Letter to the Editor: OPALCO 2014 Election

 – from Islands Energy Coalition – Dear OPALCO members, We, the undersigned, are members of the Islands Energy Coalition (IEC), a coalition of individuals from throughout the San Juan’s. Our primary goal is to bring awareness to energy issues ranging from the global to the local. On April 14th we hosted … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Larsen’s Stand on Coal Exports Challenged

 – by Walter Corbin –  It is certainly appreciated that U.S. Representative Larsen visited the San Juan Islands recently. The environmental efforts that are made by our elected officials are surely welcomed by the San Juan Islands community. However, should that same area be cloaked with coal ash, airborne nitrous … Continue reading

Lummi Leaders to Discuss “Visions of Xwe’chi’eXen”

Photo courtesy of Floyd McKay and Crosscut.com

Friday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall – from the Orcas NoCOALition — On Friday evening, April 18, Lummi tribal leaders will speak out again about their opposition to the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham. The event will occur from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. … Continue reading

Orcas School to Participate in Earth Day – Including a Parade & Lights Out

EARTH picture

Parade: Tuesday, April 22, 12:30 p.m., Orcas Elementary School Lights Out Project: Please, minimal electricity use from 8:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m. on April 22 – from Brigid Ehrmantraut, Taj Howe, and E.A.R.T.H. – Earth Day 2014 is fast approaching, and the Orcas High School Environmental Club is working with the new … Continue reading

Hazardous Waste Round-up Free to Households

 – from Frank Mulcahy, County Public Works Director – The Orcas Hazardous Waste Round-up will be at the Orcas Transfer Station on Saturday April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hazardous waste will be accepted separately from your regular garbage and recycling, and there will be a separate line from … Continue reading

The Nuñez-Helsell Sawmill Saga

By Lornet Turnbull of the Seattle Times People on Orcas Island are uniting around the sole operator of a small family-run sawmill there, saying his scheduled deportation to Mexico this month could force that business closed and harm the region’s economy. Owners of West Sound Lumber, where Benjamin Nuñez-Marquez has … Continue reading

Orcas Bird and Wildlife Festival to Kickoff with Feathers Author

Thor Hanson will give the Keynote Speech and sign his book, "Feathers" at the April 10 Kickoff Dinner of the Bird and Wildlife Fest. Photo by Kathleen Ballard

– from the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce – The first-ever Orcas Bird and Wildlife Festival is fast approaching, from April 10 to 12, 2014. The Festival offers activities sure to please all who enjoy the birds and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. The line-up of walks, talks, workshops and … Continue reading

Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

– from Barbara Rosenkotter, Lead Entity Coordinator for Salmon Recovery – The San Juan County Lead Entity is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for the San Juan Islands for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) 2014 grant cycle. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts … Continue reading

Salmonberry School to Host Spring Festival and Open House

Lamb and other young animals will be at Salmonberry's Spring Festival too!

– from the Salmonberry School – Ahh spring! The mud is dissipating, the cherry trees are in full blossom and the nettles are stinging. It’s time to celebrate! Salmonberry School would like to welcome all families and the entire Orcas Island community to join them in welcoming in the season … Continue reading