OICF Kicks Off Annual Grants Program

— from Hilary Canty — The Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) is now accepting applications for the 2015 competitive grants program. Trustee Coleen O’Brien will chair the committee, whose members include both OICF Trustees and community members. In the last year’s grants cycle, OICF, together with its Partners in Philanthropy, … Continue reading

MAG Concert in Just One Month!

Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m. Orcas School K-8 Gym — from Kristen Wilson for Music Advocacy Group (MAG) — Mark Your Calendars for MAG’S 18th Annual Concert! It is the biggest music concert on Orcas Island, it happens just once a year, and all the proceeds support the music program … Continue reading

Washington House Delegation Makes Friendly Super Bowl Wager with Massachusetts Delegation

— from Ingrid Stegemoeller, Communications Director, Rep. Rick Larsen — The World Champion Seattle Seahawks are back for Super Bowl XLIX and are ready to repeat as reigning Super Bowl champs! In the spirit of the biggest sports event of the year, the Washington House delegation decided to extend a … Continue reading

Local Author Pens First Book; Signing on January 31

Saturday, January 31, 2-3:30p, Darvills — from Erika Ekrem — “How beautiful and functional can a book be?” This is the question that moved local bookbinder and graphic designer Erica Ekrem to write Bound, a collection of over 20 Vintage, Nature, and Leather bookbinding projects. Ekrem offers a foundation for … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: SJ Grange Supports Marijuana Production

— by the San Juan Island Grange Executive Committee — At its January 7th, 2015 business meeting San Juan Island Grange #966 resolved to oppose the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production. Even though the San Juan County Council has withdrawn the proposal, San Juan Island Grange #966 would like to … Continue reading

“Orcas Has Talent” to Heat Up Center Stage

Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Center — by Donna Laslo — “Orcas Has Talent” is a fun, light-hearted version of the popular TV show, “America’s Got Talent.” Eight talented performers were chosen by audition allowing them to compete in the Finale Show Carl Burger, Brianna Rose, Susan … Continue reading

Navy Wants to Increase Use of Sonar-emitting Buoys

By Phung Le for Associated Press.com — The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water. The Navy … Continue reading