Picnic for Salmon in the Classroom

family joins in the excitment of the release feature

— from Fiona Norris for San Juan Nature Institute — On Sunday, September 20 San Juan Nature Institute will hold a fund-raising picnic for their Salmon in the Classroom program at Orcas Elementary School. Jim and Kathy Youngren have graciously allowed us to use their beautiful grounds for a barbecue … Continue reading

Guest Column: Island Cup on Orcas Includes Lobos!

Kickoff Saturday, Sept. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at Dahl Field –Live Streaming available Special Announcement from the Orcas Island Booster Club In the world of San Juan County High School Athletics there are few games that mean more than the Island Cup. Historically, the rivalry between the Vikings and the … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: What the School Renovation Means to Farm to Cafeteria

School Cafeteria Staff Extraordinaire

— by Madie Murray, F2C Coordinator– I guess it would be more appropriate to say what it means to me! The amazing transformation of the entire public school campus is, by itself, awe-inspiring. But for me, what has occurred in the school cafeteria, old home ec and old science rooms … Continue reading

Sign Up to Volunteer for Fall Park & Rec Programs

Pre-register now — from Kim Ihlenfeldt for Orcas Park and Rec — Orcas Park and Rec is looking for sports coordinators, volunteers and coaches for soccer, flag football, running club, wrestling, basketball, and more for the upcoming fall season. If you enjoy making a positive impact in the lives of … Continue reading

Doe Bay Thursdays to Benefit the Funhouse

— from the Funhouse Commons — Help us grow strong & healthy kids by “chowing for children” at Doe Bay Café every Thursday night during September in support of a new playground at the Funhouse Commons! Thanks to the generosity of donors at our annual Gala fundraiser this year and … Continue reading

We Did It! and Orcas School District Begins a New Era

Some of the community that came out to celebrate the 2012 School Bond Project.

— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Community came out en masse to the ribbon cutting ceremonies of the 2012 Bond Reconstruction Project on Aug. 29, a rainy, blustery afternoon. But the power came back on as dignitaries such as State Senator Kevin Ranker, former and current School Board Members, … Continue reading

District Reaches Contracts with Both School Unions

New Faces at School include Teachers — by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island School District Superintendent Eric Webb announced at the monthly school board meeting on Thursday, Aug. 27, “I’m very happy to report we have a tentative agreement with Orcas Island Education and Public School Employees Unions,” after spending … Continue reading

Flooding Flaws Fixed at Elementary School

 — by Margie Doyle — While the star of the School District show at this Saturday’s event may be the completion of the $11.9M Bond project, there’s a pretty impressive sideshow taking place at the north addition to the Nellie Milton (brick) elementary building. Catastrophic flooding over a period of … Continue reading

Islanders’ Opposition to Trans-Mountain Pipeline Voiced

— from Shaun Hubbard for SJ Islanders for Safe Shipping — 16 months after applying and being accepted to comment, and after many delays and extensions on Canada’s part, San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping just submitted our letter to Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) asking them to reject the … Continue reading

From Watersheds To Whitecaps: Myriad Lives Intertwingled

Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Friday Harbor — from the Whale Museum — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome John Williams as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series on Thursday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. John will discuss how creatures in the Salish Sea are inexorably … Continue reading

School’s Ready for a New Year

School Bond 2015 feature

Bond Project completed on-time and on-budget –by Margie Doyle — It’s only 10 more days until the Orcas Island School District formally “unveils” it’s $11.9M Bond renovation project, and it’s full steam ahead, with big changes every day. Once planting starts, the school campus on School Road and Madrona Streets … Continue reading

School Garden Prep and Pizza Party

Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas School Garden –by Colleen Steward, School Garden Keeper– The original school garden area has been “resting” for a couple of years to replenish the soil and revitalize its spirit. It produced joyously every year since 1995 and deserved the time off. … Continue reading

Oops, Pizzas Turned Into Tacos

–by Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria — We promoted Thursday night Pizza Night at Doe Bay Café during the month of August benefiting Farm to Cafeteria.  Well, Doe Bay’s traditional Pizza Open Mic Thursdays has turned to Tacos, Tostadas & Nachos Open Mic Thursdays, and the new menu is awesome! Tacos, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Court Needs to Keep Pressure on Legislature


— from Tony P Ghazel, OISD Board Vice Chair; WSSDA Legislative Committee Chair — The Washington Supreme Court continues to be dissatisfied with the legislature’s continual failure to comply with the court’s order to have a complete plan to fully fund education by 2018. The court, a few days ago, imposed a $100,000 fine for … Continue reading