OMC / Island Hospital Contract for Patient Care to Expire in December

— by Lin McNulty — With the contract to maintain patient services at Orcas Medical Center (OMC) set to expire on December 31, 2016, Orcas Medical Foundation Board (OMF) and Island Hospital have been in negotiations for close to a year. These negotiations continued this week in a closed-door Executive Session on … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Joins Other Agencies to Rescue Two Boatloads of Kayakers

— from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR)– Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol (Boat and Helicopter), YMCA Camp Orkila, Washington State Parks and Outer Island Excursions responded to an emergency call at 9:40 a.m. reporting five kayakers in the water south of … Continue reading

Rep. Larsen Tours District to Fight Opioid Epidemic

— from Douglas Wagoner — [Yesterday], Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) concluded an expansive tour of Washington’s 2nd Congressional District where he held a series of events with law enforcement, health officials, advocates, community leaders, and elected officials to discuss new tools made available by the recently passed bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction … Continue reading

Upcoming: Annual Steve Braun Triathlon Swim, bike, run


Sunday, September 4, Moran State Park Registration 7:30 a.m.; Pre Race meeting 8:30 a.m.; Race starts at 9 a.m. — from Michel Vekved | SMBT Race Director, Friends of Moran — It’s almost that time of year again. As we swiftly move through summer accumulating memories, we know some have been … Continue reading

Permaculture Celebration at Orcasong Farm


Wednesday, August 24, 10 a.m. –  4 p.m., Orcasong Farm — from Gretchen Krampf — We invite you to join us at Orcasong Farm, 280 Dolphin Bay Road, for a day of community and permaculture learning-in-action. Our first Salish Sea Permaculture Action Day brings musician/sisters Leah and Chloe of Rising … Continue reading

Creating with Calendula in the School Garden


— by Ashley Randall — While waiting for our salves to set, we turned to a large bed of calendula flowers for inspiration. We identified and discussed the assortment of calendula flowers used in the salves. We hand picked seeds from the dried flowers to fill seed packets. And a … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on DEA’s Marijuana Decision

— from Tara Lee — Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement today on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s decision today not to reschedule marijuana in its listing of illegal substances under the federal Controlled Substances Act. “I am disappointed that we don’t have a national standard for at least medical marijuana. … Continue reading

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Offers Community Yoga Classes

Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., Orcas Athletic Center — from Eve Batchelder — Come embody a more powerful sense of self through the practice of yoga in a safe and supportive environment! Beginning August 4, DVSAS will offer an ongoing community yoga class open to beginner and intermediate levels, ages 18+. Class will be … Continue reading

Get Ready for Entry Day at the Fair Youth Exhibitors FREE Again at the Fair


Tuesday, August 16, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fairgrounds — from Ashley King, et. al — You’ve seen our posters, you’ve heard the chatter, it’s FAIR season. Are you getting your entries ready? We are excited to have our online premium book again this year ( —be sure to look up … Continue reading

Editorial: Join the Movement to Keep Ferry Food Local! Olympic Cascade Food Services and Cheesecake Cafe to be dumped in favor of national corporation?

— by Margie Doyle, reprinted upon request from July 17 — A petition by Susan Meyers to maintain local vendors for ferry and ferry terminal food services is circulated through a campaign. The petition will be delivered to Governor Jay Inslee. Orcas Issues readers are encouraged to sign the … Continue reading

County Council at Work: Meetings on Monday and Tuesday Agenda items include affordable housing, public facilities' financing, Economic Development Council budget, plastic bag ordinance

— by Margie Doyle — The San Juan County Council will meet Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8 and 9 in Friday Harbor this week at the Legislative Hearing Room at 55 Second Street, in Friday Harbor. The Monday meeting will allow for Citizens Access following the call to order at … Continue reading

Business Spotlight: Island Thyme Celebrates 20 Years Chris and Eliza Morris Build a Cottage Industry to a Regional Presence

Island Thyme feature

— by Madeleine Treneer — Cardamom, cucumber, jasmine, lavender and sandalwood: these are a few of the natural ingredients which are incorporated into Island Thyme’s botanically-based skin and body care products. Island Thyme soaps and salves, balms and lotions are dreamed up and produced at their Olga farm and apothecary studio … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Users Annual Meeting Aug. 16 to vote for board, Aug. 10 deadline to apply


— from Paul Kamin, EWUA Manager — Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) is hosting its annual membership meeting on Tuesday August 16th at 6:30 pm At the Eastsound Fire Hall, 45 Lavender Lane. This meeting will have a number of important components.  VOTING BOOTH – meet and vote for … Continue reading

Cancer Survivorship Group Meeting This Month at the Orcas Island Community Church Fellowship Hall

Thursday, Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. –from Sue Lewis — The Cancer Survivorship Group begins its seventh year this Thursday, August 11. At our informal meetings you’ll have a chance to share your experiences, problems, and feelings. Others attending will be those who are currently going through treatment, are in … Continue reading

Need a Will? There’s Still a Way Back by popular demand

Monday, August 8, 1-3 p.m., Senior Center — from Arron Redford — Last month’s workshop filled up fast, and we are happy to offer this additional opportunity to anybody that missed out. Join us for a hands-on tutorial for step by step instructions in filling out an Advanced Directive or … Continue reading

Flotsam & Jetsam | Nothing Compares to You

— a semi-regular humor column by Maurice Austin — Much of the discussion of the health of the southern resident orca population focuses on nutrition—those apex predators rely on Chinook salmon for the majority of their diet, and given that salmon are racing toward extinction, the southern residents orcas may … Continue reading

Another Vege Potluck 1st Sundays Vege Potluck & Movie!

Sunday, August 7 at 6 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall — from Lydia Miller — This monthly gathering celebrates compassionate, healthy and sustainable plant based lifestyle. Join in on the lively conversation, get inspired, learn something new, come home with recipes, and enjoy yummy food! Everyone is welcome to … Continue reading

State-approved Massage School Comes to Friday Harbor

— from Richard Davenport — Friday Harbor School of Massage was approved by The Washington State Board of Massage, and the Workforce Training Board approved the curriculum and program on July 8. The school is officially a state-approved school for training new massage therapists.  Currently the closest massage schools are located in Bellingham, … Continue reading

Donate During August Blood Drive It is during summer that need increases and donations decrease by 15%

Thursday, August 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Leif — Just a month after our wonderful July Fourth Orcas celebration, the Orcas Lions, Fire & Rescue Dept., and other organizations are hosting the next Blood Drive, Thursday August Fourth. And we are honoring our Fourth … Continue reading