Do the Polar Bear Plunge 2015 : Disco Dive

 — by Martin Taylor – Be Orcas and be alive on New Year’s Day 2015!  Revel in a wonderful Orcas Tradition: Orcas Island Rowing’s “Polar Bear Plunge.” Residents and visitors alike charge headlong into Cascade Lake en masse. Within a few seconds they re-emerge happy that they accomplished the feat, … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Orcas Christian School Hosts Christmas Breakfast Gathering

Community Breakfast Flyer

The Orcas Christian School invites all to a Free Community Breakfast this Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. On the menu will be Egg Strata, Pancakes,Yogurt, Fresh Fruit, and Hot Drinks, served in the Orcas Christian School Cafeteria, off Enchanted Forest Road between Lovers Lane and North … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A New Exchange — What If?

– from Tim Blanchard, ORS Board President and Pete Moe, Executive Director – Ever since we lost The Exchange to fire, everyone’s wondering, “When will it re-open?” It’s an important question. Every day our community is losing economic and social value as useful goods are shipped off island, sit in … Continue reading

Concerned about EWUA Policies and Rates? Attend Special Meeting

— by Paul Kamin, EWUA General Manager – The EWUA Board has scheduled a membership meeting for Monday Dec 8th at 6:30 -8:30 pm at the Eastsound Fire Hall. The meeting will include two topics that have drawn attention recently: EWUA’s Guest House policies; alternative rates structures. This Fall, EWUA … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Evacuates Orcas Island Resident

– from Mike Welding, Mike, NAS Whidbey – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island medically evacuated (MEDEVAC) a diabetic heart attack victim from Orcas Island to Bellingham International Airport for further follow on transportation to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham Tuesday afternoon, November … Continue reading

Water Users and Board Agree to Better Communication

–by Margie Doyle — Board calls for Membership Meeting on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall– At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Eastsound Water Users Board, a group calling themselves the Concerned EWUA Members met with the EWUA Manager Paul Kamin, Board President … Continue reading

Pot Growing Moratorium Meeting Adds Speakers

Tuesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor — from Boyd Pratt — San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at … Continue reading

What’s Farm to Classroom Been Up To?

— from Madie Murray — Farm to Classroom is experienced by all of our public school students from Kindergarten through grade 8. For those of you curious about what students do in these classes, here’s a brief summary of just a few of the exciting food-farm-garden projects they have experienced … Continue reading

Water User Members Prepare Response

– Representatives prepare formal petition to the board at Nov. 18 meeting — by Margie Doyle – On Wednesday, Nov. 12, a group of concerned members of the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA), a 501(c)12 non-profit, met to discuss responses to the EWUA board’s decision to impose the purchase of … Continue reading