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

Editorial: Trust Me, You Should Have Been There

— by Margie Doyle — That’s the message implicit in all the reporting we do for Orcas Issues. Our reports, whether on a theater event, an infrastructure crisis, a non-profit campaign, or government meetings, convey to you the important, rewarding and challenging aspects of life on Orcas Island and in … Continue reading

Round One of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced


November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center — from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator — “This IS America” : Exploring the relationship between our Island individualism and our place within the larger collective American experiment. Presentation topics will range from psychology and medicine, law enforcement, media reporting, oceanic … Continue reading

We’re Still Here and Our Daily Digest Headlines Will Be Back

Dear Orcas Issues readers, As many of you already know, our Mail Chimp feature that sends or “feeds out” our Daily Digest headlines isn’t working properly, and since Sept. 11, the late-afternoon headlines — that go to over 650 of you — haven’t been sent. We apologize! While we’re working … Continue reading

Who Follows and Who Supports Orcas Issues?

— by Lin McNulty — Following is the statistics chart from our Orcas Issues internet host showing our impressive visitor traffic. We continue to be pleasantly gob-smacked by these numbers. It is apparent, viewing these statistics, that Orcas Issues, Orcas Island’s only locally-owned news service, is a valuable resource for … Continue reading

Pulitzer-Winning Cartoonist Speaks With OHS Students

by Cara Russell Two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning political cartoonist David Horsey visited Orcas this weekend to speak at the Crossroads Lecture Series. Before he left, he paid a special visit to Orcas Island High School. Junior and Seniors of OHS filled Kathy Collister’s classroom on Monday morning to see a special … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for the Solstice Parade!

The sun sure smiled on all of us as we celebrated in the streets and on the Eastsound Village Green at the 15th Annual Summer Solstice parade and celebration. Thank you everyone for sharing your music, dance. song and colorful, creative merrymaking. Thank you to our sponsor, San Juan County … Continue reading

Orcas Student Provides Virtual Visit to Turtlehead Preserve

From the San Juan Preservation Trust Young Orcas Island native Will Fisher has set his sights on a career as a professional photographer and videographer, so his 2012 internship with the San Juan Preservation Trust was a perfect fit. Fisher, 19, graduated last spring from the photography program at the … Continue reading

The Upcoming Science Fair 2012: Explosions!

By Brigid Ehrmantraut The annual Funhouse Commons Science Fair will be held this Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Funhouse Commons will host exciting Science Projects presented by students of all ages. For the sixth year in a row, the fair will be offering $2,000 in scholarships to the … Continue reading

Report from the Fair: Orcas Kids Win Many Awards the Last Day

By Brigid Ehrmantraut Saturday was the final day of the 2011 San Juan County Fair. Some of the last-day events  included the 4-H Livestock Auction, Small Animal Round Robin, and the 4-H Awards Ceremony. The 2011 Livestock Auction probably holds the record for most animals turned back to be resold … Continue reading

Applied Physics Class Builds, Launches Solar Boat

By Brigid Ehrmantraut The Orcas Island High School Applied Physics class proudly displayed the culmination of their efforts at a morning assembly on Thursday, June 2nd. The class, taught by Brett McFarland, has been working to build their solar-powered umiak since the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. The entire boat … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: A Brilliant Idea for our Waterfront

With all the hullabaloo associated with building construction, permits, approvals, zoning, EPRC recommendations, ADU’s, Growth Management, and all the other ‘stuff’ we constantly hear about new buildings and development, how about an idea that goes the other way? Barry Madan has a brilliant idea, in my opinion: tear down Vern’s … Continue reading