Open Letter to Rick Hughes Re: Orcas Road Project

– from Susan Fleischer and John Fleischer – Re: Orcas Road Project (Nordstrom Lane to McNallie Lane) Dear Rick, This is in regard to the San Juan County Orcas Road proposed realignment that runs along Carol Clark’s property from Swan Road to McNallie Lane. Walt and Carol Clark (Susan’s parents) … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Black Dog Farm Stand Broken Into, Closed

(Editor’s note: Since this letter was published, we learned from the owners that the clothing barn and donation box are the two portions of the farm stand that have been closed: owner Ian Harlow states: “We are just no longer accepting clothing donations at our thrift shack. An[d] yes our … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Islanders Send “Do Not Invest” Message

— from Nick Jones — Dear Editor, Watching the San Juan Sungrown debacle unfold has been like watching a slow-moving, entirely preventable car accident. This situation is a tragedy for the Rice family, their employees, our struggling island economy, a tragedy, ultimately, for their neighbors, who are going to have … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Support SJ Farmer Jenny Rice

 — from Lisa Lawrence — We would like everyone to show that we’re in “Solidarity with Jenny” and our local farmers, by wearing green this Friday 2/27/2015 in the Superior Courthouse, San Juan Island. Please arrive 15-20 minutes before and peacefully attend the 1:30 pm hearing for a summary judgement. The lawsuit … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: League of Women Voters Celebrates Anniversary

– from Diane Martindale, President, the League of Women Voters of the San Juan Islands – February 14th marks our 95th anniversary of the oldest non-partisan voter registration organization in the U.S. — the League of Women Voters. After a struggle of more than 50 years Washington women won the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: The Kids Are Leading the Way

– by Adrienne Reed, of Plant for the Planet – Plant for the Planet is coming to Orcas Island on Saturday, February 14th for a free Climate Ambassador training of youth ages 8-14,  from 9 a.m. until Orcas Island Elementary School in the Gymnasium. Parents are optional and welcome, but … Continue reading

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