Dictatorship Imagined: New Literature Course at Library Novels of Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism, led by Jens Kruse

— from the Orcas Island Public Library — Orcas Library is proud to announce a new literature course, starting on February 1st. “Dictatorship Imagined: Novels of Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism” will address the fact that daily news and events can be confusing and disorienting, and it can be difficult to know … Continue reading

Public Hospital Districts: Been There, Done That District commissioners from Mason County and Lopez Island give perspective

— by Susan McBain, Orcas Issues reporter — People who have been involved in existing Public Hospital Districts (PHDs) in Washington were the focus of the Dec. 18 Town Hall on establishment of a PHD on Orcas. The four guests gave short presentations on their experience and then answered many … Continue reading

Free First Day Hikes in State Parks San Juan, Island, Jefferson, Skagit and Whatcom Counties' State Parks listed

— from Washington State Parks — Washington State Parks invites the public to start the new year off with a First Day Hike on Monday, Jan. 1, at more than three dozen state parks across Washington. “First Day Hikes are a fitting way to cap off the holidays and discover … Continue reading

Friends of San Juans Appeals Shoreline Master Program to State Board For failure to protect orca, salmon, forage fish, and beaches

— from Stephanie Buffum for Friends of the San Juans — Today, the Friends of the San Juans (Friends) appealed San Juan County’s recently updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. The SMP is the primary tool for protecting the fragile marine ecosystem that depends on … Continue reading

Bell-Ringers for Orcas Family Health Center Fund-raising continues through the New Year

— — from Ken Speck OFHC Board President, reprinted from Dec. 2, 2017 — Last month, Orcas Family Health Center (OFHC) began a fundraising campaign to raise $175,000 by November 27, 2017 so we can keep our doors open. The reason for the campaign was because of an overpayment by … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Orcas Recycling Looks Forward With Gratitude Thank you for helping us re-open The Exchange

— from Board and Staff of ORS & The Exchange — Almost five years ago our collective heart sank when the quirky but beloved Exchange burned to the ground. Today, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) would like to thank you. A beautiful new Exchange reuse facility has re-opened on the original spot … Continue reading

Business Spotlight: From Homebrew Contests to BoatHouse CiderWorks

–by Sam Gailey — The inspiration behind Libby Garcia’s BoatHouse Ciderworks—located by the Orcas Island ferry landing—came from her grandparents’ boathouse in Obstruction Pass.  After noticing her grandparents’ trees were growing lush with apples, Libby decided to make hard cider in the cool of their boathouse. Those very same batches … Continue reading

Skagit Valley College Life Transitions Program Offered Free in Friday Harbor

— from Arden Ainley for Skagit Valley College — Skagit Valley College’s (SVC) Life Transitions Program will be offered FREE at SVC’s San Juan Center in Friday Harbor. Classes begin on January 8, 2018. SVC’s Life Transitions program is designed to help individuals who are looking into their options for employment, college, or … Continue reading

Marcia West Retires as Director of Orcas Island Park and Recreation District

— from Kim Kimple, Orcas Park and Recreation — Marcia West, the founding and, to-date, only Director of Orcas Island Park and Recreation District (OIPRD) submitted her letter of resignation, effective December 15, to the Board of Commissioners at the Regular Public Meeting in October. The Board, who heralds West’s … Continue reading

Artsmith Offers Scholarships to Writer Island Workshops Register/submit application by Dec. 31

— from Jill Johnson for Artsmith — Artsmith is offering two Writer Island Workshop retreats in 2018, and two scholarships, too! Join Peggy Shumaker on March 2-3 for “Generosity & Joy!” The workshop will focus on language that opposes hatred and fear. We will write with exuberance and curiosity and … Continue reading

End Net Neutrality? Not So Fast, Says WA Attorney General AG Bob Ferguson announces lawsuit to come on net neutrality

— from Office of the State Attorney General — Attorney General Bob Ferguson released the following statement on today’s Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality. “Yesterday I sent a letter to the FCC asking them to delay their vote gutting net neutrality. Unfortunately, they did not. “Today, I … Continue reading

The Spirit of “A Christmas Carol:” Jim Bredouw Musical Director "Money doesn’t bring joy nearly as much as kindness and being with loved ones."

“A Christmas Carol” plays Dec. 13-17 at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — “A Christmas Carol,” with Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, captivated Jim Bredouw as a nine-year-old. He’s probably seen every film version of it; his reincarnation of it, … Continue reading

If Ever There Was a Win-Win, It’s Funhouse Mentoring Program

— from Trillium Swanson, Funhouse Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator — Jodi Luft and Phaedra Osborne have been a mentoring match through the Funhouse Commons for more than ten years. Their relationship has thrived through the changes which come with adolescence, and today is a source of strength for 16 year-old Phaedra. … Continue reading