Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Kiwanians and Volunteers for New Playground

funhouse playgroundkids feature

— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Executive Director — To Members of the Orcas Kiwanis Club, This past summer you gave a very generous contribution in support of a new playground for the Funhouse. Over the weekend 37 volunteers installed the structure and the base chips. Yesterday [Nov. 18] was … Continue reading

Orcas Musicians Perform at SJMEA Senior Honor Festival


— from Kristen Wilson — Western Washington University’s 650-seat Performing Arts Center was packed for a performance by students from this year’s San Juan Music Educators Association Senior Honor Festival on November 11. Thirteen musicians from Orcas High School’s Strings and Band Classes attended this year’s Festival. WWU hosted some … Continue reading

School Board Meet to Introduce New Student-Families Program

Monday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. in the School Library — from the Orcas Island School District — The Board of Directors of the Orcas Island School District will hold a special monthly board meeting on Monday, Nov. 23 to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. The meeting time is moved up … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Orcas Boosters Support Sare & Griffin

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— by Justin Paulson for the Orcas Booster Club — Sometimes our athletes shine well after their time in our program. In fact, isn’t that is kind of the point of it all? We have a lot of pretty fantastic success stories, but I think this one may be one … Continue reading

Women’s Scholarship Opportunity from Soroptimists

Soroptimist Club offers educational scholarship to all women of San Juan Islands. Apply now!

– Open to women on all county islands — from Friday Harbor Soroptimists — Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor (SIFRI) is offering a $2,000.00 “Educational Opportunity Award.” This award helps women to overcome financial difficulties and better their lives through education and training. The recipient may use the cash award … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Come to the Kwiaht Party

— from Russel Barsh — Kwiaht and the Indian Island volunteer team warmly invite you to share some food, music, and current knowledge with us at Orcas Center on Thursday November 19 beginning at 5:30 pm! Admission is free for everyone, as always. This year — our seventh — we … Continue reading

Cultivating Spirituality in Children: Dr. Rosie Pens Another Book

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 — from The Paradigm Shifts — Dr. Rosie Kuhn, a long time Orcas Island resident, international presenter, and life and business coach, reveals to the world the 101 ways to make every child’s spirit soar, in her latest book, Cultivating Spirituality in Children. It was just released on Amazon and … Continue reading

Education Foundation Awards Salmon Grant

counting gulps salmon studies

— from Fiona Norris Science Director of the San Juan Nature Institute — They’re here! The tank was ready; the water a nice cool 46⁰, the new aeration system bubbling away and fresh gravel spread on the bottom. The third graders at the Elementary School were excited to start Salmon … Continue reading

Winter Preparedness Potluck at San Juan Grange

Wednesday, Nov. 18 potluck at 6, program at 7 p.m. at San Juan Island Grange Hall — from Boyd Pratt– San Juan Island Grange #966 continues its fall evening program series with Winter Preparedness on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7pm preceded by … Continue reading

Guest Column: Being Mortal on Orcas Island

–– by Thomas Baldwin of the Crossroads Board — We all have one thing in common. We are of different political and religious persuasions, different cultures, ethnicities, and ages, but we will all die. Talking about this inevitability is often uncomfortable so it was something of a surprise that a … Continue reading

Climate Reality, Solutions and Actions – We’re ALL in this Together!

Tuesday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall — from the SeaDoc Society — Veterinarian and retired Regional Director of the United States Geological Service Dr. Leslie Dierauf will speak on practical solutions to the problem of climate change. at this month’s Marine Science Lecture. Leslie will help … Continue reading

Orcas Voices: Meg Massey Helps Students Take the Next Step

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Orcas Issues is proud to introduce a new, occasional column by Sally Buchanan, called “Orcas Voices.” In these columns, Sally will write about the people who speak for ‘the Orcas spirit.’ Her first column features Meg Massey. — by Sally Buchanan– Recently a new resident of Orcas confided that even … Continue reading

Orcas High School Teacher Under Investigation, on Leave

— from Superintendent Eric Webb for the Orcas Island School District — The San Juan County Sheriff’s department and an outside investigator retained by the Orcas Island School District have been conducting a comprehensive investigation of serious allegations regarding a high school teacher. The district took immediate action as soon … Continue reading

Staying on the Island We Love

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Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Island Senior Center –from Orcas Island Senior Center — How do I apply for Medicare or Medicaid? How do I find and hire Caregivers on the island? These and many other questions about aging on Orcas will be … Continue reading