Chamber Music Festival Brings “Time for Three” to Lopez and Orcas On Lopez Ilsand Aug. 4 and on Orcas Island Aug. 5 and 6

— from Linda Slone for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival — Violinist Nikki Chooi will begin as Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra next month… but first he stops by the San Juans! Nikki Chooi, one of “Time for Three’s” two violinists, has accepted the Concert Master position with … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | What Really Powers Your Electric Car?


— from Tom Owens — OPALCO held a meeting (July 12) to examine future of energy for the Co-Op. Mr. Dauciunas is reported to have stated that since San Juan County gets 98% of its electricity from Canada (hydro, solar and wind) new electric cars here run on hydro. This … Continue reading

Support Orcas Schools through Education Foundation "One-armed" videos raise awareness and donations

— from Janet Brownell for OIEF — [As of July 19], the Orcas Island Education Foundation is in its last 7 days of the “One Arm Tied Behind Your Back” challenge. Started on June 22, OIEF created the campaign to raise both donations AND awareness. Public education is under-funded in … Continue reading

Help the Ferries Improve the Reservation System Survey asks specific route questions

— from Anne Haley, Chairman, Washington State Transportation Commission — The Washington State Transportation Commission is asking members of the Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) both users and non-users to provide their views/opinions on the WSF reservation system. The results of this survey will be delivered to WSF leadership and … Continue reading

Drop Out Hosts Wednesday Workshops Every Wednesday evening in August

drop out weds feature

— from Jennifer Brennock — Drop Out will hold a workshop for writers every Wednesday in August, 4-6 pm with a potluck salon to follow into the evening. There will be a specific craft topic each session, examples from contemporary lit, a prompted freewrite, discussion, sharing, and facilitated feedback. Each … Continue reading

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

Our Representatives Report: “Questioning NATO Commitment Is Dangerous” Larsen: Questioning U.S.’ Commitment to NATO is ‘reckless, dangerous, and weakens our role in the world’


— from U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — On July 21, 2016, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee,  released the following statement after Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump questioned the United States’ existing agreements with and commitment to defending its NATO allies: “For almost … Continue reading

Economic Development Council Seeks Assistant

— from Victoria Compton, Director, San Juan County Economic Development Council — Title of Position: Economic Development Program Assistant Job Description: Plan, organize, develop, implement, oversee and review economic development programs and activities. Involves: Organize and coordinate a wide variety of business workshops. Analyze regional and local economic data and … Continue reading

Meditation Master Coming to Darvills


Saturday, July 23, 2016 – 6 p.m., Darvill’s Bookstore — from Heather Simon — Meditation master and founder and spiritual director of Pristine Mind Foundation, Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, will discuss his transformative book, Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness at Darvill’s Bookstore. The true nature of our mind … Continue reading

Public Comments Sought on County Shorelines Program Comment Period: July 22 to September 2, 2016, 5 p.m.

— from the Washington State Dept. of Ecology — Washington State Dept. of Ecology seeks public comment on updates to San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program. Authority for this update is based on Washington’s Shoreline Management Act (Ch. 90.58 RCW) and related rules. Send comments to: Bob Fritzen, WA Dept. … Continue reading

Spooky Tales With an Orcas Spin

Castle in the swamp.

Starting in July: Pioneer Museum on Wednesdays, 8 p.m.; Crow Valley School on Fridays, 5 p.m. — from Pegi Groundwater — “We ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”  You might be after you attend the Spooky Tales Ghost Stories presented by the Orcas Island Historical Society this summer. Master storyteller, Antoinette Botsford, … Continue reading

Janice Wiemeyer Pens Book on Spousal Loss

Janice Wiemeyer feature

Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at Darvill’s Bookstore — by Margie Doyle — Janice Wiemeyer, retired psychologist, will be giving a reading from her newly-published book, Loving Again: After a Spouse Has Died at Darvill’s Bookstore on July 27 at 6 p.m. The now-retired psychologist says the seed for … Continue reading

Lord of the Rings: Ancient Oak Dendrochronology Presentation Date Correction to Sunday, July 24


Sunday, July 24, 9 – 11:30 a.m., Turtleback Mountain Preserve — Tanja Williamson, SJC Land Bank — Dr. David Jordon, Trinity Western University, BC, studies forests, particularly the Garry Oak (Quercus garryana) forests that occur from Southern Vancouver Island to Northern California. He uses the analysis of tree rings not only to … Continue reading

The Life, the Library, the Legend How the Orcas Island Public Library Came to Be


— by Emma Heikkinen — Let’s start in 1949, glossing over the bit where the Madrona Club hosted a small library in their clubhouse in 1909. Sally Ployart had books. Hundreds of brand new books. She didn’t know what to do with them — a three months’ collection of publishers’ … Continue reading

Wolf Hollow Releases Bald Eagle After Rehabilitation Free again; free again

Final Eagle Release FEAT

— from Amy Saxe-Eyler, Wolf Hollow — After two months of intensive care at the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Friday Harbor, this female Bald Eagle is flying free again. She was first spotted in May by residents of the False Bay area of San Juan Island dragging a heavy … Continue reading

Sixth Annual Cider And Mead Festival This Saturday Ciders, Meads and Music on the Village Green July 23

— from Madie Murray — It’s that time again! For the sixth year in a row, Orcas Island will host the Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Eastsound Village Green in Eastsound, WA – a major fundraiser for … Continue reading

Groundbreaking at the Library: Smiles and Sharing a Special Secret

— by Madeleine Treneer — There was an excited, joyful feeling in the air as islanders gathered to witness the groundbreaking ceremony for the Eastsound Library expansion on Saturday morning.  This event attracted entire families, ranging from young kids to older seniors, to enjoy this groundbreaking moment. Some people stood … Continue reading

OPAL Announces Progress in Addressing Housing Crisis The first major apartment project on Orcas in nearly 30 years


— from Judy Whiting — While the lack of affordable housing continues to frustrate island employers and employees alike, OPAL Community Land Trust has quietly made significant progress in developing 30 affordable rentals on North Beach Road – the first major apartment project on Orcas in nearly 30 years. “We … Continue reading

Editorial: Join the Movement to Keep Ferry Food Local!

— by Margie Doyle — 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 petition and circulate it. Earlier this … Continue reading