Letter to the Editor: School Observes Veterans Day

— from Tom and Karen Ritter — A tribute to the military veterans of the United States of America was conducted on Thursday November 9th at Orcas Island Public School. This special event has been conducted for five years and each time it becomes more dramatic and “professional.” Early this … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Beyond the Eastsound Vision Survey Directing future efforts

— by B. Sadie Bailey — I just took the Eastsound Vision survey on Saturday, November 4, a day before the Nov. 5 deadline; primarily because, as a gardener, I had no large chunk of time or mental energy to devote to it until it snowed the other day. When … Continue reading

Have You Taken the Eastsound Vision Survey Yet?

–from Paul Kamin — Sunday November 5th is the last day that Orcas residents have to take or complete the online survey that is posted at EastsoundVision.com. The survey is an initiative of the volunteer Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC). It has been designed to get community feedback on … Continue reading

Editorial: Local Pride Requires Local Support of Schools

— by Margie Doyle — The Chamber of Commerce got it right when it honored three local businessmen with the Community Service Award for 2017. Tony Ghazel, Scott Lancaster and Chris Sutton all have island “day jobs” that demand their time, energy and revenues. Yet they consistently step up to … Continue reading

Chamber of Commerce Awards Honor Community “Doers”

–– by Susan McBain, Orcas Issues reporter — The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce held its 2017 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26. Besides the usual good food, mingling, door prizes, and information on what’s been happening at the Chamber, the meeting featured the Chamber’s much-anticipated annual awards. Here are … 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

OIFF Recap: “The Other Side of Hope” Kaurismäki explores immigrants' plight in Finland

a review by Jule Treneer There is a game I like to play whenever I watch an Aki Kaurismäki film. At certain moments, if you squint a little, you can imagine you’re watching a classic example of European cinema from the 1950s. It’s not just the vintage aesthetic—all the funky … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Eastsound Becomes Urban Tree removal and trail closures most obvious signs of clearing impacts

— by Sadie Bailey — On Saturday morning, September 23, I was working outside at Lavender Hollow Apartments, where I live. I heard sounds of an excavator tearing up the forest, for several hours. The sounds were horrible and painful to hear. I went to investigate, just as an engineer … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: UW Medicine on Orcas

— by Joe Cohen — Along with 200+ other Orcas residents, I attended the UW Medicine briefing at Orcas Center of Thursday September 7th. My take away from the conversation is simply this: As a community we have finally started down a path that will ultimately serve our collective ‘heath … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: The Farmed Salmon Spill Risks of farmed Atlantic salmon to Salish Sea salmon

 — by Dr. Joe Gaydos from SeaDocSociety  —  On August 19 and 20, a net pen owned by Cooke Aquaculture Pacific collapsed, releasing an undetermined number (estimates range from 4,000 to 185,000) of the 305,000 Atlantic salmon being raised there into the waters around Cypress Island, just northwest of Anacortes, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Say No to Longview Coal Terminal

— from Michael Riordan — (Reprinted in part with permission of Seattle Times) The state Department of Ecology will soon make an important permitting decision that could well pit Washington state against the federal government. The proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal-Longview project must obtain a Clean Water Act Section 401 permit … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Why Is It OK for the County Council to Protect “Illegal Immigrants”?

— from David Turnoy — Now that the council has passed an ordinance protecting undocumented residents from being asked their documentation status by our local deputies, a number of folks are questioning why this wasn’t allowed to go to a vote of the people. Others are questioning the council for … Continue reading