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

Economic Development Council Seeks Assistant

— from Victoria Compton, Director, San Juan County Economic Development Council — Title of Position: Economic Development Program Assistant Job Description: Plan, organize, develop, implement, oversee and review economic development programs and activities. Involves: Organize and coordinate a wide variety of business workshops. Analyze regional and local economic data and … Continue reading

Meditation Master Coming to Darvills


Saturday, July 23, 2016 – 6 p.m., Darvill’s Bookstore — from Heather Simon — Meditation master and founder and spiritual director of Pristine Mind Foundation, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, will discuss his transformative book, Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness at Darvill’s Bookstore. The true nature of our mind … Continue reading

Public Comments Sought on County Shorelines Program Comment Period: July 22 to September 2, 2016, 5 p.m.

— from the Washington State Dept. of Ecology — Washington State Dept. of Ecology seeks public comment on updates to San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program. Authority for this update is based on Washington’s Shoreline Management Act (Ch. 90.58 RCW) and related rules. Send comments to: Bob Fritzen, WA Dept. … Continue reading

Spooky Tales With an Orcas Spin

Castle in the swamp.

Starting in July: Pioneer Museum on Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; Crow Valley School on Fridays, 5 p.m. — from Pegi Groundwater — “We ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”  You might be after you attend the Spooky Tales Ghost Stories presented by the Orcas Island Historical Society this summer. Master storyteller, Antoinette Botsford, … Continue reading

Register for Komen Seattle 20-mile Walker You can do this

— from Dottie Cornelius — I am very excited to tell you The Susan G. Komen 3-Day has opened registration for the Seattle “20-mile walker.” This year, Komen is offering an opportunity on Sunday, September 18 for people who have never participated in the 3-Day, but would like to experience … Continue reading

A Workshop to Get Your Act Together Sponsored by Maria Massey Memorial Fund and Actors Theater of Orcas Island

— from Lisa Spesard — Are you a beginning actor? High School age or above? Have experience on the stage and want to improve your performance skills? The Maria Massey Memorial Fund, in concert with the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, is pleased to announce its second Actor’s Workshop. The Fund … Continue reading

Janice Wiemeyer Pens Book on Spousal Loss

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Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at Darvill’s Bookstore — by Margie Doyle — Janice Wiemeyer, retired psychologist, will be giving a reading from her newly-published book, Loving Again: After a Spouse Has Died at Darvill’s Bookstore on July 27 at 6 p.m. The now-retired psychologist says the seed for … Continue reading