Charter Commission to Begin Review of County Government

 Saturday, Jan. 7, at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor From Stan Matthews County Website and Communications Manager The agenda for the County Charter Review Commission’s initial meeting on Saturday, Jan. 7  follows. Richard Ward, serving as temporary Chair, will conduct the meeting until the Chair … Continue reading

Improv Theater for Adults at Funhouse Commons

Play Games, Let Loose, Have Fun! at Improvisational Theater for Adults (and interested teens – Ages 16+). Inexperienced and seasoned players alike are welcome to attend the classes conducted by  Samara Shaw, who  has 20+ years background in theater arts and education — dance, voice and improvisation. She has experience … Continue reading

Bristlecones Are All That Remain of the Ancient Tree “Prometheus”

By Leonard Miller Contributed by Bill Garloch from Wheeler Peak, on Nevada’s eastern border with Utah, reaches an altitude of 13,063 feet (3981m) with a spectacular glacial cirque on its northeast side. Highpoint of the Snake Range, Wheeler Peak cycles through five life zones, from the hot stony desert … Continue reading

Sustainable Orcas Island to Meet Weds. Dec. 28

Sustainable Orcas Island (SOI)  members have expressed interest in meeting tomorrow, the last Wednesday of the month, the group’s regular meeting date. Although SOI organizer Phil Heikkinen projects that the group may be small, he says, “sometimes that can lead to a productive, in-depth discussion. Morgan Meadows would like to … Continue reading

For Auld Lang Syne — Where Will You Be New Year’s Eve?

New Year’s Eve Rosario New Year’s Eve Dance Ring in 2012 at the Beachhouse on the Cascade Bay waterfront. Local island favorites Gene Nery and Martin Lund will lead their four-piece band through a wide variety of musical favorites to ring in 2012. Party includes late night snacks and New … Continue reading

Growing Jobs: From Cantor & Chef to Cheerleader, Coach & Counselor

Cara Cohn’s story is familiar on Orcas Island: she came here and was instantly attached to lving on the island.  Like many others’ stories, it is also complex: undertaking whatever she can do to stay here, she has developed a career in helping others find employment and actively participate in … Continue reading

Become “Frozen In Time” — Take the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day

By Martin Taylor If you want to start the New Year with an electrifying jolt participate in an Orcas Tradition: The Polar Bear Plunge. It’s a simple event, the master of ceremonies will give the shout and the hearty souls of Orcas will charge headlong into Cascade Lake. Within a … Continue reading

Storytellers Travel to China and Find No Room, then Deluxe Accommodations

By Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tech (Orcas Islanders Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang are internationaltheater-storytellers. They have just returned from a month-long trip to teach storytelling theater to hundreds of middle school students at the International School of Beijing. Their blog at explains: “Since this was a … Continue reading