Reclaim the Rock — an Orcas Center First

Saturday, September 23, 1 to 7 p.m. at  Orcas Center’s Live Music Outback  Stage “Reclaim the Rock,” aka Silly Season Cessation Soiree, is a mini-music festival outdoors behind Orcas Center, at Orcas Center’s new Outback Stage near the Storage Building. By Islanders, for Islanders! The lineup includes Funk Sway, Dust … Continue reading

State Transportation Awards $1M for Electric Car Charging

— from the office of Gov. Jay Inslee — For many people, the idea of driving a car powered by a battery seems a little risky. While the traditional gasoline and diesel powered vehicle can travel hundreds of miles before requiring a quick stop at a gas station, electric vehicles … Continue reading

Burn Ban Enacted For All of San Juan County

All burning is closed except charcoal or propane BBQs for the county. State Parks has additionally shut down the use of charcoal so they are only allowing gas or propane BBQs and cook stoves. — from San Juan County Fire Marshal — As of today, August 31, 2017, there is a … Continue reading

State Agencies Initiate Incident Command to Address Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Escape Unified response mobilized today to respond to large fish spill

— from Cori Simmons for Department of Natural Resources — The Washington state departments of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife and Ecology, along with the Office of the Governor and state Emergency Management Division, signed on to a Memorandum of Agreement, standing up an Incident Command structure to respond to the escape … Continue reading

Business Spotlight: Could More Bikes on Orcas Mean Fewer Cars? Wildlife 100 Tour this Sunday

— by Susan McBain — Biking is big in the San Juans. And the number of bikers is going to keep growing, especially in the summer, says Dan Christopherson, owner of Wildlife Cycles in Eastsound. “First, the number of tourists keeps increasing, and lots of them are bikers—individuals, families and … Continue reading

Still Room for Sail Orcas Summer Program Great venue, great boats, the best instructors

— from Gwyneth Burrell for Sail Orcas — For the past 25 years, Orcas youth ages 8-18 have been introduced to the sport of sailing through this popular program. Sail Orcas is happy to present this summer program which focuses on teaching sailing skills in a safe, fun environment. The … 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