Black-tailed Deer Overabundance and Management Lecture and Community Forum

Wednesday September 20 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Joe Gaydos, SeaDoc, UC Davis Wildlife Health Center — Black-tailed deer are native to the San Juan Islands. Predator removal and modern reductions in hunting, however, have resulted in high deer densities on many islands, including Orcas. … Continue reading

Upcoming Parent Workshop: Your Brain on Conflict

Thursday, September 28, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Funhouse Commons — from Emilie Gincig — Trillium Swanson, LMHCA, a youth and adult counselor on Orcas, shares tools and the science behind how parents can reduce conflict with their children through understanding the brain-under-stress, and how to harness the power of the … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Protect Your Credit in Equifax Breach Island professional gives step-by-step instructions

— by Cathy Vierthaler, Island Business Services — You have probably heard by now about the Equifax data breach affecting more than half the US population. Here are some concrete steps to protect your credit.  It is important for all of us to protect our credit, not just the wealthy. … Continue reading

5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival: At the Edge Co-hosted by Orcas Center and San Juan Preservation Trust

Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 Orcas Center; refreshments from Cocina Latina served at 6:30 p.m. — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Celebrate the equinox with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an evening of inspiring documentaries about young people who are healing the earth,on September 22, 7:30 … Continue reading

MAG’s $10,000 Challenge Grant Will Provide New Opportunities for Music Students Joyce Burghardt Fund established

— from Kristen Wilson for Music Advocacy Group — The Music Advocacy Group (MAG) is pleased to announce the formation of the Joyce Burghardt Excellence in Music Fund honoring recently-retired and founding MAG Board member Joyce Burghardt. MAG’s new fund will focus on helping Orcas Island public school music students … Continue reading

“Poetry Everywhere” and at Public Library

— from JoEllen Moldoff — JoEllen Moldoff will facilitate a class, “Poetry Everywhere”  for six Tuesdays, beginning September 12th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Library “Poetry is a conversation with the world; poetry is a conversation with the words on the page in which you allow those words … Continue reading

Poetry, Writing, Molecular Biology Among New School Custodian’s Passions

— from Cathy Ferran for Orcas School District — Welcome to our new Orcas High School Custodian, Bruce Van Noy. Bruce was born in Seattle, raised in North California, and educated in genetics and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied poetry with Barney Childs at … Continue reading

What is the Difference Between a Bond and a Levy? Levies and bonds are used by schools to finance different things

— from Orcas Island School District Staff — The funding of schools is complicated and often misunderstood. The bulk of the operating revenue comes from the state, the federal government and then through local property tax levies. None of those cover capital projects (that’s why we need bonds). We also … Continue reading

School Board Readies for a New Year

— by Ayn Gailey — The first day of school for Orcas Island School District (OISD) is not until September 6, but it’s clear from this month’s two school board meetings on Thursday, August 24, that the board, the superintendent, principals, and administration have been hard at work all summer. … Continue reading