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The pain is deep

The pain is deep

I went to the gathering on the Village Green that the Out on Orcas group sponsored last night. The focus was to start challenging conversations concerning race, equity, and power. It was well attended and uncomfortable. Uncomfortable because we were asked to look deep...

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What Does the Future Bring?

What Does the Future Bring?

As Orcas enters summer under phase 2 of the Governor's reopening plan, it is clear that the impact of COVID19 is deep and lasting and will continue to result in major disruption to our economy, our education system, and our community. What does the future look like?...

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

As we are about to walk through the gates of Summer and celebrate Memorial Day. I am thinking about how many have sacrificed so much for this country. I am deeply grateful to all who have served to protect and preserve this nation. And I am grateful to those who are...

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Phases

Phases

Lupine emerging. On Friday, May 15th the County Council and County Health Board held a public hearing considering requesting a variance from the Governor moving SJ County from phase 1 to phase 2. (Here is a link to the phases as ordered by the Governor). There have...

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Encourage mask-wearing at your Orcas establishment

Encourage mask-wearing at your Orcas establishment

The Orcas Island Community Foundation has created a series of posters for businesses and organizations to use as they see fit to encourage mask-wearing in their establishments. There are seven posters both in English and Spanish with different messages. They are...

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2020 FARM Fund Orcas/Waldron Round 1: Press Release

2020 FARM Fund Orcas/Waldron Round 1: Press Release

From: Orcas Island Community Foundation and San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild The Orcas Island Community Foundation, in collaboration with the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (Ag Guild) FARM Fund, is excited to announce the distribution of $117,000 in grants to...

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Public Health and our economy

Public Health and our economy

This week the Economic Development Council announced that the San Juan Island’s unemployment rate is 27%, significantly higher than the State (17%) and National (15%) rate. Our local dependence on tourism and lack of diverse industries is a painful reality. Given our...

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May Day

May Day

Our latest batch of incubating eggs started hatching just in time to greet this new month. What a hopeful sign. Here’s to new life and transformation. I am attaching a pie chart to show where the Community Emergency Response funds have been distributed so far. Thanks...

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GiveOrcas thanks you!

GiveOrcas thanks you!

GiveOrcas thanks you! 650+ donors gave $273,840 to 13 island organizations + the Community Emergency Response Fund: Orcas Island Food Bank: $25,000 OPAL Community Land Trust: $25,000 Orcas Community Resource Center: $25,000 Orcas Island School District: $25,000 Orcas...

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