Week Before / After Christmas: Not a Growler Will be Stirring

Graphic NOT copyright U.S. Navy. A purely Orcas Issues greeting.

December 21, 2014 through January 1, 2015 – from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer — Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are not scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Dec. 21, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015. Schedule … Continue reading

Raffle for Minke Whale Art at The Whale Museum

— from Jenny Atkinson, Director, the Whale Museum — The Whale Museum is holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind Minke Whale chainsaw carving. The carving created by artist Todd Lynd is approximately 50” long and weighs 13 pounds. It is deep treated, stained, colored and then marine sealed to display … Continue reading

USDA Confirms H5 Avian Flu in Whatcom Co.; No Human Spread Expected

– by Lin McNulty, from U.S. Department of Agriculture – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds [specifically H5N2 found in Northern Pintail Ducks & H5N8 found in Captive Gyrfalcons] … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Monday Night Meeting for Orca Relief

Monday, December 15, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library — from Bruce J. Stedman, Executive Director, Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance ~ Hosted by Bruce & Christina Orchid ~ We all know how serious the situation is for these whales which are iconic throughout the Puget Sound. … Continue reading

Ebey’s Reserve Citizens File Suit Against Realtors for Growler Noise

– from Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve – This is to inform you that a class action law suit has been filed against realtors to recover lost property value for home owners under EA-18 Growler flight paths surrounding the Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island. A class action law suit has been filed … Continue reading

KWIAHT Announces 2015 Community Science Training

 — from Russel Barsh — The nonprofit conservation laboratory Kwiaht has announced a special training program for islanders interested in providing science outreach to visitors and schools at ten long-term monitoring stations in the San Juan Islands, including parts of the recently established National Monument. Volunteer opportunities for trainees will … Continue reading

EWUA Meeting Collects Rain-Soaked Crowd

– by Lin McNulty – Water, water everywhere falling outside, yet a concerned capacity crowd filled the Eastsound Fire Station to listen and discuss the current Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) plan to enforce membership of guest houses in the Eastsound service area. Board Member John MacLeod opened the meeting … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Navy Jets Will Bring More Noise, Electromagnetic Radiation

– from John Titus – The Naval Air Base at Whidbey Island is proposing to add another 36 Growler jets to the existing 82 jets currently based there. This is part of a sweeping new plan by the Navy to increase the electronic warfare training taking place in northwest Washington. … Continue reading

Community Q&A for the Exchange’s Future in Recycling

The old. organically-grown, non-regulated Exchange.

Sunday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall (Pictured: the “old” Exchange) Orcas Recycling Services (ORS)  non-profit will hold a meeting to address the many questions regarding plans for rebuilding the Exchange. ORS Director Pete Moe says, “We’ve had a pretty significant response on our … Continue reading