That Bright Orange Bloom in East Sound "Noctiluca is an exceptional dinoflagellate"

— from Russel Barsh, Kwiaht Director — The bright orange “bloom” that appeared along the East Sound shoreline yesterday is a harbinger of spring, and its timing reflects the vast difference in weather patterns between 2016 and 2017. The organism responsible for the bloom is Noctiluca scintillans, a large dinoflagellate … Continue reading

This Senior Project Event All About Prom Dresses

Sunday, April 30, 3 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Alex Conrad — Orcas Island High School senior Ella Conrad announces “Sirens of Orcas,” a fun, charitable formal/prom dress fashion event for our island community. The event, Conrad’s senior project, will take place on Sunday, 30 April 2017 at 3:00pm, … Continue reading

Celebrate Mother Earth All Weekend A list of events

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 GREAT ISLANDS CLEAN-UP ON EARTH DAY (Saturday, April 22, 9 – 12 pm) It is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide greening event where volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways. Want to help on Orcas Island? Please participate and check in … Continue reading

Seattle’s District Court Sentences Russian Hacker for Stealing Credit Info Local (Anacortes) cafes among his victims

–by Susan Kelleher, Seattle Times staff reporter A prolific Russian hacker who raked in at least $170 million by stealing more than 2 million credit-card numbers and selling them on the black market was sentenced Friday morning to 27 years in prison in U.S. District Court in Seattle. “Simply put, Roman … Continue reading

Ranker: Senate Republicans Refuse to Negotiate Special legislative session to begin on Monday

— from Dave Pringle, State Senate Democrats — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement today after Gov. Inslee said he would call the Legislature back for a special session beginning on Monday, Apr. 24. “The Legislature has not come to a compromise on the operating budget, leaving schools, … Continue reading

Special & Regular School Board Meetings Scheduled

Thursday, April 27, 5 p.m., Orcas School Library — from Cathy Ferran — Notice of Special and Regular School Board Meetings Thursday, April 27, 2017 Agenda Morning Session: Waldron School, Waldron Island, WA Evening Session: School Library, Eastsound, WA10 a.m. Call to Order – Waldron Island School (Transportation via boat–leaving … Continue reading

Immigration Rights Group Drafts Resolution for San Juan County

— from Orcas Women’s Coalition — In line with the recommendations of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement, the Immigration Rights Group, a sub-group of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC), has drafted a resolution which provides guidance for San Juan County personnel regarding the gathering and … Continue reading

Ranker: Senate Must Act to Ensure Online Transparency

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Following the Washington state House of Representatives passing SHB 2200, protecting internet privacy, with a vote of 87-10, sponsor of the Senate version SB 5919, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement: “People expect their online, personal information to be kept … Continue reading