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

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

Park & Ride Work Makes Headway

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz, Project Engineer — Clearing and grubbing is substantially complete. A tub grinder was on site this week and processed all of the stumps and debris piles into wood chips. Construction Activities The contractor will be stripping and stockpiling topsoil and beginning roadway excavation next week. After excavatable … Continue reading

SJ National Monument Not on Trump’s List Small is better in this case

— by Lin McNulty — On Apr. 26, 2017 the White House initiated an executive order authorizing the review of national monuments designated since Jan. 1, 1996. The order targets monuments of more than 100,000 acres in size or that were “made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.” … Continue reading

Governors Issue Statement on Offshore Drilling In response to White House Executive Order

— from Chase Gallagher, Gov. Inslee’s Office — Governor Jay Inslee, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today in response to a presidential executive order to revise offshore oil and gas leasing in federal waters: “Today’s unilateral action is short-sighted. For good … Continue reading

Pigs, Plants, and Pickett: A Peek into Our History “History Lives Here” brings island stories to life in May

— from Amy Nesler, San Juan Visitors Bureau — Who would have thought a trespassing pig could start a war? Only in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Discover this and other colorful stories during History Lives Here – National Historic Preservation Month in the San Juan Islands. During the month of … Continue reading

Morris: Victoria to Get Sewage Treatment Plant

— from Rep. Jeff Morris — This year has…seen the resolution of a problem that has affected our shores for decades. Victoria, BC does not have full sewage treatment for their city and most waste is dumped into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where it has affected the San … Continue reading

Celebrate Mother Earth All Weekend A list of events

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 GREAT ISLANDS CLEAN-UP ON EARTH DAY (Saturday, April 22, 9 – 12 pm) It is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide greening event where volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways. Want to help on Orcas Island? Please participate and check in … Continue reading

Whale Research Center to Participate in “Give Big” Keep whale study program going

— from Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research — On May 10, 2017 the Center for Whale Research is joining more than one thousand nonprofits in raising money to help make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. This is the first year the Center will be participating … Continue reading