“The History of Saving the Ocean” at SeaDoc Lecture

Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall The SeaDoc Society & YMCA Camp Orkila Present “The History of Saving the Ocean,” a lecture by Gary Davis, former Chief Ocean Scientist of the National Park Service. How much do you know about the history of saving the … Continue reading

Dodie Gann, Preservation Trust Pioneer, 1922-2012

From San Juan Preservation Trust (www.sjpt.org) An island legend has passed. Dodie Post Gann, a lifelong adventurer, accomplished pilot, inductee in the U.S. Ski Team Hall of Fame, land conservation leader and the San Juan Preservation Trust’s earliest benefactor, died peacefully at home on Christmas Eve following a truly remarkable … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: County Needs “Bridge Builders” Between Islands

We islanders sometimes boast that having no bridges makes these real islands. We kind of like that. But there’s one case where bridges are good. It’s the collaborative kind we need between nonprofits and businesses, and between islanders of divergent interests. Working as Director of OPAL Community Land Trust, or … Continue reading

Rick Hughes Signs In as Orcas West County Council Member

At 1:10 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012, Rick Hughes officially took the Oath of Office of County Council Member District 4.  District Court Judge Stewart Andrew, gave the oath to a gathering of friends and family as well as County Council Members, Richard Fralick and Patty Miller at Waterfront … Continue reading

Help Sage MacLeod at Islanders Bank

Sage MacLeod (aka Sally Conley) has been helping island families in our community for many years, now she needs help. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in late August, Sage has undergone surgery and is now receiving daily radiation treatments. The cost of medical expenses, off-island travel, lodging and food … Continue reading

Flu Season is Here – Two Cases are Confirmed, More Suspected

By Stan Matthews County Website and Communications Manager Clinical tests have confirmed two cases of influenza in San Juan County County. One case, on San Juan Island, required hospitalization after the disease progressed to pneumonia. Neither victim had received a flu vaccination. The San Juan County Health Department, which tracks … Continue reading

Here’s What’s Happening—Right Up to 2013

Friday, December 28th Cythia Nims unveils her newest cookbook, Salty Snacks at 5:30 p.m. at Darvill’s Bookstore. Shannon Stephens & The Lotus Vellum, Doe Bay Cafe Karaoke, Lower Tavern, 9 p.m. Come and sing your heart out. Saturday, December 29 Singer-songwriter Larry Paluzzi at Agave Restaurant. Larry Paluzzi’s unique finger-picking … Continue reading

From Pensive to Pen: A Writer’s Journey

How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those that are wise and of goodwill. —Albert Einstein By Lin McNulty At age 73, Orcas Islander Milly Vetterlein thought she should consider herself to be—chronologically, at least—a “wise woman.” That thought precipitated some serious delving into journals, manuscripts and poems … Continue reading

Guest Column: Fire Department Changes on the Horizon

By Fire Chief/CEO Kevin O’Brien Orcas Island Fire and Rescue is currently undergoing significant organizational change. The following article is written to explain our changes. OIFR is a contemporary and complex public business. Compliance with the many laws, standards, and mandates governing emergency services is a significant challenge. Managing the … Continue reading

Comunity Church Announces Monthly Contemplative Service

With Celtic Musician Jeff Johnson Following on the heels of its very successful annual Celtic Christmas Concerts, Orcas Island Community Church has announced a new monthly contemplative service featuring Windham Hill recording artist Jeff Johnson. The first event will be on Sunday January 6th at 5:30 PM. With an emphasis … Continue reading

Orcas Park and Recreation District: Getting to Fun

By Margie Doyle Parks and Recreation – sounds like fun and should be easy as doing what comes naturally, right? “Yes” to fun and “not so fast” to natural. Orcas Island Park and Recreation District (OIPRD) Director Marcia West said recently that now that the district has dealt with “a … Continue reading