Fire Commissioners Institute Cost Recovery Measure

The Measure Allows Collection of Charges for Emergency Medical Services — by Lin McNulty — In their regular meeting in July, the Orcas Fire Commissioners approved a resolution to institute a Cost Recovery Program, effective August 1, 2015. The measure authorizes the Fire Department to collect charges for emergency medical services. Residents and … Continue reading

Farmers Market: A Summer Tradition for Locals and Visitors

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— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Island Farmers Market may be the greatest single tourist attraction on the island, but it is also a summer Saturday tradition for many islanders. Which is only fitting, because only Orcas Islanders can sell their products –whether farm produce, dairy or crafted items … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Meetings to Address Proposed Farming Regs


Wednesday, August 26, from 4-5:30 at the Eastsound Firehall — by Sandy Strehlou — Dear Friends of Local Agriculture: I am writing to encourage you to attend one of the following meetings on the proposed greenhouse regs. The San Juan Island meeting is [Tuesday] afternoon at Brickworks. There will be … Continue reading

Exchange Progress Public Forum on Tuesday

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Tuesday, August 25,  5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from the Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange newsletter (reprinted from Aug. 18)– Save the date! The team at ORS/The Exchange wants to update you, in person, on what we’ve been up to! Please join staff and the board of directors on … Continue reading

School Garden Prep and Pizza Party

Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas School Garden –by Colleen Steward, School Garden Keeper– The original school garden area has been “resting” for a couple of years to replenish the soil and revitalize its spirit. It produced joyously every year since 1995 and deserved the time off. … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Court Allows Harmful “Growler” Jet Operations

Court’s Decision Ignores Serious Health Impacts — from Cate Andrews, Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve — Citizens claiming to be harmed by the Navy’s low-level flight operations expressed disappointment, but not surprise at U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Zilly’s denial of their Motion for an Injunction. The Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve … Continue reading

Help Make Our Pizzas Happen

Farm to Cafeteria Pizza Thursdays at Doe Bay — by Madie Murray — Those who have come to a pizza party in the public school garden or had lunch in our school cafeteria know that the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program helps fund plants, materials and tools for the … Continue reading

Put Your Child’s Health at Top of Back-to-school List

Wednesday, August 19, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center — from Lori Polevoi — To ensure students get a healthy start to their school year, PeaceHealth and the San Juan County Health Department are hosting a free back-to- school health-screening event on Wednesday, Aug. 19 at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, … 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

County Health & Community Services Supports World Breastfeeding Week

— from San Juan County Communications — August 1-7, 2015 marks the annual celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, a global call to action for support and empowerment for ALL women in achieving their breastfeeding goals. This celebration highlights the positive impact breastfeeding has on long-term health. This year’s theme or … Continue reading