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Members of Samish Tribe utilizing "Teams" to teach about their culture and historical lineage

Samish Indian Nation Stays Connected During COVID

Tom Wooten, the tribal councilman for the Samish Nation for the last…

 

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Rena Priest is the first indigenous poet to be appointed Washington State Poet Laureate.

Rena Priest named Washington State Poet Laureate

Originally published by Washington State Arts Commission. In conjunction with National Poetry…

  • Apr 8th, 2021

 

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New podcast examines endangered Southern Resident killer whales

Submitted by the SeaDoc Society. Among the many live events that were…

  • Apr 5th, 2021

 

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Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott

‘The Informed Gardener: Gardening Myths’

Submitted by the Orcas Island Garden Club. The Orcas Island Garden Club…

  • Apr 7th, 2021
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Power line clearing improves safety and forest health | CCC conservation burns begin on Orcas

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. OPALCO is clearing the right-of-way…

  • Apr 2nd, 2021
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Mobile Dental Clinic announces 2021 dates for San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. Residents of San Juan County who don’t…

  • Apr 2nd, 2021
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Twelve-year-old Gabriel and nine-year-old Ian Malone explore the world from home.

Spirituality finds a place in the new ‘school house’

by Josh McKeown Sunlight streams through the window of the Tilstra home…

  • Apr 4th, 2021
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Twelve-year-old Gabriel and nine-year-old Ian Malone explore the world from home.
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Comito earns master’s from Western Governors University

Philip Comito of Eastsound received a Master of Education, Learning and Technology…

  • Apr 2nd, 2021
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The Easter Bunny is coming!

The Orcas Easter Bunny returns

Submitted by the Orcas island Lions Club. The bunny is back. On…

  • Apr 1st, 2021
The Easter Bunny is coming!
"Another Round."

Orcas Film Festival to present Oscar-nominated films

The Orcas Island Film Festival will present 2021 Oscar-nominated Films, including best…

  • Mar 31st, 2021
"Another Round."
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Volunteers sought to adopt a beach

Submitted by Karin Roemers-Kleven Project lead, Plastic Free Salish Sea It is…

  • Mar 29th, 2021
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Former OSC staffer and current school district librarian Vicky O’Keefe, with the realization of an idea.

Little Free Library debuts at Orcas Senior Center

Submitted by Orcas Senior Center. Orcas Senior Center is excited to announce…

  • Mar 28th, 2021
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Former OSC staffer and current school district librarian Vicky O’Keefe, with the realization of an idea.
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EDC’s hire local virtual job fair March 31

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. The San Juan…

  • Mar 26th, 2021
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The House of Representatives convenes to honor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with HR 4602, Jan. 21, 2019. Lekanoff is the only Native American in the Washington State Legislature.

Washington state’s only Native American lawmaker cuts a path in Olympia

by Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Debra Lekanoff always makes sure to…

  • Mar 25th, 2021
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The House of Representatives convenes to honor Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with HR 4602, Jan. 21, 2019. Lekanoff is the only Native American in the Washington State Legislature.
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San Juan County launches new website

Originally published by San Juan County. San Juan County is excited to…

  • Mar 24th, 2021
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Lopez Fire Chief Adam Bigby

Lopez Fire Chief Bigby weighs in on water safety

For many islanders, warmer weather means water weather. But as people hit…

  • Mar 22nd, 2021
Lopez Fire Chief Adam Bigby
Albert Strasser’s new book.

Long-time islander releases children’s book about facing your fears

Albert Strasser was inspired to write a children’s book while living in…

Albert Strasser’s new book.
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Virtual Vineyard in March features hard cider

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. Join Orcas Senior Center and Doe…

  • Mar 18th, 2021
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Treasures from previous garden tours. | Mandi Johnson/staff photos

Garden Club hosts safe tour

Submitted by the Orcas Garden Club. Each year, as spring brings sunshine…

  • Mar 18th, 2021
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Orkila has continued to offer opportunities for kids.

A cornerstone for Orcas Camp Orkila during COVID

The pandemic has not stopped YMCA Camp Orkila from enriching and supporting…

Orkila has continued to offer opportunities for kids.
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Mentoring in the time of COVID

Submitted by Ali Walker “You’ve been able to continue to mentor during…

  • Mar 14th, 2021
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Local teen offers drone work, tech help

You may know Evan Kulper because he’s helped with your computer. Or…

  • Mar 14th, 2021
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Salish Sea Science Symposium: Implications of noise from navy aircraft for the Salish Sea and Olympic Region

Originally published by the Salish Sea Institute. The San Juan County Marine…

  • Mar 11th, 2021
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Orcas Center’s 2021 annual meeting to be held virtually

Submitted by Orcas Center. Orcas Center’s annual meeting will be held online…

  • Mar 10th, 2021
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Dr. Jason Kilmer

Recap of ‘The Science Behind Substance Abuse and Mental Health’

The Coalition for Orcas Youth hosted Dr. Jason Kilmer Ph.D. of the…

  • Mar 9th, 2021
Dr. Jason Kilmer
"A Shot in the Moonlight."

Orcas Library hosts author Ben Montgomery virtually

Ben Montgomery, author of “A Shot in the Moonlight” will present on…

  • Mar 9th, 2021
"A Shot in the Moonlight."
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Lisa Bergman at the piano.

Great composers get a makeover

Submitted by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. On Tuesday, March 16 at…

  • Mar 5th, 2021
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Lisa Bergman at the piano.
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Fritillaria affinis.

The Salish Seeds Project Spring Native Wildflower Sale

Submitted by The San Juan County Land Bank The San Juan County…

  • Mar 5th, 2021
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A suds-soaked Otto after being flushed out of the drainage ditch.

One cat’s harrowing tale and dramatic rescue

He’d been gone 12 days — days on the island that had…

  • Mar 5th, 2021
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A suds-soaked Otto after being flushed out of the drainage ditch.

Free Tooth Extraction Clinic

Submitted by Dr. Michael Triplett Dr. Triplett’s dental office, at 445 Madrona…

  • Mar 4th, 2021
Island Hospital is offering classes each week on a variety of topics.

Free online offerings from Island Hospital

Submitted by Island Hospital Medicare class Learn more about your Medicare options…

  • Mar 3rd, 2021
Island Hospital is offering classes each week on a variety of topics.
Volunteers are currently assessing food systems in San Juan County.

Food System Team forges ahead with work on Community Food Assessment

Submitted by Caitlin Leck, on behalf of the Food System Team. For…

  • Mar 1st, 2021
Volunteers are currently assessing food systems in San Juan County.
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Hands-on trades course for kids

Submitted by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County. The Economic…

  • Feb 28th, 2021
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Fair seeks poster artists

Submitted by San Juan County Parks and Fair. After a flurry of…

  • Feb 27th, 2021
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Three upcoming chances to take boater education courses

Submitted by San Juan Islands Flotilla. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Bellingham…

  • Feb 27th, 2021
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Film fest adventure and discovery films online March 1-15

Submitted by Friday Harbor Film Festival Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Director Series…

  • Feb 26th, 2021
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Laila Storch Friedmann will be turning 100 on Feb 28. She shares the exact same year dates as Moran State Park, 1921- 2021, which is also celebrating its 100th birthday.

Birthday twins

Laila Storch Friedmann of Orcas Island will be turning 100 on Feb.…

  • Feb 24th, 2021
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Laila Storch Friedmann will be turning 100 on Feb 28. She shares the exact same year dates as Moran State Park, 1921- 2021, which is also celebrating its 100th birthday.
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Mapping island makers with the San Juan Makers Guild and EDC

Submitted by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County. Makers —…

  • Feb 23rd, 2021
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Online classes from Island Hospital

Submitted by Island Hospital Living better with diabetes Join registered dietitian and…

  • Feb 23rd, 2021
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