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

Letter to the Editor: Planning an Afterthought to County Leaders?

— by Walt Corbin — There appears to be little concern on the part of County leadership in addressing the matter of future planning for the County, as required under the Growth Management Act. Unfortunately many citizens are complacently comfortable in the warm waters of summer, not realizing that the … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | July 12 – 18, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — July 12, 2017 17-004334 Harassment 17:52:06 07/12/17 A citizen met a Deputy at the Orcas Sub-station about a possible assault that occurred earlier and wanted it documented but declined an investigation or to press charges. A report was taken. 17-004338 Runaway Juvenile … Continue reading

Eth-Noh-Tec Makes Orcas StoryFest “Up Close and Personal” Meet the Storytellers

Sunday July 23 through Thursday, July 27 at various venues — by Margie Doyle — Next week, summer Islanders Nancy Wang and Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo bring the worlds of storytelling to the island as Orcas Storyfest unfolds for the seventh time on Orcas. They bring with them gifted and nationally-recognized storytellers, … Continue reading