Senator Ranker to Discuss New State Budget State Senator in Eastsound on Friday

Friday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Jeanne McPherson — State Senator Kevin Ranker will visit the Orcas Rotary on Friday, Mar. 24 in a meeting open to the public. Ranker will specifically address “Results of Our Recent Session: The New State Budget” in his presentation. All are … Continue reading

The Island Is Alive With the Sound of Music Music Advocacy Group celebrates 20 years of supporting school music program

Sunday March 5, 3 p.m., Old School Gym — from Sharon Ho — Keeping music education in public school classrooms in today’s school budget climate is as challenging today as it was 20 years ago. That the Orcas Island School District has managed this since 1997 is even more of … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … Continue reading

Vikings On the Road, and Streaming Locally at White Horse

— from Justin Paulsen, Vikings Booster Club — Vikings Basketball is on the road this weekend, and the Orcas Booster Club wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. Thanks to our incredible sponsors,  we are proud to be able to offer live-streaming of the Orcas v. … Continue reading

Ferry Update: Friday sailings served by the Kitsap Chelan Out for Engine Repairs

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF)– UPDATE: 9 pm: On Friday, February 24, the Kitsap temporarily joins the [Anacortes-San Juans] route as the #2 vessel while the Chelan undergoes engine repairs. Vessel capacity remains the same and full galley service will be available. UPDATE 9 am: The 11:20am sailing from … Continue reading

Orcas Fire Successfully Handles Three Rescues, Back-to-Back

— from Marla Johns, Orcas Fire — Crews from Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to multiple simultaneous calls for service Thursday evening, including an incident with an airplane. At 3:10 p.m., crews from OIFR responded to a medical aid call. A decision was made to transport the patient off … Continue reading

Votes Favor Passage of School Bond and Add’l Fire Commissioner Still a "nail-biter" for School District

— by Margie Doyle — As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 Election Day, both the School District’s $8M bond measure and the Orcas Fire District’s increase in commissioners measure were favored by Orcas voters. However, the Orcas School District bond requires 60 percent approval; as of last night’s tally, … Continue reading

Yakima Back in Service this Afternoon Sailings Canceled as Yakima is Fixed

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.: The Yakima is back in service and will return to the vessel’s regular schedule beginning with the 3:05pm departure from Anacortes. Reservation holders will not be charged a fee if they were unable to travel today … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: County Comprehensive Plan Guides Growth

— by Joe Symons — You may have heard that San Juan County has embarked on an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. What you may not know is what a Comprehensive Plan (CP) is and how it impacts your life and the life of the community. Short answer—the CP … Continue reading

Editorial | Community Institutions Depend on Your Vote Vote for the School Bond and the increase in Fire Commissioners

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island residents have the opportunity to have their say in our local government when they cast their ballots in the special election. Most island residents have received their ballots and as they cast their votes, due February 14, there is still time to witness … Continue reading

UW Medicine and OMF Announce UW Medicine Clinic on Orcas

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — UW Medicine and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership to ensure access to quality primary medical care at the Orcas Medical Center through the creation of a UW Medicine clinic on Orcas Island. UW … Continue reading

Good News Abounds at Orcas Historical Museums’ Annual Dinner

— by Carol Kulminski — There were so many good reports coming from Board President Jim Biddick, and the new museum director Brittney Maruska, at the Annual Membership Dinner on Saturday, it was hard to keep up. In 2016, the mortgage was paid off, all events showed an increase in … Continue reading

The Promise of Martin Luther King, Jr. Marches On Commemorate his words and work at Emmanuel Parish Hall at 6:30 tonight

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.” ~ Martin Luther King, … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Predicts: Expect the Unexpected in 2017 Go ahead! Add your predictions!

Orcas Medical Center will receive the necessary donations by the January 15 date to proceed with the agreement with University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics to assume operations at OMC. Growlers will soon be practicing landings on the numerous oil tankers puffing their way through Puget Sound. Hillary Clinton will soon … Continue reading

Warning: Thaw Following Sub-Freezing Temperature May Present New Problems Eastsound Water Users Assc. can help save flood of damage

— from Paul Kamin, originally published Dec. 17, 2016 — Orcas Island does not regularly experience the extended cold spell that we’ve seen in the past week. The weather forecast suggest that the sub-freezing temperatures are about come to an end. This is when issues with frozen water lines begin … Continue reading

Where Your Food Bank Donations Go And why the year-end donation drive is so important

— from the Orcas Island Food Bank — 55% of the food and money the Orcas Island Food Bank receives is from our incredible Orcas community. The 33% of Community Food Donations (fresh produce, canned and other food stuffs) and 22% Community Donated Money makes up more than half of … Continue reading