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

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

Guest Opinion | Public Meeting Set to Discuss Seaview Propane Tank Siting

Wednesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — Donny Galt, Inter-Island Propane — This is Donny from Inter Island Propane in Friday Harbor. I just wanted you to know that I have personally read every one of your concerns about the new propane facility and hear you loud and … Continue reading

Dead Man’s Cell Phone: Our “Devices” Have a (Weird) Life of Their Own Tickets still available for Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday matinee

— A review by Margie Doyle — It’s a puzzle, a tapestry and very much a hoot! “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” opened to a capacity crowd at Orcas Center’s Black Box last night, rewarding the audience with quick-paced commentary on love and connections in a slick, enthralling production, directed by … 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

Guest Opinion: French Elections Have Lessons for U.S. Inclusive politics on the rise

— by Tom Owens — France has just seen a revolution in their political landscape. The old guard is out. Emmanuel Macron, a new, little known politician started a new party and went on to win the Presidency.  He now faces parliamentary elections to gain seats and legislative influence.  He … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Sign the “Immigration Rights” Initiative June 30 deadline for required signatures

— by Bill Buchan — I am no longer a resident of San Juan County, but [I am doing what I can] to help get Initiative 2017-07 on the ballot. I urge each of you to do what you can to oppose the wrong-headed aspects of our President’s Immigration Policy. … Continue reading

Guest Column | Tar-Sands Threat to Northwest Waters Massive increases in marine transport of tar sands crude could easily lead to submerged oils in the Salish Sea.

— by Michael Riordan for Sightline — This article is part of the series “The Risk of Northwest Oil Spills” Every week another barge or tanker traverses the narrow straits through the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, bearing a cargo of tar-sands crude or other heavy oils from Canada, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | A New Vision

— from Joe Symons — Imagine a county whose population of residents and visitors chooses to honor its rural, wild, sustainable, refreshing, slow, nature-dominated, non-exploitive, respectful, in-perpetuity heritage. Imagine stepping off the ferry into a sacred sanctuary. Imagine that while everything looks the same, humans operate with a mindset of … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Whale Watching Endangers Our Orca Public comment deadline only two days away

— from Janet Thomas — The public comment deadline for supporting a protection zone for our Southern Resident orca whales is Apr. 13. The Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are facing extinction. The science is irrefutable–the whales need to be able to access the food that is available and the … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: State Legislators Block Internet Intrusion Ranker and Fain Introduce Internet Privacy Act

— from the Daily Olympian — Aided by the Congress, President Donald Trump struck a blow this week for high-tech freedom and against individuals’ privacy on the internet. Perhaps the Other Washington can strike back. Democratic state Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island and Republican Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn … Continue reading