Grow Your Heart with Orcas Island’s Little Ones!


Celebrating the Holidays with Orcas Island’s Early Childhood Programs – by Mariah Miller – Orcas Island is home to four diverse Early Childhood Education programs. Each school is unique in how it prepares for, and celebrates, the holiday season with our island’s infant through preschool-aged children. Salmonberry School held its … 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

Chamber Music Festival Names New Executive Director

– from Joyce Stone – The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie Rae Schmitz to Executive Director effective April 1, 2015. Most recently, Leslie worked with the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle as Director of Education/Membership/Pilot Funding with the Institute … Continue reading

Raffle for Minke Whale Art at The Whale Museum

— from Jenny Atkinson, Director, the Whale Museum — The Whale Museum is holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind Minke Whale chainsaw carving. The carving created by artist Todd Lynd is approximately 50” long and weighs 13 pounds. It is deep treated, stained, colored and then marine sealed to display … Continue reading

Volunteer “Angels” Honored at the Senior Center

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— by Cara Russell – “It’s a room full of angels,” said Didier Gincig, Volunteer Coordinator of Hearts and Hands, said at the Senior Center Volunteer Luncheon. On Saturday, December 13th, more than 80 Orcas Senior Center volunteers sat down for a full lunch at the Senior Center. The luncheon … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Monday Night Meeting for Orca Relief

Monday, December 15, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library — from Bruce J. Stedman, Executive Director, Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance ~ Hosted by Bruce & Christina Orchid ~ We all know how serious the situation is for these whales which are iconic throughout the Puget Sound. … 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

Rosario’s Christmas Trees Help Local Causes

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Christmas trees return to light up the Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort & Spa throughout the holidays until New Years Day, 2015. The trees in the lobby of the historic mansion are decorated by nine local non-profit organizations. Sponsored by Rosario Resort, the Festival of Trees is designed to be … Continue reading

KWIAHT Announces 2015 Community Science Training

 — from Russel Barsh — The nonprofit conservation laboratory Kwiaht has announced a special training program for islanders interested in providing science outreach to visitors and schools at ten long-term monitoring stations in the San Juan Islands, including parts of the recently established National Monument. Volunteer opportunities for trainees will … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: EWUA Meeting / One Member Perspective

– from Lesley Liddle – [Monday]’s EWUA meeting was a good informative meeting overall; Paul Kamin put together a well-organized presentation, some of it heavily weighted to impress on certain points of current policy with regard to the guest house bylaw and recent “initiative”, which I don’t necessarily or entirely … Continue reading