2017 Accessory Dwelling Unit Eligibility Deadline

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is accepting applications for detached ADU permits proposed outside of urban growth areas and activity centers until 4:30 pm February 13 2017.  There are 8 permits for the construction of new ADUs and 2 permits … Continue reading

“Salish Sea Stands” Day of Action Began at Waterfront Park

— by Margie Doyle — “Salish Sea Stands” day of action today, [January 16] started at the Eastsound Waterfront Park as representatives of the organization and the public met to protest Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to the United States. The Trans Mountain Pipeline, owned by Kinder Morgan, received approval from … Continue reading

State Supreme Court Gives Red Light to Grays Harbor Oil Terminal

— from The Seattle Times — The Washington Supreme Court effectively canceled plans for a big oil terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor in a unanimous decision Thursday. The justices reversed decisions by a state board and the state Court of Appeals, which held the Ocean Resources Management Act … Continue reading

“Growler” Draft Environmental Impact Statement: The Emperor Has No Clothes Deadline for comments on Jan. 25

–from Chom Greacen, Member, Quiet Skies over San Juan County– The Navy plans to add 36 EA-18G “Growler” fighter jets and roughly double the number of Growler flight operations out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The only thing standing in its way is completion of the Environmental Impact Statement … Continue reading

Navy Agrees To Extend Environmental Impact Study Public Comment Period Following push from Larsen, Murray, Cantwell

— from Douglas Wagoner — After urging from Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Navy today announced it will extend by 30 days the ongoing public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Study of EA-18G “Growler” Airfield Operations at Naval … Continue reading

Stand for Salish Sea on Monday Kinder Morgan pipeline approved in Canada

Monday, January 16 on San Juan, Lopez, Orcas and Shaw Islands, and interisland ferry — from Stephanie Buffum — Islanders are invited to take part in a countywide “Salish Sea Stands” day of action on MLK Day, Monday, January 16 against the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion to the United States. … Continue reading

Invasive Species Could Cost Washington Businesses, Agencies $1.3 Billion

— from Susan Zemek, WA Recreation & Conservation — A new report released today pegs the economic impact of 23 of the most damaging invasive species in Washington at $1.3 billion a year and a loss of 8,000 jobs, if there’s no prevention, according to the Washington Invasive Species Council. … Continue reading

B.C. Government Gives a “Go” to Kinder Morgan Pipeline

— from CBC News, British Columbia — The B.C. government has given the green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, after reaching an “unprecedented” agreement with Kinder Morgan for up to $1 billion in investment over 20 years. “We always said that the five conditions were a path … Continue reading

NOAA Invites Input on Proposed Killer Whale Protection Zone

— from Michael Milstein, NOAA Fisheries — NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments on a petition calling for a whale protection zone for highly endangered Southern Resident killer whales on the west side of Washington’s San Juan Island. The November 2016 petition from the Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance, Center for Biological … Continue reading

Navy Releases Additional Water Test Findings

— from Mike Welding — The following update is provided as part of the Navy’s ongoing community drinking water testing for the emerging, national environmental issue of PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances). As of Jan. 6, 2017, the Navy has now received preliminary results for samples of all the wells it has … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons to Offer Second Season of ‘Stepping-Up’ After-School Program

— from Trillium Swanson — The Funhouse Commons is offering a second season of Stepping Up, the outdoor exploration club for students in grades 5 – 8. Last year participants visited local parks such as Judd Cove, and camped out on their June outing at Obstruction Pass State Park. The … Continue reading

Business Owners: You Are Invited to an Eastsound Vision Meeting

Thursday, January 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Orcas Chamber of Commerce — In cooperation with the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC), the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to a meeting to learn about the Eastsound Vision workshops and meetings taking place … Continue reading

Preliminary Navy Findings from Drinking Water Testing near NAS Whidbey Island

— from Marcie Smith West — The following update is provided as part of the Navy’s ongoing community drinking water testing for the emerging, national environmental issue of PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances). As of Dec. 30, the Navy has received 104 preliminary lab results from drinking water sampling at private residence wells … Continue reading