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

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

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

Ferries Now Operating on Four-boat Emergency Schedule No new vehicle reservations being taken at this time

— from Washington State Ferries — [Ed. Note: See earlier stories on recent ferry delays] Because of a generator failure on the M/V Yakima, the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, BC route is operating on a four-boat emergency schedule until another vessel can join the route and restore it to a full … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | It’s Time to Deal With This Gentle-eyed Island Menace

— from Emery Rhodes — Deer. They are here, there, and everywhere. Day and night these normally nocturnal animals are now out searching for anything tasty and tender. After dusk their numbers increase, they veritably turn the San Juan Islands into Deer Zombie Islands, wreaking havoc and occasionally attacking innocent … 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

Roll Out Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Olga Daze of Summer

Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m., Downtown Olga — from Lorna Rhodes — Olga Daze festivities will begin in front of the Community Club at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 15th. The day will be better than ever this year, with something for everyone. Come for breakfast at the Bake Sale, … Continue reading