Chamber Music Festival Brings “Time for Three” to Lopez and Orcas On Lopez Ilsand Aug. 4 and on Orcas Island Aug. 5 and 6

— from Linda Slone for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Violinist Nikki Chooi will begin as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra next month… but first he stops by the San Juans! Nikki Chooi, one of “Time for Three’s” two violinists, has accepted the Concert Master position with … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | What Really Powers Your Electric Car?


— from Tom Owens — OPALCO held a meeting (July 12) to examine future of energy for the Co-Op. Mr. Dauciunas is reported to have stated that since San Juan County gets 98% of its electricity from Canada (hydro, solar and wind) new electric cars here run on hydro. This … Continue reading

Orcas Recycling Services Team Travels to Manzanita, OR

— from Danielle Wheeler — In mid-July, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) representatives travelled to Manzanita, on the Oregon coast, to visit CARTM (Community Action Recycling Team of Manzanita), a pioneering community recycling organization in Tillamook County. Like ORS, CARTM operates a solid waste transfer station for the county and has … Continue reading

Striping Begins Monday on County Roads Beginning with San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez

— from San Juan County Communications — Public Works crews will be striping County roads from July 25, 2016 through August 4, 2016. We will be working through the Islands in the following order: San Juan, Orcas, Shaw, and Lopez. We appreciate your cooperation while this project is underway. Please … Continue reading

ATOI Holding Open Auditions for Other Desert Cities Tomorrow at 3 p.m.


Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m. OR Sunday, July 24, 3 p.m., Orcas Grange — from Lin McNulty, Actors Theater — Actors Theater of Orcas Island (ATOI) will be bringing a hot desert play featuring a conflagration of family dynamics, tradition, and secrecy to the Grange Stage in November. Other Desert Cities was written … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | July 13 – 19, 2016


July 13, 2016 16-004854 Animal at Large 10:09:18 07/13/16 A Lopez Island deputy was called regarding a neighbor’s dog creating a nuisance. The dog owner was cited for the dog running at large. 16-004859 Threats 10:52:07 07/13/16 A man reported receiving threatening texts and voice messages from a former co-worker. … Continue reading

Writers Roundtable to Explore W.S. Merwin Poetry In-depth reading by John Friedmann

Saturday, July 30, 1 – 3 p.m., Orcas Library — from JoEllen Moldoff — Merwin is one of America’s most celebrated poets. We will discuss a selection of twenty poems taken from three of Merwin’s late works: The Rain in the Trees (1988), The Vixen (2005), and The Moon Before … Continue reading

Support Orcas Schools through Education Foundation "One-armed" videos raise awareness and donations

— from Janet Brownell for OIEF — [As of July 19], the Orcas Island Education Foundation is in its last 7 days of the “One Arm Tied Behind Your Back” challenge. Started on June 22, OIEF created the campaign to raise both donations AND awareness. Public education is under-funded in … Continue reading

Medical Provider Joins Orcas Medical Center

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — We are pleased to announce that Kirsten Pickard, ARNP, FNP-BC, has joined Orcas Medical Center (OMC) in Eastsound and is now seeing patients. Pickard earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA in 2004. … Continue reading

Help the Ferries Improve the Reservation System Survey asks specific route questions

— from Anne Haley, Chairman, Washington State Transportation Commission — The Washington State Transportation Commission is asking members of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) both users and non-users to provide their views/opinions on the WSF reservation system. The results of this survey will be delivered to WSF leadership and … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Trail Gets a Face Lift Orcas Island Youth Corps at work


— from Martha Lum and Molly Troxel, with Mindy Kayl — The Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps (OIYCC) was hard at work last week, and the Mountain Lake Trail has emerged newly improved. With guidance from Crew Leaders from the Washington State Trails Association the crew enhanced about 35 feet … Continue reading

Summertime, and Eastsound Water Use Down by 17%


— from Paul Kamin, Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — The summer of 2016 has been markedly different than last summer. In a good way, at least water-wise. This summer (starting in the middle of May) water use has been more “normal.”  Last summer the Pacific Northwest experienced the most significant … Continue reading

Drop Out Hosts Wednesday Workshops Every Wednesday evening in August

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— from Jennifer Brennock — Drop Out will hold a workshop for writers every Wednesday in August, 4-6 pm with a potluck salon to follow into the evening. There will be a specific craft topic each session, examples from contemporary lit, a prompted freewrite, discussion, sharing, and facilitated feedback. Each … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Looks to the Future Summer Interns Bring a Fresh Perspective to Orcas Issues, News and Views

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Issues is proud to introduce its two summer interns to our readers. Emma Heikkinen, daughter of Phil Heikkinen and Ellen Goldberg, has worked as editor on the revived high school newspaper, the Viking Voice. You may already have seen her articles about the Pet … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: “Questioning NATO Commitment Is Dangerous” Larsen: Questioning U.S.’ Commitment to NATO is ‘reckless, dangerous, and weakens our role in the world’


— from U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — On July 21, 2016, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee,  released the following statement after Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump questioned the United States’ existing agreements with and commitment to defending its NATO allies: “For almost … Continue reading