas Island Fire Department now has ten new EMTs, and Shaw has one.

  • Apr 14th, 2008

Coffelt farm Walk

  • Apr 14th, 2008

College Essay Workshop helps students Get Off The Rock!

As part of its third annual “Get Off The Rock” College Counseling event, The Funhouse will bring Sarah Callendar, a Seattle-based college essay consultant, to the island to conduct a two-day college essay workshop for high school juniors. On Saturday, April 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Sarah will provide instruction and inspiration to help students write essays that allow their voice, personality and unique attributes to shine. On Sunday, April 20, between 10 a.m.and 1 p.m., students are encouraged to bring an outline or rough draft of an essay and review the draft with Sarah in small group sessions.

  • Apr 14th, 2008

Tour de Lopez: cycling its way into summer

The 2008 Tour de Lopez sold out a month before its event date.

  • Apr 14th, 2008

Council to consider ban on ‘consumer’ fireworks tSparklers and snakes – like Roman candles – would be outlawed

What would the Fourth of July be without a few sparklers or a firecracker or two to celebrate with?

Orcas’ Favorite (Bi)Son opens researchers’ eyes tArcheologists line up early to hear latest theories

The discovery of ancient bison bones in an Orcas Island peat bog a few years ago is changing researchers’ ideas about the arrival of humans in the New World, and the extent of the ice-age glaciers. The bones lend credence to the idea that the Pacific Coast offered a food-rich ecosystem for ice age hunters some 14,000 years ago – much earlier than the prevailing scientific theory pegs the arrival of humans to the New World.

  • Apr 9th, 2008

Town Hall on teenage drinking “Tipping” towards healthy behavior

Orcas Island Prevention Partnership (OIPP), “working together to support a safe and healthy community,” sponsored a Town Hall meeting on teenage drinking on March 31 at the Senior Center. The meeting, called a “Community Conversation,” was held in response to the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.”

  • Apr 9th, 2008

Earth month filled with environmental activities tMany island organizations host earth-friendly meetings

If every day is Earth Day, how about a month of Earth Day activities to learn about and care for the health of our environment?

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Pet of the week

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Coffelt Farm Field Trip

The Orcas Island Recreation Program is offering a field trip to the Coffelt Farm, Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Children and parents will walk the farm to get a feel for the land and what it produces. The focus of this visit will be on the sheep barn where newborn lambs and ewes spend a couple of days after birth. Lambing is a busy time of year at Coffelt’s; children will see how to care for newborn lambs, dock tails, weigh, put in ear tags. Ruby the sheep dog is a working shepherd and the kids will learn how she helps with the sheep. Children will look at products made with wool from the farm, handle some raw wool, and talk about why it is warm and water-resistant. If there is time and interest, the kids can try carding some wool, and have a spinning demonstration. Open to 15 children who register in advance. To RSVP, call the Orcas Island Recreation at 376-5339.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Lions donate magnifier to library

The Orcas Island Lions Club has donated an Aladdin Classic Video Magnifier to the Orcas Island Library. The magnifier is designed to be used by people who have visual impairments which make it difficult or impossible for them to read ordinary printed materials.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Lone ferry bid comes in high

WSDOT Ferries Division announced on March 27 the Todd Pacific Shipyards was the apparent low bidder for a contract to construct a new 50-car vessel based on the Steilacoom II design. The formal bid opening was held earlier that day. Todd submitted the only bid with a proposed bid price of $25,985,125. The WSDOT engineer’s estimate is $16.8 million. WSDOT will conduct a bid evaluation over the next few days before announcing an award recommendation.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Lopez Fire Department looking for volunteers

The Lopez Fire and EMS Department, which is staffed almost entirely by a hardworking crew of volunteers, is in need of firefighters.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Sally Penning Brown Laurie

Sept. 26, 1934 – March 15, 2008

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Darvill’s to start bookclub

Darvill’s Bookstore is pleased to announce the start of its own bookclub. Pam Evans, bookclub moderator, says that the club is open to all. It will meet the second Tuesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. at the store. Book selection will alternate between fiction and non-fiction, and suggestions are encouraged. The selection for the April 8 meeting is “The Invisible Wall,” a biography written by Harry Bernstein about growing up in a divided community during World War I.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Lion’s club “Super Shopping Spree” raffle

The Orcas Island Lion’s club is beginning the sale of tickets on April 4 at Island Market for of one of the island’s favorite fundraisers. The “Super Shopping Spree” winner races for up to $1,000.00 of Island Market groceries in this hilarious and raucous challenge which takes place on Sunday, April 13. Included is $100 of meat donated by Island Market. Groceries may not include alcohol or spices. The winning ticket is drawn on Saturday afternoon, April 12 and the winner will be notified at that time. Buy your raffle tickets from any Lion’s Club member or at Island Market on Fridays, Saturday and Sunday afternoons beginning April 4 and at the Health Van on North Beach Road on Monday and Tuesday, April 7 and 8. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds from the raffle ticket sales support the local Health Screening van, an annual Orcas Island event, as well as local sight and hearing projects. For questions or to purchase tickets contact Pam Harney, event chairperson at 376-6222.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

OCS students learn from “100 Dresses” play

Orcas Christian students in first through fifth grades recently attended the Seattle Children’s Theatre production, “100 Dresses,” based on the 1944 book by Eleanor Estes.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

“Flippers for Feet” – Pinnipeds of the NW

On Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Dr. Peter Olesiuk of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada will discuss the five species of seals and sea lions that frequent the region’s marine waters. Olesiuk, a Research Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is Head of Seal and Sea Lion Research Programs in Pacific Region. He works out of the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. His lecture is part of the Orcas Island Marine Science Lecture Series.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Museum’s Artifact ID Day highlights local treasures

On March 15, about 60 islanders gathered to share “wonderful things” with a team of archaeologists from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Dr. Julie Stein, Director of the Burke Museum, with Laura Phillips, Collections Manager, Stephanie Jolivette, Outreach Coordinator, and Amanda Taylor, graduate student, examined and identified artifact collections from Orcas and the surrounding islands, as well as some interesting objects from around the world. The event was sponsored by Island Excavating.

  • Apr 4th, 2008

Beauty and the Beast: a community fairy tale comes to Orcas Center

Community musical to run three weekends, Thursday through Saturday, April 10 - 26.

  • Apr 3rd, 2008

Beyond the zoo – Insect Safari and Reptile Man to present exotic specimens

Insects abound at March 30 lecture on Lopez

  • Mar 27th, 2008

Chamber Music Festival brings Musician in Residence to Orcas schools

Master Class for adults offered on March 26

  • Mar 27th, 2008

Lopez man faces up to five years for felony rape

A Lopez Island man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl despite…

  • May 16th, 2007