Burghardt Fund Exceeds Challenge Target Paving new ways for local music students to reach full potential

— from Sharon Ho — In June this year, at the Music Advocacy Group (MAG) annual meeting and reception, the board received a remarkable challenge. Four generous island donors stood up and pledged to match, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000 in donations from the community before the end of … Continue reading

First Town Hall Meeting – Public Hospital District

— from Alison Shaw for the Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC) wants to hear from as many folks in the community as possible. Toward that goal, it has planned four Town Hall-style meetings over the next few months to hold a community … Continue reading

“Willie Wonka” Opening Night Tonight at 6:30 A sweet treat in store for you

— by Margie Doyle — Magic happens on Orcas tonight — old-time Orcas magic with longtime talent nurturer Dider Gincg bringing out the best in the cast of “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” from the youngest oompah-loompahs to the posse of grandparents that inhabit this modern-day fairy tale. For … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Senator Ranker Hopes to Move Forward on Many Fronts Concerns include voting rights, equal pay, protections for immigrants and minorities, women’s reproductive rights, oil spills, climate change.

— from State Senator Kevin Ranker — Last week, with the election of Manka Dhingra, Democrats gained control of the Washington State Senate and we finished building the west coast Blue Wall along with Oregon and California. Now, we begin implementing an agenda that truly represents our core values. We … Continue reading

Grange Gifts Local Students With Dictionaries

— from Linda Peth for Orcas Island Grange — The Orcas Island Grange No.964 is proud to support the organization’s dictionary project through its “Words for Thirds” program. Through the tireless efforts of more than 300,000 volunteers, America’s oldest rural and agricultural organization has presented third-grade students across the nation … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: School Observes Veterans Day

— from Tom and Karen Ritter — A tribute to the military veterans of the United States of America was conducted on Thursday November 9th at Orcas Island Public School. This special event has been conducted for five years and each time it becomes more dramatic and “professional.” Early this … Continue reading

Orcas School Honors Veterans’ Service to Our Country

— by Sam Gailey, Orcas Issues reporter — For 98 years, Americans have remembered those who served our country in uniform by celebrating Veterans Day, and on November 9, at the Orcas Island Schools, students, teachers, administrators, and parents gathered to honor our brave veterans. The high school gym was … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Public School Employees Union Seeks Wage Support

— from members of the Orcas Island Chapter of Public Employees Union– Thank you Orcas Island Community for passing the OISD Bond and Levy, this will provide funding for necessary school improvements! The Orcas chapter of the Public School Employees union is currently in negotiation with the OISD Administration concerning … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Heartfelt Thank You from Schools Superintendent

— by Eric Webb, Superintendent, Orcas Island School District — We wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the voters of Orcas Island for your support of our School Bond and Levy. The passing of the school bond and levy will help to ensure that our students are being educated … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Has Opening for One Preschooler – for Free

— from Kaleidoscope — Our community is in jeopardy of losing a valuable resource. Annually, Kaleidoscope provides free preschool for families that qualify based on income or other risk factors through a federal program called Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). Currently we have a rare opportunity for a … Continue reading

Mushrooms with Madrona Murphy Garden club learns about local mushrooms

— from Helen Huber — Orcas Island Garden Club welcomes Madrona Murphy who will share her knowledge about local mushrooms on Wednesday, November 15 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas Center. Madrona locally gathers dozens of edible fungi with exceptional flavors. She includes Lobsters, Shrimp Russulas, Bluets, Princes, and Yellow … Continue reading

Election Final: Orcas Bond and Levy Pass Bedell retains Fire Commission seat

–by Margie Doyle, updated at 6:30 p.m. — UPDATE: Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. With 6,799 ballots counted, and an estimated 200 ballots left to count in the general election: The Orcas Island School District Bond Proposition to Construct, Renovate and Improve School Facilities for $10,800,000 had been approved by … Continue reading