Guest Editorial: A Bountiful Garden in the Heart of Eastsound

– by Antoinette Botsford – The Eastsound Planning Review committee (EPRC), County Public Works and the County Council from time to time discuss what is to be done with the lot, 50×100, that is bordered by Prune Alley on one end and North Beach Road on the other — the … Continue reading

Quit Dumping on Us, Inslee Tells Canadian Neighbors

— by the News Tribune Editorial Staff ( – Once again, a Washington governor has to remind our fair neighbor to the north that it needs to clean up its act and stop dumping 34 million gallons of raw sewage daily into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the waters … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Why We Need an Effective CAO

– from Barbara Bentley – The landslide along the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County is a stark reminder of why we need an effective Critical Areas Ordinance. As the introduction to San Juan County’s CAO states, “Protection and management of these [critical] areas is important to the preservation of ecological … Continue reading

Editorial: Here’s Your Chance to Influence the Fire Levy Vote

– Brown Bag Meeting Tomorrow at Orcas  Fire Station (see directions below) — by Margie Doyle – (Editor’s Note: This editorial was first published on March 5. A number of community members have asked Orcas Issues if there is an election forum planned to state the pros and cons of … Continue reading

Editorial: Our Ancestors, Our Children, Our Waters, Our World

– by Margie Doyle – The momentum of historic change never ceases to amaze me: how quickly some things change, like the internet influence in our lives; and how suddenly, after fighting to emerge, slowly but unstoppable over years, a movement will suddenly break through like the birth of a … Continue reading