Marine Education – Hands-on and Feet Wet!

It was just over a year ago that President Obama proclaimed Washington State’s San Juan Islands "a refuge of scientific and historic treasures and a classroom for generations of Americans." In line with these educational ideals, Spring Street International School (SSIS) in Friday Harbor has launched Inland Ocean Studies, an immersive summer program for 14-18 year olds devoted to marine science and maritime ecology.

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Calls for Orcas Fire and EMS up 13 percent over 2013; 40 percent over 2012

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to 57 calls in June, 40 were for emergency medical services. The rest were for fires or other services. So far in 2014 the department has responded to 459 calls, 123 of those are overlapping calls.

The year to date comparison: 405 for 2013; 329 for 2012.

Notable Alarms include:

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