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

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

James Elser to Speak on “Phosphorus, Food, and Our Future”

Saturday, October 28, 4 p.m., Orcas Community Church — from Michael Riordan for Orcas Currents — The element phosphorus is essential for the formation of our genes and bones — and absolutely crucial for thriving agriculture and ecosystems in general. But excess phosphorus runoff from farms, feedlots, and cities often … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | School Bond Will Make Essential Repairs, Improvements

— from Kristen Wilson — By now you should have your ballot in hand. I am writing to urge the community to approve the upcoming school bond and levy. Both make essential improvements to school areas in poor condition. First of all – we have an award-winning 5th to 12th … Continue reading

County Building Advisors to Meet on Orcas This Thursday, Oct. 26 at Orcas Ferry Landing County Offices at 1 p.m.

— from Lisa Brown, County staff — The County Building Advisory Council will meet at the County Conference Room at the Orcas Ferry Landing on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. The agenda calls for: 1. Approval of Minutes from the June 29 meeting 2. Lack of Quorum – August 31, … 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

Ranker Met with School Administrators to Improve, Enhance Education

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — This week, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D- Orcas Island, met with administrators from Anacortes, Bellingham, Burlington-Edison, Lopez, Mount Vernon, Orcas Island, San Juan Island, and Shaw Island school districts to discuss the impacts of HB 2422, the state’s next step in committing more state … Continue reading

Comp Plan Land Capacity Analysis Methodology Draft/2nd Housing Needs Assessment Draft Available

— from San Juan County Communications — The draft Land Capacity Analysis Methodology and the 2nd Draft Housing Needs Assessment are available for public review. Presentations on these documents [were] live-streamed at the following briefings: County Council: October 16, 2017 Planning Commission: October 20, 2017 For more information click here … 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

Letter to Editor | Join Us In Supporting Bond, Levy

— from Dr. Camille Fleming & John Fleming — While my husband would like to talk about the bond addressing aging building infrastructure and bone-jarring rip-the-bumper-off-our-van trips through the high school parking lot, I would rather write about student and community health and well-being. The school athletic fields have been home … Continue reading

Coalition to Transition from Fossil Fuels on Orcas Kickoff Event for the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy

Saturday, Oct. 21, 6-9 pm, Odd Fellows Hall, Eastsound — from Sharon Abreu — On Saturday, Oct. 21 from 6-9 pm at the Odd Fellows Hall, 112 Haven Road in Eastsound, Climate Justice Steward Sharon Abreu will host a Kickoff event for the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy (AJCE). … Continue reading