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

Orcas Fur and Feathers 4-H Club Dinner

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at the Orcas Senior Center from 5:30-7 p.m. Dinner Menu: Cauliflower soup, Local green salad with balsamic vinaigrette, Roasted Chicken, creamy mashed potatoes with gravy, veggies and Apple Rhubarb crisp for dessert served with coffee & tea. Cost: $5 kids and seniors, $10 adults. … Continue reading

Another Amazing “Fifth Season” for School Lunches

 — by Madie Murray — The term “Fifth Season” is used as a way to say we are figuratively adding another season to the four seasons by preserving the harvest when it is most bountiful and consuming it in a season when we would not otherwise be able to. For … Continue reading

Food Bank Begins Senior Outreach Program

 — by Madie Murray – Through a cooperative effort between the Orcas Island Food Bank (OIFB) and Orcas Island Senior Services, a number of seniors who have trouble getting out of their home to go shopping or visit the food bank for one reason or another receive a personally-delivered bag … Continue reading

At the Fair: Block Kinder Morgan Project with Brownies

–San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping – Chocolate and crude oil don’t mix, unless of course you bite into one of the delicious brownies for sale at our Safe Shipping booth at the San Juan County Fair, August 13-16. We will be offering 4 different flavors (including Bakken Shale Brownies … Continue reading

Guest Column: What It Takes To Build Community

— by Hedrick Smith — Orcas has the irresistible lure of a natural Paradise and the attraction of a welcoming civic spirit – a caring human community. [In 2006], that community spirit inspired San Juan Islanders to raise $18.5 million to save Turtleback Mountain from development and to preserve its … Continue reading

The Circus Came to Town! Funhouse Commons Annual Gala Fundraiser

– by Cara Russell – The Annual Funhouse Commons Gala Fundraiser was a regular circus on Sunday evening, August 3. Volunteer staff dressed up as carnies, tattooed ladies, clowns, and tightrope walkers for the event at Jeff and Angie Johnson’s historic barn on Nordstrom Lane. 120 guests enjoyed cocktails, spiritual … Continue reading

The Fair is Coming! So Much To Do!

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Wednesday, August 13 — Saturday, August 16, 2014, San Juan County Fairgrounds – from Reve Shannon – Farm-tastic Fun is the name of the game at the San Juan County Fair, Wednesday, August 13 through Saturday, August 16, 2014. This community celebration located within walking distance of Friday Harbor on … Continue reading