Letter to Editor | Heartfelt Thanks for Orcas Blood Drive

— from Jim Biddick — On Thursday, August 10, your community blood drive registered a total of 81 donors. We welcomed eight first-time-donors and congratulated six donors for reaching milestone gallon markers. We were able to collect 64 units of whole blood. Since each unit of whole blood is separated into the different components (red cells, platelets, … Continue reading

Library Fair Chalks Up Another Outstanding Event

— by Olivia Smith — On Saturday, August 12, the Friends of the Orcas Island Library hosted the annual library fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though the day began as overcast and windy, the sun came out in the middle of the festivities. For over 60 years the … Continue reading

Sign Up to Ride Your Horse in County Fair

— from Ashley King for San Juan County Fair — Thinking about riding your horse in the Fair? The answer is yes! Many classes to choose from, including the always-entertaining Western Games. Visit the Fair website (www.sjcfair.org) to learn more about scheduling, class descriptions, and registration today. Registration deadline is … Continue reading

Perseid Meteor Shower Coming to a Mountain Near You Clear skies willing

Saturday, August 12, Mount Constitution — by Lin McNulty — This year’s annual Perseid meteor shower is set to peak on the night of Saturday, August 12. In anticipation of that event, along with hoping for clear skies, Friends of Moran State Park have announced that the summit of Mt. Constitution … Continue reading

Join Land Bank for Judd Cove Preserve Tour

Saturday, August 26, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Judd Cove Preserve — from Tanja Williamson for San Juan County Land Bank — Join Orcas Preserve Steward Ruthie Dougherty and Historian Boyd Pratt on an interpretive walk that is sure to delight anyone interested in the cultural history of Orcas Island. Boyd Pratt … Continue reading

Skagit Valley College Seeks Community Input from Orcas Island Take online survey

— from Arden Ainley for Skagit Valley College — The Skagit Valley College (SVC) San Juan Center, in partnership with Orcas Island Rotary, seeks broad community input to help identify Orcas Island’s education and training needs. Your input will help SVC develop courses and learning opportunities on Orcas Island. We invite … Continue reading

What The New Exchange Wants (And Doesn’t Want) From Your Storage Unit

— from Pete Moe for Orcas Recycling Services — With the new Exchange reuse facility on schedule to open this fall, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) plans to roll out a series of new and modified policies in advance, with the intent of educating everyone on the new rules before the … Continue reading

Orcas Women’s Coalition Moves Immigration Initiative Forward Council announces public hearing

— from the Orcas Women’s Coalition — The OWC-IRG Immigration Initiative qualified for the November ballot with overwhelming numbers because you wanted to make a difference and it worked. A small but mighty coalition of citizen activists from all the big islands brought your tidings to the San Juan County … Continue reading

Your San Juan County Fair: Facts, History, Trivia, and Funding First in a semi-regular series about the San Juan County Fair

— from Barbara Bevens for The San Juan County Fair Board — Did you know that the San Juan County Fair is self-supporting? Indeed, it is the only county entity that is. Funding sources are primarily by grants, sponsorships and donations. The biggest single grant comes from the State of … Continue reading