Rock Island Working with T-Mobile to Accelerate Wireless Internet Services

T-Mobile to offer cellular service in San Juan County — from OPALCO and Rock Island — Rock Island will deliver on its promise to bring wireless services to both home and business users in San Juan County via LTE Fixed Wireless by working with T-Mobile USA, Inc. “This is a … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Local Perspective on Water Issues in Flint


— from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) — It is hard to miss the distressing news of high lead concentrations found in the public water supply in Flint, Michigan. Unfortunately this will be one of the most significant public health system failures in American history, with children being … Continue reading

Citizen Volunteers Needed: Land Bank, Anyone?

— from Tanja Williamson — The County Council is searching for a San Juan County citizen to fill an upcoming vacancy on the San Juan County Land Bank Commission. District Two position – partial four year position expiring December 2019 (Orcas, Crane, Obstruction, & Waldron Islands) If you are interested in serving … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: How Should We Be Looking at Energy Use and Conservation?


— by Tom Owens — OPALCO — ¨Clean All The Time¨ Energy. Really? Overview OPALCO is now telling us that the energy they provide is ¨clean all the time.¨ This is a very important piece of information because it will influence our decisions on the use of energy. CO2 is … Continue reading

Eastsound Planning & Review Committee to Focus on Streetscapes

Thursday, Feb. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall The Eastsound Planning & Review Committee (EPRC) agenda for its regular monthly meeting calls for a discussion of the Streetscape Standards with County Public Works Director Brian Vincent and County Planner Colin Huntemer on such matters as: … Continue reading

Kwiaht Celebrates 10th Year; Featured at Food Co-op in February

— from Russel Barsh — February 18 is Kwiaht day at the Orcas Food Co-op! The Food Co-op’s second “3% Thursday” will benefit Kwiaht’s sustainable food programs, including documenting and preserving Orcas Island’s unusual, hardy, locally adapted heritage and seedling apple varieties for future generations of farmers and cider-makers. Kwiaht celebrates its tenth … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: We Are All Stakeholders of Dolphin Bay Road


— by Ken Katz — No one person owns our roads, libraries, schools and parks. These are for us to use now and preserve for future generations. We are all stakeholders of public assets in our community, the nation, and the world. All of us have different needs and wants … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for the Apology!

— from Moriah and Daniel Armstrong — On Wednesday, as an Orcas Coop member, I was quite surprised to open an email from the coop encouraging folks to sign the “Preserve, Not Pave” petition regarding Dolphin Bay Road. I live on Dolphin Bay Road and am sincerely hoping that the … Continue reading

Fisherfolk! Fish with the American Legion Derby

— from Judi Resch for the American Legion — American Legion Post #93 will be hosting their 37th Annual Fishing Derby the weekend of January 29th-31st. Registration for the derby is from 4 – 11 p.m. on Friday, January 29th, at the Post home (793 Crescent Beach Dr., Eastsound). $50. … Continue reading

Video Showcases Brown Island Beach Restoration Project

— from Katie Fleming — FRIENDS of the San Juans (FRIENDS) is releasing a new video about a project that removed large unnatural rock from a historic feederbluff and restored a local beach. This project is helping to “set the table” for the entire Salish Sea food chain. Removing unnecessary armoring and restoring this beach helps … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Our Last Chance to “Just Say No” to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

by Tuesday, February 2 — from Islanders for Safe Shipping — Remember the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion? This is the project that would increase Canadian crude oil tankers in the Salish Sea from 120 to 816 transits a year. Because this dramatic increase in shipping brings with it … Continue reading

Ranker Introduces Oil Spill-Job Protection Bill

— from Rick Manugian for the Senate Democrats — A major oil protection bill introduced by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, would establish economic safeguards and significantly strengthen protections for the public and the environment from oil spills while protecting refinery jobs. “The evolving nature of oil products moving through … Continue reading

Editorial: Council, Please Deliberate on Protections in SMP


— by Margie Doyle — Dear County Council, I am writing to ask that you consider not just the legality and appropriateness of the existing and proposed Shoreline Management Plan (SMP), but that you also consider the potential to make a significant statement of stewardship in the final formulation of … Continue reading

Guest Editorial : Shoreline Master Program Update Provides an Important Opportunity


— by Tina Whitman — The more than 400 miles of marine shoreline in San Juan County define our unique community of islands- they are our identity. Highly productive intersections of land and sea, these shorelines support the marine food web and its salmon, seabirds and marine mammals that provide … Continue reading

Council This Week: Continued Shoreline Mgmt. Program Hearings

Monday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Council Chambers in Friday Harbor PUBLIC HEARING (continued from January 20): Shoreline Regulations: Sections 29 through 48 – Shoreline Modifications, Overwater Structures, Boating Facilities, Shoreline Stabilization; Sections 49 through 66 – Shoreline Uses, Shoreline Use and Modification tables; Section 67 through … Continue reading

Rock Island and T-Mobile Partner to Strengthen Internet Access

— by Margie Doyle – Rock Island Communications, an OPALCO company, has formed a strategic partnership with T-Mobile to provide LTE wireless services in San Juan County by sharing their collective infrastructure and expertise to the mutual benefit of each organization, according to Rock Island Executive Vice President Gerry Lawlor. … Continue reading

Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections: A 43 Percent Increase

— from the Friends of the San Juans printed Sept. 25, 2015, reprinted upon request– If all the new and expanding terminal and refinery projects in the Salish Sea are permitted and developed, including projects that became operational in 2014, there would be a 43 percent increase in large, commercial … Continue reading

Practical Permaculture

— from Jan Jacobson for the Orcas Island Garden Club — Garden Club meeting of January 20, 2016 will feature Jessi Bloom, arborist, eco designer and co-author with Dave Boehnlein (of Orcas’ Bullock’s Farm) of “Practical Permaculture.” Jessi is the owner of N.W. Bloom, and an ecological landscape designer. She … Continue reading

Shoreline Master Program Meetings Planned

Shoreline Master Program – Process and Next steps — from San Juan County — The following schedule has been developed to guide the review of the SMP documents. Meeting 1 – January 11, 2016 [Already held] – General Policy Plan, Regulation Sections 7 through 14 – Process and Administration, Non-conforming … Continue reading