Looking Back at Our 2017 Predictions Anyone keeping score?

by Lin McNulty and Margie Doyle — As we look back on 2017, locally we did our best to resist national efforts to undermine immigrant rights, environmental protections and government-corporate venality. We did good, shepherding our medical providers, protecting our neighborhoods, building and remodeling facilities, giving to the needy and … Continue reading

Editorial Reprise: Not a Time for Keeping Silent on Climate Change A call to cooperative action

— by Katie Wilkins, originally published Feb. 15, 2017 — I have wanted to write this for a long time. I have waited because I didn’t know how to fit a topic as large as climate change into few enough words. But as the price of saying nothing grows higher, … Continue reading

2017: What a Year, Far and Near

— by Margie Doyle — As the tumultuous year 2017 comes to an end, one of our pleasures is to look back on events as they happened. Our core belief is You can make a difference, and our reports, opinions and comments bear this out. Here for your pleasure is … Continue reading

Novel Lab Partners With Funhouse and OI Lit Fest

— from Sam Gailey, Novel Lab co-founder — photos courtesy of Novel Lab & CoventryAutomatik.com Novel Lab Kids is transforming the literary landscape of Orcas Island. A non-profit version of Novel Lab’s adult writing workshops, they have partnered with the Funhouse to go after grants that will extend its current … Continue reading

Editorial Reprise: Women of Orcas! We Can Do It!

— from Donna Riordan, Anne Bertino, Martha Fuller, originally posted on January 6, 2017 — Rosie the Riveter used to say, “We Can Do It!” Since the November [2016] election, women across the country have been organizing in new ways to ensure that our voices are heard. Here on Orcas, we’re … Continue reading

Orcas Family Health Nears Goal with Matching Grant Donation deadline is Jan. 8

— from Karen J. Key Speck, OFHC Board Secretary — The final push is on! Orcas Family Health Center and all the great staff are excited to see the “thermometer of progress” inching upward. Our fundraising deadline is January 8, 2018 and we are at $120,000 of our $175,000 goal. … Continue reading

Witness Washington’s Highest Tide of Year Meet a Washington Sea Grant coastal expert at the first King Tide Viewing Party event of 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018 at Washington Park, Anacortes — from MaryAnn Wagner, Washington Sea Grant — Winter months in Washington offer ideal conditions for witnessing king tides, the largest tides of the year, and they also provide a preview of what rising sea levels will look like in years to come. … Continue reading

EPRC to Hear New Port Plans and Review 2018 Plans Links to relevant documents included

The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall. County Council Chair Rick Hughes is scheduled to report to the community at the EPRC meeting shortly after it opens, followed by the first … Continue reading