Emergency Weather Shelter Will Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday It's going to be that cold...

— from Janine Heimerich — With cold weather moving in and overnight temperatures forecasted to dip into the 20s, the Orcas Island Severe Weather Shelter will be open Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights (Feb 18, 19, and 20). The Severe Weather Shelter is held in the basement of the Community Church.  Doors open at 7:00 … Continue reading

The Met’s La Boheme is Riveting and Emotional at Orcas Center

Sunday, February 25, 1 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Orcas Center presents the New York Met’s new production of Puccini’s La Boheme streaming Live in HD on Sunday, February 25 at 1:00 pm. Come and see this timeless love story with music that moves … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | PHD Costs Less Than Mainland Trips

— from Craig Abolin — I fully support, and will vote YES for, the establishment of an Orcas Island Public Hospital District (PHD) when I receive the ballot in the mail this coming April. In order to assure a fair distribution of the PHD taxes to the medical practices on … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | February 7 – 13, 2018

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — February 7, 2018 18-000870 Accident-NonInj 05:03:37 02/07/18 A Deputy responded to a one car non-injury collision in Friday Harbor. Information was gathered, car towed, and report made. 18-000876 Found Property 13:11:31 02/07/18 A complainant brought an iPhone to Dispatch, stating he had … Continue reading

Reflections on Carnegie Hall And the global influence of Orcas Island

— from Kristen Wilson — Pamela Wright, Director of Strings at Orcas Island High School, and violinist Paris Wilson, Junior at OIHS, returned from New York City earlier this month with memories to last a lifetime. Their trip was part of the Carnegie Honors Performance Series. Each year the Honors … Continue reading

Caroline Buchanan Offers Yearly Drawing Retreat You, too, can learn to draw

Monday – Friday, March 5 – 9, Olga Community Club — from Caroline Buchanan — Caroline Buchanan is offering her once-a-year Drawing Retreat on March 5, 6, 8, 9 at the Olga Community Club. She has developed a reputation for turning those who are convinced they cannot draw into amazed … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Which is the Worst Kind of Violence? Another school shooting prompts local response

“Can you explain to me why gun violence is worse than, or even different from, truck violence?” –by Steve Henigson — A favorite cousin, herself one of the parents of a young-adult son and a ‘teenage daughter, has just written to me (her go-to “gun guy”) as follows: “…Of course, … Continue reading

March Orcas Center Art Exhibit Features Cheryl Richey Opening reception March 2

Friday, March 2, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Orcas Center — from Kathleen Youngren — The Orcas Center Visual Arts Committee is proud to present Cheryl Richey, an accomplished and exciting abstract artist who has shown her work in numerous art galleries throughout the Northwest. Cheryl’s spontaneous and experimental mixed media … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: The McCleary Basic Education “Fix” Unintended Consequences of Good Intentions

–by Carol Sutton and Tom Baldwin — Sometimes, the noblest of intentions can have devastating consequences. The case in point is HB 2242, the supposed fix to the McCleary Decision that was intended to (1) fully fund public K12 education in Washington, and (2) reduce dependence on local property taxes … Continue reading

Inslee statement on passage of Senate bill to eliminate the death penalty

— from the office of Governor Jay Inslee — “I would like to thank Sens. Maureen Walsh and Reuven Carlyle, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who have been great allies in the fight to end the death penalty in Washington state. There has been growing, bipartisan support for ending Washington’s … Continue reading

Film Event – The Rights of Nature & Community

Friday, February 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall — from Sharon Abreu — Can the democratic rights of communities and the rights of nature survive the exploitation of corporate interests? This essential question, and the answer, “Yes!” is at the heart of the film, “We the People 2.0” … Continue reading

Library Winter Book Sale Next Month Get your reading glasses ready

Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., School Cafeteria — from Madeline Sheplor — Rake in some great book bargains at the Friends of the Orcas Island Public Library Winter Book Sale, March 10 at the Orcas Island School Cafeteria 557 School Rd., Eastsound. The book sale leaves few … Continue reading