Just In: Climate Change Impacts on the Pacific NW

Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Eastsound — from Marta C. Branch, San Juan County Dept of Community Development and Planning Marine Program Coordinator — Learn how climate change impacts the Pacific Northwest in a presentation by Dr. Philip Mote, Oregon State Climatologist and … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Fukushima and the Salish Sea

– from Russel Barsh – The data I’ve seen on the spread of radioactive material from Fukushima indicate that the only significant increase in radiation above “background” levels (that is, the earth’s natural radioactivity+residual effects of 50 years of nuclear atmospheric testing) has been within a few hundred miles or so … Continue reading

Community Solar for our Schools

— from the San Juan Conservation District – Community Solar for our Schools was developed by Islands Energy, a collaborative group of local and regional nonprofits and community volunteers led by the San Juan Islands Conservation District and sponsored by OPALCO. The intent of Community Solar for our Schools is … Continue reading

Oregon Denies Permits for Columbia River Coal Transport

– by Floyd McKay for Crosscut.com — An Oregon agency created a major setback Monday [August 18] for plans to build a complex coal project on the Columbia River upstream from Portland. The Department of State Lands (DSL) denied a removal-fill permit for a small area of state-regulated waters on … Continue reading

A Legacy Shared: Trudy Erwin

Trudy Erwin and a young potter. Photo: Islands Weekly

Restoration and stewardship on private property – from Jill Clark, Development Director, Northwest Straits Foundation – West Beach Creek property owner Dianna Down reminisced about her mom, long‐time Orcas Island potter Trudy Erwin, who died in 2013 at age 90. Erwin was inspired to restore a fish passage and improve … Continue reading

Last Hearing of New Eastsound Plans Before Council’s “First Touch”

Friday, August 15 at 8:45 a.m. in Friday Harbor — Teleconference from Orcas, Lopez Islands The San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Eastsound Subarea Plan update. The SEPA Determination of Nonsignificance regarding the plan will also be discussed before the County Planning Commission … Continue reading

Guest Column: Streetscape Plans for Fern Street Extension

 – from Fred Klein – Pictured  is the sketch prepared under the auspices of Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) concerning the future use of the increasingly famous 50 foot wide lot originally acquired by Public Works to extend Fern Street to N. Beach Road. Prepared as part of the Prune … Continue reading