Guest Column: Earth Day Blighted by Dirty Fuels

– by Fred Felleman for – Some hailed President Barack Obama’s recent veto of the Keystone pipeline authorization legislation as an early Earth Day gift, spelling the project’s death knell. However, his decision was actually based on process, not policy. While Obama has articulated the science behind climate change … Continue reading

Public Informs Advisors and Officials

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March 26 Town Hall hears (mostly) from Orcas Islanders. Another meeting planned for Thursday, April 2. – by Margie Doyle – The Orcas Public — breast-feeding mothers, business owners, proud, self-identifying tree-huggers, official skeptics and impatient elders — spoke to local officials and advisors to voice their praise and criticisms … Continue reading

Samish Land in Skagit & San Juan Counties Would Receive Permanent Protection With Larsen Legislation

– from Ingrid Stegemoeller – About 97 acres of Samish Tribal lands in Skagit and San Juan counties would be permanently protected because of legislation that Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, has introduced. The Samish Indian Nation Land Conveyance Act of 2015 would put the land, currently owned by the Samish … Continue reading

Larsen Recognizes Community’s Hard Work As San Juan Monument Turns Two

– from Ingrid Stegemoeller – Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today recognized the two-year anniversary of the San Juan Islands National Monument designation by applauding the hard work of the community and the partnerships that made the monument a reality, as well as noting the importance of conserving lands and waters. … Continue reading

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

NOAA: West Coast Waters Shifting to Lower-productivity Regime


 — from Michael Milstein, NOAA – State of the California Current Report highlights record-warm conditions and effects on fisheries! Large-scale climate patterns that affect the Pacific Ocean indicate that waters off the West Coast have shifted toward warmer, less productive conditions that may affect marine species from seabirds to salmon, … Continue reading

Harvard Professor Naomi Oreskes to Speak About Climate Change

Sunday, March 15 at 4 p.m. in Orcas Island Community Church — by Michael Riordan —  A world-renowned science historian, Naomi Oreskes recently wrote a landmark book, Merchants of Doubt, revealing how a small, industry-financed group of spin-doctors has been repeatedly trying to muddle the public discourse on phenomena ranging … Continue reading