Guest Editorial: SJ Grange Supports Marijuana Production

— by the San Juan Island Grange Executive Committee – At its January 7th, 2015 business meeting San Juan Island Grange #966 resolved to oppose the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production. Even though the San Juan County Council has withdrawn the proposal, San Juan Island Grange #966 would like to … Continue reading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

State Representatives Address Oil Transport Bill

— from the Senate Democrats of Washington State — In the first week of the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, and Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, introduced Governor Jay Inslee’s request oil transportation legislation to the state Senate (SB 5087). “Unprecedented amounts of oil are traveling along … Continue reading

San Juan County and OPALCO Advance in $5M Georgetown University Energy Prize


– from Michel Vekved, San Juan Islands Conservation District – Today, San Juan County officially advances to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. today, San … Continue reading

Peace Island Medical Center to Host ‘Fireside Chats’

First Free Community Education Event is Jan. 21 — from Amy Cloud for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center — PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC), at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor, is launching a series of free, public community education “Fireside Chats” as part of its new “Healthy You” … 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

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

Ferries Shake-Up Planned by Griffith

 — by Mike Lindblom of the — Washington State Ferries chief Lynne Griffith told employees via e-mail Tuesday [Jan. 6, 2015] that she will reorganize the management structure and recruit new leaders — creating seven new job titles and requiring four senior staffers to re-apply for positions. Griffith was hired … Continue reading

Lummi Nation Requests Coal Facility Permit Denial


Lummi Nation cites severe impact to treaty fishing rights – from the Lummi Nation – The Lummi Nation, in a strongly worded letter, asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to take immediate action to deny a permit to build North America’s largest coal export terminal at Cherry … Continue reading