Fall Festival and Hay Rides: Orkila Traditions

Pumpkin Carving -- an Orkila Fall Fest tradition!

— from Haley Winchell for YMCA Camp Orkila — Camp Orkila’s Fall Festival and Haunted Hay Ride are on Saturday, October 17th, 2015. Our Fall Festival will be from 1:00-5:30pm. We’ll have hot dogs, soup, chili and cider to warm you up. You’ll be able to participate in pumpkin carving, … Continue reading

Guest Column: The Cancer of Global Warming (cont’d.)

(This is part two of a 2 part commentary. See yesterday’s Orcas Issues for part one) — by Joe Symons of NegawattMedia.com — There is only one question that needs to be asked, regardless of your age or occupation. Whether you are a school teacher or administrator, an employee, a … Continue reading

Welcome New Pied Pipers!


–by Joyce Stone for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Pied Piper program brings local musicians to our island preschools each week during the school year, and special sessions during the Summer. “We couldn’t imagine a week without the Pied Piper music program in … Continue reading

Fire Commissioners Call Special Meeting

Monday, October 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall There will be a Special Meeting of the Orcas Fire District Commissioners on Monday, Oct. 5. Meeting called by the Board of Fire Commissioners Chair, Barbara Bedell. Attendees: Fire Commissioners, Clyde Duke, and Jim Coffin, Acting Chief Miklos Preysz, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Really Support Local Agriculture

— from Sandy Strehlou of the Committee for Diversified Agriculture — Last week the County Council announced that they will not be putting the proposed greenhouse regulations on the Council agenda. While it doesn’t mean the Council has dropped the issue for good, this is still good news. I choose … Continue reading

The Fresh, New Face of Farm to Cafeteria

Ashley Randall, new F2C Coordinator

–by Madie Murray — You may have noticed some recent Farm to Cafeteria articles being written by Ashley Randall, Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator. You’ll be seeing many more. Yes, she’s finally on board after spending the summer interning at Black Dog Farm and is now beginning to take on the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Observe Pink Out Day for Planned Parenthood

— from Gay Wilmerding — National Pink Out Day on September 29th coincides with Planned Parenthood’s twenty years of service in Friday Harbor. September 5th, arson destroyed Pullman’s Planned Parenthood’s Health Center raising the question: if an individual disagrees with 3-4% of a program, would our town institutions be rubble? … Continue reading

Learn a New Technology for Healing and High-level Wellness

— from Shawn Shelton — The Art of Training Presents Euphoria Technology with Norbert Heuser, CEO – IPC Global Corp. Learn a NEW Technology for Healing and High-Level Wellness ! • Information about a technology that restores your physical balance and strengthens your core energy field in one second. • … Continue reading

The Council Comes to Town and the People Are Heard

— by Margie Doyle — On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the San Juan County Council met on Orcas. The meeting was focused on issues that impact Orcas Island residents primarily, and heard from many Orcas Islanders on their work for the island and the county. Early in the meeting, Mark Tompkins, … Continue reading

Inslee and Bipartisan Governors Sign Clean Energy and Economic Development Accords

 — from the office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee — [On Sept. 22] Gov. Jay Inslee, along with four other U.S. governors, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and six Chinese governors and leaders to discuss opportunities for collaboration on clean energy technology and economic development. American and Chinese … Continue reading

State Opens Licensing for Medical and Recreational Pot Markets

–by Jordan Schrader for the Bellingham Herald — State regulators hope to have some new marijuana stores licensed by the start of next year as they prepare to merge the medical and recreational markets. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board plans to accept applications for pot stores starting Oct. 12 … Continue reading

Larsen Applauds Grants for Homeless Veterans

— from the office of U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, [on Sept. 21] applauded federal grants for two Pacific Northwest organizations in support of their work to prevent homelessness among veterans. Catholic Community Services of Western Washington received $776,000 and the Opportunity Council received $704,000 through … Continue reading

Larsen Stands Firm With Planned Parenthood

Larsen family story exposes lies that Planned Parenthood opponents continue to spread despite the facts.  — from the office of U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, on Sept. 18voted against a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, a move that would take away preventive health care for … Continue reading

Another Fifth Season of Farm Freshness for the Schools

— by Ashley Randall, Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator — Saturday morning, September 12th, marked the sixth Farm to Cafeteria Program Fifth Season event where five Orcas Island farms delivered organically grown produce to the public school cafeteria. Boxes brimming with chard, carrots, beets, tomatoes, garlic, pears, squash, potatoes, basil, green … Continue reading

U.S. Rep. Larsen Reports on Veterans

Mt. Vernon Clinic Open 6 hours daily for walk-in mental health care — from the office of U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — Following a series of six recent roundtables with veterans across the Second Congressional District, Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, [recently] thanked the approximately 414 veterans and their family members … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Support Students at Chili Cookoff

Chili feature

— by Madie Murray — The students in our Middle School Farm to Classroom class are making a killer vegetarian chili (made partially from veggies and herbs found in the school garden) and entering it in the Chili Cookoff on Saturday! If you are at or near the Market this … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue to Renew Contract with Dr. Sullivan

— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Fire and Rescue Commissioners plan to renew two contracts for Emergency Medical Coverage and for Volunteers Occupational Health and Fitness contracts with Dr. Michael Sullivan at their Thursday, Sept. 17 regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Eastsound Fire Hall. In discussing the … Continue reading

The Gifts of Melons and Knowledge


 –by Madie Murray, Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria– “We want to give some organically grown melons to your school and spend some time with the kids telling them how they are grown and how to save the seeds for planted in the school garden next year.” Music to our ears! … Continue reading