Extra Ferry Runs for Extra Busy Weekend

— from Washington State Ferries — The Fourth of July weekend is Washington State Ferries’ busiest travel weekend of the year, so please plan ahead for heavy vehicle traffic heading westbound from Thursday, June 30 through Saturday, July 2, and eastbound July 5-6. The San Juan Islands routes will operate … Continue reading

DVSAS Asking for Yoga Supplies for Domestic Violence Survivors


— from Eve Batchelder — Calling all Yogis: Do you have any unused yoga mats sitting in the back of your closet? Dusty bolsters or blocks boxed away in your garage? DVSAS of the San Juans is gearing up to offer free yoga classes to survivors of domestic violence and abuse, and is … Continue reading

Illegal Seal Pup Pickups Emphasize Need to “Share the Shore” with Wildlife


— from Michael Milstein, NOAA Fisheries — Following four recent incidents in Oregon and Washington in which people illegally picked up harbor seal pups off the beach, leading to the death of two of the animals, NOAA Fisheries is reminding beachgoers to “Share the Shore” with wild marine mammals and … Continue reading

When Warmer is Not Better: Drought Warning for Vancouver Island


— from Lindsay Kines / Times Colonist — Record high temperatures and low rainfall have prompted the province to upgrade the drought warning on southern and eastern Vancouver Island to its highest level. Most rivers and streams will close to fishing on July 1. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural … Continue reading

Spooky Tales With an Orcas Spin

Castle in the swamp.

Starting in July: Pioneer Museum on Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; Crow Valley School on Fridays, 5 p.m. — from Pegi Groundwater — “We ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”  You might be after you attend the Spooky Tales Ghost Stories presented by the Orcas Island Historical Society this summer. Master storyteller, Antoinette Botsford, … Continue reading

School Board Calls Special Meeting for Tomorrow

Thursday, June 30, 2:30 p.m., District Office — from Cathy Ferran — AGENDA  *1.) Terminate contract for Gerald Grellet-Tinner and sign termination letter as recommended by counsel and required under WA State RCW 28A.405.470. *2.) Accept a resignation from Teresa Mayr, Elementary Principal/Director of Special Services, effective 6/30/2016. *3.) Open a 1.0 … Continue reading

Emergency Doc Joins Team at Peace Island Medical Center


— from Lori Polevoi — Jim Perez, MD, has joined the medical staff at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor. A board certified emergency medicine physician, Perez becomes the tenth member of Peace Island’s team of emergency medicine physicians, which staffs the Emergency department around the clock, seven … Continue reading

Kids Sought for Pilot Summer Program for Grades 7-10

— by Madie Murray — Would you like your son or daughter entering grade 7 through 10 to be part of a new summer program that will teach new experience-based learning skills through fun, interactive engagement? The program will primarily focus on math, reading, writing, and science. Learning will be … Continue reading

Meet the Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

Senate Floor Debate

Saturday, July 2 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Inn at Ship Bay — from Rick Hughes — The public is invited to take a break from a busy Orcas July 4th weekend and meet Lt. Governor candidate Steve Hobbs and Rick Hughes at the Inn at Ship Bay July 2 … Continue reading

Orcas Schools Looks for a New Elementary Principal

— by Eric C. Webb, Superintendent, Orcas Island School District — Orcas Elementary School will be under new leadership for the 2016-17 school year. I can assure you that great care will be taken in the selection of the individual that will be working with our students, families, and faculty. … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Plan B Case

— from Office of the Governor — Gov. Jay Inslee today released a statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear Stormans Inc. v. Wiesman, 15-862, which affirms pharmacists must dispense Plan B and other emergency contraceptives. “The health care that a woman in Washington receives should come down … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Replace OPALCO’s “Spendthrift” Board

— from Gabriel Jacobs — In the minutes of the OPALCO Board meeting of May 19, 2016 there is a sentence about an audit, “Darlington recommended that the detailed document remain confidential to management and the board due the risk of exposing vulnerabilities of the organization.” This refers to an … Continue reading