Orcas Center’s 2011 Season a “World Tour”

Orcas Center’s 2011 season hosts a tour around the world, with performances from many different cultures. Representing Mexico, Canada and Cuba within the first few weeks, the season will open with the return engagement of Mariachi Huenachi, the award-winning high school ensemble from Wenatchee, on Friday, January 28. The Canadian … Continue reading

Ferry Petition: Online Signatures Accepted Until Jan. 10

Susan Young, one of the organizers of the [intlink id=”10919″ type=”post”]ferry service petition[/intlink] drive, says, “It’s not too late to make your voice heard regarding cuts in ferry services. An online version of the petitions that have been at various businesses around the island is now available at www.petitiononline.com/sosferry/petition “Virtual … Continue reading

Editorial: We’re Happier when We’re Connected: The Orcas Island 2010 Lifestyle

Orcas Islanders are known for their active involvement, can-do spirit, and join-the-party attitude as we preserve and grow the good life. This year we were particularly connected. We built new homes at affordable prices – Homes for Islanders’ started, completed and started two “sweat-equity developments” this year, one near Rosario … Continue reading

Winter 2011 Orcas Island Library Class Offerings

Updated Dec. 30 at 12:30 p.m. The Orcas Island Library is taking registrations for 3 new classes beginning in January. First up is “Awakening the Poet Within” taught by Jo Ellen Moldoff.  In this poetry writing class, students will generate new poems in response to exercises and writing prompts.  Issues … Continue reading

Editorial Column: Good Things to Celebrate in a Bad Year

“People on all continents continue to struggle for a more peaceful, just, sustainable world. And as long as people keep organizing and mobilizing, there will be victories to celebrate.” From CommonDreams.org By Medea Benjamin This year was marked by turmoil at home and abroad, including a deepening financial crisis that … Continue reading

Ferry Petition Circulates — Send Signatures by Dec. 30

A petition to “develop an effective, reliable ferry system” that eliminates recent cuts, provides a sustainable source of revenue for building new ferries, addresses efficient refurbishing of the system and develops sustainable funding for ferry operations. The petition, which can be viewed and printed out for signature collection at http://sjiferrygroup.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/revfcppetition.pdf … Continue reading

As We See It: Some Comments from the San Juans’ Ferry Advisory Committee

By Jim Corenman, (prepared for the Dec. 14 FAC-WSF meeting) Our life here on the islands seems to revolve around the ferries, and everyone seems to have an opinion. Schedules are never quite what we want, costs are higher than we would like (and seem to keep going up), and … Continue reading

Marine Science Lecture Series Presents “Humpbacks of the Salish Sea”

Lecture with Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen Most people think of killer whales when they think of the Salish Sea, but in the early 1900’s humpback whales were one of the most common large whales seen in the region. Whalers killed them off by the 1950’s and erased them from most people’s … Continue reading

New Year Events for Auld Lang Syne

Friday, December 31 The Funhouse Teen Night New Years Eve Party! from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Funhouse in Eastsound.Food, drink, music, dancing, games and more! Call 376-7177 Allium Restaurant We’re taking New Year’s Eve reservations now.  Four course menu with wine for $95, without wine for $75 … Continue reading

Editorial Column: Finding Light in the Darkness

By Margaret Benefiel, Ph.D. At this darkest time of the year, both Jews and Christians celebrate holidays of light. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates one of God’s miracles: the long–burning oil that allowed the Jews to rededicate their holy temple in victory over foreign oppressors. Hanukkah celebrates the light … Continue reading

Local Food Featured in Student Chef Competition

Without our local Island farms, the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program would not thrive. They help our students learn about food and farming, help us keep our school garden healthy, and provide products included every day on the school lunch menu and fresh salad bar. That’s why we are putting … Continue reading

Check-ups and Workshops for Business Owners

From the State Economic Development Council James McCafferty, Business Advisor for Economic Development Association of Skagit County announces several free workshops for San Juan County residents and others this month. He says, “January is a great month to give your business a check-up.  Here’s a list of things for you … Continue reading

Prevention Partnership Transforms “Idol” into “Orcas Has Talent!”

From the Orcas Island Prevention Partnership To Enter: Register at the Funhouse, January 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. Introducing  “Orcas Has Talent,” the new name for Orcas Idol, which has been the much awaited, most popular community show of the year! “Orcas Has Talent” shares the same show’s format … Continue reading