Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” with Melinda Milligan — and Puppets!

Auditions Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — Melinda Milligan looks forward to casting a raft of rowdy Orcas actors and actresses — as well as a troupe of puppeteers — this week during auditions for “A Christmas Carol,” … Continue reading

Islanders Arrive En Masse at UW Medicine Meeting Sept. 11 is official start day for UW Medicine Orcas Island Clinic

Updated Sept. 8 at 11 p.m. — by Margie Doyle — After years of losing money and physicians, this month Orcas Medical Center will come under management by UW Medicine to meet the challenges of 21st-century rural medicine. UW Medicine will formally begin its oversight on Monday, Sept. 11 as … Continue reading

Sigh… Elwha Out | Updated: Back in Service

— from Washington State Ferries — Sunday, September 3, 9:20 a.m. Necessary repairs to the Elwha have been completed and the vessel [returned] to service with the 9:35 a.m. departure from Anacortes. This will restore full, 5-boat service to the route and all sailings will sail as scheduled. Please see … Continue reading

What is a School District “Fund Balance” and Why is it Important?

— from Orcas Island School District Staff — A district’s fund balance is the amount left in the school district’s accounts, less any accounts payable, at the end of the fiscal year. In the case of OISD, the current balance has built up over time, after reaching a low point … Continue reading

Lummis Debate Responsibility for Atlantic Salmon Release Report Atlantic salmon catch immediately to a hotline at 360-902-2700.

— by Mark Yuasa from — Lummi Tribal fishermen fishing near Samish south of Bellingham Bay have already reported catching some of the thousands of Atlantic salmon escapees that fled a Cooke Aquaculture fish farm over the weekend. On Monday, state fisheries issued a free-for-all emergency sport-fishing bounty on an … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Elwha Repaired, All Better Now Interisland still delayed while playing catch-up

— from Washington State Ferries — UPDATE: 5:30 p.m., August 16, 2017 Repairs are completed and the Elwha returns to service with the Anacortes 4:45 p.m. sailing to Friday Harbor. This restores the regular schedule to the Anacortes/San Juan Island routes. Reservations are now available for the remainder of the day. The Friday Harbor 5:30 p.m. interisland sailing … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Samish Down, Schedule Changes There is no standby space available for drivers at the Anacortes terminal due to an emergency reduced service. Drivers with existing reservations will be loaded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: Sunday Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. The Samish is out of service for the rest of the day due to a problem with the number two engine. This will cancel the following sailings: Westbound: 2:00 p.m. to Friday Harbor, 3:45pm to Shaw … 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

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