Islanders Get “First Dibs” on County Camps 2017 San Juan County Resident Camping Reservations

— from San Juan County Parks and Fair — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round. Choose from: San Juan County Park San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only) Odlin County Park Shaw County Park for any … Continue reading

Local Students Explore … Edible Insects

— from Russel Barsh — Are easily-grown insects such as crickets the sustainable food of the future? The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) thinks so, and promotes international research identifying edible insects and ways of raising them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

Stewardship Network Accepting Good Steward Award Nominations Calling all tree huggers

— from Amy M. Nesler — Look out Oscar, the Finnie is coming! Its award season here in the San Juans. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award. Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finees,” have been … Continue reading

Author Spagna to Read at Darvill’s on Living Lightly Artsmith Salon Series at Darvill's Bookstore

Friday, February 24, 5:30 pm at Darvill’s Bookstore — from JoEllen Moldoff for Artsmith — Ana Maria Spagna returns to read from her nonfiction book, Reclaimers, about removal of the White Salmon River dam, and her new middle-grade novel, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, about the adventures of a back-country, … Continue reading

County’s Town Hall Talks Revenues and Challenges County officials gives facts, figures

— by Margie Doyle — County officials met with about 20 Orcas Islanders at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 to give a repeat “Taking Care of Business” presentation prepared for county employees on the achievements of the County in 2016 and the challenges facing county government in … Continue reading

Salish Sea Citizens Stand on Capitol Hill in Olympia

— from Katie Fleming — On Monday, February 13, 200 people from the San Juan Islands and greater Salish Sea region attended a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia to show support for the Oil Transportation Safety Bills (House Bill 1611/Senate Bill 5462). A major oil spill would … Continue reading

Your Land, Your Trees, Your Goals: A Forestry Class for Landowners Friday Harbor forest stewardship coached planning program

— from Ian Tyler Fawley — Natural beauty, wildlife, ecosystem health, harvest income, family ties, privacy, and peace and quiet are some of the many reasons people value their forestland. Whatever your values are, this comprehensive university-based forestry class will help you get the most out of the land you love. Whether … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Not a Time for Keeping Silent on Climate Change A call to cooperative action

— from Katie Wilkins — I have wanted to write this for a long time. I have waited because I didn’t know how to fit a topic as large as climate change into few enough words. But as the price of saying nothing grows higher, I know I will be … Continue reading

Jonathan White to Speak on his New Book Tides

Saturday, February 18, 5:30 pm, Orcas Center — from Donna Laslo — After nearly losing his 65-foot schooner Crusader in a strong Alaskan tide, local author Jonathan White vowed to understand these mysterious, implacable sea surges. An avid sailor and surfer, he recognized that the sun and moon had something to … Continue reading

Remembering Robyn Lowe Scholarship set up for Protector of Indian Island

— by Russel Barsh, Director, KWIAHT nonprofit conservation laboratory — All of you that have volunteered to help take care of Indian Island, and most of you that maintain an interest in stewardship of Indian Island, have spent some time there with Robyn Lowe. She was one of our “sea … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: County Comprehensive Plan Guides Growth

— by Joe Symons — You may have heard that San Juan County has embarked on an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. What you may not know is what a Comprehensive Plan (CP) is and how it impacts your life and the life of the community. Short answer—the CP … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Invite Public to Join Workgroups Time commitment will involve weekly meetings

— from Jeff Otis, Co-chair Eastsound Planning Review  Committee (EPRC) — How important is the future of Eastsound to you? What will Eastsound be like in twenty years? What role would you like to play in answering that question? Should Eastsound evolve on its own in accordance with existing regulations … Continue reading

Where, What is the Salish Sea?

— from Salish Sea Pilot — Talking to cruisers from up and down the coast at the Vancouver Boat Show last week, we realized not everyone knows precisely what waters are included within the “Salish Sea.” Of course, everyone knows the Salish Sea. They know the name was officially adopted … Continue reading

Workshop: Utilizing Woody Biomass to Reduce Fire Risk All woodland owners encouraged to attend

Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Cailin Mackenzie — Many forests in the San Juan Islands are comprised of extremely dense small diameter trees. These dense stands are at high risk for forest fire, have stagnant growth and low timber quality, and present very … Continue reading