To Be or Not to Bee Safe

Sunday August 3, at  2:30 p.m. upstairs at the Orcas Food Co-op – by Chom Graecen – Gardeners beware. Some “bee friendly” plants that you buy may end up harming, instead of, helping bees. The health of honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinators have been under serious threat and … Continue reading

Train Traffic and Oil Spill Protestors Attend Army Hearing

– by John Stang for – The fate of a Cherry Point oil-loading dock. Distrust of BP. A minor oil-car derailment in Seattle. All of these surfaced Thursday at a hearing in Seattle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held the public hearing to discuss a draft environmental impact … Continue reading

New Gateway Pacific Terminal Plans to Increase Coal and Oil Traffic

– by Floyd McKay for – Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands. Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A Bountiful Garden in the Heart of Eastsound

– by Antoinette Botsford – The Eastsound Planning Review committee (EPRC), County Public Works and the County Council from time to time discuss what is to be done with the lot, 50×100, that is bordered by Prune Alley on one end and North Beach Road on the other — the … Continue reading

Climate Action Group Hosts Talk on Sustainable Farming

Chad Kruger to speak on climate change and agriculture

WSU Director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Nature Resources to Discuss Climate Change Impacts on Food: Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at  Friday Harbor Brickworks (Note: a 10 p.m. ferry scheduled to leave Friday Harbor will sail to all ferry-served islands and Anacortes.) Learn how climate change … Continue reading

Farm Freshness for Families

– from Hilary Canty – Many young families will be getting an extra boost this summer, thanks to the Orcas Farmers Market, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Washington State Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, and Orcas Family Connections. This collaboration of resources and efforts will provide eligible WIC families … Continue reading

Public Awareness Campaign as Marijuana Retail Stores Open

— Keeping marijuana away from teens top focus for state leaders. Gov. Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson, other state agencies announce safety and public awareness measures in preparation for opening retail marijuana stores – On June 24, Gov. Jay Inslee was joined by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Liquor Control Board Chair … Continue reading

Quit Dumping on Us, Inslee Tells Canadian Neighbors

— by the News Tribune Editorial Staff ( – Once again, a Washington governor has to remind our fair neighbor to the north that it needs to clean up its act and stop dumping 34 million gallons of raw sewage daily into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the waters … Continue reading

The School Garden – Almost Three Years Later

Countless pounds of dirt were moved by the kids to garden areas

How It’s Grown – Thanks to SO MANY! – from Madie Murray – It has been about three years and a lot of events – from the first turn of the soil by hand to create the expanded school garden to the first trickle of water onto the seedlings from … Continue reading