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Orcas Island Booster Clubs gear up for 2021-22 season

After a very strange year for youth sports (and let’s face it,…

  • Aug 27th, 2021
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AG Ferguson: Foreclosure moratorium ended July 31, free counseling available statewide for at-risk homeowners

Housing counselors will explain new federal protections for homeowners that start Aug. 31

  • Aug 26th, 2021
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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford McGrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.

English language students inspire new learning strategies for the classroom

English language learners are a growing and vital component of the American…

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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford McGrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.
Contributed photo/Participants in the Orcas Rotary Pickleball Tournament

Orcas Rotary’s Pickleball tournament raises over $5K

Submitted by Jeanne McPherson, President, Orcas Rotary. In spite of the windy…

  • Aug 25th, 2021
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Statewide updated mask order goes into effect Monday, Aug. 23

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health. On Aug. 18, Washington State…

  • Aug 24th, 2021
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Thank you, Orcas Island

Thanks to the community of Orcas Island, the annual Summer Library Fair…

  • Aug 24th, 2021
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A new event from Woman in the Woods.

Woman in the Woods Productions presents DJ Spooky’s ‘Rebirth of a Nation’

by Norm Stamper The last performance of Woman in the Woods Productions,…

  • Aug 24th, 2021
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San Juan County COVID case update

Note: Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case…

  • Aug 22nd, 2021
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Moped mishap, bawdy boater, pot-pulling paddler| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Aug. 11…

  • Aug 22nd, 2021
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OISD update for the 2021-2022 school year

by Eric Webb Superintendent, Orcas Island School District It is hard to…

  • Aug 22nd, 2021
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Childhood immunization data concern public health officials

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. The Washington State Department…

  • Aug 21st, 2021
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Library calls for artists to exhibit in 2022

Submitted by The Art Committee at the Orcas Island Public Library. Want…

  • Aug 20th, 2021

OC announces changes to Loudin’s Art Sale

Due to the concerns about gathering in person during the uptick in…

  • Aug 20th, 2021

Senior Center News: Masks and Mammograms

Maggie’s Masks Just as you made a celebratory basketball toss in your…

  • Aug 20th, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference in Seattle Monday announcing a new vaccine requirement. (Office of the Governor photo)

Inslee announces vaccination requirement for most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Aug.…

  • Aug 19th, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference in Seattle Monday announcing a new vaccine requirement. (Office of the Governor photo)
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2021 San Juan County Fair begins

Submitted by the San Juan County Fair. San Juan County Virtual Fair…

  • Aug 18th, 2021
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Meet virtually with Friends of the San Juans at the county fair

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. We are all ready for…

  • Aug 18th, 2021
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Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)

Regional transportation authority weighs passenger-only ferry options

A passenger-only ferry service from Bellingham to Friday Harbor may soon be…

Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)
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County to host vaccine clinics next week

Submitted by San Juan County. As COVID case numbers continue their dramatic…

  • Aug 17th, 2021
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COVID case count increases by 24

Submitted by San Juan County. Current positive case numbers are available online…

  • Aug 16th, 2021
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Salmon spawning Tye River, Washington. (NOAA Fisheries West Coast photo)

Cantwell outlines big wins for Washington state’s infrastructure, salmon, economy

Submitted by Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office. On Aug. 10, U.S. Senator Maria…

  • Aug 15th, 2021
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Environmentally conscious boating

John F. Kennedy once said, “We are tied to the ocean. And…

Photo by Matt Hardy on Unsplash
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Septic sounds, crabbing calamity (or scooter snatch), scary stares | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Aug.…

  • Aug 14th, 2021
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Bipartisan bill hopes to improve rural veterans’ access to health care

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Cathy…

  • Aug 13th, 2021
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Doe Bay Water to join with Eastsound Water in 2022

Submitted by Eastsound Water Users Association. On August 6, 2021, Eastsound Water…

  • Aug 13th, 2021
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County to reinstate mask mandate, Aug. 13

Submitted by San Juan County. Fourteen new COVID cases were reported in…

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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Wildfire smoke to impact coastal communities

More than one million acres burned in Pacific Northwest

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.

Politics and plants | John Evans leaves behind a legacy

A passion for property rights led John Evans to serve three terms…

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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.
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New enforcement laws cause confusion and frustration

Recently enacted laws are limiting law enforcement’s ability to properly respond to…

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Auditor warns of incorrect letters regarding personalized license plates

Submitted by San Juan County. County Auditor Milene Henley is warning San…

  • Aug 11th, 2021
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A community discussion about our local food system

An online presentation and a community discussion on measuring, and making change…

  • Aug 11th, 2021
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Contributed photo/The team from Alimentando al Pueblo at the Orcas Island Food Bank (OIFB): (l to r) Alison O’Toole (OIFB staff member), Olga Rodriguez (distributor of Latinx foods), Roxana Pardo Garcia (co-founder and project lead of Alimentando al Pueblo), Patricia Palomino (co-founder and packing team lead), Hilda Pardo (co-founder and packing team member), Amanda Sparks (OIFB manager).

How do you say “Food Bank” in Spanish?

Submitted by the Orcas Island Food Bank. Roxana Pardo Garcia says the…

  • Aug 11th, 2021
Contributed photo/The team from Alimentando al Pueblo at the Orcas Island Food Bank (OIFB): (l to r) Alison O’Toole (OIFB staff member), Olga Rodriguez (distributor of Latinx foods), Roxana Pardo Garcia (co-founder and project lead of Alimentando al Pueblo), Patricia Palomino (co-founder and packing team lead), Hilda Pardo (co-founder and packing team member), Amanda Sparks (OIFB manager).
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Skipper, a female chihuahua mix, is available for adoption at the Orcas Animal Shelter.

These paws were made for walking | Orcas APS fundraiser

Clip on your dog’s leash, head out the door and raise some…

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Skipper, a female chihuahua mix, is available for adoption at the Orcas Animal Shelter.
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Kidney-busting canine; missing makeup | Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s responded to the following calls. July 28…

  • Aug 9th, 2021
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Future hive members helped out with the tasks at hand.

Hive holds first community work party

by Megan Neal On Saturday, July 31 Orcas Hive rallied their worker…

  • Aug 8th, 2021
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Future hive members helped out with the tasks at hand.
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Local wastewater treatment plants recognized for their performance in 2020

Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology. In 2020, wastewater treatment plant…

  • Aug 7th, 2021
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Support island youth at the 4-H hybrid Fair

by Kate Mikulak WSU Extension Agriculture Program Coordinator San Juan County 4-H…

  • Aug 7th, 2021
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Additional support for COVID-19 testing on Orcas

Submitted by Island Primary Care. Due to recent COVID-19 community outbreak on…

  • Aug 6th, 2021
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Chamber music festival streaming online now

Submitted by Anita Orne, Executive Director OICMF. The performers are arriving and…

  • Aug 6th, 2021
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Endangered orcas receive critical habitat protections

Expanded critical habitat signals much of West Coast contributes to recovery of endangered orcas

  • Aug 6th, 2021
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