Navy Wants to Increase Use of Sonar-emitting Buoys

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By Phung Le for Associated – The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water. The Navy … Continue reading

Guest Column: Economic Impacts of an Oil Spill

– by Lovel Pratt , originally published in Whatcom Watch — Lovel Pratt is a former member of the San Juan County Council. While in office she served on the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Work Group, the Oil Spill Rule Advisory Committee and the Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment Update … Continue reading

Visit Indian Island at Night

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Monday, January 19, 9 p.m., Outlook Inn — from Russel Barsh – The Indian Island Marine Health Observatory officially launches its 2015 research season on January 19, with an annual nighttime low-tide exploration of Eastsound’s very own special island. “Different animals visit Indian island in winter,” says Indian Island lead … Continue reading

State Representatives Address Oil Transport Bill

— from the Senate Democrats of Washington State — In the first week of the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, and Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, introduced Governor Jay Inslee’s request oil transportation legislation to the state Senate (SB 5087). “Unprecedented amounts of oil are traveling along … Continue reading

San Juan County and OPALCO Advance in $5M Georgetown University Energy Prize


– from Michel Vekved, San Juan Islands Conservation District – Today, San Juan County officially advances to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. today, San … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Keep The Exchange at the Transfer Station

– from Kyle Carver, Orcas Island – We’re all ready for a new Exchange. It’s been a vital part of our community moving towards a zero waste goal. But the current relocation plan doesn’t add up. The Exchange should remain where it is. The transfer station is zoned “Rural Industrial” … Continue reading

Lummi Nation Requests Coal Facility Permit Denial


Lummi Nation cites severe impact to treaty fishing rights – from the Lummi Nation – The Lummi Nation, in a strongly worded letter, asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to take immediate action to deny a permit to build North America’s largest coal export terminal at Cherry … Continue reading