Chief O’Brien Learns Leadership on the Line

Kevin feature

 – by Margie Doyle – If anyone thought Kevin O’Brien was done learning now that he is Chief and Executive of the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District, they’d have thought wrong. This spring, O’Brien started a four-year course on Executive Fire Officer Leadership through the Federally-supported National Fire Academy. … 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

Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Science Expert, Returns to Orcas, July 23rd

— from Kathleen Lunde — The Orcas Island Public Library presents Dr. Cliff Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University Of Washington, speaking on Wednesday, July 23 at 5:30pm at the Orcas Center’s Main Stage. Dr. Mass’s topics will be “Global Warming, The Media, and Coal Trains”. “Global warming … Continue reading

On the Ground, In the Air: Fieldwork by FEMA

— from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be performing field work along the shorelines of San Juan County July 14th to July 18th. The fieldwork is part of an effort to develop more accurate coastal flood insurance rate maps for San … Continue reading

Council Expected to Propose Continuation of Tax Levy Authorization

— from San Juan County Communications — During its July 14 meeting, the San Juan County Council will discuss placing a property tax measure on the November election ballot. If approved by voters, the issue would continue the County’s property tax at a level that guarantees funding for a number … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Annual Sale Offers Many “Finds”


Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center holds its Annual Yard Sale, happening Saturday, July 12.  “There’s a little bit of everything,” says  Director Amber Paulsen. “All proceeds go to keep Kaleidoscope’s doors open and keep island families working, in so … Continue reading

Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps Begins New Season

OIYCC feature

— by Skylar Dalusio, Jackie Figueroa & Kayleigh Horton, with Mary Gropp — A group of Orcas Island Middle and High School students have decided to dedicate part of their summer to helping their community by joining the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps. The OIYCC began our second season last … 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

Canada’s Tar Sands Export Plans Approved

— by Floyd McKay for – In Big Energy’s massive rush to export oil and coal from inland United States and Canadian mines and wells to the hungry power users of Asia, there’s a leader. First-past-the-post honors go to Northern Gateway. The Canadian government has approved the plan to … 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

Guest Opinion: Sea Star “Near Extinction” Claim Disputed

— from Russel Barsh — The massive Heterosigma bloom around Orcas was still going strong twelve days since it was first observed on June 7. When local volunteers seined in the eelgrass meadow around Indian Island on June 16 they saw only a handful of distressed fish, however. Overall, fish … Continue reading