Islanders Get “First Dibs” on County Camps 2017 San Juan County Resident Camping Reservations

— from San Juan County Parks and Fair — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round. Choose from: San Juan County Park San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only) Odlin County Park Shaw County Park for any … Continue reading

Local Students Explore … Edible Insects

— from Russel Barsh — Are easily-grown insects such as crickets the sustainable food of the future? The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) thinks so, and promotes international research identifying edible insects and ways of raising them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

Stewardship Network Accepting Good Steward Award Nominations Calling all tree huggers

— from Amy M. Nesler — Look out Oscar, the Finnie is coming! Its award season here in the San Juans. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award. Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finees,” have been … Continue reading

Author Spagna to Read at Darvill’s on Living Lightly Artsmith Salon Series at Darvill's Bookstore

Friday, February 24, 5:30 pm at Darvill’s Bookstore — from JoEllen Moldoff for Artsmith — Ana Maria Spagna returns to read from her nonfiction book, Reclaimers, about removal of the White Salmon River dam, and her new middle-grade novel, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, about the adventures of a back-country, … Continue reading

County’s Town Hall Talks Revenues and Challenges County officials gives facts, figures

— by Margie Doyle — County officials met with about 20 Orcas Islanders at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 to give a repeat “Taking Care of Business” presentation prepared for county employees on the achievements of the County in 2016 and the challenges facing county government in … Continue reading

Getting the Job Done Without Trying Aging | Who, Me?

— from Rosie Kuhn — This week, my friend Marj had a second knee replaced, just ten months after her first knee operation. She is coming home today just two days after the surgery. Amazing. There is no dilly-dallying these days when it comes to hospital recuperation time. They expect … Continue reading

Salish Sea Citizens Stand on Capitol Hill in Olympia

— from Katie Fleming — On Monday, February 13, 200 people from the San Juan Islands and greater Salish Sea region attended a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia to show support for the Oil Transportation Safety Bills (House Bill 1611/Senate Bill 5462). A major oil spill would … Continue reading

Your Land, Your Trees, Your Goals: A Forestry Class for Landowners Friday Harbor forest stewardship coached planning program

— from Ian Tyler Fawley — Natural beauty, wildlife, ecosystem health, harvest income, family ties, privacy, and peace and quiet are some of the many reasons people value their forestland. Whatever your values are, this comprehensive university-based forestry class will help you get the most out of the land you love. Whether … Continue reading

Votes Favor Passage of School Bond and Add’l Fire Commissioner Still a "nail-biter" for School District

— by Margie Doyle — As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 Election Day, both the School District’s $8M bond measure and the Orcas Fire District’s increase in commissioners measure were favored by Orcas voters. However, the Orcas School District bond requires 60 percent approval; as of last night’s tally, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Not a Time for Keeping Silent on Climate Change A call to cooperative action

— from Katie Wilkins — I have wanted to write this for a long time. I have waited because I didn’t know how to fit a topic as large as climate change into few enough words. But as the price of saying nothing grows higher, I know I will be … Continue reading

Yakima Back in Service this Afternoon Sailings Canceled as Yakima is Fixed

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.: The Yakima is back in service and will return to the vessel’s regular schedule beginning with the 3:05pm departure from Anacortes. Reservation holders will not be charged a fee if they were unable to travel today … Continue reading

Address Pain with Blended Eastern-Western Treatments

February 18, 2 to 4 pm at Orcas Public Library Integrated (Eastern and Western) Approaches in Managing Acute/Chronic Pain Syndrome Presented by Vincent Shu, MD, FCCP, Board Certified Internist/Geriatrist/Cardiologist Have you been suffering from headache, back/shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, etc.? An estimated 5-8 million Americans use opioids … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program December-January 2017

— by Ashley Randall — K-5th grade Farm to Classroom: During the month of December, we practiced our cooking skills and discussed the importance of winter wellness. To start out the month, we made fresh applesauce from Orcas grown apples and pumpkin bread using pumpkins from our school garden. After … Continue reading

Community Foundation Kicks Off Annual Grants Program

— from Kate Long — The Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) is now accepting applications for the 2017 competitive grants program. In 2016 over $2 million was distributed through OICF—$202,700 in the annual grants process. We consider annual grants to be an opportunity to showcase programs and enhance awareness of … Continue reading