Guest Editorial: A New Exchange — What If?

– by Tim Blanchard, ORS Board President and Pete Moe, Executive Director – Ever since we lost The Exchange to fire, everyone’s wondering, “When will it re-open?” It’s an important question. Every day our community is losing economic and social value as useful goods are shipped off island, sit in … Continue reading

Editorial: Support Orcas Issues on Small Business Saturday

— by Margie Doyle — Sometimes, because Orcas Issues is an information service, it seems to fail to register as a business. But that’s what we are: a small, local (in modern parlance “hyper-local”), news and information business. We’ve been established as such for seven years now, and as a … Continue reading

Concerned about EWUA Policies and Rates? Attend Special Meeting

— by Paul Kamin, EWUA General Manager – The EWUA Board has scheduled a membership meeting for Monday Dec 8th at 6:30 -8:30 pm at the Eastsound Fire Hall. The meeting will include two topics that have drawn attention recently: EWUA’s Guest House policies; alternative rates structures. This Fall, EWUA … Continue reading

Council Chair Rick Hughes Receives Leadership Award


Tuesday, November 25, 2014 San Juan County Council Chairman Rick Hughes recieved the prestiguous Leadership Award from the Washington State Association of Counties at its recent annual meeting.   Chairman Hughes was recognized for his “extraordinary effort in establishing new collaborative partnerships” with other counties in 2014. Chairman Hughes, with the … Continue reading

Guest Column: Background Check Vote Has Ripples Nationwide

— by Kathy Sakahara for the League of Women Voters of Washington State — On November 4, Election Day, over one million Washington voters said yes to background checks for gun sales and other transfers, giving Initiative 594 a landslide victory of almost 20 points. We would like to thank … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Evacuates Orcas Island Resident

– from Mike Welding, Mike, NAS Whidbey – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island medically evacuated (MEDEVAC) a diabetic heart attack victim from Orcas Island to Bellingham International Airport for further follow on transportation to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham Tuesday afternoon, November … Continue reading

Bach Seminar

Roger Sherman

Tuesday, December 2, 12 noon, Emmanuel Parish Hall – from Jan Ehrlichman – In preparation for Orcas Choral Society’s December all-Bach concerts, a free Choral Society Pre-Concert Seminar will be held on Tuesday, December 2 at 12 noon at Emmanuel Parish Hall. The Choral Society’s Artistic Director Roger Sherman will … Continue reading

Water Users and Board Agree to Better Communication

–by Margie Doyle — Board calls for Membership Meeting on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall– At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Eastsound Water Users Board, a group calling themselves the Concerned EWUA Members met with the EWUA Manager Paul Kamin, Board President … Continue reading

Electronic Warfare Range in our Backyard? Just Four Days to Comment

Comments Accepted Until Friday, Nov. 28 – from Adam Ashton for the Tacoma News Tribune – The Forest Service is extending a public comment period on the Navy’s request to use forestland for electronic warfare training that would benefit a growing fleet of EA-18 Growler jets based at Naval Air … Continue reading

Abreu’s Song Included in Spiritual Progressives’ Album

Sharon Abreu captures Spiritual Progressives with "The Left Hand of God"

Orcas Islander Sharon Abreu sings on the album, “Radical Amazement,” a compilation of songs by various artists, released by the Network of Spiritual Progressives. The Network announced the new work, saying, “‘Radical Amazement’ is a collection of songs by a diverse array of artists, all with a message of love, … Continue reading

Pot Growing Moratorium Meeting Adds Speakers

Tuesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor — from Boyd Pratt — San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at … Continue reading