Navy Addresses Electronic Warfare Training in Pacific Northwest

— from Capt. Geoff Moore, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey — For several decades the Navy has sought to enhance its airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) training capabilities in the Pacific Northwest in order to keep ahead of our adversaries in this increasing important field of modern warfare. Recognition of this importance … Continue reading

Local Companies Donate $24,000 to Orca and Salmon Conservation


— from Brian Goodremont — San Juan Safaris and San Juan Island Outfitters, two local whale watch and sea kayak tour companies, are giving back to killer whale and salmon conservation and research. As highlighted by the recent decline in the Southern Resident Killer Whale population, the commitment to conservation … Continue reading

Celebrate Indian Island: 2016 Report to the Community

— by Kelly Rose — About 60 people attended the Kwiaht and Indian Island Marine Health Observatory annual report to the community on Nov 17th at the Orcas Center. The meeting began with a brief update and volunteer appreciation from Marcia deChadenedes, San Juan Islands National Monument Manager with the … Continue reading

Food Co-op, Exchange Launch Film Series First film: “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?”

— by Kelly Rose — Orcas Food Co-op and The Exchange presented the film “Bag It” at the Orcas Island Library on Monday, November 14. This was the first in a free-film series called “Kick the Plastic Habit” focusing on the effects of plastics and chemicals on our personal and … Continue reading

Growler Draft Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Review Growler operations will increase under all alternatives

— from Public Affairs Office, Norfolk, Virginia — The Navy will publish a notice of availability in the Federal Register tomorrow (Nov. 10) announcing the release of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for EA-18G Growler airfield operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Draft EIS will be available … Continue reading

U.S. Navy Signs Record of Decision for the Northwest Training and Testing

— from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer — The U.S. Navy announced today its decision to implement its Preferred Alternative (Alternative 1), as described in the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Final Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS), to conduct military readiness training and testing activities primarily within existing … Continue reading

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Bag It! Try going a day without plastic

Monday Nov. 14 at 5:30 pm at Orcas Island Public Library — from Orcas Food Co-op and the Exchange — Learn about the effects of plastic on our world. Join Orcas Food Co-op and the Exchange to learn about the effects of plastic on our world. “Bag It” movie description … Continue reading