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

Train Traffic and Oil Spill Protestors Attend Army Hearing

– by John Stang for Crosscut.com – The fate of a Cherry Point oil-loading dock. Distrust of BP. A minor oil-car derailment in Seattle. All of these surfaced Thursday at a hearing in Seattle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held the public hearing to discuss a draft environmental impact … 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

Tango! Superstars! Piano Extravaganza! Chamber Music Fest is Two Weeks to Stand Up and Cheer!

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— from Joyce Stone, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Amazing, world famous musicians are coming to Orcas in August for one reason – the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. August 8 through 23 will be filled with magnificent music and performances you’ll never forget. Opening weekend you’ll journey to … Continue reading

New Gateway Pacific Terminal Plans to Increase Coal and Oil Traffic

– by Floyd McKay for Crosscut.com – Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands. Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal … Continue reading

Orcas Fly-In Soars Again!

Friday – Sunday, August 1 – 3 at Eastsound Airport – Antique Car Show Too! Come enjoy the best of general aviation! Warbirds, experimentals, old fashioned airplanes, local pilots and seaplanes, aircraft, plus flying demonstrations. Each year 100-150 aircraft attend the Orcas Fly-In from around the country. The 30th annual … Continue reading

Wednesday Evening Markets on the Village Green!

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— from Jennifer Pietsch, Orcas Island Farmers Market Manager — For the third year, Orcas Island Farmers Market is hosting Evening Markets Wednesdays on the Village Green! We started three years as part of the celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week in August. It was so fun and successful that … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A Bountiful Garden in the Heart of Eastsound

– by Antoinette Botsford – The Eastsound Planning Review committee (EPRC), County Public Works and the County Council from time to time discuss what is to be done with the lot, 50×100, that is bordered by Prune Alley on one end and North Beach Road on the other — the … Continue reading

Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Science Expert, Returns to Orcas, July 23rd

— from Kathleen Lunde — The Orcas Island Public Library presents Dr. Cliff Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University Of Washington, speaking on Wednesday, July 23 at 5:30pm at the Orcas Center’s Main Stage. Dr. Mass’s topics will be “Global Warming, The Media, and Coal Trains”. “Global warming … Continue reading