Local merchants to host ‘Great Hoppin’ Saturday’

The merchants of Eastsound have again joined forces to present a free holiday event for the enjoyment of both locals and visitors alike. The “Great Hoppin’ Saturday” Easter gathering is planned for Saturday, April 7.

  • Apr 6th, 2012

Easter egg hunt at Deer Harbor

The Deer Harbor Women’s Auxiliary invites the children (and parents) of Orcas Island to an Easter Egg Hunt on the lawns of Deer Harbor Inn located at 33 Inn Lane just off Deer Harbor Road.

  • Mar 27th, 2012

Orcas Auto Tech given AAA status

Orcas Auto Tech has been awarded AAA’s Approved Auto Repair Facility Status – the only one in San Juan County.

  • Mar 13th, 2012

Northwest Multiple Listing Service’s statistic report shows increase of listings and decrease in price for residences and condos in SJC

Northwest Multiple Listing Service has released an area statistics report for residences and condominiums in San Juan County, comparing February 2012 to February 2011.

  • Mar 7th, 2012

EDC to present employment data for San Juan County

Join Washington State’s Regional Labor Economist, Dr. Reinhold Groepler, as he discusses employment trends and future in San Juan County. The presentation will be held on Orcas Island, Thursday, March 8, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Mar 6th, 2012

$350,000 in lodging tax grants

Applications are now being accepted for a total of $350,000 in San Juan County Lodging Tax tourism grants.

  • Mar 6th, 2012

Workshop covers cooperative businesses, what they are and how they work

A workshop on cooperative businesses, what they are and how they work is March 3, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Funhouse Commons. This is the first Island Enterprise Lab-sponsored event, which will be led by professional co-op developers from the Northwest Cooperative Development Center in Olympia.

  • Feb 23rd, 2012

Chamber of Commerce promotes local businesses with annual Rainshadow Running 25K and 50K races

The annual Rainshadow Running 25K and 50K races in Moran State Park, which ran over two weekends in late January and early February, was an opportunity for the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce to promote local businesses by working with conference planners and individuals who already are taking part in existing events.

  • Feb 15th, 2012

Orcas-based Green Builder Media project featured in the LA Times

Green Builder Media, an Eastsound, Wash., organization that promotes sustainable construction and "green" building techniques, was featured in the LA Times on Jan. 14 entitled, "Green is a big part of the blueprint for Pacific Palisades house."

  • Jan 17th, 2012

Have a pizza for the food bank and Doe Bay Cafe in January

In January, the Doe Bay Cafe is donating one dollar of each pizza sold during its Thursday night Open Mic to the Orcas Island Food Bank. “So gather up the kids and friends and head for Doe Bay Cafe on a Thursday night in January, enjoy one or several of their delicious handmade pizzas made with local organic produce and products and know a local family will be benefiting from it, too,” said food bank board member Madie Murray.

  • Dec 30th, 2011

Runners will descend on Orcas for 25k and 50k races

Islanders: prepare for an influx of athletes at the end of January. What used to be known as the “Fat Ass Race” on Orcas Island is happening again – but over two separate weekends. This year there will be a 25k Race on Saturday, Jan. 28 followed by a 50k Race on Saturday, Feb. 4.

  • Dec 30th, 2011

End of year saw boost in real estate market | Guest column by realtor Steve Buck

To all affected by the local real estate and construction industries: the real estate market is improving. We at Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands will end up 2011 a bit ahead of 2010, which was ahead of 2009 by 15 percent. Further, the 4th quarter of 2011 has been very active in both showings and sales. Many of the sales that are taking place will actually close in the first quarter of 2012 so we should be starting off the New Year comparatively well. We are also seeing increases in people making plans to come up and look at property next spring and summer.

  • Dec 30th, 2011

San Juan Islands make the bucket list

The new edition of “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” lists the San Juan Islands as place number 899. The Friday Harbor House and the Whale Museum made the list at number 900.

  • Dec 27th, 2011

Local farmers consider seed-growing industry based on islands’ isolation

Contributed by Cathleen McCluskey of Organic Seed Alliance. Organic Seed Alliance’s seed saving workshop for gardeners and farmers took place on a frosty fall morning last Monday at Skagit Valley Community College/WSU Extension on San Juan Island. The workshop was designed for folks of all seed saving knowledge levels, along with other organizationally created courses, is presented by OSA staff throughout the year. OSA executive director Micaela Colley presented this basic Seed Saving Workshop 101 course to a captive participatory audience of more than 20 San Juan County farmers and gardeners.

  • Dec 27th, 2011

Islanders Bank offers tips to avoid fraud

The holidays bring a season to buy gifts and travel. Unfortunately, those activities also pose a risk to our financial security as identity fraud and theft have become commonplace. Here a few tips to avoid financial fraud.

  • Dec 20th, 2011

Nov. 26 is ‘Small Business Saturday’

Last year American Express designated Nov. 26 “Small Business Saturday,” a day to celebrate and support local, independently-owned small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country.

  • Nov 16th, 2011

Free business planning workshop on Nov. 21

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Monday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Eastsound fire hall.

  • Nov 16th, 2011

Orcas Island featured in National Geographic as an ‘adventure town’

National recently featured Orcas Island as an "adventure town," with tips for visitors on where to play, eat and sleep.

  • Nov 12th, 2011

Island Skillet cafe opens in Eastsound

It's a quiet weekday morning at the Island Skillet. A smattering of diners leisurely indulge in the eatery's “all-American” fare: shrimp and avocado omelets, eggs benedict, breakfast burritos. Recognizing the Sounder, an islander calls over: “The huevos rancheros are to die for.” Word of mouth is quickly spreading about the new restaurant that opened its doors last week in the Eastsound space behind Teezer's a spot last occupied by the Italian Luna's.

San Juans featured in Destinations Travel magazine

The San Juan Islands have been featured in Destinations Travel magazine's November green edition. The story is simply titled, "Beautiful San Juan Islands." The San Juan Island Visitors' Bureau supplied the colorful scenic photography.

  • Nov 12th, 2011

Chantelle Hildreth’s book selected as finalist by USA Book News

Orcas Islander Chantrelle Hildreth's book, "Once In A Lifetime Dog, My Borisangel" has been selected as a Award Winning Finalist in the category, Non-Fiction Narrative for the USA Book News, "Best Books 2011" Book Awards.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011

Class on starting and growing a business offered by Lopez family resource center

The Lopez Island Family Resource Center is offering “Starting and Growing a Great Business” on Oct. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lopez Library.

  • Oct 20th, 2011

Fall farmers market moves inside to Odd Fellows Hall

Tomatoes are still in season, just barely, and winter vegetables for keeping are coming on strong. The Orcas Island Farmers Market heads inside to the Odd Fellows Hall for the entire month of October. Fall hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Oct 6th, 2011

San Juan Islands Featured in ‘Where to Retire’ magazine

The San Juan Islands have been selected by "Where to Retire," a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, as a top retirement destination and will be profiled in the feature story “8 Treasured Islands for Serene Living.”

  • Oct 4th, 2011

Chef Lisa Nakamura of Allium teaches pumpkin soup on King5 television

Lisa Nakamura shared her recipe for pumpkin soup with King5 audiences on Sept. 27.

  • Sep 30th, 2011

San Juan County’s homes are costliest in the state, says Puget Sound Business Journal

San Juan County's homes are the most expensive in the state, and rank 39th in the nation for costliness, according to a new article by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

  • Sep 30th, 2011

Chimayo’s restaurant transition to Mediterranean cuisine featured in Seattle Weekly

Eastsound Tex-Mex eatery Chimayo's was featured in the Seattle Weekly's food section in a story titled, "Chimayo's Orcas Noodling: A Tex-Mex fave slowly packs up and moves to Italy."

  • Sep 28th, 2011

Doe Bay listed in “12 remarkable places you’ve never heard of” by MSNBC

MSNBC featured Orcas Island's hamlet of Doe Bay in its Budget Travel section today, under the heading, "12 remarkable places you've never heard of."

  • Sep 28th, 2011

Islands’ Fall Farm Festival featured in Seattle Times

The Seattle Times listed the upcoming Islands' Farm Festival in its Travel section on Sept. 16.

  • Sep 21st, 2011

Free ‘Preparing horse and livestock properties for winter’ workshop

There will be a free workshop “Fall in Place for Winter: Preparing Horse and Livestock Properties for the Rainy Season” with Alayne Blickle on San Juan Island on Sept. 25 at the Blazing Tree Ranch.

  • Sep 21st, 2011

Last night of music at Luna’s; restaurant to close

After two years of providing Italian food, local art and music to the community, Luna’s Restaurant will be closing after Saturday, Sept. 24.

  • Sep 16th, 2011

The harvest is bountiful at Orcas Farmers’ Market

To kids heading back to school, the summer is almost over, but the Orcas Island Farmers’ Market is very much at its peak. Farm stalls are bursting at the seams with produce. Chard, squash, greens, corn, onions, potatoes, garlic, cucumbers for your pickling pleasure, and - thank goodness – FINALLY, nice ripe red tomatoes!

  • Sep 8th, 2011

San Juans EDC hosts free business planning class

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a free half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on San Juan Island, on Monday, Sept. 19, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The course will be presented by James McCafferty, director of the Skagit/San Juan Islands Small Business Development Center and a management consultant for over 10 years.

  • Sep 8th, 2011

San Juan County destinations featured in ‘Woman’s World magazine

Several San Juan County destinations were featured in the Aug. 29 issue of Woman's World weekly magazine. "This is the third time in six years that we’ve been able to get the San Juan Islands featured as a Woman’s World recommended travel destination," said San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Public Relations Manager Robin Jacobson.

  • Aug 25th, 2011

A sip of Lopez on Orcas Island: Lopez Vineyards opens Tasting Room in Eastsound

Organically grown, crushed by purple-stained, juicy dancing feet and slowly fermented to perfection, their blackberry and raspberry wines are a taste of Lopez Island’s unique character. Then there’s crisp, fruity Madeleine Angevine, the spicy dry Siegerrebe and a merriment between the two: Wave Crest White. Orcas Island, Lopez has come to town.

  • Jul 26th, 2011

Orcas Taxi is now open for business

Orcas Island Taxi is now up and running and servicing the entire community 24 hours a day.

  • Jul 22nd, 2011

Fresh food and beverages now offered at the airport

An Orcas Island husband and wife team has opened a fresh food and beverage machine at the airport.

  • Jul 11th, 2011

Agave Restaurant and Tequila Bar opens in Eastsound

Agave Restaurant and Tequila Bar has opened in Eastsound inside the building that used to house Ecotopian. Owner Kathy Lunde has painted the walls a light terra-cotta color, put up colorful paintings by Sadie Bailey, and opened the patio for outdoor seating.

All Islands Home Inspections receives WSU grant

Orcas Island business All Islands Home Inspections was one of only 40 Washington State University grant recipients statewide.

  • Jun 30th, 2011

Orcas Digerati company offers information services on Orcas

Photographer and 13-year Orcas resident Martin Taylor has launched a new business, Orcas Digerati. The information services company will offer company and personal Web sites.

  • Jun 22nd, 2011