WSF Adds a Ferry to San Juans Route Back to normal summer schedule by Saturday

— from Washington State Ferries — Beginning Saturday, July 29, M/V Chelan will join the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney route as the international vessel. M/V Hyak, M/V Samish, M/V Elwha, and M/V Tillikum will serve the domestic sailings. This will restore the route to full capacity, and regular Summer 2017 schedule … Continue reading

Guest Column: Changes at the Community Church

— from Pastor Dick Staub — Despite recent health setbacks for Pastor Dick Staub, great things are happening at the community church! For 133 years the mission of Orcas Island Community Church (OICC) has been to pursue God in the company of friends for the benefit of the world. A … Continue reading

Emmanuel Market Day a Rummage Sale, Yes, But So Much More…

Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church — from Lynn Baker — Paintings by Orcas Island artists…. sterling silver candlesticks…an American Girl doll with lots of accessories…This is a rummage sale? While we’ll have plenty of glassware, gardening and shop tools, housewares, linens, a whole church … Continue reading

Your San Juan County Fair: Facts, History, Trivia, and Funding First in a semi-regular series about the San Juan County Fair

— from Barbara Bevens for The San Juan County Fair Board — Did you know that the San Juan County Fair is self-supporting? Indeed, it is the only county entity that is. Funding sources are primarily by grants, sponsorships and donations. The biggest single grant comes from the State of … Continue reading

Inslee Releases Statement on Trump Transgender Edict

— from Tara Lee for Governor Inslee’s Office — “Washington is home to one of the nation’s largest active duty military populations with more than 100,000 active duty men, women and civilians working at our state’s six world-class military installations. President Trump’s announcement that he intends to ban transgender individuals … Continue reading

Four Rescued by Navy in Two Calls to Whatcom County

— from Mike Welding for NAS Whidbey — Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted two rescues Monday, July 24, 2017, both of which were in Whatcom County. The first rescue occurred late in the afternoon. Around 3:30 p.m. NAS Whidbey Island received notification from the … Continue reading

San Juan County Fair Announces Music & Entertainment Line-up

— from Ashley King for San Juan County Fair — The San Juan County Fair is beginning to release its 2017 entertainment line-up. Music headliners are Kuinka (Formerly Rabbit Wilde), local favorites The Fabulous Rhythmatics, The Olson Bros Band (country rock from Olympia), and Seattle’s own ecstatic ensemble Industrial Revelation. … Continue reading

Flotsam & Jetsam | Distracted Driving on Horseshoe Highway

— a semi-regular humor column by Maurice Austin — It would be a relief if Washington State motorists heralded the recent distracted driving legislation as a boon to automotive centeredness, to a renewed focus on operator responsibility for plunging a 2,000-pound shell of steel and plastic and aluminum at break-neck … Continue reading

Fire on the Island Last Night – UPDATED Story Cabin fire near Orcas Landing extinguished with help from San Juan Island crews

— from Marla Johns, Public Information Officer, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue — UPDATE: 3:30 p.m., July 25: Orcas Island Fire crews have been on scene of the Minnow Creek Fire since approximately 3 a.m.  Crews from San Juan Fire and Department of Natural Resources responded and assisted in the extinguishment … Continue reading

Lecture Preview: The Future of Journalism with Hedrick Smith "The business about opinions is secondary to getting the facts"

Friday, July 28 at p.m. at 7 p.m. at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — Hedrick Smith, an innovator as well as an institution in journalism, will speak as an Orcas Currents Lecturer, along with Sarah Stillman, a writer for the New Yorker magazine, at Orcas Center on Friday, … Continue reading

Gov. Inslee Comments on Historic Health Care Vote Statement issued in advance of the Senate vote

— from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee — “It’s inconceivable that any of our nation’s leaders think our health care system will be improved by ripping away health care from 22 million Americans and vastly increasing the costs for millions more. “President Trump promised Americans he would improve our health … Continue reading

Local Conservation Artist Goes Global

–– from Kim Middleton — Orcas Island artist Kim Middleton joins eleven artists in an inaugural delegation to Qingdao, China in August for the International Exhibit of Nature in Art. Artists for Conservation (AFC) carefully selected the delegation from its 500 international members. Middleton’s award-winning art, coupled with her career … Continue reading

San Juan County Scholars Shine at Regional Co-op Leadership Camp

— from Krista Bouchey for OPALCO — Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at The College of Idaho as part of OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program. During the week-long leadership camp in July, four of the six students earned top scholarships ranging from … Continue reading

Award-winning Playwright Bringing Acting Workshop to Orcas Find your authentic center as an actor

Thursday & Saturday, August 17 & 19, The Grange — from Melinda Milligan for Actors Theater of Orcas Island — On Thursday August 17 (7-10 p.m. ) and Saturday August 19 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.), Actor’s Theater of Orcas Island is sponsoring an acting workshop with acclaimed playwright and … Continue reading