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

Naturalist’s Notebook: The Second Shift

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— by Russel Barsh – Wildflower meadows in the islands, including the recovering meadow at Indian Island, pass through successive waves of flowering and insect pollinators each summer. The first wave, usually lasting for several weeks between mid-April and early June, is dominated by purplish blue Camas (Camassia leichtlinii on … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Sea Star “Near Extinction” Claim Disputed

— from Russel Barsh — The massive Heterosigma bloom around Orcas was still going strong twelve days since it was first observed on June 7. When local volunteers seined in the eelgrass meadow around Indian Island on June 16 they saw only a handful of distressed fish, however. Overall, fish … Continue reading

Local Author Tells Stories from History in New Textbook


Book signing at Darvill’s Wednesday, June 25 at 6 p.m. – by Margie Doyle – Local author David Turnoy is convinced that stories will teach the lessons of history better than dry, factually overburdened textbooks. And so this retired teacher wrote American Tales: Stories of America’s Past for the Young … Continue reading

The School Garden – Almost Three Years Later

Countless pounds of dirt were moved by the kids to garden areas

How It’s Grown – Thanks to SO MANY! – from Madie Murray – It has been about three years and a lot of events – from the first turn of the soil by hand to create the expanded school garden to the first trickle of water onto the seedlings from … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to Community For Support of Students

— from the Families of the Orcas Island High School Class of 2014 – The families of the Orcas Island High School senior class send our heartfelt thanks to the community members and businesses that have supported our students throughout their growing up years. We would like to recognize businesses … Continue reading

Community Celebrates Class of 2014′s Success

 – by Margie Doyle – “Go wherever you want; do whatever you want to do,” Superintendent Barbara Kline told the 24 members of the Orcas High School graduating class at Friday’s Celebration of Success. In addition to announcing scholarship recipients, High School Principal Kyle Freeman also recognized: Class Co-Valedictorians Brigid … Continue reading