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

The Fair is Coming! So Much To Do!

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Wednesday, August 13 — Saturday, August 16, 2014, San Juan County Fairgrounds – from Reve Shannon – Farm-tastic Fun is the name of the game at the San Juan County Fair, Wednesday, August 13 through Saturday, August 16, 2014. This community celebration located within walking distance of Friday Harbor on … Continue reading

A Drop of Ink May Make a Million Think


Read a Free Book and Work for the Future  – by Margie Doyle – Joe Symons and Anita Orne have again collaborated to make their fortune and ensure their future. How? By bringing possible solutions for climate change to the stakeholders whom they most believe in: school students, specifically, middle … Continue reading

Chief O’Brien Learns Leadership on the Line

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 – by Margie Doyle – If anyone thought Kevin O’Brien was done learning now that he is Chief and Executive of the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District, they’d have thought wrong. This spring, O’Brien started a four-year course on Executive Fire Officer Leadership through the Federally-supported National Fire Academy. … Continue reading

Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps Begins New Season

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— by Skylar Dalusio, Jackie Figueroa & Kayleigh Horton, with Mary Gropp — A group of Orcas Island Middle and High School students have decided to dedicate part of their summer to helping their community by joining the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps. The OIYCC began our second season last … Continue reading