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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Orcas continues to amaze

Orcas continues to amaze

Hank designed a portable shower unit for the Host sites!  WAY TO GO, ORCAS! The GiveOrcas Campaign is rocking it! So far, 651 donors have contributed $198,000 and we are 87% funded as of this morning. The campaign runs until Monday, April 20th (unless we reach 100%...