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

Point in Time for Local Homeless Count

Annual Homeless Count January 29 – from San Juan County Communications – San Juan County’s 2015 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 29. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and … 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

Peace Island Medical Center to Host ‘Fireside Chats’

First Free Community Education Event is Jan. 21 — from Amy Cloud for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center — PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC), at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor, is launching a series of free, public community education “Fireside Chats” as part of its new “Healthy You” … 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

Market Bucks a Big Success

– from Tamara Joyner, SJC Public Health Nurse – Thanks to coordinated efforts of the Orcas Farmers’ Market, the Orcas Island Community Foundation, Orcas Family Connections, and our local Washington State WIC (Women Infants Children) Program, the Market Bucks project enjoyed its first successful year. WIC provides seasonal farmers’ market … Continue reading

Doe Bay’s Pizza and Open Mic Nights to Benefit Orcas Island Rowing

 — by Martin Taylor – Doe Bay’s Pizza and Open Mic Thursday nights in January will benefit Orcas Island Rowing. Thursday Evenings are Open Mic & Pizza Night from 5-10 p.m. Go to Doe Bay Cafe for local and regional talent for their weekly Open Mic and Pizza night! Just come … Continue reading