Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

— from Byron Rot for San Juan County — The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for two different grants for 2018 and 2019-2020 funding cycles. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts are invited to apply … Continue reading

Ranker Legislation Would Ban Atlantic Salmon Net Pens That Threaten Puget Sound

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, testified on his proposal to permanently ban commercial net pens used for fish farming in Washington state during Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee. “The crisis we face due to the escape … Continue reading

Another Free Day in State Park Coming Up

— from Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits. The next free day is Monday, Jan. 15, in honor of the holiday celebrating Martin Luther … Continue reading

Ranker: Protecting Orca Whales and Salish Sea in 2018 Legislative Session a Priority

— from Senator Kevin Ranker — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, announced new legislation to protect Washington state’s Orca Whales and marine waters under the Salish Sea Protection package. “Increasing vessel traffic, potential oil spills, pollution, invasive species and climate change are all major threats to our incredible Salish Sea … Continue reading

Free First Day Hikes in State Parks San Juan, Island, Jefferson, Skagit and Whatcom Counties' State Parks listed

— from Washington State Parks — Washington State Parks invites the public to start the new year off with a First Day Hike on Monday, Jan. 1, at more than three dozen state parks across Washington. “First Day Hikes are a fitting way to cap off the holidays and discover … Continue reading

Friends of San Juans Appeals Shoreline Master Program to State Board For failure to protect orca, salmon, forage fish, and beaches

— from Stephanie Buffum for Friends of the San Juans — Today, the Friends of the San Juans (Friends) appealed San Juan County’s recently updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. The SMP is the primary tool for protecting the fragile marine ecosystem that depends on … Continue reading

Marcia West Retires as Director of Orcas Island Park and Recreation District

— from Kim Kimple, Orcas Park and Recreation — Marcia West, the founding and, to-date, only Director of Orcas Island Park and Recreation District (OIPRD) submitted her letter of resignation, effective December 15, to the Board of Commissioners at the Regular Public Meeting in October. The Board, who heralds West’s … Continue reading

The Spirit of “A Christmas Carol:” Jim Bredouw Musical Director "Money doesn’t bring joy nearly as much as kindness and being with loved ones."

“A Christmas Carol” plays Dec. 13-17 at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — “A Christmas Carol,” with Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, captivated Jim Bredouw as a nine-year-old. He’s probably seen every film version of it; his reincarnation of it, … Continue reading

State Parks Considering Long-term Boundary Revisions for Two Orcas Island Parks Public invited to learn more at kickoff meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 6 – 8 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Toni Droscher, Washington State Parks — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process to consider expanding the long-term park boundaries of Moran and Obstruction Pass state parks on Orcas Island. The public is invited … Continue reading

Wanted: Day Park Volunteers

— from Ashley King for San Juan County Parks & Fair — The San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair Department is inviting community members to become day park volunteers (opportunities available on different islands). Volunteers can participate in weekly monitoring and/or light litter pick-up, and are invited to participate in … Continue reading

Currently Critically Endangered, Our Orca Population Heads Toward Extinction

— by Lin McNulty — The frightening message is about as clear as it can be in a recent study published on Thursday in the peer-reviewed, scientific journal Nature: The population of our Southern Resident killer whales could show robust growth if all anthropogenic threats were removed, but has no growth … Continue reading