Victoria Parker Announces Chamber Music Fest Retirement

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– from Aloysia Friedmann, Founder and Artistic Director, Sam Coleman, Board President – To our cherished Patrons, Supporters and Volunteers, At our Board meeting on Tuesday, July 15, Victoria Parker, the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Executive Director since 2006, announced her upcoming retirement, sometime within the next year. Victoria … Continue reading

Train Traffic and Oil Spill Protestors Attend Army Hearing

– by John Stang for – The fate of a Cherry Point oil-loading dock. Distrust of BP. A minor oil-car derailment in Seattle. All of these surfaced Thursday at a hearing in Seattle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held the public hearing to discuss a draft environmental impact … Continue reading

Who Follows and Who Supports Orcas Issues?

– by Lin McNulty – Following is the statistics chart from our Orcas Issues internet host showing our impressive visitor traffic. We continue to be pleasantly gob-smacked by these numbers. It is apparent, viewing these statistics, that Orcas Issues, Orcas Island’s only locally-owned news service, is a valuable resource for … Continue reading

Tango! Superstars! Piano Extravaganza! Chamber Music Fest is Two Weeks to Stand Up and Cheer!

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— from Joyce Stone, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Amazing, world famous musicians are coming to Orcas in August for one reason – the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. August 8 through 23 will be filled with magnificent music and performances you’ll never forget. Opening weekend you’ll journey to … Continue reading

New Gateway Pacific Terminal Plans to Increase Coal and Oil Traffic

– by Floyd McKay for – Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands. Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal … Continue reading

Sen. Ranker’s Term as PNW Economic Region President Comes to Close


– from Aaron Wasser – Sen. Kevin Ranker’s one-year term as President of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region came to a close Wednesday during a ceremony in Whistler, British Columbia with the formal passing of the gavel to the organization’s incoming President David Ramsey. Ranker, who represents the 40th Legislative … Continue reading

Orcas Fly-In Soars Again!

Friday – Sunday, August 1 – 3 at Eastsound Airport – Antique Car Show Too! Come enjoy the best of general aviation! Warbirds, experimentals, old fashioned airplanes, local pilots and seaplanes, aircraft, plus flying demonstrations. Each year 100-150 aircraft attend the Orcas Fly-In from around the country. The 30th annual … Continue reading

Chief O’Brien Learns Leadership on the Line

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 – by Margie Doyle – If anyone thought Kevin O’Brien was done learning now that he is Chief and Executive of the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District, they’d have thought wrong. This spring, O’Brien started a four-year course on Executive Fire Officer Leadership through the Federally-supported National Fire Academy. … Continue reading