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                                Above: Food Bank volunteer Jeannie Doty.

A huge thank you to Jeannie Doty

Submitted by the Orcas Food Bank An era is ending. After 14…

  • May 8th, 2020
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                                Above: Food Bank volunteer Jeannie Doty.

COVID-19 Relief fund report

Submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation As we near the end…

  • May 7th, 2020

Filling a gap for food bank families

By Deb and Jeff Hanson Did you know that our food bank…

  • May 7th, 2020

Mother’s Day profile: Hailey Averna

The Islands’ Sounder interviewed Hailey Averna in honor of Mother’s Day. She…

  • May 6th, 2020

Food system team works to grow local food resilience

by Caitlin Leck, on behalf of the Food System Team Like other…

  • May 5th, 2020
Jaxon Paulsen

Island woodworkers build prototype of hospital bed

Dimitri Stankevich, executive director at Orcas Center and an EMT and lieutenant…

Jaxon Paulsen

Scotch broom survey begins

The Washington Invasive Species Council, state agencies and researchers are calling for…

  • May 5th, 2020

Virtual film festival May 8-23

Submitted by the Friday Harbor Film Festival The Friday Harbor Film Festival…

  • May 4th, 2020

Ag Guild, EDC, WSU, ARC coordinate local farms directory for San Juan Islands farms

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

  • May 3rd, 2020

Touching bases with San Juan County EMS and healthcare providers

Submitted by San Juan County - COVID-19 updates from San Juan County…

  • May 2nd, 2020

We are the ones: Letters from Orcas Island

By Suzanne Olson How are you getting along during this historic shut…

  • May 1st, 2020

Orcas small business help

Submitted by the Orcas Island Library Are you lost in the maze?…

  • May 1st, 2020

National Travel and Tourism week

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau National Travel and Tourism…

  • Apr 30th, 2020

OICF wraps up a successful 2020 GiveOrcas campaign

Submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation The Orcas Island Community Foundation…

  • Apr 30th, 2020

Early childhood development continues amid coronavirus

Parenting can be difficult during the best circumstances, parenting in the midst…

  • Apr 29th, 2020

2020 FARM Fund: Scaling up production for the 2020 growing season, and beyond.

Submitted by Learner Limbach. The San Juan Farm Fund and Community Emergency…

  • Apr 28th, 2020

Stimulus checks for local recovery— spend a dollar, donate a dollar, volunteer an hour

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Since government stimulus checks…

  • Apr 28th, 2020

SJC’s Agricultural Resources Committee has much to celebrate

Submitted by the San Juan County Agricultural Resource Committee We are a…

  • Apr 27th, 2020

T-shirt fundraiser for seniors

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. Let’s stick together while staying apart!…

  • Apr 25th, 2020

In memory of Noni- honorary Eastsound Mayor

It is with heavy hearts that we announce Eastsound’s Honorary Mayor of…

  • Apr 24th, 2020
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                                Dina Melic (center) with husband Faim and son Alen.

A unique look at surviving a pandemic

In the midst of a pandemic, fighting COVID-19 has often been compared…

  • Apr 24th, 2020
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                                Dina Melic (center) with husband Faim and son Alen.
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                                A green crab.
Kelly Martin/Contributed photo
                                A green crab.

Dauciunas and Madsen win OPALCO election plus 20 voters get $50 credit

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative OPALCO’S uncontested election drew 1,373…

  • Apr 22nd, 2020

Sheltering in place with no shelter nor place

Submitted by the Orcas Community Foundation Imagine if you relied on the…

  • Apr 22nd, 2020

Land Bank preserves remain open

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank. Land Bank Preserves continue…

  • Apr 22nd, 2020

The power of a picture

Submitted by Safe San Juans It usually begins in a way that…

  • Apr 22nd, 2020

Support Washington libraries on Library Giving Day April 23

Submitted by the Secretary of the State of Washington The second annual…

  • Apr 20th, 2020

San Juan Islands Strong: The Visitors Bureau is Here for You

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. The San Juan Islands…

  • Apr 19th, 2020

Mortgage and rental assistance available to Orcas Islanders through OPAL

Submitted by OPAL Community Land Trust Using donations made to the Orcas…

  • Apr 18th, 2020
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                                A Give Orcas inspired cookie by Blythe Simpson.

One month in – community foundation report

by Hilary Canty Executive Director, Orcas Island Community Foundation The Orcas community…

  • Apr 18th, 2020
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                                A Give Orcas inspired cookie by Blythe Simpson.

Defining an era – Russ Harvey’s Public Works Department

By Colin Huntemer County Engineer On April 23, Russ Harvey will retire…

  • Apr 17th, 2020
2020: A Fair Odyssey. (Contributed photo.)

County fair looking for ag tent participants

Submitted by the San Juan County Fair. Planning for the San Juan…

  • Apr 16th, 2020
2020: A Fair Odyssey. (Contributed photo.)

A light-hearted look at caring for your introvert/extrovert significant other while staying home

Disclaimer: Authors Courtney and Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey are in no way relationship experts.…

  • Apr 14th, 2020

Island artists and businesses create a virtual art walk

Submitted by Shannon Borg The first “Third Thursday” San Juan County Virtual…

  • Apr 13th, 2020

‘COVID-19 Community Conversations’ for SJC

Submitted by San Juan County During the COVID-19 crisis the San Juan…

  • Apr 13th, 2020
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An Exceptional Friday at the Food Bank!

From the Orcas Island Food Bank Board To make a beautiful day…

  • Apr 13th, 2020
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Jackson Johns. (Contributed photo.)

Birth announcement | Jackson Johns

Trent and Alicia Johns of Deer Harbor welcomed son Jackson David Johns…

  • Apr 12th, 2020
Jackson Johns. (Contributed photo.)

Great Islands Clean-Up becomes month-long individual effort

Submitted by The Orcas Island Exchange In honor of Earth Day’s 50th…

  • Apr 12th, 2020

Orcas Lions award scholarships

Submitted by the Orcas Island Lions Club The Orcas Island Lions Club…

  • Apr 11th, 2020
Trumpeter swans. ( Nikko W. Naugle/contributed photo.)

A look at Trumpeter swans

by Nikko W. Naugle nikko.mykajabi.com Among us in the San Juan Islands…

  • Apr 10th, 2020
Trumpeter swans. ( Nikko W. Naugle/contributed photo.)