Adults: Row Your Boat – Learn to Scull

July 6 through July 9 — Reserve Your Spot Now! — by Martin Taylor for Orcas Island Rowing (OIR) — Orcas Island Rowing (OIR) is offering a beginning sculling (rowing) class for adults. Rowing is a great sport. It is a low impact fun outdoor exercise. Once you become involved … Continue reading

Governor Inslee, Legislative Leaders Announce Operating Budget Agreement

— from the Office of the Governor — Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan legislative leaders said today [June 27] that the proposed 2015–17 state operating budget they agreed to early Saturday is sustainable, responsible and makes important investments for Washingtonians in education and other important services. An intensive six-hour session … Continue reading

Funhouse Organizes Summer Packs for Kids

— from Emilie Gincig for The Funhouse Commons — The Funhouse Commons is happy to announce that the “Packs for Kids” program will be extended through the summertime in partnership with the Funhouse Commons. The school district is partnering with the PTSA, Orcas Island Food Bank, Island Market and Funhouse … Continue reading

Breaking News: State Reaches Budget Agreement

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — The following statement from the Governor and legislative leaders from the House and Senate   announces the agreement reached this morning, June 27. The agreement meets the June 30 deadline for an operating budget. “Early this morning we reached an agreement in principle on … Continue reading

State Bans all Open Park Fires

 — from Jackie Daigle for Friends of Moran State Park — Campfires prohibited in all state parks — Open fires and use of charcoal briquettes prohibited until further notice Washington State Parks announced on Friday, June 26 that campfires in all state parks and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation … Continue reading

Bats by Moonlight

Thursday, July 2, from 8:30 to 10:30 pm at Judd Cove Preserve, Orcas Island — from the San Juan County Land Bank — Learn about island bat’s distinguishing features and natural history, as well as questions being asked by researchers who study these remarkable creatures. This evening field trip with … Continue reading

School Bond Job in Final Stretch

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— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas School Bond project, managed by Liz LeRoy and contracted by Tiger Construction, has made quick work of the $11.9 M campus remodel. Now, barely one year after starting the “shovel work,” a tour of the nearly-completed Phase II (or Library-Cafeteria-Culinary Arts-Technology building, also … Continue reading

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish to Guide Visitors to Church

— from the Rev. Berto Gándara-Perea — Emmanuel Episcopal Church, on Main Street Eastsound, will open its doors for visitors every Saturday during the summer from 10am until 2pm. During that time a group of volunteer docents will be available to guide the visitors in appreciating this beautiful church and … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Who’s Behind the Recycling “Industry”?

— by Pete Moe, Director, Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange Most of us believe that recycling is our civic and environmental duty. And certainly, as the system is designed now, it is. But if you dig deeper into recycling, you very quickly come upon this controversial concept: “Extended Producer Responsibility”. Extended … Continue reading

Short Films Promote Shoreline Protection

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— from The San Juan Preservation Trust– The San Juan Preservation Trust announces the release of two short films it has produced with marine conservationist and internationally syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey (Sherman’s Lagoon). The films were conceived and created to convey complex information about the uniqueness of island land conservation … Continue reading

Coach Chama Begins Rehab, Needs Help

 — from Justin Paulsen —   Like a true Viking Champion, Coach Chama has made it through several surgeries and is now beginning the rehab portion of her match ( See orcasissues.com/chama-anderson-recovering-from-serious-accident ).  Like any game where you are playing from behind it takes a team effort to persevere and … Continue reading

Chamber Music Festival Honors Students

— from the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival was proud to award four High School seniors with The Marilyn Anderson Young Musician’s Award, supported by the Thyra and Bud Anderson Advised Fund. OICMF Board of Director Emeritus Marilyn Anderson, and OICMF Executive Director … Continue reading

Orcas Organizations Award $95K in Scholarships

Orcas High School Principal Kyle Freeman announced that island organizations had contributed over $95,0000 to school graduates at the annual Celebration of Success on Friday, June 12.  Those scholarships and the organizations awarding them are: American Legion American Legion Citizenship Award Melanie Flint $250 American Legion Inspirational Award William Coe … Continue reading

Support Schools through Education Foundation’s Annual Event

 — from Janet Brownell — For over thirty years, the Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF) has been working to bring “excellence in education” to our public schools. This can only happen with the generous support of donors. In this school year, our donors have made an impact in classrooms K-12.  … Continue reading