Mr. Music: Ken Speck Now a Hall-of-famer

— from Karen Key Speck — On Friday, November 3, 2017, Orcas islander Ken Speck received the Indiana Broadcasters Association / Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame Award. Orcas Island Bandleader, Philanthropist, Star Trekkie, Percussionist and Realtor Ken was chosen for induction into the Indiana Hall of … 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

The Addams Family – The Musical Opens at Orcas Center Tonight! Reception follows the Opening Night Performance, Thursday, Oct. 26

Opens Thursday, October 26 – 31, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Beginning October 26, Orcas Center will feature the award winning show The Addams Family – The Musical, on Center Stage with Seattle’s Sam Pettit directing an all-island cast.Bring the whole family for … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Attains First-in-State Water Quality Recognition State Dept. of Health and EPA conducted review

— from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — Eastsound Waterhas recently achieved a State of Washington Water Treatment FIRST. During the period of Sept 11-13 Eastsound Water underwent an extensive review of our Purdue treatment plan by contractors for both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Schedule on Phone Application Incorrect Website has correct schedule

— from Washington State Ferries (WSDOT/Ferries– The WSDOT phone app is currently posting an incorrect sailing schedule. Please see the current/correct sailing schedule at: This alert was sent on 10/1/2017 at 8:59AM to subscribers of the following routes: Anacortes / Sidney B.C. (Victoria) Anacortes / San Juan Islands Port … Continue reading

OPALCO at Sea, Replacing the Submarine Cable Open House on San Juan and Orcas planned today and tomorrow

— by Margie Doyle — Personnel, mechanics and planning — were three more boring concepts ever entertained? Yet the day-in, day-out, years-long planning by dedicated, expert personnel into the esoteric and remote mechanics of marine cable installation, fiber-optic transmissions and battery insulation, among other topics are playing out in the … Continue reading

Reclaim the Rock — an Orcas Center First

Saturday, September 23, 1 – 7 p.m., Orcas Center’s Live Music Outback Stage “Reclaim the Rock,” aka Silly Season Cessation Soiree, is a mini-music festival outdoors behind Orcas Center, at Orcas Center’s new Outback Stage near the Storage Building. By Islanders, for Islanders! The lineup includes Funk Sway, Dust Bunnies, … Continue reading

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