Stockwell to Share Her El Camino de Santiago Trip "Stepping Out in Faith"

Saturday, May 27, 11 a.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Faith Heath for Orcas Community Church — All island women are invited to come hear adventurous long-distance hiker and new Orcas Islander Judy Stockwell speak at the annual Women’s Spring Luncheon hosted by Orcas Island Community Church on Saturday, May … 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

Orcas Island Film Festival Calls for Short Films Three winners will be awarded $5,000 each to make their films

— from Shannon Borg for the Orcas Island Film Festival  — The Orcas Island Film Festival will award grants of $5,000 to three filmmakers to explore the San Juan Islands and use it as a canvas to create short films that inspire, inform and entertain. Submissions are being accepted from … Continue reading

Morris Sponsors Privacy Law to Protect Consumers Landmark biometric privacy bill signed into Washington State law

— from the Washington House Democrats — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill [on May 16] prohibiting businesses from collecting and selling your personal biometric information without your consent. Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Mt. Vernon) sponsored the bill to protect consumers from new, invasive technology that can identify a person … Continue reading

Orcas Medical Foundation Hosts Q & A with UW Representatives Look ahead, advise clinic administrators

— by Dali Cuthbert — Concerned islanders — medical patients and practitioners — packed the Madrona Room at the Orcas Center on Saturday, May 13, for the Annual Meeting of the Orcas Medical Foundation, founded in 1956. It has operated the Orcas Medical Clinic on Mt. Baker Road since 1991. … Continue reading

Free Facebook Marketing Workshop Offered by county Economic Development Council

Wednesday, May 24 at 9:15-10:15 a.m. at Orcas Landing — from the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) — Social media is revolutionizing the way we use the internet, and its low- or no-cost tools can be used by small businesses to achieve remarkable results. Join the EDC to … Continue reading

SchoolMessenger Provides Safe, Secure Messages to Students’ Families Communications system funded by Orcas Island Educational Foundation (OIEF)

— by Eric Webb, Orcas Island School District (OISD) — If you are an Orcas Island School District parent, you may recall hearing a lot from me (Superintendent Webb) back in February and March thanks to Orcas Island Education Foundation’s funding of the implementation of the SchoolMessenger grant! School Messenger … Continue reading

State Legislators Nation-wide Sign to Protect Public Monuments 325 bipartisan state legislators oppose Trump executive order: "All public lands at risk"

— from Washington State Democrats — A bipartisan group of 325 state legislators from 44 states sent a letter to President Trump today [May 15, 2017] raising strong concerns with the unprecedented action to review public lands under an executive order signed late last month. The diverse group of legislators … Continue reading

Island Sinfonia to Perform at the Orcas Center Featuring violin and cello solos

— from Karen Blinn for Island Sinfonia — Island Sinfonia, the inter-island chamber orchestra in the San Juan Islands, will be performing an exciting mix of old and new music at the Orcas Center on Sunday, May 21, at 3 pm. Tickets are available at the box office for $10 … Continue reading

Thursday Evenings with School Music Free admission to all events

— from Sharon Ho — Awards and Festival honors have been lauded on our hardworking student Strings and Band groups at many off-island performances and competitions. Over the coming three Thursdays, from May 18, the music-loving Orcas community will enjoy the musical talent your support has created. These are wonderful … Continue reading

Gov. Inslee to Sign DUI and Distracted Driving Bills

— from the Office of Governor Jay Inslee — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday will sign three transportation safety bills in Tacoma designed to increase safety for drivers on the state’s roads. Inslee has worked on strengthening DUI laws since his first year in office and will sign legislation to … Continue reading

What is Killing Us on Orcas Island? Senior Center hosts talk on emergency response

Wednesday, May 17 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center — from Jami Mitchell, County Health & Community Services– How can you help the Fire Department in keeping you safe? Please join us at the Orcas Island Senior Center Wednesday, May 17, at 1pm for a special presentation by Patrick … Continue reading