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

A Drop of Ink May Make a Million Think


Read a Free Book and Work for the Future  – by Margie Doyle – Joe Symons and Anita Orne have again collaborated to make their fortune and ensure their future. How? By bringing possible solutions for climate change to the stakeholders whom they most believe in: school students, specifically, middle … Continue reading

To Be or Not to Bee Safe

Sunday August 3, at  2:30 p.m. upstairs at the Orcas Food Co-op – by Chom Graecen – Gardeners beware. Some “bee friendly” plants that you buy may end up harming, instead of, helping bees. The health of honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinators have been under serious threat and … Continue reading

Train Traffic and Oil Spill Protestors Attend Army Hearing

– by John Stang for – The fate of a Cherry Point oil-loading dock. Distrust of BP. A minor oil-car derailment in Seattle. All of these surfaced Thursday at a hearing in Seattle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held the public hearing to discuss a draft environmental impact … Continue reading

New Gateway Pacific Terminal Plans to Increase Coal and Oil Traffic

– by Floyd McKay for – Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands. Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal … Continue reading