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

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

Orcas Currents Brings Back Hedrick Smith, Others for Discussion The Future of Journalism in a Post-Truth Environment

Friday, July 28, 7 p.m., Orcas Center — from Michael Riordan — With journalism under increasing siege in the United States, two of its leading practitioners will meet in Orcas Center on Friday, July 28, to discuss “The Future of Journalism in a Post-Truth Environment.” Sponsored by Orcas Currents and … 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

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

Sommelier and Educator to Open Bottle Shop on Orcas Eastsound couple will open retail shop in August with events and tastings

— from Cole Sisson — Doe Bay Wine Company has announced that it will be opening a Bottle Shop this August in Eastsound Square. The shop will feature a world class selection of wine, beer, and cider; and offer samples and tasting flights from producers both local and around the … 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

Editorial: Safeguard the Seaview Neighborhood Families, OPAL's first neighborhood put at risk

— by Margie Doyle — (Disclosure: I live across the street from 27 Aeroview in a lot also zoned Service/Light Industrial. My husband has lived on the island since 1982 and in this house since 1989). I’ve always loved living on Orcas, because for good or ill, you know most … Continue reading

Orcas School Board Ups Lunch Prices, Hears from Juvenile Court Rep. District receives nearly $63,000 in grant funding

— by Ayn Gailey — [Note: This article has been updated to clarify the school lunch price increase.]* Classes and graduation ceremonies may have wrapped, but the OISD School Board, none of whom take compensation for their services, keeps on working. At the June 22 regular board meeting, Principal Kyle … Continue reading

Library Opens Henigson Wing Expansion to All of Orcas Henigsons among many acknowledged for successful completion of project

— by Margie Doyle, updated June 25 at 10 a.m. — Historic crowds attended the dedication of the Henigson Family Wing, the “Next Chapter” expansion of the Orcas Island Public Library on June 23, 2017. Director Phil Heikkinen proudly and happily greeted the hordes of islanders on a sun-soaked afternoon, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Propane Storage Unsafe for Seaview Neighborhoods Gas explosion would be disastrous

— by Eric Gourley — I am [sending to the county] this memo in opposition to the proposed propane storage facility on Aeroview Lane. I own a hangar/apartment on 77 Aeroview Lane. I have a tenant who lives year round in the apartment. I am at my hangar almost on … Continue reading