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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 17:18
New calf  45 joins mother for a morning swim New calf 45 joins mother for a morning swim

Nature, Stewardship, & Sustainability

A New Channel

A proposal to rename a San Juan Islands waterway—Harney Channel between Shaw and Orcas Islands—after one of the first Indigenous elected officials in Washington has been approved by the state Board of Natural Resources.

The proposed name, Cayou Channel, would honor Indigenous longtime businessman and local politician, Henry Cayou.

Cayou lived his whole life in the San Juans until his death in 1959. He served as a San Juan County Commissioner for 29 years. The approved name proposal will be added to the Washington Administrative Code, and the Washington State Board of Natural Resources will pass the proposal along to the United States Board on Geographic Names for federal review. "He was a bridge between the Indigenous and white cultures and adopting his name will honor the First Peoples who lived in harmony with the natural world for millennia before us," the proposal says.

A New K...K...Killer Whale

For the first time in over a decade, there's a new calf in the endangered Southern Resident orca group known as K pod. Center for Whale Research (CWR) field biologist Mark Malleson and his colleagues confirmed that K20 'Spock' was traveling with a new calf, after previously receiving video and photographs of a possible new calf earlier this year (April and June). They captured images of K20 with her new baby traveling in a tight group with other family members.  K45 is the first calf born into K Pod since 2011 when K27 'Deadhead' gave birth to K44 'Ripple' (male). The mother, K20 (born 1986), is part of the K13 matriline and has two siblings, K27 'Deadhead' (female, born 1994) and K34 'Cali' (male, born 2001). Spock is also the mother to K38 'Comet' (male, born in 2004). For more information: www.whaleresearch.com/2022-37

 

On the Food and Restaurant Front Orcas Hotel1 PicmonkeyOrcas Hotel cuisine is moving in Hawaiian direction

Aloha to the Orcas Hotel

Owner and Chef John Cox, with wife Julia Felder, have opened a new restaurant at the landmark Orcas Hotel. Norbu's joins the classic Orcas Café with a Hawaiian-inspired menu featuring fresh, tropical flavors using the best ingredients, including tuna direct from the Honolulu Fish Auction and a wide selection of rare rums and spirits. Norbu's is open for dinner service on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as for a special Jazz Supper Club on Monday evening. For more information visit www.orcashotel.com/eat-and-drink

Roman Orcas

Roses Bakery Cafe, in the old fire station building on Prune Alley, was a longtime Orcas Island landmark. It was sold in late 2021, and has been reimagined as Monti, a Roman-inspired restaurant, market, and wine shop. Monti, which is named for a neighborhood in Rome, uses both handmade and dry pasta and offers authentic antipasti, pasta dishes, pizza and more as well as desserts made in house by Brea Currey of Seabird Bakery. The menu features a few changes each week and is influenced by owner Erin Gainey's deep attachment to Rome, where she lived for periods of time in her youth. Monti is open Friday through Tuesday from 5 to 10 p.m. More info can be had at www.montimontimonti.com.    

New Chef for New Leaf

Chef Andrew Martin and his wife, executive pastry chef Amy Nack, have been visiting Orcas Island for fifteen years. While their son attended Camp Orkila every summer, Andrew and Amy explored the island, falling more in love with it every year. When the executive chef position opened up at New Leaf Café, despite the uncertainty of COVID, Chef Andrew leapt at the chance. At New Leaf, he's putting a regional spin on his specialty of Northern Italian cuisine, balancing flavors and textures, and incorporating local ingredients for a delicious brunch menu. One new item is a much talked about Bacon, Lettuce and Avocado sandwich on hearth bread, served with a smoked tomato jam instead of sliced tomato which gives it a sweet savory bite. For more information visit www.outlookinn.com/newleaf

 

Events & Exhibits 

A Porcine Sesquicentennial

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of what is known as the "Pig War" crisis – a little-known international dispute that shaped Washington State and our country. To celebrate this anniversary, park rangers are bringing back Encampment in August – a weeklong series of reenactments, demonstrations, and other fun activities with more than 50 costumed historical interpreters who will give visitors an opportunity to travel back to the 1800s. Demonstrations that will bring history to life include loom work, metalworking, fur trade, and what life was like for members of the military and their families. In the fall, the park will hold a formal commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the San Juan Boundary Dispute Resolution. For event updates, visit www.nps.gov/sajh/index.htm

Bison Antiquus

Bison grazed in the meadows of Orcas Island 16,000 years ago. Human beings harvested, butchered and ate bison meat in a meadow near Olga 14,000 years ago. Some of the most complete skeletal remains of prehistoric bison ever discovered were unearthed in 2003 in an excavation in Olga. Archeological staff identified a large male bison, with the head almost completely intact, a smaller male, and one other. A new installation featuring the bison presence and the significance of these particular bones will become part of the museum's permanent exhibit. "This discover helps validate Indigenous tales of antiquity," says Antoinette Botsford, exhibit chair. For more information, visit www.orcasmuseums.org/home.html

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