Gathering of Art Experts to Discuss Premier Artist Michael Dailey

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm at the San Juan Community Theatre, Friday Harbor — from the San Juan Islands Museum of Art — Enriching the experience of “Michael Dailey: Early Dawn to Late Twilight” at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, IMA brings a lively conversation about one … Continue reading

Fall Festival and Hay Rides: Orkila Traditions

Pumpkin Carving -- an Orkila Fall Fest tradition!

— from Haley Winchell for YMCA Camp Orkila — Camp Orkila’s Fall Festival and Haunted Hay Ride are on Saturday, October 17th, 2015. Our Fall Festival will be from 1:00-5:30pm. We’ll have hot dogs, soup, chili and cider to warm you up. You’ll be able to participate in pumpkin carving, … Continue reading

Council Prioritizes Shoreline Master Plan

— from Colin Maycock, Senior Planner, San Juan County — The San Juan County Council is continuing their review of draft Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) documents on Monday October 12 in the Legislative Hearing Room, Friday Harbor, WA. The meeting will be streamed live on the County’s website. This will … Continue reading

CenturyLink Works with Orcas Issues to Help in Outages

— by Margie Doyle — Following the CenturyLink outage (and restoration) on Saturday, Oct. 3, Orcas Issues was told to call the CenturyLink customer service representative should we become aware of any further service interruptions. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, we heard from Orcas Issues’ readers that their service had been … Continue reading

Orcas Island Farmers’ Market Moves this Saturday

farm feature

Saturday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall   –from Jennifer Pietsch —   Ahhhh Autumn!  The Orcas Island Farmers’ Market has made the move to Odd Fellows Hall our autumn home.  Sleep in and have a second cup of coffee Market hours are 11-2. … Continue reading

Port of Orcas to Meet Thursday

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 12 noon at Port Office — from Port Manager Anthony Simpson– At the Port of Orcas Regular meeting the agenda calls for approval of Sept. minutes, Public Access Time, Airport Manager’s Report, Treasurer’s Report and Draft 2016 Budget Presentation and Discussion. There will also be approval … Continue reading

Guest Column: The Cancer of Global Warming (cont’d.)

(This is part two of a 2 part commentary. See yesterday’s Orcas Issues for part one) — by Joe Symons of — There is only one question that needs to be asked, regardless of your age or occupation. Whether you are a school teacher or administrator, an employee, a … Continue reading

Open House for Leadership San Juan Islands Class XII

— from Liz Illg, Co-Director Leadership San Juan Islands — Leadership San Juan Islands is looking for a few islanders to participate in a five month program to become more knowledgeable and skilled at getting things done in the county. An Open House is planned for Eastsound, October 14 from … Continue reading

Rock Island VP Mike Greene Steps Down as Start-Up Operations Solidify

— from Dan Burke, Rock Island and Suzanne Olson, OPALCO — Rock Island Communications founder Mike Greene, who has most recently been serving as Vice President of Technology, has announced that he will be leaving the company as of October 15. When OPALCO purchased Rock Island in February, Greene stayed … Continue reading

Election 2015: Haynie and Jones Vie as Park and Recreation Commission Candidates

Please consider attending the League of Women Voters of the San Juans Election Forum on Orcas Island on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The following information on candidates for the Orcas Fire and Rescue Commissioners Race is from the Washington Voters Pamphlet, which will … Continue reading

Elections 2015: Remington and Heinmiller Vie as Fire and Rescue Commissioner Candidates

Please consider attending the League of Women Voters of the San Juans Election Forum on Orcas Island on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. The following information on candidates for the Orcas Fire and Rescue Commissioners Race is from the Washington Voters Pamphlet, which will … Continue reading

Nikki McClure Comes to Darvill’s

Nikki McClure's eloquent art will be spotlighted at Darvill's this Sunday

— from Darvill’s Bookstore — For the first time at Darvill’s, Nikki McClure , noted Northwestern artist, illustrator and author will be reading and signing books and calendars on Sunday, October 11th from 12:30- to 1:30 pm . A native of Olympia, Washington, Nikki is known for her painstakingly intricate … Continue reading

Ferries to Hold Meetings on Reservation System Changes

Lopez and Orcas meetings on Oct. 14 and 15; San Juan and Shaw meetings on Oct. 21 and 22 — by Washington State Ferries — We want to hear how reservations are working for you and your family as we evaluate whether program modifications are needed for our spring … Continue reading

Welcome New Pied Pipers!


–by Joyce Stone for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival’s Pied Piper program brings local musicians to our island preschools each week during the school year, and special sessions during the Summer. “We couldn’t imagine a week without the Pied Piper music program in … Continue reading

See Second Round of Library Expansion Plans

concept for library expansion feature

Tuesday, October 6, from 2 – 4 and 5 – 7 — by Margie Doyle — This Tuesday, Oct. 6, the Orcas Public Library will host two meetings to update the public on the design work for the expansion project, “Books and Beyond: The Next Chapter.” Architects from the selected … Continue reading

San Juan Islands Birders Plan Fall Boat Trip

— by Barbara Jensen for the San Juans Audubon Society — Fall is here and it is time to get out on the water to see returning wintering birds and some hard to see marine birds. Great flocks of wintering ducks, loons, and grebes are arriving, whales are here along … Continue reading

Trashion Fashion Show Oct. 24 — More Details!

— from Linda Peth for the Grange — Trashion Fashion Show entry forms are now available on the Bulletin Boards at Island Market, Post Offices in East Sound and Orcas, Templin Center (Ray’s Pharmacy), Orcas Island Co-Op, The Kitchen, Country Corner Laundromat, Deer Harbor Marina, Doe Bay Resort and Orcas … Continue reading

CenturyLink’s Recent Fiber Problems Affecting County Service Now Resolved

Update 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 Internet service has been restored to San Juan Islands. The root cause of the outage is still being investigated but services are no longer impacted. The cause appears to have been a fiber switching issue on the mainland. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 from … Continue reading

DVSAS Presents “Out-of-the-Box” Book Club

— from DVSAS of Orcas Island — What if you had the power to create peace in your life, your relationships, and your community by connecting to a more open heart? What would that look like on a day-to-day basis? Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) invites the community … Continue reading

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