Orkila’s Spring ROAR Will be Annual Event

— by Gray Gailey (6th grader) — This year, on Apr. 23, Camp Orkila hosted their first annual ROAR, or Rogue Obstacle Adventure Race, on a windy, rainy afternoon. Before the race began, a Camp Orkila counselor spoke to the excited crowd of participants, ages ranging from five to 50, … 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

Get Ready for Baseball, Softball, T-ball This Spring Players, volunteers welcome

— from Kim Ihlenfeldt — Play ball! This spring we will be offering more games and increased competition for our baseball and softball players. The baseball committee along with the Park and Rec Board has thoroughly researched all league options and the last several years of season play. After completing … Continue reading

Go Camping this Summer 2017 San Juan County resident camping reservations

— from San Juan County Parks Staff — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round! Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park for any dates … Continue reading

Go Jump in the Lake! with Orcas Island Rowing

Sunday, January 1 at 11 a.m. Sharp Orcas Island Rowing is once again encouraging all the brave souls on Orcas Island to take a quick dip into Cascade Lake on New Year’s Day, January 1st. This is a fundraiser to help youth rowers get to regattas, so come buy a … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Track Donation Brings Problems

— by Bea vonTobel — Updated Sept. 20: I would like to offer a couple revisions to my original letter. (Editor’s note: revisions are in italics) Sometime when you look a gift horse in the mouth you may need to say, “Thanks but no thanks.” The extreme generosity of a … Continue reading