Ranker: Summer Ferry Breakdowns Had Dramatic Impact on Local Communities

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Today the Washington State Transportation Commission held a meeting to discuss summer ferry service disruptions and other transportation issues throughout the San Juan Islands. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, who met with the Washington State Secretary of Transportation and officials from Washington State … Continue reading

Eagle Forum Hosts Comp Plan Info Meeting

Saturday, September 23, 1 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Cindy Carter for Eagle Forum — San Juan County Planner Erica Shook will be speaking about the upcoming Comprehensive Plan update on Orcas at the Eastsound Fire Station on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to … Continue reading

Town of Friday Harbor Announces New Public Art Installation "We Gave All That We Could" honors islanders on WWI 100th anniversary

— from Sandy Strehlou — The Town of Friday Harbor announces the installation of a new temporary public art display at Breezeway Park. The artwork, titled We Gave All That We Could, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into World War I using photographs and words of San Juan … Continue reading

Planned Parenthood Brings Update, Discussion to Orcas

Friday, September 22, 6:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Brad Brown for Planned Parenthood — An estimated one in five American women has relied on Planned Parenthood for care in her lifetime. Though recent and on-going political controversies over the role of Planned Parenthood within the scope of our … Continue reading

Friends, Partners Restore Fisherman Bay Coastal Wetland

— from Shannon Davis for FRIENDS of the San Juans — Outdated and unnecessary dikes, berms, and ditches that once clogged a marine wetland along Lopez’s Fisherman Bay were removed last week through a collaborative effort led by Friends of the San Juans, in partnership with the San Juan County … Continue reading

Fall Farm Tours Upcoming for Orcas, San Juan, Lopez Celebrating farms, food, and community

Sunday, October 1 for Orcas Island — from San Juan Islands Conservation District — Join us in October for the San Juan Islands Fall Farm Tours. There will be fun for everyone. Come meet local farmers and feast on the bounty of local harvest. Tickets are now on sale: October … Continue reading

Black-tailed Deer Overabundance and Management Lecture and Community Forum

Wednesday September 20 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Joe Gaydos, SeaDoc, UC Davis Wildlife Health Center — Black-tailed deer are native to the San Juan Islands. Predator removal and modern reductions in hunting, however, have resulted in high deer densities on many islands, including Orcas. … Continue reading

Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” with Melinda Milligan — and Puppets!

Auditions Wednesday, Sept. 20 and Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — Melinda Milligan looks forward to casting a raft of rowdy Orcas actors and actresses — as well as a troupe of puppeteers — this week during auditions for “A Christmas Carol,” … Continue reading

Miró Quartet to Spend a Week on Orcas in October Pop-up concerts, family concert, mini concert on inter-island ferry

— from Linda Slone for Orcas Chamber Music Festival — Be sure to catch the Miró Quartet the week of October 9-13 while the string quartet is here for an action-packed week of fun activities for all islanders. From pop-up appearances and a family concert at the Grange to a … Continue reading

Upcoming Parent Workshop: Your Brain on Conflict

Thursday, September 28, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Funhouse Commons — from Emilie Gincig — Trillium Swanson, LMHCA, a youth and adult counselor on Orcas, shares tools and the science behind how parents can reduce conflict with their children through understanding the brain-under-stress, and how to harness the power of the … Continue reading