F2C Program Visited by Cascade Culinary Students

 — by Madie Murray, Farm to Cafeteria Committee – We had the honor of being visited by nine students from the Cascade Culinary Institute located in Bend, Oregon recently. The group was led by Chef Julian Darwin who put together the journey that also included visits to The Willows on … 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

League of Women Voters Sponsors Voter Registration Drive

Meet and Talk with County Councilman Rick Hughes on  Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Orcas Library’s 1-2:30 p.m. session National Voter Registration Day is coming! The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWV-SJ) have joined Leagues around the country to kick their election-season planning into high gear, with a … Continue reading

Guitar-Making Class Raising Funds for Special Router

 — from Corey Wiscomb, Orcas High School teacher – Last scholastic year, with the help of Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF), the Orcas High School introduced a new course in STEM Guitar Building.  The hands-on course gained an instant popularity with students as an approach that immediately applies the taught … 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

We’re Still Here and Our Daily Digest Headlines Will Be Back

Dear Orcas Issues readers, As many of you already know, our Mail Chimp feature that sends or “feeds out” our Daily Digest headlines isn’t working properly, and since Sept. 11, the late-afternoon headlines — that go to over 650 of you — haven’t been sent. We apologize! While we’re working … Continue reading

Leave No Trace Comes to San Juan Islands Sept 23-28

— from Barbara Marrett for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Special Education Events September 25-29 in the San Juan Islands with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come Leave No Trace Selected Washington’s San Juan Islands as One of … Continue reading