Navy Addresses Electronic Warfare Training in Pacific Northwest

— from Capt. Geoff Moore, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey — For several decades the Navy has sought to enhance its airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) training capabilities in the Pacific Northwest in order to keep ahead of our adversaries in this increasing important field of modern warfare. Recognition of this importance … Continue reading

Vege Potluck and Movie

Sunday, December 4, 6 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall — from Lydia Miller — This monthly gathering celebrates compassionate, healthy and sustainable plant-based lifestyle. Join in on the lively conversation, get inspired, learn something new, come home with recipes, and enjoy yummy food. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether veg curious, … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Pipeline Project Poses Major Threat to San Juan Region state legislature needs to implement recommendations this coming session before the next barge incident

–by Fred Felleman and Jamie Stephens, originally published in — There is a dichotomy that defines the Salish Sea, the network of waterways that includes Puget Sound, the San Juan region, and southwestern British Columbia. These deep, protected waters serve as habitat for a diversity of marine species and … Continue reading

School Board Passes Resolution for $8M Bond Levy

— from Orcas Island School Board– At a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, Nov 22, the Orcas Island School Board passed a resolution to place an $8 million school bond proposition on the Feb. 2017 ballot. Until the resolution passed, there was no bond offering. Now that there is, we’d … Continue reading

Post Election Meeting: Charting a New Course Together

— by Kelly Rose — Attendees numbered 112 people at a post-election meeting at Odd Fellows Hall last Friday, November 18. The meeting, titled “Where do we go from here?” offered community members the opportunity to share their thoughts around the elections, and brainstorm ideas together, with a main focus to … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | OMF Not Serving All Orcas Residents


— from David C. Shinstrom, M.D. — This letter is to the residents of Orcas Island in the hopes of educating you on the dire situation that is evolving in our medical community. We need people to start taking more interest and actively promote a medical system that will benefit … Continue reading

Anniversary of Stage on the Green Inspires a Look Back


— from Dona Wuthnow, SJC Parks & Fair Director — Ten years ago, a bit of magic happened on the Eastsound Village Green – the Stage on the Green was brought to life. A stirring synergy of community talent and creativity came together in a 20-person group that used a consensus-based … Continue reading

Celebrate Indian Island: 2016 Report to the Community

— by Kelly Rose — About 60 people attended the Kwiaht and Indian Island Marine Health Observatory annual report to the community on Nov 17th at the Orcas Center. The meeting began with a brief update and volunteer appreciation from Marcia deChadenedes, San Juan Islands National Monument Manager with the … Continue reading

School Board Reaches Consensus on Bond for Phase III Development Board hears different strategies for bond structuring, prioritized.

— by Margie Doyle, updated Nov.14 at 2:30 p.m.— On Nov. 7 the Orcas Island School District (OISD) board, administration and public members met to deal with the nitty-gritty decisions facing them in considering a bond proposal to complete several projects cut from previous bonds for capital construction. First the … Continue reading

Thankful for Orcas Community Resource Center

— by Sally Buchanan — The Orcas Island community has so many resources to be thankful for this Thanksgiving month. Highlighting the OCRC, Orcas Community Resource Center, seems especially appropriate. This non-profit organization has been active on the Island for many years as Orcas Family Connections helping families requiring assistance … Continue reading

A Day at the Orcas Island Food Bank

— from Madie Murray — The following article was originally published in November of 2011. Not much has changed in our day-to-day operations since then and we thought it might be nice to re-tell it (with minor updates) during this fundraising time. It pretty much relates the heart and soul … Continue reading

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Bag It! Try going a day without plastic

Monday Nov. 14 at 5:30 pm at Orcas Island Public Library — from Orcas Food Co-op and the Exchange — Learn about the effects of plastic on our world. Join Orcas Food Co-op and the Exchange to learn about the effects of plastic on our world. “Bag It” movie description … Continue reading

Cancer Survivorship Group to Meet Thursday

Nov. 10 at 5 p.m. at Community Church –bY Sue Lewis– The Cancer Survivorship Group wants everyone to remember that together we can fan the flames of hope. The research shows that an individual’s outcomes are better with supportive persons/families and groups providing encouragement. We are a faith-based support group … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program in October


— from Ashley Randall — What happened in Farm to Classroom (K-5) during the month of October? We celebrated the process, practice and importance of seed saving. We harvested enough seeds to both save for spring and make multiple donations to the Public Library’s very special Seed Library. Katie taught … Continue reading