Guest Opinion | OMF is Looking to the Future for All on Orcas


– from Orcas Medical Foundation – For 60 years, Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) has been dedicated to serving the medical needs of all on Orcas Island. We have always sought the best possible medical care available. Our Orcas Medical Center staff has been there for patients and non-patients alike, during … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Pipeline Project Poses Major Threat to San Juan Region state legislature needs to implement recommendations this coming session before the next barge incident

–by Fred Felleman and Jamie Stephens, originally published in — There is a dichotomy that defines the Salish Sea, the network of waterways that includes Puget Sound, the San Juan region, and southwestern British Columbia. These deep, protected waters serve as habitat for a diversity of marine species and … Continue reading

Editorial: Giving Thanks When Others Are Hurting


— by Margie Doyle — Living and working on Orcas Island, I’m thankful: for Arts for Orcas Kids (A-OK) and the Music Advocacy Group, who work throughout the year to provide music and art experiences and learning to all our schoolchildren as part of the public school curriculum; for those … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | OMF Not Serving All Orcas Residents


— from David C. Shinstrom, M.D. — This letter is to the residents of Orcas Island in the hopes of educating you on the dire situation that is evolving in our medical community. We need people to start taking more interest and actively promote a medical system that will benefit … Continue reading

Hedrick Smith to Speak on the Political Earthquake of 2016


Sunday, November 20, 1:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Michael Riordan — Now that the most divisive and deeply disturbing US presidential election in memory is finally over, we face the difficult questions: What happened? What now? On Sunday, November 20, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy Award-winning author and producer — … Continue reading

Orcas Schools Invite the Public to Veterans Day Ceremony RSVP to attend Veterans Day Assembly

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Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8:45 a.m. in the School Cafeteria –from Cathy Ferran for Supt. Eric Webb– The Orcas Island School District would like to invite the public to an observance of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 10. The school  has prepared a breakfast prior to a school assembly that … Continue reading

Orcas Rallies in Support of Standing Rock Sioux Nation "Water Protectors" oppose Dakota Access Oil Pipeline


— by Kelly Rose, Updated Nov. 2  — More than 70 Islanders gathered at Odd Fellows Hall last Tuesday, October 25, in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to protest the construction of the 1,172 mile Dakota Access oil pipeline. People were eager to get updated and strategize how … Continue reading

Great Ideas from the 50-50 Visionaries Ideas emerge admidst enthusiasm for Eastsound's future


— by Margie Doyle — “We could be the model for other islands and towns; let’s use that energy to make it cool” At the 50-50 Vision for Eastsound last Wednesday evening, Oct. 26, Fred Klein spoke about the purpose of making a community vision, “The power to create the … Continue reading