Round One of TEDxOrcasIsland: This IS America Announced


November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Orcas Center – from Adam Farish, TEDxOrcasIsland Curator – “This IS America” : Exploring the relationship between our Island individualism and our place within the larger collective American experiment. Presentation topics will range from psychology and medicine, law enforcement, media reporting, oceanic … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Levy and County Parks

Please Support Continued Funding to Keep Our County Parks Open and Well-Maintained. Support for proposition number one on the November ballot continues the current “Levy Lift” funding needed to keep our county parks open, well-maintained, and in good repair. Our county parks make it possible for us all to enjoy … Continue reading

EDC Commends OPALCO for Broadband Progress

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– from Victoria Compton, San Juan Co. Economic Development Council – The San Juan County Economic Development Council commends OPALCO for its rapid progress on the broadband initiative, particularly its work on the completed broadband plan and development of “Neighborhood Connections” for broadband deployment in the county. The EDC has … Continue reading

SeaDoc Society & Camp Orkila Present Renowned Oceanographer

Photo from Paul Photo: Paul Dayton's faculty page at Scripps / UC San Diego

Tuesday, October 14,  7 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall – from Joe Thoron, SeaDoc Society – Renowned oceanographer Paul Dayton comes to Orcas Island on Tuesday, October 14 to kick off the SeaDoc Society/YMCA Camp Orkila annual Marine Science Lecture Series. In a 44 year career at the Scripps Institution of … Continue reading

Rick Larsen Meeting on Lopez to Address Growlers

Tuesday, October 7, 2 – 3 p.m., Lopez Center – from Cynthia Dilling – Tuesday, October 7, from 2-3pm,U.S. Representative Rick Larsen will listen to the Lopez community and San Juan County concerns about EA18-G Growler noise at the Lopez Center in Lopez village. Councilman Jamie Stephens is hosting this … Continue reading

Celebrate National 4-H Week by Joining or Volunteering


– from D. N. Kinsey for Orcas 4-H — More than 6 million young people across the United States will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. San Juan County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that … Continue reading

Free “Leave No Trace” Training this Sunday

The Leave No Trace™ Center for Outdoor Ethics has chosen Washington State’s San Juan Islands as only one of eight ‘Hot Spots’ in the entire United States.  The organization considers these public lands to be under considerable threat of “irreversible damage” due to recreational activities from public land users. On … Continue reading

County Council Drafting “Leave No Trace” Resolution

– from Barbara Marrett/San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau – The San Juan County Council is working on a draft resolution supporting a Leave No Trace (LNT) ethic in San Juan County. The resolution is a result of the local Terrestrial Managers Working Group, a coalition of conservation-oriented governmental and non-governmental land … Continue reading

Ocean Degradation is Fact, Not Theory

Shellfish Growers and Marine Scientists Agree that Ocean Degradation is Fact, Not Theory; Collaboration and Adaptation Key Next Steps — from Julia Vouri — Ocean acidification is fact, not theory, and collaboration and adaptation are key to tackling this crisis. That was the conclusion of local shellfish growers, marine managers … Continue reading