PlayFest 2016: A Tribute to Orcas

— by Margie Doyle — The premiere performances in the Festival of Plays showed Orcas at its finest: a multi-generational community that is unafraid to grapple with the matters of facing one’s demise and death; to grieve and remember a beloved mother; to wrestle with demons of war; to battle … Continue reading

Two Seattle Authors to Speak on Benefits of Microbes

— from Michael Riordan for Orcas Currents — Invisible microbes are transforming the way we view nature and our bodies, and could revolutionize agriculture and medicine. Good health — for both plants and people — depends heavily on fostering beneficial microbes in our soils and guts. These are the major … Continue reading

Larsen Working To Address Jet Noise Concerns

— from the office of Rep. Rick Larsen — Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, pushed successfully [this week] to advance an initiative that will improve pilot safety and ease training through automation, part of his ongoing efforts to address community concerns about jet noise out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island … Continue reading

High School Musicians Present Last Concert of the Year

Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m., Orcas Center — from Kristen Wilson — “Music in our schools develops character like no other class can,” says Orcas High School Band player Jo Gudgell. “Music teaches us academic motivation, discipline, appreciation, passion and respect. It has taught me, more than anything else, to overcome … Continue reading

Aromatherapy for Fido and Felix: A “Make and Take” Class

May 12th, 9:30-11 a.m. — by Stacy Romillah — We all want our pets to feel the best that can, and when they suffer, we suffer! Essential Oils are a potent natural medicine we can use to safely improve the quality of life for our furry family members. Here’s what … Continue reading

Guest Column: Let’s Talk Tourism

— by Barbara Marrett for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — The first week in May is National Travel & Tourism Week, created to champion the power of travel to enhance communities across the country by contributing to the local economy and overall quality of life. In the past, … Continue reading

Fire and Rescue District States Policy re: Chief Investigation

— from Marla Johns, Public Information Officer for the Orcas Fire and Rescue District — The results of an internal review of former Chief Miklos Preysz, performed by Consultants from Bellingham Mediation and Consulting group, were recently released to the public following a public records request. It is not the … Continue reading

OPAL Recaps Busy Year, Honors Lisa Byers at Annual Meeting

— by Judy Whiting for OPAL Community Land Trust — Following a recap of OPAL Community Land Trust’s activities in 2015 and the election and recognition of new and retiring trustees, a highlight of OPAL’s 26th annual meeting on April 26 was the surprise celebration of Lisa Byers’ 20 years … Continue reading

Give Where You Live!

— from Hilary Canty, Executive Director, Orcas Island Community Foundation– The Annual Community Grants Program has gone live and is available on-line. Go to to view the 24 proposals vetted and approved by the Orcas Island Community Foundation Grant Committee. There is a full range of opportunities supporting the … Continue reading

Woof Woof Moo Meow: or File Now for Mayor of Eastsound

Call for entries — from Susan Anderson, Director Children’s House — Children’s House is seeking one or two more candidates and sponsors for Honorary Mayor of Eastsound. The race — featuring five local pets — is an annual “fun”raiser benefiting the school’s toddler and preschool program. The race is all … Continue reading

Come to the Montessori Garden Party

— from Teresa Chocano for Orcas Montessori School, updated April 28 at 8 p.m. — Orcas Montessori School will host its annual Spring Garden Party and Auction at Random Howse this Saturday April 30 from 6-9 p.m. Delicious food by Avery and Drew of Hogstone’s Wood Oven; Music by Martin … Continue reading