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Leadership SJI hosts seminar on leadership and governance

Submitted by Leadership San Juan Islands. Leadership San Juan Islands is pleased…

  • Feb 23rd, 2021
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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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ChellaJay and Luka Palisæde stream live from Orcas Center, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

Streaming live from Orcas Center: ChellaJay and Luka Palisæde

Orcas Center’s live music streams continue with ChellaJay and Luka Palisæde on…

  • Feb 21st, 2021
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ChellaJay and Luka Palisæde stream live from Orcas Center, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
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Walk for Water fundraiser

by Laura Black Salmonberry School Salmonberry’s Cedars class of 6- to 9-year-olds…

  • Feb 21st, 2021
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It takes a village to rescue a beloved lost pooch

As the tidewaters rose, rescuers knew they didn’t have long to save…

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Fian streams live from Orcas Center, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

Streaming live from Orcas Center: Fian

Fian, a rock n’ roll band from Seattle, will be kicking off…

  • Feb 18th, 2021
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Fian streams live from Orcas Center, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
VGAL volunteer Liz Covert and former VGAL Program Coordinator Lenore Bayuk. (Contributed photo)

Guardian ad Litem | Helping families through difficult times

When a child has been removed from their home for suspected abuse,…

VGAL volunteer Liz Covert and former VGAL Program Coordinator Lenore Bayuk. (Contributed photo)
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SeaDoc Society’s new regional director, Leigh Ann Gilmer.

SeaDoc Society welcomes new regional director

Submitted by SeaDoc Society. The SeaDoc Society has hired Leigh Ann Gilmer…

  • Feb 16th, 2021
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SeaDoc Society’s new regional director, Leigh Ann Gilmer.
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Holly modeling new warm winter gear, clean PPE, and a hot cup of coffee, all available at OCRC’s new space.

Take a look at OCRC’s new client reception/Coates’ Cabinet office

Submitted by The Orcas Community Resource Center. The Orcas Community Resource Center…

  • Feb 15th, 2021
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Holly modeling new warm winter gear, clean PPE, and a hot cup of coffee, all available at OCRC’s new space.
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The Finnies are coming

Submitted by Stewardship Network of the San Juan Islands. Why are recycle…

  • Feb 14th, 2021
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John Slater, Director of Orcas Senior Center's Hearts and Hands and Buddy Check-In programs. Contributed photo

Buddies with Big Hearts

Despite the pandemic forcing a suspension of the Orcas Senior Center’s Hearts…

  • Feb 13th, 2021
John Slater, Director of Orcas Senior Center's Hearts and Hands and Buddy Check-In programs. Contributed photo
OPALCO.

OPALCO to host meeting on Decatur Microgrid

Submitted by OPALCO. The first local renewable microgrid is complete on Decatur…

  • Feb 13th, 2021
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Orcas Island Library is again open for browsing

Submitted by the Orcas Island Library. Libraries in Washington in both Phase…

  • Feb 11th, 2021
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Local students achieve academic distinction at Whitman College

Orcas Island residents Devon Mann and Aliza Anderson-Diepenbrock earned academic distinction for…

  • Feb 11th, 2021

Fleming awarded prestigious PLU scholarship

Submitted by Pacific Lutheran University. Sofia Fleming, a student at Orcas Island…

  • Feb 11th, 2021
Eliza and Chris in the late 1990s.

The sweet scent of romance and business

When you take a six-month road trip early on in a relationship,…

Eliza and Chris in the late 1990s.
Cindi Lund with Annie.

Crossing state lines to find forever homes

Some very lucky dogs from the Lone Star state are now forever…

Cindi Lund with Annie.
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Wolf Hollow to receive new roof

Submitted by Wolf Hollow. Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center announced on Feb.…

  • Feb 10th, 2021
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Island Hospital online classes

Submitted by Island Hospital Swallow Screening Concerned about your swallow? Determine if…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
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MLK Day volunteers at work.

News from Orcas Senior Center

Meeting of the Minds Meeting of the Minds continues in February with…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
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MLK Day volunteers at work.
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PeaceHealth reaches out to patients eligible for the COVID vaccine

Submitted by PeaceHealth. Although the state of Washington recently expanded COVID-19 vaccine…

  • Feb 7th, 2021
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. San Juan Island, Washington.
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Aloysia and Jackie.

Hearts of Gold Gala, live stream concert from the music room at Rosario Resort

Plus special recipes and post-concert reception

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Aloysia and Jackie.

Share you ideas with Future Visions Orcas

Future Visions Orcas is calling on islanders of all backgrounds near and…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Latinx-focused peer-to-peer mentoring at The Funhouse: Strengthening Community

This fall, Funhouse Commons partnered with Equity Institute, an organization whose mission…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Patos Island Lighthouse, Sept. 2017.

New book focus on history of Patos Island Lighthouse

Submitted by Arcadia Publishing. Since 1893, a light has been shining from…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Patos Island Lighthouse, Sept. 2017.
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The Shaw Store in the 1930s, before the upstairs was converted into an apartment. Photograph used with permission from the Shaw Island Historical Society.

A little store with a big heart

By Heather Spaulding Sounder contributor The Shaw Store has stood sentinel next…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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The Shaw Store in the 1930s, before the upstairs was converted into an apartment. Photograph used with permission from the Shaw Island Historical Society.
Artist rendering by Paul Kearsley. (Contributed photo)

Growing community: Preserving farmland plus co-housing equals agrivillage

Submitted by Susan Atkinson. Agriculture is big business in Washington, generating over…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Right: The Orcas Island Fire and Rescue family recently welcomed two new hires, Lieutenant LaRen Gevaart-Rossie and Captain Kasey Jo Weigley.

Orcas Fire introduces two new hires

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. The Orcas Island Fire and…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Right: The Orcas Island Fire and Rescue family recently welcomed two new hires, Lieutenant LaRen Gevaart-Rossie and Captain Kasey Jo Weigley.
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Students and Mrs. Johnston preparing for the day.

Orcas School debuts in-person learning

by Eric Webb Superintendent, Orcas Island School District It is with great…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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Students and Mrs. Johnston preparing for the day.
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Free online classes at Island Hospital

Island Hospital is hosting the following classes. Learn about Medicare Learn more…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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Meet the winner of the 2021 Baby Derby: Vance Davis-Oliveira

Inness Davis and Raphael Oliveira welcomed their second son, Vance Davis-Oliveira, on…

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Seniors Have Talent.

Seniors Have Talent to stream

Seniors Have Talent is on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. This…

  • Jan 29th, 2021
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‘In Search of the Great Song’ trilogy next in Director Series

Submitted by Friday Harbor Film Festival. The Friday Harbor Film Festival is…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Letter to the editor

Finding support in community through shared dialogue.

Things have been in turmoil and many of us here on Orcas…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Shaw Store front.

Effort to save the Shaw Store gains momentum

Submitted by the Save the Shaw Store Board of Directors Dear friends…

  • Jan 26th, 2021
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Above: Alex Frix is San Juan County’s newest public defender.

Meet San Juan County’s new public defender: Alex Frix

By Heather Spaulding Sounder contributor The bedrock of the United States legal…

  • Jan 26th, 2021
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Above: Alex Frix is San Juan County’s newest public defender.
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Orcas Island Library returns to curbside pickup services starting Jan. 22

Submitted by Phil Heikkinen Orcas Island Library Director As some of you…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual community seminars

Submitted by Leadership San Juan Islands. Leadership San Juan Islands is pleased…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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Kristy Bredin.

Kristy Bredin takes over herb business

Many folks in the San Juan Islands have fond memories of encounters…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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