Ranker: Decision to Re-Route Anacortes Ferry to Edmonds “Short-Sighted”

— from Aaron Wasser — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the statement below Thursday morning urging Washington State Ferries to reverse its decision to move a ferry from the Sidney route to replace a broken down ferry in another route: “I have nothing but sympathy for our fellow ferry … Continue reading

Ferry Cancellations

— from Washington State Ferries — Thursday: All international departures from Anacortes, Friday Harbor and Sidney, B.C., will be canceled on Thursday, 7/31 and Friday, 8/1 due to vessel repositioning throughout the system. The affected westbound departures are Anacortes 8:25 a.m. and 2:50 p.m., and Friday Harbor 9:45 a.m. The … Continue reading

To Be or Not to Bee Safe

Sunday August 3, at  2:30 p.m. upstairs at the Orcas Food Co-op — by Chom Graecen — Gardeners beware. Some “bee friendly” plants that you buy may end up harming, instead of, helping bees. The health of honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinators have been under serious threat and … Continue reading

New Band in Town?

— by Lin McNulty — Even though this “story” is un-sourced, even though it is second- or third-hand hearsay, and even though Orcas Issues avoids repeating un-sourced street rumors, this one is simply too good to ignore. And because I heard it from a couple of different second-hand sources, i.e., … Continue reading

Harry W. Sircely Passes

— from Mary Ann Sircely — Veteran photojournalist Harry Sircely passed away peacefully at home on July 16. He was 69. Harry struggled with lung cancer for a number of years, always finding a way to stay strong and enjoy life. He beat the doctor’s projections by a mile, riding … Continue reading

Swing!

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