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

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

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

“Immigration Initiative” to Be on November Ballot Celebration acknowledges signature-gatherers

— by Margie Doyle — On Tuesday, July 18, the Immigration Rights Group of Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) gathered at Emmanuel Parish Hall with signature-gatherers and others to celebrate the “overwhelmingly positive response we received” to the initiative petition campaign to place “AN ORDINANCE PROTECTING THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF ALL … Continue reading

Fire Commission Meeting Focuses on Propane Tank Safety Issues Regular meeting dominated by neighbors concerned for safety

— by Susan McBain — The “hot topic” for the July 17 meeting of the Orcas Board of Fire Commissioners wasn’t on the agenda. The public wanted to talk about Inter-Island Propane’s proposed location of a 30,000-gallon propane tank on Aeroview Lane near Seaview St., and the capacity of Orcas … Continue reading

Jesse Boleyn Announces Next Concert in Summer Concert Series This Friday's concert features Ralf Illenberger

Second concert of series Friday July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center — from Jesse Boleyn — American songwriter, recording artist and author, Jesse Boleyn is proud to host the 2017 Orcas Island Performing Arts Center summer concert series in beautiful Eastsound. On Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:30 … 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

Orcas Island Storytelling Festival Coming Soon

July 23 – July 29 at various venues Once again the summer Orcas Storyfest brings Eth-Noh-Tec’s Nancy Wang and Robert  Kikuchi-Yngojo and their lively cohorts to the island next week. The line-up this year includes: • Bill Harley, Grammy award winning and very funny storyteller from Massachusettes; • Erica Lann-Clark, … Continue reading

County and WSF Show Off New Orcas Landing Lots of work still to do on Park and Ride and Landing improvements

— by Margie Doyle — State Transportation/Ferries officials joined County executives and staff to celebrate the revamped Orcas ferry landing on Tuesday, July 11. Lots of changes have been made, and there are lots more to come. They also toured ongoing work on the future Park and Ride lot up … Continue reading

Orcas Center Bids Farewell to “Sparks”

— from the Orcas Center Board of Trustees — As the Orcas Center’s reorganization continues, the Orcas Center Board of Trustees and Executive Director, Brian Kemp, have approved the request of Theater Production Manager, Deborah Sparks, to eliminate the position which she had held for more than 16 years, effective … Continue reading

School District Holds Public Hearing on State Education Budget How new formulae will affect local school still to be determined

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island School District Business Manager Keith Whitaker presented his initial analysis of the recent State Budget and its provisions for funding “Basic Education” in compliance with the McLeary Decision, in a written report at the Board’s Special Meeting on Tuesday, July 11. He responded … Continue reading