State Parks Considering Long-term Boundary Revisions for Two Orcas Island Parks Public invited to learn more at kickoff meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Toni Droscher, Washington State Parks — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process to consider expanding the long-term park boundaries of Moran and Obstruction Pass state parks on Orcas Island. The public is invited … Continue reading

Don’t Miss Out, Comprehensive Plan Survey Ends Nov. 30

— from San Juan County News — Time is running out, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. San Juan County is conducting a survey to get feedback on the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement. We have already received some great feedback but something is missing… YOUR THOUGHTS! The survey is intended to … Continue reading

New Exchange to Open November 24th, The Day After Thanksgiving New pricing, access and tax-deduction policies

— from Pete Moe, General Manager ORS/The Exchange — The new Exchange reuse facility on Orcas Island will re-open November 24th, ‘Black Friday’, at 10 a.m. This will kick-off a Grand-Opening Weekend, that will run through Sunday the 26th. Hot dogs and cider will be served at lunch, and The … Continue reading

Free Lecture: “Sea Star Wasting Disease: What Is Happening Now?”

Tuesday, November 14, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall — from The SeaDoc Society & YMCA Camp Orkila — Since 2013 a devastating outbreak of sea star wasting disease has killed millions of sea stars from Mexico to Alaska. The ongoing epidemic is so huge that many consider it to be … Continue reading

Kwiaht Annual Gathering to Discuss Future of Indian Island Good news and bad will be presented. More volunteers needed to preserve habitat.

Thursday, November 16, 5:30 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Russel Barsh for Kwiaht — Kwiaht and community scientists of the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory invite the public to the eighth annual celebration of Indian Island and Fishing Bay, Eastsound’s window on the sea, at the Episcopal Parish … Continue reading

Comprehensive Plan Vision Check-in Survey Now Open

— from San Juan County Communications — Please participate in the Department of Community Development’s online survey regarding the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement. The survey is intended to provide the opportunity for residents to give input on the Vision Statement. Residents that attended the October Workshops will find that this … Continue reading

Currently Critically Endangered, Our Orca Population Heads Toward Extinction

— by Lin McNulty — The frightening message is about as clear as it can be in a recent study published on Thursday in the peer-reviewed, scientific journal Nature: The population of our Southern Resident killer whales could show robust growth if all anthropogenic threats were removed, but has no growth … Continue reading

Join the “The Addams Family” at Orcas Center The comic ghouls entertain us with a twist on 'Family Values'

— a review by Margie Doyle — “The Addams Family” is a surprisingly old-fashioned, Main-Street America tale that takes “apple pie” messages like: Never lie to you spouse Be patient Loosen up Live before you die and then turns those homilies inside-out as the course of young love meets family … Continue reading

Orcas Island Film Festival Recap: “Visages Villages (Faces/Places) French New Wave director and street photographer salute "ordinary people"

— a review by Paula Treneer — Released at Cannes last spring to international acclaim, “Visages Villages” by French director Agnes Varda is a glimpse of a celebrated female cineaste of the French New Wave plying her trade and characteristic humor in celebration of art and life. Made in collaboration with … Continue reading

Park and Ride Nears Completion

— from San Juan County Communications — Our contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has reached substantial completion. San Juan County crews placed two layers of chipseal on Orcas Hill Road and throughout the Orcas Village Park and Ride to finish the 2017 paving efforts. Topsoil, mulch and permanent erosion control are … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Gimme Shelter

— from Joe Symons — Someone seeking refuge is a refugee. My dictionary defines refuge as a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble. A refuge is also something providing shelter: the family came to be seen as a refuge from a harsh world. Prior to 1970, one might imagine that those … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Map Out 2018 Work Council Chair Rick Hughes brings county advisors up-to-date

— by Margie Doyle — The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) agreed on five top work plan priorities at its monthly meeting on Oct. 5. They also encouraged the community to complete the Eastsound Vision Survey,  and heard a report from County Council Chair Rick Hughes. In its preliminary review … Continue reading

Audition for “Billy Elliot the Musical” at Orcas Center

November 6, 7 and 8th at the Orcas Center Madrona Room at 6 pm to 9 pm. — from Robert Hall — The Orcas Center will be presenting “Billy Elliot – the Musical” in March 2018. “Billy Elliot the Musical” is a musical based on the 2000 film “Billy Elliot.” … Continue reading

Film to Be Left Behind for the Future of Story-Telling? A review of the virtual reality experience at the Orcas Island Film Fest

— reviewed by Matt Willis, Orcas Issues reporter — This year the Orcas Island Film Festival (OIFF) plunged headlong into the future of storytelling by augmenting its usual lineup of traditional “film” narratives with what it called a “360/VR Lab.” Many of the Virtual Reality (VR) stories presented, however, fell … Continue reading

Park & Ride Just Sooooo Close to Completion

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz, San Juan County Public Works — Our contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has reached substantial completion. San Juan County crews placed two layers of chipseal on Orcas Hill Road and throughout the Orcas Village Park and Ride to finish the 2017 paving efforts. Topsoil, mulch and permanent erosion … Continue reading