Leave No Trace Comes to San Juan Islands Sept 23-28

— from Barbara Marrett for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Special Education Events September 25-29 in the San Juan Islands with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come Leave No Trace Selected Washington’s San Juan Islands as One of … Continue reading

State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the Supreme Court’s McCleary Order

— from the Office of Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction — [On] September 11, the Supreme Court released its most recent order pertaining to McCleary v. Washington, the 2012 decision which held that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn … Continue reading

State Supreme Court Holds Legislature in Contempt

— from Governor Jay Inslee’s Communications Office — Statement from Gov. Inslee on today’s Supreme Court order regarding McCleary “Today, the state of Washington has been held in contempt for failing to provide the Supreme Court with the education funding plan it has ordered. This unprecedented action by the Supreme … Continue reading

Another Amazing “Fifth Season” for School Lunches

 — by Madie Murray — The term “Fifth Season” is used as a way to say we are figuratively adding another season to the four seasons by preserving the harvest when it is most bountiful and consuming it in a season when we would not otherwise be able to. For … Continue reading

Supreme Court Considers Radical Measures to Ensure Education

By John Stang for Crosscut.com There are the “going nuclear” options. And there’s the “trust us” scenario. Washington’s Supreme Court quizzed attorneys Wednesday about the best ways for the court to make sure state legislators will comply with its 2012 ruling that the state meet its constitutional duty to provide … Continue reading

New Funding Gives Increased Preschool Accessibility and Quality

“It’s our torch to carry now.” — By Margie Doyle – “We can’t wait around,” Joe Cohen says, “We can do something now for our community and we will.” Cohen is speaking of the Early Childhood Education Initiative that is now underway, beginning a three-year “demonstration project” that will make … Continue reading

School District Readying for First Day, Sept. 3

 — by Margie Doyle – Behind the chain link fences at the Orcas Island School District campus, the work of Tiger Construction and subcontractors has been simmering all summer long. Every day achieves some new benchmark towards completion of the “2012 Bond Project” to update the public education buildings. Behind … Continue reading

Just In: Climate Change Impacts on the Pacific NW

Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Eastsound — from Marta C. Branch, San Juan County Dept of Community Development and Planning Marine Program Coordinator — Learn how climate change impacts the Pacific Northwest in a presentation by Dr. Philip Mote, Oregon State Climatologist and … Continue reading

‘X’ to Mark the Spot: Nominations Open


– from Adam Farish – Do you have an “idea worth spreading” or know of someone that does? Is your neighbor working on something that could change the world? Know a grade school kid who does something interesting with recycled golf clubs?…. Yes?… Here’s where you can tell us about … Continue reading

Pre-schoolers Get an Educational Boost!

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— from Jim Connell and Joe Cohen — Orcas Island’s four pre-schools, Montessori, Children’s House, Kaleidoscope and Salmonberry have combined school fundraising, parent tuition and community-based “investment” dollars to provide all Orcas 3-5 year-olds access to quality early childhood education. Research shows that children who attend pre-school at least 12 … Continue reading

Guest Column: Streetscape Plans for Fern Street Extension

 — from Fred Klein – Pictured  is the sketch prepared under the auspices of Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) concerning the future use of the increasingly famous 50 foot wide lot originally acquired by Public Works to extend Fern Street to N. Beach Road. Prepared as part of the Prune … Continue reading