Sharon Abreu to Take “Climate Monologues” to LA

— from Irthlingz — In 2010 Sharon Abreu did the first performance of her new show, “The Climate Monologues,” at The Orcas Grange. This March, Sharon will have the opportunity to bring “The Climate Monologues” to a wider audience as part of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. Sharon explains, … Continue reading

FilmFest Review: “Free to Rock”

— by Paula Treneer, reprinted upon request — OIFF Film Review: “Free to Rock”, a must-see documentary directed by Jim Brown: Orcas Island Film Festival brought a notable contribution to the genre of music documentaries with a preview showing of “Free to Rock”, directed by four-time Emmy Award winner Jim … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Morris Pushes Solar and Space Bills

— from Washington State Representative Jeff Morris — It’s been a busy start to a short 60 day legislative session. I greatly appreciate the honor of serving the 40th Legislative District and representing you here in Olympia. Please take a look at some of the bills and issues I am … Continue reading

Calling Local Playwrights: Time for PlayFest Submissions

Play submission deadline is Jan. 31 — from Aaimee Johnson for Actor’s Theater of Orcas Island — It’s time to start thinking about the 2016 Ten-Minute PlayFest! The eleventh annual PlayFest for the Actor’s Theater of Orcas Island will take place next spring. We’re looking for short play submissions from local … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for the Apology!

— from Moriah and Daniel Armstrong — On Wednesday, as an Orcas Coop member, I was quite surprised to open an email from the coop encouraging folks to sign the “Preserve, Not Pave” petition regarding Dolphin Bay Road. I live on Dolphin Bay Road and am sincerely hoping that the … Continue reading

TEDx –Ideas Worth Sharing — Tickets on Sale Now

— from Gretchen Krampf for TEDx Orcas — Tickets for the Orcas Iasland TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks are now on sale at www.tedxorcasisland.com Our conference will center on the theme of “Best of Both Worlds – the Potential in Polarity”. What is TEDx? In the spirit of “ideas worth … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Steven Marler, Fire Chief and Sheep Dog

— from Patrick Shepler, Firefighter/Paramedic / Friend — There is an old concept about three basic human attributes. This metaphor was highlighted in a recent movie. It says the world has three types of people: Sheep, Wolves, and Sheep Dogs. Steve was a Protector; a Sheep Dog. Steve dedicated his life to the missions … Continue reading

Fisherfolk! Fish with the American Legion Derby

— from Judi Resch for the American Legion — American Legion Post #93 will be hosting their 37th Annual Fishing Derby the weekend of January 29th-31st. Registration for the derby is from 4 – 11 p.m. on Friday, January 29th, at the Post home (793 Crescent Beach Dr., Eastsound). $50. … Continue reading

Video Showcases Brown Island Beach Restoration Project

— from Katie Fleming — FRIENDS of the San Juans (FRIENDS) is releasing a new video about a project that removed large unnatural rock from a historic feederbluff and restored a local beach. This project is helping to “set the table” for the entire Salish Sea food chain. Removing unnecessary armoring and restoring this beach helps … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Our Last Chance to “Just Say No” to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

by Tuesday, February 2 — from Islanders for Safe Shipping — Remember the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion? This is the project that would increase Canadian crude oil tankers in the Salish Sea from 120 to 816 transits a year. Because this dramatic increase in shipping brings with it … Continue reading