Orcas Rotary’s First Annual Pickleball Tourney Will Benefit Orcas Center

Saturday, July 15, 8 a.m., Buck Park — from Rick Markov — A fun day of Pickleball with friends and fellow Pickleball enthusiasts is scheduled for next weekend, Saturday, July 15. The event begins at 8 a.m. at Buck Park and will benefit Orcas Center. Three Divisions are slated, to … Continue reading

Orcas Man Paddles His Way To Alaska, Alone, On A Standup Paddleboard Karl Kruger treks solo 750 miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan

— from Northwest Public Radio — Here’s what your sporty friends should be talking about today. An Orcas Island, Washington, man is the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a standup paddleboard. He stroked 750 miles solo from Port Townsend up the Inside Passage, crossing the finish … Continue reading

10M Gallons of Sewage Diverted from Washington Waters in 2016 Services will reach the San Juan Islands, particularly near Sucia Island this summer

— from Washington Sea Grant — In 2016, the Washington Clean Vessel Act, a joint project of Washington State Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Washington Sea Grant, based within the UW College of the Environment, helped divert a record 10 million gallons of raw sewage from Puget Sound, Lake … Continue reading

High School Sailors to Compete at Nationals Help send the team to Norfolk, Virginia

— from Gwyneth Burrill for Sail Orcas — The Orcas High School Sailing Team is a hot item on the NW racing circuit this year. After winning the NWISA Team District Championships last weekend they will be representing the PNW in Norfolk, VA May 26-28 for the Baker Trophy National … Continue reading

March Turtleback March Just Down the Road

Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m., Turtleback Mountain Preserve — from Tanja Williamson, San Juan County Land Bank — Welcome Spring. The San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust invite you to the third annual March Turtleback March, a 5 mile “up and over” hike on the Turtleback Mountain Preserve. … Continue reading

Vikings On the Road, and Streaming Locally at White Horse

— from Justin Paulsen, Vikings Booster Club — Vikings Basketball is on the road this weekend, and the Orcas Booster Club wants to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. Thanks to our incredible sponsors,  we are proud to be able to offer live-streaming of the Orcas v. … Continue reading

Jonathan White to Speak on his New Book Tides

Saturday, February 18, 5:30 pm, Orcas Center — from Donna Laslo — After nearly losing his 65-foot schooner Crusader in a strong Alaskan tide, local author Jonathan White vowed to understand these mysterious, implacable sea surges. An avid sailor and surfer, he recognized that the sun and moon had something to … Continue reading

Orcas Lions Club Makes a Generous Donation Blaine Camp for Adults with Disabilities benefits

— by Carol Kulminski — Don Webster, an Orcas Island Lions Club member, has volunteered at the Lions Camp Horizon in Blaine, Washington, for 11 years. He has seen firsthand the needs of this unique camp and knew that the kitchen remodel would be costly, but was long overdue. A … Continue reading

Where, What is the Salish Sea?

— from Salish Sea Pilot — Talking to cruisers from up and down the coast at the Vancouver Boat Show last week, we realized not everyone knows precisely what waters are included within the “Salish Sea.” Of course, everyone knows the Salish Sea. They know the name was officially adopted … Continue reading