Monday, August 4, 7–9 p.m., Odd Fellows – from Bill Gincig – Local instructors are again offering their community dance class on August 4 from 7 to 9 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall. It will be swing and instruction will begin promptly at 7 pm followed by dancing at … Continue reading

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– from Mary Getten – Orcas Island recently lost a beloved “man about town”. The little white ball of fur known as Sunny, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on July 17th. He has been the constant and loving companion of Indira Monk for 12 years. They were often seen … Continue reading

It Was Non-stop Basketball


– from Vala Ross – The 2nd Annual Orcas SummerSlam 3-on-3 Tournament, hosted by Orcas Christian School on Sunday 7/20, featured sixteen (16) teams competing in an action packed, intense full day of non-stop basketball. Pictured above are the Champions from the Men’s Division “West Beach Ballers” (Troy O’Neill, Josh … Continue reading

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 Crosscut.com – 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