Christian School Hosts Free Mexican Dinner

— from Anna Vedder for Orcas Christian School — The next Community Dinner at Orcas Christian School is on Tuesday, February 9, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This free, all-you-can eat meal will feature Mexican food. On the menu is cheese enchiladas, burritos, Spanish rice, refried beans, Mexican slaw, black … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Orcas Island Public Schools M&O Levy – Cast Your Ballots


— from Eric C. Webb, School Superintendent — It is time once again to cast our votes on the upcoming replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy for Orcas Island Public Schools. Passage of the levy will provide approximately 25% of our overall district budget: 30% Teacher Salaries 90% Music & Athletics 65% Staff Training 75% … Continue reading

Orcas School to Hire Additional Principal, Director for ALE and Special Ed

— by Margie Doyle — At its Jan. 28 regular monthly meeting, the Orcas Island School District Board voted unanimously to hire a Principal for the Alternative Learning Experience (ALE-OASIS); and Director for the Special Education Program. The one position will be fulltime, with hours equally divided between the two … Continue reading

TEDx –Ideas Worth Sharing — Tickets on Sale Now

— from Gretchen Krampf for TEDx Orcas — Tickets for the Orcas Iasland TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are now on sale at Our conference will center on the theme of “Best of Both Worlds – the Potential in Polarity”. What is TEDx? In the spirit of “ideas worth … Continue reading

Board Workshop: Work to Your Full Potential

Boards in Gear: Unlocking Board Practice to Help You Achieve Your Mission Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 1-5 p.m., Eastsound Fire Hall — from Hilary Canty, OICF — This interactive, hands-on workshop will cover board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising, and advocacy. It is based on the Boards in Gear resources developed in partnership with some … Continue reading

Olympia: Legislature Opens with Focus on Education

— from the League of Women Voters, Ann Murphy, President, Jasmine Karpelman, Newsletter Editor — 2016 Legislative Session Overview Jan. 10, 2017 –During this short, 60-day, session, a major focus of the legislature will be on education and the revenue needed to meet the requirements of the McCleary lawsuit to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Support the Orcas Schools’ Maintenance and Operations Levy


— from the Orcas Island School Board — We are constantly humbled by the support we receive from you all year round. The volunteers who give of their time, the donors who contribute so generously, and the taxpayers who literally provide the funding we need to stay in business. All … Continue reading

Marine Mammal Stranding: How to Respond

Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall — from The SeaDoc Society — Dr. Martin Haulena, the Staff Veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre will speak on Marine Mammal Stranding and Rehabilitation at 7pm on January 12, 2016. The lecture is free. The Vancouver Aquarium’s … Continue reading

Montessori School Thanks the Community

— from The Orcas Montessori School Families and Staff– The families and staff of the Orcas Montessori School would like to sincerely thank everyone who generously supported our holiday wreath sale this year. The wreath sale is our second biggest fundraiser, and it benefits the school in a multitude of … Continue reading

Soroptimists Offer Grad School Aid

Application Deadline February 12, 2016 — from Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor — Considering going to Grad School? You may be eligible to apply for the Soroptimist Fellowship Award, a $3,000 scholarship for post-graduate study. Woman resident of San Juan County who is established in business or a profession Bachelor’s … Continue reading

Bob Dash Explores a Phenomenally Small World

— by Margie Doyle — Bob Dash, Orcas teacher, photographer and environmental artist, has been fascinated since childhood by microscopic life, feeling an “affinity for life’s beauty in small structures and a desire to share what I find.” His work portrays the “phenomenally small” elements of life, such as 400 pieces … Continue reading

TedX Comes to Orcas in March


best of both worlds : the potential in polarity — from Gretchen Krampf — Who would you like to see present at our second TEDxOrcasIsland on March 5th? Do you or someone you know have an idea worth spreading? Do you know someone developing new medical devices, a poet, philosopher, … Continue reading

Nightwalkers Come to the Kwiáht Beach Walk

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Saturday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. on the beach in front of Outlook Inn .— by Margie Doyle — The Indian Island Marine Health Observatory begins 2016 activities with an annual nighttime low-tide exploration of Eastsound’s Indian Island on Saturday, January 9. There will be a -1.45 low tide at … Continue reading

Orcasians Jump into 2016 with the Polar Bear Plunge

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” — Rainer Maria Rilke Andrea Cohen writes about the picture above: “wonderful, crazy Orcas folk who welcome the New Year with a bracing plunge into Cascade Lake. So cleansing and invigorating! Temperature at plunge time: 32 … Continue reading

Larsen Hails Environmental And Clean Energy Wins In Spending Bill


— from Ingrid Stegemoeller, Rep. Larsen’s Office — Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today voted in favor of a bipartisan spending bill that makes major investments in the environment and clean energy, as well as other investments in jobs and opportunity for which he has long advocated. The FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act … Continue reading

Play in Alumni Basketball Games

— from Kim Ihlenfeldt– Orcas Island Alumni Basketball and OIHS Varsity basketball players are participating in an annual tournament to support the Orcas Island Booster Club. The games begin Saturday, Dec. 26th at 4:30 in the Orcas Island High School Gym. The participation fee is $10 per alumni. $5 for … Continue reading

Funhouse Seeks Mentors

— from Rebecca DeMeritt — The Funhouse Commons is actively seeking caring people, teens or adults, for traditional one-on-one mentoring. The Funhouse also welcomes “skill” mentors for children or teens, “group” mentors for small class skill-building, and project-based mentors. Tutors for one-on-one tutoring or to help during our after-school homework club are also … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Salmonberry Thanks Artisans Faire

— from the Salmonberry School Board of Directors — The Salmonberry School would like to extend a Warm and Heartfelt “Thank-you” for the very generous donation from this years Artisan Faire vendors.  As we continue our efforts to pay off the “Bridge Loan” needed to complete the purchase of our … Continue reading