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Community farming group starts on Orcas. Many have the desire to grow their own food but lack the space or camaraderie to do it.
Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten.
It takes a community to prevent, recognize and end violence in the home.
Orcas Island is on the cutting edge of cinema.During the second annual Orcas Island Film Festival, viewers will be treated to award-winning, independent and studio films and documentaries from 17 countries.
Over the course of a week in the fall, Camp Orkila provides free swimming lessons for first through fourth graders. The half-hour, daily sessions are an opportunity for kids to learn a critical life skill.
Orcas Fire and Rescue is following in the footsteps of its counterparts on Lopez and San Juan by implementing an EMS cost recovery program.
The two, who are born and raised on Orcas, have opened Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services.
According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, when the first person expressed juice from a succulent leaf to apply to a wound, it was being practiced.
Thanks to a grant from the Orcas Island Community Foundation, 20 seats for every Orcas Center-produced show will be available for $5
“It means a lot to us to be able to offer this to the community,” said O'Toole. “We want to reduce any barriers for community members not coming to Orcas Center.”
Sandlot has been playing tournaments every summer in Mt. Vernon and Ferndale for the past 10 years. This year’s team consists of Josh Claypool, Bobby Curtis, Joe Duenn, Cole Franklin, John Hamel, Reggie Harris, Mayson, Danny McAndrew, Jacob Myers, Tyler Nigretto, Tommy O’Rourke, James Segault and Josh Underdahl.
Orcas kids will now have the chance to learn and grow in a nontraditional school setting: the forest.
To those driving by this summer, it's looked like a jumble of jackhammering, digging and painting. All that work is culminating with a big reveal at the end of August when the school's renovation project is complete.
It’s one of the most dreaded pieces of mail you can get: a jury summons. With a grimace, you think of what that little postcard means – time off work, rearranging appointments and having to take the ferry to Friday Harbor.
“Roy is kind of the Indiana Jones of high-energy physics,” said Michael Riordan, a long-time friend and chair of the Orcas Currents Steering Committee.
Chamber Music Festival is back and ready to delight
Broadway performer Noah Racey is coming straight from the theatre world of New York to the community of Orcas to share his knowledge with island performers
Jessi Gudgell is heading into her junior year at the University of Oregon, and she can already cross some major items off her bucket list.
Fred Klein led a public meeting on June 30 organized by the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee and the Orcas Chamber of Commerce.
“We feel that low-level pathway lighting would be a positive addition to town,” said Chamber Director Lance Evans. He said the chamber's concern is with pedestrian safety, particularly on North Beach Road, as well as ensuring Eastsound is inviting to visitors after dark falls.
Thanks to local donations through the Orcas Island Community Foundation's Partners in Philanthropy, the Booster Club has received funding to participate in the Positive Coaching Alliance program.
Unlike Lopez or San Juan, the Orcas Fire Department doesn’t receive insurance reimbursement for EMS calls. And Acting Fire Chief Mik Preysz is hoping to change that.
One of Martin Lund’s favorite things to do is make music and share it with the community he calls home.
It’s a synchronicity that extends beyond their astrological signs, according to council member Rick Hughes.
Local men are taking a public stand in opposition to violence against women.
When you laugh and have a lot of fun together, it’s easy to be good friends with your mom. Claire Orser is 17 and looking at heading off to college, but she isn’t one bit shy about how much she loves her mother, Libi Geddes.
The Islands' Sounder is running a series on “Across the Universe: A Celebration in Concert,” a benefit for Orcas Center. The production weaves Beatles songs into a tale of love and revolution.
“We can’t keep up with the demand,” said Gerry Lawlor, executive vice president of Rock Island Communications, the new for-profit subsidiary of OPALCO. “We can’t get it out fast enough; we are a small team. We figured most early adaptors would want it cheap and easy by using a wireless adaptor, but most neighborhoods are opting for fiber installation.”
The Islands' Sounder is running a three-part series on “Across the Universe: A Celebration in Concert,” a benefit for Orcas Center.
"I worked for OPALCO for 33 years and I feel deeply connected to it. But I am disappointed with what's happening," said Todd Shaner. "I am bewildered that OPALCO has taken this attitude of not sharing. The trust has been broken.
“We voted to allow discrimination. Elected officials are willing to sacrifice core values to gain control,” Ranker said. “It was disgusting.”
You send a text to your daughter. Five minutes goes by and there is no response. You wait another five, and you can feel the anxiety and impatience rising. Why hasn’t she answered?
Portable homes with a light development footprint are gaining popularity, and Issa Wild is hoping to be at the forefront of the movement.
Hughes has a list of what he’d like to see the county facilitate: mooring muoys, a long-term stormwater plan, curb gutters, low level streetlights and more sidewalks and parking.
A total of 80 neighborhoods in the county are currently in the design process. The areas that are most advanced in the process and under construction are Cape San Juan and Mineral Point on San Juan Island and Eagle Lake on Orcas.
When Clark McAbee was a boy, his father took him to the Field Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, where he marveled at the dinosaur skeletons and fossils. The collections he saw left an impression that inspire him to this day.
Orcas Island Fire and Rescue honored its newest members of the department on Feb. 11.
Most people know that Orcas has a chamber of commerce. But its exact purpose is not always clear. Susan Gudgell, chamber board president, is hoping to change that.
Orcas Has Talent is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and eight hopeful singers and musicians will compete for $500 during the finale show on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Center.
The Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand has become like a second home to Tracy Harachi and Nathan Yoffa.