Native Plants Find New Home in School Garden Grant from Garden Club nurtures school garden

— from Ashley Randall — Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, Sea Blush.  Do you know the three things all these plants have in common?  Go ahead, read ‘em again and think about it. You got all three? Okay, let’s see if we came up with the same answers: 1. … Continue reading

Ranker: Up to Washington to Fight Climate Change With Trump administration's lack of leadership

— from Dave Pringle, State Senate Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement following President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord: “Today, the president announced his ill-advised decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, … Continue reading

Larsen Statement on Trump’s Exit From Paris Climate Accord "Today, he abdicated that responsibility."

— from Douglas Wagoner, Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office — Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after President Trump announced America will exit the Paris climate accord – an agreement between 195 countries to slow the effects of global climate change. “Withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate … Continue reading

Kwiáht BBQ Raises Critical Question Who does our local seafood belong to?

— by Ayn Gailey — Because we live on an island we should be just as serious about sustainable seafood as sustainable farming. This was one of the key takeaways from Kwiáht’s free Sustainable Seafood Barbecue event hosted by The Barnacle last week. According to Kwiáht organizers Russel Barsh and … Continue reading

Orcas Medical Foundation Hosts Q & A with UW Representatives Look ahead, advise clinic administrators

— by Dali Cuthbert — Concerned islanders — medical patients and practitioners — packed the Madrona Room at the Orcas Center on Saturday, May 13, for the Annual Meeting of the Orcas Medical Foundation, founded in 1956. It has operated the Orcas Medical Clinic on Mt. Baker Road since 1991. … Continue reading

What is Killing Us on Orcas Island? Senior Center hosts talk on emergency response

Wednesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center — from Jami Mitchell, County Health & Community Services– How can you help the Fire Department in keeping you safe? Please join us at the Orcas Island Senior Center Wednesday, May 17, at 1pm for a special presentation by Patrick … Continue reading

Kwiaht offers “Food for Thought,” May 21 Exploring the role of seafood in sustainability

— by Russel Barsh — Kwiaht and the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory invite Orcas islanders to share a salmon barbeque and refreshments at The Barnacle on Sunday, May 21, to consider the role of seafood in a sustainable food system. Doors open at 3:30 pm. The Barnacle will serve … Continue reading

Public Welcome at Medical Foundation Meeting Annual meeting to feature UW Medicine representatives

Saturday, May 13, 1:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Orcas Medical Foundation — The community is invited on Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. in the Orcas Center Madrona Room to attend the Orcas Medical Foundation’s (OMF) Annual Meeting, election of board members, and report to the community. This year’s … Continue reading