Kamin Warns of Increased Demand for Water

— from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — The summer of 2015 is starting markedly different than recent years. Eastsound Water has been experiencing significantly elevated demands for water throughout the month of June. This report has been designed to provide members information on the status of … Continue reading

Intern Studying Rural Medicine at OMC

— from the Orcas Medical Center — The Orcas Medical Center has been pleased to have Mark Tom, second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine, as a month-long summer intern working with Dr. Giefer. Mark, who grew up near Chicago and has never lived in rural … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: World-Class Response from Orcas Fire and Rescue

 — by Paul Sheridan, Director, Four Winds Camp — To the Editor: I want to take a moment out of the craziness of summer to publically thank Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. We had an injured camper here at Four Winds last week, and our team decided that we needed … Continue reading

Adults: Row Your Boat – Learn to Scull

July 6 through July 9 — Reserve Your Spot Now! — by Martin Taylor for Orcas Island Rowing (OIR) — Orcas Island Rowing (OIR) is offering a beginning sculling (rowing) class for adults. Rowing is a great sport. It is a low impact fun outdoor exercise. Once you become involved … Continue reading

Funhouse Organizes Summer Packs for Kids

— from Emilie Gincig for The Funhouse Commons — The Funhouse Commons is happy to announce that the “Packs for Kids” program will be extended through the summertime in partnership with the Funhouse Commons. The school district is partnering with the PTSA, Orcas Island Food Bank, Island Market and Funhouse … Continue reading

State Bans all Open Park Fires

 — from Jackie Daigle for Friends of Moran State Park — Campfires prohibited in all state parks — Open fires and use of charcoal briquettes prohibited until further notice Washington State Parks announced on Friday, June 26 that campfires in all state parks and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation … Continue reading

Share Your Garden Bounty — Gleaners Can Help!

— from Pegi Groundwater — Summer has come early this year and the warmth and dryness that we have experienced means that gardens are brimming with fresh produce. If you participated in the Orcas Master Gardeners’ “Plant a Row” Program, now is the time to start delivering the food from … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Choose Other than Violence

 — by Andy Wickstrand, Olga — I wept when I heard of the Charleston church shooting. Wept for the senseless loss of life. Wept for how we as a nation have become numb to these never-ending tragedies. And wept precisely for the frustration so many of us feel for seemingly … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Who’s Behind the Recycling “Industry”?

— by Pete Moe, Director, Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange Most of us believe that recycling is our civic and environmental duty. And certainly, as the system is designed now, it is. But if you dig deeper into recycling, you very quickly come upon this controversial concept: “Extended Producer Responsibility”. Extended … Continue reading

State Budget Deadlock June 30th Threatens Education Loans, Social Services

— by John Stang for Crosscut.com — Republican and Democratic budget negotiators met for five minutes Tuesday [June 16] morning in Gov. Jay Inslee’s conference room, and then left tight-lipped, declining to talk with reporters. Inslee spokesman David Postman said the governor is optimistic that the deadlocked negations will be … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Senior Center Thanks OICF and Volunteers

— from Jami Mitchell, Senior Center Manager — Thank you Orcas Island Community Foundation and everybody that supported their grant cycle. The Orcas Senior Center is extremely grateful for a grant of $6,160 to support the expansion of our weekly meal program. Beginning in July, the Senior Center will be … Continue reading

Jeremy King Honored for Work at Lavender Hollow and Longhouse

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— from Judy Whiting for OPAL — Jeremy King, who manages both the Orcas Longhouse and Lavender Hollow apartments, was recognized as 2015 manager of the year at the annual Washington Affordable Housing Management Convention, April 28-29 in Tacoma. Commended for his professionalism, pro-activeness and attention to residents and ongoing … Continue reading

Board of Health Asked to Agree ‘Growler’ Noise Causes Irreparable Injury

— from the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, Whidbey Island — Proof of noise-inflicted injuries were presented to the Island County Board of Health, Keith Higman, Brad Thomas, M.D., Executive Secretary and members at their meeting on May 19th in the form of declarations from medical experts, a local practicing physician, … Continue reading

Soil — the Solution for Climate Change?

Workshops on Lopez and San Juan Islands May 30-31 — from the San Juans Conservation District — Grow soil, regenerate the land and be a part of a solution for climate change! You have an incredible opportunity to join Peter Donovan to learn the basics of soil carbon science and … Continue reading