Letter to the Editor: Help Re-purpose the Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant

— by Boyd C. Pratt – I am writing to ‘nudge’ you in the direction of the Olga Strawberry Council’s “Final Push” to rebuild the Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant. Please support them in the efforts to finish restoration of this building, which is significant to the history, economy, and well-being … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Spirit of Abundance

— from YMCA Camp Orkila Staff and Annual Campaign Team– Every YMCA program, including summer camp at Orkila, comes with the promise that, “All are welcome. Financial assistance is available.” This promise affords every child the opportunity to live in community with a close-knit group of peers, engage with positive … Continue reading

Guest Column: “The Barefoot Bandit” from the Film Maker’s View

– by Carly Bodmer, Director of “The Barefoot Bandit” Documentary — [In light of comments to the recent article about the Jan. 15 screening of “The Barefoot Bandit,”] I think that something to remember is that documentaries do not necessarily celebrate the subject matter. When I first set out to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: The Right to Farm in SJ County

 — from Jenny Rice – (Editor’s note: the San Juan County Council is holding a Workshop regarding Land Use Regulation of Marijuana Producers and Processors on Monday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in Council Chambers in Friday Harbor. Citizen access is welcome, but limited to the workshop topic … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Keep The Exchange at the Transfer Station

– from Kyle Carver, Orcas Island – We’re all ready for a new Exchange. It’s been a vital part of our community moving towards a zero waste goal. But the current relocation plan doesn’t add up. The Exchange should remain where it is. The transfer station is zoned “Rural Industrial” … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Why Should EWUA Charge Higher Fees for Guest Houses?

– from Michael Riordan – What some people seem to be missing in the current debate over EWUA policies is recognition of the many beneficial impacts this water system has on Eastsound and surrounding areas. We take it for granted that the system will always work fine, but without frequent … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: EWUA Meeting / One Member Perspective

– from Lesley Liddle – [Monday]’s EWUA meeting was a good informative meeting overall; Paul Kamin put together a well-organized presentation, some of it heavily weighted to impress on certain points of current policy with regard to the guest house bylaw and recent “initiative”, which I don’t necessarily or entirely … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Navy Jets Will Bring More Noise, Electromagnetic Radiation

– from John Titus – The Naval Air Base at Whidbey Island is proposing to add another 36 Growler jets to the existing 82 jets currently based there. This is part of a sweeping new plan by the Navy to increase the electronic warfare training taking place in northwest Washington. … Continue reading