Ferry Alert: Yakima Down: Revised Sailing Schedules on Islands’ Routes Schedule for Tuesday July 18 with correction posted

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: July 17 at 8 p.m. The Yakima is out of service until further notice due to a problem with the vessel’s generator. The Anacortes/San Juan’s route will be operating on an adjusted schedule on July 18. There are no new reservations at … Continue reading

Library Opens Henigson Wing Expansion to All of Orcas Henigsons among many acknowledged for successful completion of project

— by Margie Doyle, updated June 25 at 10 a.m. — Historic crowds attended the dedication of the Henigson Family Wing, the “Next Chapter” expansion of the Orcas Island Public Library on June 23, 2017. Director Phil Heikkinen proudly and happily greeted the hordes of islanders on a sun-soaked afternoon, … Continue reading

Summer Sailing Schedule Starts Sunday

— from Washington State Ferries — Please be advised that WSF’s Summer Sailing Schedule goes into effect on Sunday, June 25. Schedule highlights include increased service between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, two trips to Sidney, B.C., and increased service between Mukilteo and Clinton. Know before you go—check out … Continue reading

A Brand New Chapter Opens at the Library Friday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

— by Margie Doyle — Late notice: Library will be closed for collection moving and painting until Friday June 23. Friday is the long-awaited day for the opening of the expanded Orcas Island Public Library. the completion of the project is a triumph of planning, design, participation and execution befitting … Continue reading

Odd Fellows Host Flying Karamazov Brothers 2nd Annual Show to benefit Chatauqua tour for cultural enrichment

Sunday May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound — by Margie Doyle — The whacky, uproarious Flying Karamazov Brothers return to the Odd Fellows Hall on Orcas this Sunday, May 28 to what will surely be another sold-out family crowd. As usual their performance will … Continue reading

Orcas Medical Foundation Hosts Q & A with UW Representatives Look ahead, advise clinic administrators

— by Dali Cuthbert — Concerned islanders — medical patients and practitioners — packed the Madrona Room at the Orcas Center on Saturday, May 13, for the Annual Meeting of the Orcas Medical Foundation, founded in 1956. It has operated the Orcas Medical Clinic on Mt. Baker Road since 1991. … Continue reading

UW Medicine to Manage Orcas Primary Care Clinic Collaboration with Island Hospital will assure smooth transition

— from Susan Gregg, UW Medicine — UW Medicine has begun work with Island Hospital to transition the management of a primary care clinic located on Orcas Island from Island Hospital to UW Medicine. The two entities are collaborating to ensure that the community will continue to have access to care … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: State Legislators Block Internet Intrusion Ranker and Fain Introduce Internet Privacy Act

— from the Daily Olympian — Aided by the Congress, President Donald Trump struck a blow this week for high-tech freedom and against individuals’ privacy on the internet. Perhaps the Other Washington can strike back. Democratic state Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island and Republican Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn … Continue reading

Senator Ranker to Discuss New State Budget State Senator in Eastsound on Friday

Friday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Jeanne McPherson — State Senator Kevin Ranker will visit the Orcas Rotary on Friday, Mar. 24 in a meeting open to the public. Ranker will specifically address “Results of Our Recent Session: The New State Budget” in his presentation. All are … Continue reading

The Island Is Alive With the Sound of Music Music Advocacy Group celebrates 20 years of supporting school music program

Sunday March 5, 3 p.m., Old School Gym — from Sharon Ho — Keeping music education in public school classrooms in today’s school budget climate is as challenging today as it was 20 years ago. That the Orcas Island School District has managed this since 1997 is even more of … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … Continue reading

Vikings On the Road, and Streaming Locally at White Horse

— from Justin Paulsen, Vikings Booster Club — Vikings Basketball is on the road this weekend, and the Orcas Booster Club wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. Thanks to our incredible sponsors,  we are proud to be able to offer live-streaming of the Orcas v. … Continue reading

Ferry Update: Friday sailings served by the Kitsap Chelan Out for Engine Repairs

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF)– UPDATE: 9 pm: On Friday, February 24, the Kitsap temporarily joins the [Anacortes-San Juans] route as the #2 vessel while the Chelan undergoes engine repairs. Vessel capacity remains the same and full galley service will be available. UPDATE 9 am: The 11:20am sailing from … Continue reading

Orcas Fire Successfully Handles Three Rescues, Back-to-Back

— from Marla Johns, Orcas Fire — Crews from Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to multiple simultaneous calls for service Thursday evening, including an incident with an airplane. At 3:10 p.m., crews from OIFR responded to a medical aid call. A decision was made to transport the patient off … Continue reading

Votes Favor Passage of School Bond and Add’l Fire Commissioner Still a "nail-biter" for School District

— by Margie Doyle — As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 Election Day, both the School District’s $8M bond measure and the Orcas Fire District’s increase in commissioners measure were favored by Orcas voters. However, the Orcas School District bond requires 60 percent approval; as of last night’s tally, … Continue reading

Yakima Back in Service this Afternoon Sailings Canceled as Yakima is Fixed

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.: The Yakima is back in service and will return to the vessel’s regular schedule beginning with the 3:05pm departure from Anacortes. Reservation holders will not be charged a fee if they were unable to travel today … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: County Comprehensive Plan Guides Growth

— by Joe Symons — You may have heard that San Juan County has embarked on an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. What you may not know is what a Comprehensive Plan (CP) is and how it impacts your life and the life of the community. Short answer—the CP … Continue reading

Editorial | Community Institutions Depend on Your Vote Vote for the School Bond and the increase in Fire Commissioners

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island residents have the opportunity to have their say in our local government when they cast their ballots in the special election. Most island residents have received their ballots and as they cast their votes, due February 14, there is still time to witness … Continue reading