Spotted Wing Drosophila An Emerging Fruit Pest

Thursday, April 6, 11 – 1 p..m., Skagit Valley College — from Jay Lucas — The Master Gardener Foundation of San Juan County in partnership with San Juan County Washington State University Extension is pleased to present a workshop on Spotted Wing Drosophila by Dr. Beverly S. Gerdeman, Join us … Continue reading

Bioacoustic Scientist Will Speak on “Seeing Sound”

Saturday, April 1, 2 – 4 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal — from Janet Thomas — The Southern Resident Killer Whales are on the brink of extinction. Several threats to their recovery include shortage of Chinook salmon, pollution, oil spills, and noise and harassment from vessels. The threat least understood by the public … Continue reading

Vision for Eastsound Will Be Presented to Public

Friday, March 31, 6 – 8 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Gretchen Krampf — The Vision for Eastsound has been released for Community input and feedback at www.eastsound.vision. On Friday, Mar. 31, a Community Meeting will be held at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6-8 PM as an opportunity … Continue reading

Governors, Mayors Issue Joint Statement Regarding Clean Power Plan

 — from Tara Lee, Governor Inslee’s Office — Following is a joint statement from West Coast Governors and Mayors in anticipation of a possible Executive Order from President Trump, including a directive to withdraw and rewrite the Clean Power Plan, as well as weaken other standards that protect our air … Continue reading

Celebrate “Voluntourism” in the San Juan Islands Come out and play for Earth Day

— from Amy Nesler, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Have fun with environmental art at the SJIMA, Great Island Beach Clean-ups and lots of fun for kids. Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? Spend a day or more giving back to the natural places we all … Continue reading

State Asks Navy for Health Impact Assessment on Jet Noise

— from Maryon Attwood, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — As a result of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve’s (COER’s) complaint actions, noise as a public health issue, has moved up on state priorities for protecting and preventing auditory and non-auditory health impacts on children in schools throughout Washington. After a unanimous … Continue reading

Inslee Says Trump Budget “Incredibly Harmful” to State and Local Governments

— from Governor Inslee’s Office — President Trump today released a federal budget proposal that would make significant cuts in state and local government programs, including education, environmental protection, health care and many other critical services that Washingtonians rely on. “The budget blueprint issued today by President Trump includes incredibly … Continue reading

County Seeks Consultants to Assist with Comp Plan Update

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County is seeking RFPs from qualified consultants to work on aspects of the SJC Comprehensive Plan Update. Proposals are encouraged from consulting firms with expertise in the Growth Management Act to assist with comprehensive planning, effective citizen engagement, and updates related … Continue reading

UPDATED: Eastsound Vision 2035 Released for Community Input

— from Gretchen Krampf — Beginning on Jan. 7, 34 Orcas Island residents entered into a consensus building process to craft a Vision Statement for Eastsound in 2035. The group’s work was done under the auspices of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee, and EPRC members Bob Maynard, Fred Klein, and … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Stay Engaged for Future of Eastsound

— from Jim Jonassen — As many islanders are now aware, a process to update the County’s Comprehensive Plan is underway, and a part of that is the update of the Eastsound Sub Area Plan, which includes the Eastsound Urban Growth Area. Under the State’s Growth Management Act the Eastsound Urban … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Trees in Eastsound Swale Essential to Good Development and how one woman worked to preserve essential open spaces

— by Sadie Bailey — I really appreciate the thought that went into Charlie Carver’s Letter to the Editor on March 6 (see orcasissues.com/waterfront-development-not-waterfront-reclamation/ ).Thank you for caring about Eastsound; so few Orcas people understand what we are up against here. I would add one thing to your concerns that’s … Continue reading

No Discover Pass Needed for State Parks’ 104th Birthday Visit state parks for free on March 19

— from Jacqueline Daigle — Washington State Parks turns 104 years old on Sunday, Mar. 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by enjoying a state park for free that day. With the 2017 spring and summer seasons just around the corner, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

Navy’s Wrongheaded Approach to Whidbey Island Growler Jets

— from Brian Cullin, Special to Seattle Times — It is the season for arrogance. We have all witnessed this trend at the highest levels of our republic. Whether progressive or conservative, compromise has become a dirty word. Finding common ground is viewed as abandoning principle. Yet, if history serves, … Continue reading