Mini-Film Festival This Weekend Two showtimes for four films Friday and Saturday nights

— from Jared Lovejoy — Orcas Island Film Festival Presents an International 4-film mini-fest on June 23-24 at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Sea View Theatre, featuring four incredible films from four countries. These films are fresh from the festival circuit and include early contenders for Oscar awards for … Continue reading

Ferries Propose Price Increase Four public meetings planned

— from Reema Griffith, Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) Executive Director — Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its … Continue reading

Schedule for 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update Posted

— from San Juan County Communications — The schedule for the 2018 Comprehensive Plan Update has been revised and is now posted on the Community Development website. The website has also been expanded to include a page showing status of the on-going work with links to work products. Background and … Continue reading

Flights to Canada from Friday Harbor Inaugurated Ribbon-cutting on Thursday June 1 at Friday Harbor Airport

— by Paige Cornwell of the — North America’s shortest scheduled international flight — less than 20 minutes — will soon take off daily from Friday Harbor Airport and land in Victoria, Canada. Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, and Victoria, on Vancouver Island, are only 20 miles from … Continue reading

Rock Breaking, Road Construction Make Progress

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz for San Juan County Public Works — Roadway excavation and rock breaking activities have made significant progress at the site of a new Park and Ride lot above Orcas ferry landing. Utility relocation is active on Orcas Hill Road. Rock breaking is scheduled to continue on site … Continue reading

We Can Now Fly Direct to British Columbia From Friday Harbor It's a 20-minute flight

— from Rick Hughes, County Council Member — The governments of San Juan County, Town of Friday Harbor, Town of Sidney and Islands Trust (representing the Gulf Islands) meet annually to discuss issues of common interest and importance. Increasing cross border transportation options has been identified as a key goal … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | In Wildness is the Preservation of the World For those who visit, reside, or love the San Juan Islands

— from Comp Plan Update Team — The dominant theme quietly residing in the 1994 San Juan County Vision Statement, and refreshed in the 2017 Eastsound Visioning process and Vision Statement, is the notion of maintaining, enhancing, and preserving as much rural, slow, quiet, friendly, “island time” community spirit, and … Continue reading

Odd Fellows Host Flying Karamazov Brothers 2nd Annual Show to benefit Chatauqua tour for cultural enrichment

Sunday May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound — by Margie Doyle — The whacky, uproarious Flying Karamazov Brothers return to the Odd Fellows Hall on Orcas this Sunday, May 28 to what will surely be another sold-out family crowd. As usual their performance will … Continue reading

Orcas Voices from Orcas History Oral history exhibit spotlights the Orcas Museum's summer schedule

–-by Margie Doyle — Years of recorded oral history seemed to languish unnoticed at the Orcas Historical Museum, but then Edrie Vinson set her granddaughter Terri on the task and the result was viewed by the public last week as  “Orcas Voices Oral History” exhibit was unveiled. The museum’s newest … Continue reading

Roadway Excavation and Rock Breaking Underway at Orcas Park & Ride

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz for San Juan County Public Works — Rock breaking is scheduled to continue on site next week with the large hydraulic hammer. Our contractor will continue roadway excavation bringing the surface closer to subgrade. Material produced during rock breaking activities will stay on site to build the roadway … 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

Guest Opinion | A New Vision

— from Joe Symons — Imagine a county whose population of residents and visitors chooses to honor its rural, wild, sustainable, refreshing, slow, nature-dominated, non-exploitive, respectful, in-perpetuity heritage. Imagine stepping off the ferry into a sacred sanctuary. Imagine that while everything looks the same, humans operate with a mindset of … Continue reading

Visitors Bureau Recognizes Turtleback Farm Inn’s Susan Fletcher Inn has been a "pastoral paradise" since 1985

— from Barbara Marrett for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Board President, Carl Silvernail, thanked Susan Fletcher for her over 30 years of service to Orcas Island’s tourism industry and ten years on the Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, at its annual spring … Continue reading

Cruise into History: Sentinels of Orcas Island and Surrounding Waters

Sunday, May 21 at noon — by Carol Kulminski — Eclipse Charters once again hosts a benefit cruise for Orcas Island Historical Museums, this year on Sunday, May 21. The cruise will focus on the main water ways in the San Juan Islands, noting the markers, navigation aids, and the light … Continue reading

Council Proclaims Travel, Tourism Week Week of May 7 - 13, 2017

— from Deborah Hopkins Buchanan, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Whereas, San Juan County recognizes the vital contribution of tourism to a healthy economy and vibrant island communities; Whereas, tourism provides the islands an opportunity to model Leave No Trace and sustainability practices to the greater public in an effort … Continue reading