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

Perham Black Takes 13th Place in Nation at Cressy Cup

— from Gray Cope for San Juan Island Sailing Foundation – On October 28 and 29 San Juan County’s Perham “Per” Black, a senior at Spring Street International School competed in the Cressy Cup, considered the United States high school national championships for Laser full rig sailing. The national sailing … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Volunteer Coaches Make It Possible

— from Orcas Park and Rec — Orcas Island Park and Recreation District would like to thank the volunteers for this fall season. Our volunteers dedicated their time throughout the season to spend time with our island youth coaching Flag Football, Pee Wee Soccer, Youth Soccer, and Boy’s Choir. Justin … Continue reading

Orcas Girls Travel to San Diego Invitational Sailing Regatta

— from David Kau for Sail Orcas — Over October 21st and 22nd, four girls from the Orcas Island High School Sailing team travelled down to San Diego to compete in the Pacific Coast Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Annual Girls Invitational Regatta, hosted at the San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC). The … 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

Coast Guard, Community Leaders Brought Together for Increased Boating Safety

— from Chuck Dalldorf — At a meeting of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s San Juan Island Detachment last week in Friday Harbor, San Juan Community leaders joined the U.S. Coast Guard celebrating efforts to keep our boating community safe and collaborate on future safe boating initiatives. Rick Hughes, Chair of … Continue reading

Get Your Boo On at the Odd Fellows "Young Frankenstein" is the movie choice Oct. 28

— from Tom McDonough for the Odd Fellows — To quote Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: “It’s Alive. Alive! It’s Alive!” The votes are in: The Orcas movie pick is “Young Frankenstein” as the Odd Fellows Halloween Movie for Saturday October 28 at 6 pm! And it’s free! Then on October 31, … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Join Me in Support of School Bond, Levy

— from Rick Hughes — I support the upcoming school maintenance bond and field levy and I ask for your support on both. The time is now for much needed maintenance improvements across the school district.  Our children on Orcas and Waldron deserve a modern, comfortable and safe environment to … Continue reading

Audition for “Billy Elliot the Musical” at Orcas Center

November 6, 7 and 8th at the Orcas Center Madrona Room at 6 pm to 9 pm. — from Robert Hall — The Orcas Center will be presenting “Billy Elliot – the Musical” in March 2018. “Billy Elliot the Musical” is a musical based on the 2000 film “Billy Elliot.” … Continue reading