Symposiums, nature walks and more at Birdfest

A great blue heron soars over the waters of the Salish Sea.  - Contributed photo/ George Willis
  • Apr 24, 2015 at 7:00AM updated at 10:23AM

From gardening that attracts and benefits wildlife to nature walks on scenic landscapes to a colorful parade, the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce’s BirdFest has it all.


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Islanders earn black belts

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Taj Howe, 18, earned his black belt on February 28 under the training of Chuck Silva. Howe earned his belt with his training partner Alex Rogers, 19. These two students will be Silva’s last black-belt-level students of his long career in martial arts.

Worker crushed between two cars on ferry did not sustain serious injuries| Update

  • Apr 18, 2015 at 7:00PM updated Apr 24, 2015 at 2:23PM

A Washington State Ferry employee was crushed between two cars on the M/V Elwha last Friday at around 5:30 p.m. The accident happened as the M/V Elwha was loading and unloading cars at the Orcas Island ferry dock around 5:30 p.m.

Men’s action group against domestic violence

  • Apr 23, 2015 at 7:00AM updated at 9:36AM

April is Sexual Assault awareness month. It is a month that for most people passes without a thought about sexual assault. But for some, it is a grim reminder of a day or days that they would rather not remember. Each year there are an estimated 293,000 victims of sexual assault, one every 107 seconds

How can we fix a system that is broken?

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 10:07AM

Putting a drug addict in a box for six years doesn’t solve the problem, according to Matt Stafford, who went back to what he calls “shooting stuff in his arm” as soon as he got out of prison.

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