Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Science Expert, Returns to Orcas, July 23rd

— from Kathleen Lunde — The Orcas Island Public Library presents Dr. Cliff Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University Of Washington, speaking on Wednesday, July 23 at 5:30pm at the Orcas Center’s Main Stage. Dr. Mass’s topics will be “Global Warming, The Media, and Coal Trains”. “Global warming … Continue reading

San Juan Neighbors Support Marijuana “Farm”

After the fact regulations, temporary structures, criminal activity and GMO all questioned before County Council – by Margie Doyle – Editor’s note: Updates in italics, thanks to Council Chair Rick Hughes The County Council heard from a standing-room-only public crowd on Monday, July 14. They were almost all there in … Continue reading

On the Ground, In the Air: Fieldwork by FEMA

— from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be performing field work along the shorelines of San Juan County July 14th to July 18th. The fieldwork is part of an effort to develop more accurate coastal flood insurance rate maps for San … Continue reading

County Council Approves ORS/The Exchange Price Increases

– from Pete Moe, Director, Orcas Recycling Services –  On July 1, the San Juan County Council voted to approve a range of price adjustments requested by Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange. The prices, which were built-in to the operating contract between ORS and the County, cannot be increased without Council … Continue reading

Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps Begins New Season

OIYCC feature

— by Skylar Dalusio, Jackie Figueroa & Kayleigh Horton, with Mary Gropp — A group of Orcas Island Middle and High School students have decided to dedicate part of their summer to helping their community by joining the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps. The OIYCC began our second season last … Continue reading

Climate Action Group Hosts Talk on Sustainable Farming

Chad Kruger to speak on climate change and agriculture

WSU Director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Nature Resources to Discuss Climate Change Impacts on Food: Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at  Friday Harbor Brickworks (Note: a 10 p.m. ferry scheduled to leave Friday Harbor will sail to all ferry-served islands and Anacortes.) Learn how climate change … Continue reading

Eagle Forum Fires First Salvo in Repeal of GMA

– by Margie Doyle – William Wright, retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and software engineer for Boeing Defense Programs, spoke to about 28 people at the June 20th Eagle Forum organized to address the repeal of the Washington State Growth Management Act. This year, the state legislature passed and Governor … Continue reading

Ranker Wants Full Disclosure on Bakken Crude Shipments


(Editor’s Note: Upon receiving this press release from Senator Rankin’s office, we contacted them for additional information, i.e., does Bakken crude ship through the San Juans, or only by rail? In reply, we received the following statement from Aaron Wasser, Communications Director, quoting a Senate Environmental Committee Policy staffer:) All … Continue reading

Canada’s Tar Sands Export Plans Approved

— by Floyd McKay for – In Big Energy’s massive rush to export oil and coal from inland United States and Canadian mines and wells to the hungry power users of Asia, there’s a leader. First-past-the-post honors go to Northern Gateway. The Canadian government has approved the plan to … Continue reading