Guest Column: Electric Vehicles, Summing It All Up

— by Tom Owens — In this article, I would like to summarize the pluses and minuses of buying a new electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf in particular. The Leaf does not run pollution-free unless you install a solar system to “fuel” the car. OPALCO stands to benefit from the … Continue reading

Burn Ban Modified to Moderate

— from the County Fire Marshal’s Office — Due to the increase in fuel moisture levels the Fire Marshal’s Office will modify the burn restriction as of September 1, 2015 for the unincorporated areas of San Juan County, to allow recreational burning only. Recreational fires [are] smaller than 3 feet … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Users Update: Rain! Follows “Abnormal” Summer

 — by Paul Kamin, General Manager for Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA)– RAIN! EWUA has recorded 0.8” of rain over the last weekend of August Tracking Summer Water Demand August Water Use was Up. During the second half of August, water use began to climb again. Hopefully the recent rains … Continue reading

Picnic for Salmon in the Classroom

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— from Fiona Norris for San Juan Nature Institute — On Sunday, September 20 San Juan Nature Institute will hold a fund-raising picnic for their Salmon in the Classroom program at Orcas Elementary School. Jim and Kathy Youngren have graciously allowed us to use their beautiful grounds for a barbecue … Continue reading

Mount Grant’s Popularity Surges as Fundraising Passes Halfway Mark

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— from Barbara Courtney for the San Juan Preservation Trust — The Campaign to Save Mount Grant passed two notable mileposts in August. First, a $500,000 challenge was successfully met. Donors from more than 450 households have generously provided gifts and pledges totaling more than $500,000 since the start of … Continue reading

The Eastsound Subarea Plan Update at the 11th Hour

— by Margie Doyle — After years of hashing out what the intention and goals of the Eastsound Subarea Plan (ESAP) was, and how well Orcas Island’s only Urban Growth Area (UGA) has adhered to that vision, the County Planning Commission has now weighed in with its verdict. After two … Continue reading

Whale Museum Lecture: Taking Whale Research to New Heights

Friday, September 4, 6:30 p.m., Whale Museum Using a Small Unmanned Hexacopter to Non-invasively Monitor the Health of Resident Killer Whales — from Jenny Atkinson — The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome John Durban as part of the 2015 Summer Lecture Series on Friday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Durban … Continue reading

San Juan Island’s Scenic Westside Preserve More than Doubles in Size


— from the San Juan County Land Bank — The San Juan County Land Bank received a 30-acre donation along Westside Road on San Juan last Friday, August 21st. “We are very happy to see this special piece of land preserved for future generations and enjoyed by a wider public,” … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Meetings to Address Proposed Farming Regs


Wednesday, August 26, from 4-5:30 at the Eastsound Firehall — by Sandy Strehlou — Dear Friends of Local Agriculture: I am writing to encourage you to attend one of the following meetings on the proposed greenhouse regs. The San Juan Island meeting is [Tuesday] afternoon at Brickworks. There will be … Continue reading

Exchange Progress Public Forum on Tuesday

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Tuesday, August 25,  5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from the Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange newsletter (reprinted from Aug. 18)– Save the date! The team at ORS/The Exchange wants to update you, in person, on what we’ve been up to! Please join staff and the board of directors on … Continue reading

Islanders’ Opposition to Trans-Mountain Pipeline Voiced

— from Shaun Hubbard for SJ Islanders for Safe Shipping — 16 months after applying and being accepted to comment, and after many delays and extensions on Canada’s part, San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping just submitted our letter to Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) asking them to reject the … Continue reading

The Current State of Island Agriculture: Greenhouse Regulations Proposed

Orcas -Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at Eastsound Fire Hall Lopez – Thursday, August 27 at 4 p.m. at Lopez Library — from Peggy Bill, County Agriculture Resources Committee Coordinator — San Juan County Council is currently considering adoption of new regulations that would be applied to greenhouses and … Continue reading