Governors Issue Statement on Offshore Drilling In response to White House Executive Order

— from Chase Gallagher, Gov. Inslee’s Office — Governor Jay Inslee, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today in response to a presidential executive order to revise offshore oil and gas leasing in federal waters: “Today’s unilateral action is short-sighted. For good … Continue reading

Pigs, Plants, and Pickett: A Peek into Our History “History Lives Here” brings island stories to life in May

— from Amy Nesler, San Juan Visitors Bureau — Who would have thought a trespassing pig could start a war? Only in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Discover this and other colorful stories during History Lives Here – National Historic Preservation Month in the San Juan Islands. During the month of … Continue reading

Orkila’s Spring ROAR Will be Annual Event

— by Gray Gailey (6th grader) — This year, on Apr. 23, Camp Orkila hosted their first annual ROAR, or Rogue Obstacle Adventure Race, on a windy, rainy afternoon. Before the race began, a Camp Orkila counselor spoke to the excited crowd of participants, ages ranging from five to 50, … Continue reading

Great Islands Clean Up Cleans Up on Orcas 2,330 pound of litter collected

—  from ORS/The Exchange and Orcas Elementary School — Big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in The Great Islands Clean-up [on Saturday]! On Orcas Island, 2,330 pounds of litter was collected by volunteers in just three hours Remember, just $31,000 needed to fully fund the new Exchange: Meanwhile, … Continue reading

“The Universe in Verse” Live-Streamed Celebration of science and protest against defunding the arts

Streamed live at 4 p.m Pacific time, Monday, April 24 — from Brain Pickings by Maria Popova– This “labor-of-love [is a] celebration of science and protest against the defunding of the arts. (Original announcement below.) “When power corrupts, poetry cleanses,” John F. Kennedy famously wrote. Half a century later, with … Continue reading

Seattle’s District Court Sentences Russian Hacker for Stealing Credit Info Local (Anacortes) cafes among his victims

–by Susan Kelleher, Seattle Times staff reporter A prolific Russian hacker who raked in at least $170 million by stealing more than 2 million credit-card numbers and selling them on the black market was sentenced Friday morning to 27 years in prison in U.S. District Court in Seattle. “Simply put, Roman … Continue reading

Immigration Rights Group Drafts Resolution for San Juan County

— from Orcas Women’s Coalition — In line with the recommendations of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement, the Immigration Rights Group, a sub-group of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC), has drafted a resolution which provides guidance for San Juan County personnel regarding the gathering and … Continue reading

Ranker: Senate Must Act to Ensure Online Transparency

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Following the Washington state House of Representatives passing SHB 2200, protecting internet privacy, with a vote of 87-10, sponsor of the Senate version SB 5919, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement: “People expect their online, personal information to be kept … Continue reading

UW Medicine to Manage Orcas Primary Care Clinic Collaboration with Island Hospital will assure smooth transition

— from Susan Gregg, UW Medicine — UW Medicine has begun work with Island Hospital to transition the management of a primary care clinic located on Orcas Island from Island Hospital to UW Medicine. The two entities are collaborating to ensure that the community will continue to have access to care … Continue reading

Electric Vehicle Car Show Coming to Friday Harbor

Saturday, April 29, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., County Parking Lot — from Ryan T. Palmateer — Lower your carbon footprint in style at the Friday Harbor Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Show. Come check out a wide variety of electric vehicles, ranging from state-of-the-art to commuter specific, and even hand-built EVs. The … Continue reading

The LIONS Hold Annual Easter Egg Hunt No parking permit needed for Moran State Park

Saturday, April 15, 10 am at Cascade Lake On Saturday at 10 am SHARP the Orcas Island Lions Club will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt. This free Eggstravaganza will take place at the Cascade Lake Day Use Area of Moran State Park. Parents – bring your children with their … Continue reading