Donate Auction Items Now for Kaleidoscope

Donate auction items now for Annual Kaleidoscope event

 —  from Vala Ross for Kaleidoscope — Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center is gearing up for the 11th Annual Island Grown, Island Raised Dinner Auction. On Saturday, September 12, this fun event will be hosted at Maple Rock Farm. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 and end at … Continue reading

County Fire Marshal: All Outdoor Burning Banned July 10

 — from San Juan County Fire Marshal Rob Low — The San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office in partnership with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs’ have determined that current weather conditions within San Juan County have created substantial fire dangers and that there is a need to enact restriction … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Good People Grace Our Garden

Colleen and our water guru, Craig

— by Madie Murray for the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program — There are so many unsung heroes on our Island. It would take a novel to laud them all. But I’d like to mention three that have given so much to our Public School Garden over the past … Continue reading

Senator Ranker Champions Orcas Library Expansion Project

— from Phil Heikkinen, Director, Orcas Library — Orcas Island Public Library received a critical boost this week with passage of the State’s biennial budget for 2015–2016, which included $1.4 million in funding for the Library’s expansion project, “Books and Beyond: The Next Chapter.” Senator Kevin Ranker, supported by Representatives … Continue reading

Historic Appraisals and Traditional Logging Show Highlight Historic Fair

Hist feature

Plus a hot dog stand and a beer garden in the shade!  — by Margie Doyle — The amazing Harvey family again delighted — and educated — Orcas Islanders and their guests who came to the Orcas Historical Society’s Fair on the Village Green July 3. Others enjoyed hearing the … Continue reading

Journey Off the Map: Vacation Bible School

–from Meredith Griffith for Orcas Island Community Church — All island kids from three years through 6th grade are invited to attend a free jungly adventure at Orcas Island Community Church on July 6-9. “Journey Off the Map: Vacation Bible School 2015” will lead young explorers through “uncharted territory” with … 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

Breaking News: Wildland Fire at Mountain Lake

— from the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District — At 06:27am Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a wildland fire in the area of Mountain Lake. Responding crews found a small vegitation fire approximately 40 feet x 30 feet.  An immediate response from more than twenty-five(25) personnel and … Continue reading

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

Ferry Good Advice for Fourth of July Weekend Travel

 — from Washington State Ferries — With additional sailings and travel tips, Washington State Ferries is all about helping customers make their Fourth of July weekend sparkle. Last year, the country’s largest ferry system carried nearly 350,000 passengers during Fourth of July weekend. That number is expected to be similar … Continue reading

Rental Housing Site Plan Alternatives at OPAL Open House

— from OPAL Community Land Trust — An open house is scheduled on Tuesday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m., so the community can view alternative preliminary site plan concepts for OPAL Community Land Trust’s proposed rental housing in Eastsound. The meeting will take place in the modular building behind … Continue reading

Let There Be Light — or Not

 — by Fred Klein — The Eastsound Planning and Review Committee, EPRC, in conjunction with the Orcas Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a public meeting to consider the issue of lighting in the public realm of Eastsound. Where: The Eastsound Fire Hall When: Tuesday, June 30th, 6 pm until 8 … Continue reading

Indoor Labyrinth this Thursday

The indoor labyrinth at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall

Thursday July 2 from 7-8 p.m. Indoors at the Emmanuel Parish Hall — from Emmanuel Episcopal Parish — “The Labyrinth as a Path of Prayer and Meditation,” will be facilitated by Lisa Steckley and Nancy Ayer this Thursday evening at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Eastsound. Following a short presentation … Continue reading