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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

Henigson Concert on the Green Spices Classics with “Off the Score” Jazz "Small but mighty island" comes out en masse to hear Chamber Festival Concert

–by Margie Doyle — The first Chamber Music Festival Concert on the Green, 10 years ago, was “so much fun, I would have done it if nobody came,” said Bob Henigson, according to Leslie Seaman, Orcas’ “Music Woman” who’s organized Sunday Music in the Park for the last 20 summers. … Continue reading

Council Unanimously Approves Immigration Initiative

— by Margie Doyle — After elaborate testimony by County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, heartfelt and pointed comments from 22 county citizens, and concise questioning by County Council members, the County Council endorsed the citizens’ Initiative 2017, establishing local sovereignty and equal protection under the law for all county residents. The … Continue reading

Celebrate Patos Lighthouse’s 124th Birthday

— from Edrie Vinson — The Keepers of the Patos Light invite you to join them in celebrating the 124th Birthday of the Patos Island Lighthouse on August 27, 2017. The Keepers will depart from Brandt’s Landing on the Outer Islands Expedition boats leaving at 7:45 and returning at noon. … Continue reading

Library Fair Chalks Up Another Outstanding Event

— by Olivia Smith — On Saturday, August 12, the Friends of the Orcas Island Library hosted the annual library fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though the day began as overcast and windy, the sun came out in the middle of the festivities. For over 60 years the … Continue reading

Yakima Returns to Duty Resuming regular summer schedule Wednesday morning

— from Washington State Ferries — The Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Anacortes/Sidney ferry routes will resume their regular Summer 2017 schedule Wednesday morning with the Yakima rejoining the route. The Yakima’s return means the route can return to its regular five-boat schedule. Passengers can resume making vehicle reservations for the … Continue reading

It’s Summer and Monday: Four-boat Emergency Schedule Sidney morning route cancelled

— from Washington State Ferries — Due to a problem with the number two engine on the M/V Samish, the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, BC route is operating on a four-boat emergency schedule until another vessel can join the route and restore it to a full five-boat capacity. See the alternative … Continue reading

Join Land Bank for Judd Cove Preserve Tour

Saturday, August 26, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Judd Cove Preserve — from Tanja Williamson for San Juan County Land Bank — Join Orcas Preserve Steward Ruthie Dougherty and Historian Boyd Pratt on an interpretive walk that is sure to delight anyone interested in the cultural history of Orcas Island. Boyd Pratt … Continue reading

OPALCO’s 2017 Submarine Cable Project: Steps Taken to Avoid Outages

— by Susan McBain — OPALCO’s project to finish replacing its 1977 submarine cable between San Juan and Lopez Island is nearing completion. The new cable being laid in September—almost 2.6 miles of it—will be the last crossing in OPALCO’s system to be replaced with cable containing fiber optics. OPALCO … Continue reading

What The New Exchange Wants (And Doesn’t Want) From Your Storage Unit

— from Pete Moe for Orcas Recycling Services — With the new Exchange reuse facility on schedule to open this fall, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) plans to roll out a series of new and modified policies in advance, with the intent of educating everyone on the new rules before the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Rental Housing at Risk Due to Legislature’s Failure to Adopt Capital Budget With no capital budget, prospects of OPAL's affordable housing project dim

— from Lisa Byers, Executive Director, OPAL Community Land Trust — The Washington State legislature adjourned last week without adopting a capital budget. There is no timeline for the legislature to reconvene. That means there may be no capital budget adopted this year. This is bad news for the Orcas … Continue reading