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Here at OIHQ (Orcas Issues Head Quarters) we are immersed in the daily news and local opinions about issues that affect us directly, everyday — and about the background that shaped those issues and the future developments of those issues. We’re not just Hit-and-Run Journalism. And even we are amazed … Continue reading

Orcas Island Film Festival Summer Feature is God’s Own Country

Wednesday, August 23 – 8 p.m., Sea View Theatre — from Donna Laslo for Orcas Island Film Festival — The countdown to the Orcas Island Film festival continues with the summer series of award winning films. On August 23rd at 8 p.m. the Sea View Theatre will host a screening of “God’s Own … Continue reading

New Faces at Friday Harbor Brickworks

— from Steph Coffey, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild — The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild is delighted to introduce their new (and first) Executive Director, Steph Coffey, and new Administrative Manager, Cady Davies. Former General Manager Amy Plant has happily embarked on motherhood, remaining with the Ag Guild as part-time coordinator … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | August 9 – 15, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — August 9, 2017 17-005275 Found Property 11:21:24 08/09/17 Complainant brought a wallet and contents to Dispatch, stating a citizen delivered it to her, after finding it sitting on top of the ballot delivery box fronting the Courthouse, on Second Street. 17-005291 Domestic … Continue reading

Business Spotlight: Could More Bikes on Orcas Mean Fewer Cars? Wildlife 100 Tour this Sunday

— by Susan McBain — Biking is big in the San Juans. And the number of bikers is going to keep growing, especially in the summer, says Dan Christopherson, owner of Wildlife Cycles in Eastsound. “First, the number of tourists keeps increasing, and lots of them are bikers—individuals, families and … Continue reading

Visit State Parks for Free in Celebration of National Parks’ 101st Birthday

Friday, August 25 — from Jacqueline Daigle for Friends of Moran State Park — To celebrate the National Park System’s 101st birthday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering free entrance to state parks on Friday, August 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit … Continue reading

Time for Back-to-school Immunizations Vaccines provided at no cost to all kids through age 18

— from San Juan County Communications — The Washington State Department of Health and San Juan County Health and Community Services are urging parents and guardians to make sure their kids’ immunizations are up to date before heading back to school this fall. Last school year (2016-2017), 85 percent of … Continue reading

The People Are Heard: Immigration Initiative Public Comment Immigrant rights supporters speak before Council at public hearing

— by Margie Doyle — On Tuesday, Aug. 15, some three dozen islanders, organized by the Orcas Women’s Coalition and the Our Revolution local movements, attended the County Council’s public hearing on whether or not the Council should approve Initiative 2017 as a county ordinance. (See previous story, https://orcasissues.com/council-unanimously-approves-immigration-initiative/ ) They … Continue reading

SJIMA Explores NW Coast People’s Art, Adornment From tattoos to tennis shoes, we wear our history.

Sunday, August 20, 2 p.m., Friday Harbor Grange — from Diane Martindale, San Juan Islands Museum of Art — From tattoos to tennis shoes, cedar back capes to designer hoodies, clothing and jewelry has always communicated deep history and contemporary affiliations. Wearing Identity – Art and Adornment on the Northwest … Continue reading