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

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

Letter to the Editor: Heinmiller as Fire Commissioner Will Maintain Excellence

— from Tom Ritter — I strongly endorse Wes Heinmiller for Fire Commissioner of Orcas Island. Mr. Heinmiller is committed to maintaining the high level of service that Orcas Island Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Service provides. We have all benefited from these services and Wes will ensure that they … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Come Meet to Reclaim the American Dream

— from Hedrick Smith — Hi Orcas Friends, Okay, so it’s officially fall – time to get moving… Hope you’ve had a great Labor Day weekend and you’re ready to plunge into action. Eight of us met on Sunday, but that timing wasn’t practical for most of you, we realize. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Munch for Monkey Bars at Funhouse Commons!

— from Jen Vollmer — Thanks to the generosity of Funhouse 2015 Gala donors and the Kiwanis Club of Orcas Island, The Funhouse Commons can now purchase new playground equipment. The organization is seeking additional community support for preparing the grounds and installing the equipment. One way you can help … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Sends Unit to Fight Eastern WA Fire

The following letter was written by Acting Fire Chief Mik Preysz to Orcas Fire and Rescue Commissioners on Aug.27: Dear Commissioners: I am writing you to let you know that I authorized the deployment of our Brush truck with Seth Ybarra as “Engine Leader” to the Kettle Complex (60,000 acres) … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Orcas Fire and Rescue Honors Fallen Firefighters

— from Miklos Preysz, Acting Chief, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR) — On August 25, 2015 at approximately 1900, a “paddle-out” memorial ceremony was performed for the three fallen Twisp Firefighters at Eastsound Waterfront Park. We regret to announce that OIFR was unable to formally attend. OIFR, in the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Is A Community Loan Fund Coming to Orcas? Should it?


— by Alexander Conrad — Would the Orcas Island community support a local Community Loan Fund? Would there be sufficient borrower interest? Would there be sufficient investor interest? How would it work on Orcas? These are just a few of the questions that a group of islanders (the loan fund … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Meetings to Address Proposed Farming Regs


Wednesday, August 26, from 4-5:30 at the Eastsound Firehall — by Sandy Strehlou — Dear Friends of Local Agriculture: I am writing to encourage you to attend one of the following meetings on the proposed greenhouse regs. The San Juan Island meeting is [Tuesday] afternoon at Brickworks. There will be … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks Again from Skagit Habitat for Humanity

— by Jim Duffield for Habit for Humanity — Wow! What a response from Orcas Islanders on Monday the 17th.The Skagit Habitat for Humanity Store truck was invited back to Orcas to accept donations that could be recycled for use by someone else. We had donors lined up at the … Continue reading

A Big Thank You Seems Fair


— from Ashley King — A big thank you from the staff at the San Juan County Fair for another great Fair! To our department superintendents, our hardworking volunteers, entertainers, musicians, vendors, and of course, our loyal patrons—your time and energy brings this Fair to life each and every year. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thank You from StoryFest Apprentices

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–from Eth-Noh-Tec’s Apprentices, Aug. 5, 2015 (delay in publication due to technical difficulties) — Thank you Orcas! Five strangers gathered on Orcas Island from July 25-31 as Eth-Noh-Tec’s apprentice storytellers. Wow! What a privilege to personally meet the legendary and magical fairies of Orcas Island, manifested through a universal and … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Absentee Owners and Managers Hurt Island Rentals


— from Karen Key Speck — Recently I responded to a local island resident who complimented me and my company for regulating my vacation rentals in a manner as to be the least intrusive to neighbors and to his concern about Vacasa mass marketing to Orcas Island residents. I appreciate … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Make a Difference, Mentor a Youth


— by Heather Dew Oaksen — Many thanks to David Turnoy for his Guest Opinion: Make a Difference in a Child’s Life explaining the very real need for additional youth mentoring on Orcas; as the filmmaker of MINOR DIFFERENCES, the documentary he mentioned, which follows five former juvenile offenders from … Continue reading