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

fest of trees feature

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

Guest Opinion: Why Should EWUA Charge Higher Fees for Guest Houses?

– from Michael Riordan – What some people seem to be missing in the current debate over EWUA policies is recognition of the many beneficial impacts this water system has on Eastsound and surrounding areas. We take it for granted that the system will always work fine, but without frequent … 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

EWUA Meeting Collects Rain-Soaked Crowd

– by Lin McNulty – Water, water everywhere falling outside, yet a concerned capacity crowd filled the Eastsound Fire Station to listen and discuss the current Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) plan to enforce membership of guest houses in the Eastsound service area. Board Member John MacLeod opened the meeting … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Navy Jets Will Bring More Noise, Electromagnetic Radiation

– from John Titus – The Naval Air Base at Whidbey Island is proposing to add another 36 Growler jets to the existing 82 jets currently based there. This is part of a sweeping new plan by the Navy to increase the electronic warfare training taking place in northwest Washington. … Continue reading

Community Q&A for the Exchange’s Future in Recycling

The old. organically-grown, non-regulated Exchange.

Sunday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall (Pictured: the “old” Exchange) Orcas Recycling Services (ORS)  non-profit will hold a meeting to address the many questions regarding plans for rebuilding the Exchange. ORS Director Pete Moe says, “We’ve had a pretty significant response on our … Continue reading

Eric Youngren’s Solar Talk to Benefit Noramise

Eric Youngren, off the grid in Africa

Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Funhouse Commons An all-ages evening at The Funhouse Commons will support the construction of a solar PV system to empower a computer classroom in Haiti run by of Orcas based non-profit, Helping Hands Noramise. The evening will raise money for Youngren’s upcoming … Continue reading