CenturyLink’s Fiber Problems Affecting County Service Now Resolved

Update 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 Internet service has been restored to San Juan Islands. The root cause of the outage is still being investigated but services are no longer impacted. The cause appears to have been a fiber switching issue on the mainland. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 from … Continue reading

Rock Island VP Mike Greene Steps Down as Start-Up Operations Solidify

— from Dan Burke, Rock Island and Suzanne Olson, OPALCO — Rock Island Communications founder Mike Greene, who has most recently been serving as Vice President of Technology, has announced that he will be leaving the company as of October 15. When OPALCO purchased Rock Island in February, Greene stayed … Continue reading

Celebrate Farms, Food, and Community on Farm Tour

Warm Valley Farms is the top prize-winner in the Orcas Chamber of Commerce 2012 Community Parade

Sunday, October 4, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm on Orcas Island — from the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — On Sunday, October 4 Orcas Island will host a Farm Tour with over a dozen farms participating. You will be able to see all sorts of farm demonstrations including sheep … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report: September 16 – 29, 2015


September 16, 2015 15-005615 Medical Emergency 12:00:53 09/16/15 A Lopez Island Deputy responded to a suspicious circumstance complaint after the 911 center received a call from a what sounded like a confused person. The Deputy contacted the caller and determined he was suffering from a medical condition. The subject was flown to a … Continue reading

Funhouse Offers Ninth Annual College Counseling Event

— from Rebecca DeMeritt for The Funhouse — The Funhouse and Orcas Island High School are teaming up for the annual post-high school “Futures Fair” for Orcas Island high school students on Tuesday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 7th. Peg Keough, College Financing Expert, will offer an evening event for … Continue reading

DVSAS Presents “Out-of-the-Box” Book Club

— from DVSAS of Orcas Island — What if you had the power to create peace in your life, your relationships, and your community by connecting to a more open heart? What would that look like on a day-to-day basis? Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) invites the community … Continue reading

Fall Fundraising Appeal: To All Our Readers

Dear Fellow Islanders, Orcas Issues is looking ahead as we enter the last quarter of this year, with colorful leaves, full moons, autumn harvests and winter preparations. I hear from many of you throughout the year; you are smart, engaged and very passionate about neighborhood, island, county and regional affairs. … Continue reading

And We’re Only Two Months Into the School Year

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— from the Orcas Island Education Foundation board — As we enter the second full month of the school year, the Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF) would like to report to the community how its donors have helped to realize wonderful opportunities for our public school students. Earlier this year, … Continue reading

Fall Flamenco Tour Comes to Orcas

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October 2nd 8 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall Savannah Fuentes presents her latest show, Northern Lights, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound October 2nd. Northern Lights will be a presentation of Flamenco as interpreted by three very different artists; Puerto Rican/Irish dancer Savannah Fuentes, Guitarist Bobby de Sofia, and … Continue reading

Larsen Votes Against Irresponsible Defense Spending

— from the Office of U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — Rick Larsen, WA-02, voted [on Oct. 1, 2015] against a bill that busts defense spending caps by more than $38 billion, giving the Department of Defense (DOD) a temporary free pass on spending while continuing with harmful cuts to domestic … Continue reading

DVSAS Presents Sanctified Sisters in “Carried by the Current”

Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 pm. at the Grange — from DVSAS of Orcas Island — In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, come join DVSAS this October 10th, 2015, for a reading of an award winning play by Nicola Pearson entitled, “Carried by the Current.” Based on true events … Continue reading

OPAL Unable to Secure Funding for Historic Edith Macefield House

— from Judy Whiting for OPAL Community Land Trust — Almost two months after it was announced that the nonprofit OPAL Community Land Trust would have the first opportunity to raise funds to move the Edith Macefield House from its current location in Ballard to Orcas Island, OPAL has ended … Continue reading

“Whale of a Show” Presents Young Talent, Orcas-style


 –- by Cara Russell — “Whale of a Show” packed the house on Saturday, September 26 at Orcas Center. As they have for several years, Didier Gincig and his daughter Emilie shared duties as the two hosts of the all-kid talent show that has been a cherished event for years, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Miss the Film Fest Preview

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— from Donna Laslo and the Orcas Island Film Festival Team — Hello Film Lovers! Join us on this Thursday, Oct. 1st at 6 p.m. at Random Howse for a special Orcas Island Film Festival preview. The Orcas Island Film Festival is right around the corner and we are excited to give you the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Let’s Really Support Local Agriculture

— from Sandy Strehlou of the Committee for Diversified Agriculture — Last week the County Council announced that they will not be putting the proposed greenhouse regulations on the Council agenda. While it doesn’t mean the Council has dropped the issue for good, this is still good news. I choose … Continue reading

New Poetry Workshop: Process and Discovery

— from JoEllen Moldoff– …Poetry arrived in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where it came from, from winter or a river… —Pablo Neruda In this class, we will read, discuss and write poems. By creating the opportunity and spark for words to come together, we will … Continue reading

Child Find to Hold Friendly Developmental Screening

Register Now for Wednesday October 7 appointments for Children ages 3-5  — from Theresa Mayr, Orcas Elementary School Principal — What is the purpose of a Child Find Screening? The purpose of the screening is to identify any factors that may interfere with your child’s learning, growth, and development. The … Continue reading