Grow Your Heart with Orcas Island’s Little Ones!


Celebrating the Holidays with Orcas Island’s Early Childhood Programs – by Mariah Miller – Orcas Island is home to four diverse Early Childhood Education programs. Each school is unique in how it prepares for, and celebrates, the holiday season with our island’s infant through preschool-aged children. Salmonberry School held its … Continue reading

Week Before / After Christmas: Not a Growler Will be Stirring

Graphic NOT copyright U.S. Navy. A purely Orcas Issues greeting.

December 21, 2014 through January 1, 2015 – from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer — Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are not scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Dec. 21, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015. Schedule … Continue reading

Chamber Music Festival Names New Executive Director

– from Joyce Stone – The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Rae Schmitz to Executive Director effective April 1, 2015. Most recently, Leslie worked with the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle as Director of Education/Membership/Pilot Funding with the Institute … Continue reading

Raffle for Minke Whale Art at The Whale Museum

— from Jenny Atkinson, Director, the Whale Museum — The Whale Museum is holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind Minke Whale chainsaw carving. The carving created by artist Todd Lynd is approximately 50” long and weighs 13 pounds. It is deep treated, stained, colored and then marine sealed to display … Continue reading

USDA Confirms H5 Avian Flu in Whatcom Co.; No Human Spread Expected

– by Lin McNulty, from U.S. Department of Agriculture – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds [specifically H5N2 found in Northern Pintail Ducks & H5N8 found in Captive Gyrfalcons] … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Small Change Provides Improvement to Navy Capabilities

– from Captain Michael Nortier, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey – Many people may be unaware that our service members – our sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors – are training in the skies above the Olympic Mountains to take the fight to the enemy on our behalf. The Navy recently proposed … Continue reading

Volunteer “Angels” Honored at the Senior Center

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— by Cara Russell – “It’s a room full of angels,” said Didier Gincig, Volunteer Coordinator of Hearts and Hands, said at the Senior Center Volunteer Luncheon. On Saturday, December 13th, more than 80 Orcas Senior Center volunteers sat down for a full lunch at the Senior Center. The luncheon … Continue reading