San Juan County and Union Strike New 3-Year Contract Deal

– from San Juan County Communications – San Juan County and Local 1849 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) have settled on a collective bargaining agreement for the years 2015-2017. Union membership overwhelmingly ratified the contract on Friday, February 27, and the County Council promptly followed suit by … Continue reading

San Juan County Retires Solid Waste Debt Early

– from San Juan County Communications — The San Juan County Council authorized the re-payment of a limited tax general obligation bond at its February 24, 2015 meeting. The bond, secured in 2012, in the amount of $810,000, was necessary to provide operational funding for the solid waste utility, and … Continue reading

Marine Science Lecture: Shorebirds, Predators, and the Role of Fear

Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall – from Jean Lyle, The SeaDoc Society – Dr. Rob Butler, president of the Pacific WildLife Foundation, will speak on shorebirds at the next Marine Science Lecture. Butler, an internationally renowned ornithologist, is recognized for his distinguished work at the Canadian … Continue reading

Guest Column: Winds Make Cherry Point a Terrible Place for a Coal Terminal

– by Michael Riordan for Whatcomwatch.org – From a meteorologist’s perspective, Cherry Point is a terrible site for a coal terminal, for it endures some of the fiercest winds in Washington state. These wintry gales out of the northeast have been obvious to my wife and me ever since we … Continue reading

EDC Offers Business Boot Camp for Women

Wednesday, March 25, 9 a.m.—2:30 p.m. at Brickworks in Friday Harbor – from the San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) — Women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the EDC’s Women’s Business Boot Camp, an all-day workshop specifically designed to tune up or start-up businesses. Participants will learn how to … Continue reading

Winterfest 2015 – “Taking Your Inner Atheist to Church”

 — from Meredith Griffith for Orcas Island Community Church – Orcas Islanders are invited to hear author Dr. Daniel Taylor speak on “Taking Your Inner Atheist to Church: Skepticism, Belief, and the Role of Story” at Winterfest 2015. Taylor will present at Orcas Island Community church on March 6-8. “As … Continue reading

DNR Says “No” to Navy Electronic Warfare

– by Nicholas Johnson, Port Townsend Leader – In a Friday, Feb. 27 letter, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) told the U.S. Navy it won’t participate in a plan to train fighter jet pilots in detecting enemy electronic signals over the Olympic National Forest. “The Department of Natural Resources … Continue reading