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

Henigson Concert on the Green Spices Classics with “Off the Score” Jazz "Small but mighty island" comes out en masse to hear Chamber Festival Concert

–by Margie Doyle — The first Chamber Music Festival Concert on the Green, 10 years ago, was “so much fun, I would have done it if nobody came,” said Bob Henigson, according to Leslie Seaman, Orcas’ “Music Woman” who’s organized Sunday Music in the Park for the last 20 summers. … Continue reading

County Now Considering Lodging Tax Grant Proposals

— from Sue Kollett, San Juan County Council Assistant– The 2018 Lodging Tax Facilities/Promotional Grant Program was opened earlier this month with a Request for Proposals (RFP). The deadline for submitting proposals is for 2018 grants is Sept. 21, 2017 San Juan County has established a tourism facilities program, funded … Continue reading

Celebrate Patos Lighthouse’s 124th Birthday

— from Edrie Vinson — The Keepers of the Patos Light invite you to join them in celebrating the 124th Birthday of the Patos Island Lighthouse on August 27, 2017. The Keepers will depart from Brandt’s Landing on the Outer Islands Expedition boats leaving at 7:45 and returning at noon. … Continue reading

It’s Summer and Monday: Four-boat Emergency Schedule Sidney morning route cancelled

— from Washington State Ferries — Due to a problem with the number two engine on the M/V Samish, the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, BC route is operating on a four-boat emergency schedule until another vessel can join the route and restore it to a full five-boat capacity. See the alternative … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Samish Down, Schedule Changes There is no standby space available for drivers at the Anacortes terminal due to an emergency reduced service. Drivers with existing reservations will be loaded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: Sunday Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. The Samish is out of service for the rest of the day due to a problem with the number two engine. This will cancel the following sailings: Westbound: 2:00 p.m. to Friday Harbor, 3:45pm to Shaw … Continue reading

WSF Adds a Ferry to San Juans Route Back to normal summer schedule by Saturday

— from Washington State Ferries — Beginning Saturday, July 29, M/V Chelan will join the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney route as the international vessel. M/V Hyak, M/V Samish, M/V Elwha, and M/V Tillikum will serve the domestic sailings. This will restore the route to full capacity, and regular Summer 2017 schedule … Continue reading

Canada to Study Ship Noise Effects on Orcas in Haro Strait

 — from Port Technology International — Fifty-three marine shipping industry organizations have committed to participate in a first-of-its-kind voluntary study focusing on the relationship between slower vessel speeds, underwater noise levels and effects on killer whales. Between August 7 and October 6, 2017, the speed of participating vessels will be … Continue reading

Ferries Now Operating on Four-boat Emergency Schedule No new vehicle reservations being taken at this time

— from Washington State Ferries — [Ed. Note: See earlier stories on recent ferry delays] Because of a generator failure on the M/V Yakima, the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, BC route is operating on a four-boat emergency schedule until another vessel can join the route and restore it to a full … Continue reading

Roll Out Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Olga Daze of Summer

Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m., Downtown Olga — from Lorna Rhodes — Olga Daze festivities will begin in front of the Community Club at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 15th. The day will be better than ever this year, with something for everyone. Come for breakfast at the Bake Sale, … Continue reading

County and WSF Show Off New Orcas Landing Lots of work still to do on Park and Ride and Landing improvements

— by Margie Doyle — State Transportation/Ferries officials joined County executives and staff to celebrate the revamped Orcas ferry landing on Tuesday, July 11. Lots of changes have been made, and there are lots more to come. They also toured ongoing work on the future Park and Ride lot up … Continue reading

Public Hearing Scheduled on Vacation Rental Code Amendments

Friday, July 21, 8:45 a.m., County Council Chambers — from San Juan County Communications — The San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to the vacation rental and code enforcement provisions of the San Juan County Code. The hearing will begin on or after … Continue reading