Democracy Futures: Reasons for Hope

— An ongoing column by Lori Benjamin — On the inter-island this week, I ran into Justin, of Skyline Tree Service. Soil water content, he says, is the lowest he’s ever seen. “If you’re planting trees, you might want to avoid cedars. Serious drought, followed by an ice age in … Continue reading

Editorial: Make Your Support of ORS/The Exchange Known

Persuade Council to Add Funding for Site Road —Update, Monday, Aug. 3: The County Council meets on this matter on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 9:15 a.m. at 350 Court St #1, in Friday Harbor, directly west of the County courthouse. Thanks to Ellen Edwardson — by Margie Doyle — This … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Presents: “Democracy Futures” with Lori Benjamin

Climate Resilience for All of Us When I think about climate change, earthquakes, and the end of civilization as we know it, I find myself pining over the small but significant comforts I’ll miss: Floss. Contact solution. A fresh toothbrush. Yes, it’s true — I’m as tied into the consumer … Continue reading

Connecting on Climate Educator Workshop

August 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An Educators Workshop, “Connecting on Climate” will be held next week on San Juan Island. The two-day workshop is sponsored by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and San Juan Island National Historic Park. The National Park Service Climate … Continue reading

Calendula Workshop A “Salvy” Success

The first workshop held in our Public School Garden was on July 23. Those who came made calendula salve from the garden’s own flowers, dried and steeped in oil for more than 3 weeks, and beeswax. They experimented with adding dock, fresh petals, lavender and blackberry. If you have a … Continue reading

Building Climate Resilience in SJ County


Monday, July 20th, 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange — from the San Juan Conservation District — You are Invited to join a facilitated discussion on building a climate resilient San Juan Islands community. The world is facing unprecedented change due to the impacts of climate … Continue reading