Letter to Editor: Larsen’s Stand on Coal Exports Challenged

 – by Walter Corbin –  It is certainly appreciated that U.S. Representative Larsen visited the San Juan Islands recently. The environmental efforts that are made by our elected officials are surely welcomed by the San Juan Islands community. However, should that same area be cloaked with coal ash, airborne nitrous … Continue reading

Meet Interim Ferries Chief George Capacci

San Juan Islands Reservation System a priority — from Washington State Ferries’ Captain George A. Capacci – I am Capt. George Capacci, the interim assistant secretary appointee for the WSDOT Ferries Division. … I would like to take this opportunity to recognize David Moseley as he concludes his tenure as … Continue reading

Lummi Leaders to Discuss “Visions of Xwe’chi’eXen”

Photo courtesy of Floyd McKay and Crosscut.com

Friday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall – from the Orcas NoCOALition — On Friday evening, April 18, Lummi tribal leaders will speak out again about their opposition to the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham. The event will occur from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. … Continue reading

EDC Offers FREE Business Workshop

Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m. to noon at the Eastsound Fire Hall. Advance registration required – The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Wednesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. until noon. Advance registration is required. … Continue reading

Council Chair Hughes Asks Federal Legislators to Help Nuñez

San Juan County Council Chair Rick Hughes, from Orcas/Waldron District #2, sent the following letter to Senator Patty Murray, Congressman Rick Larsen and Senator Maria Cantwell on March 31, 2014, regarding the proposed deportation of Benjamin Nuñez: It has come to my attention that Orcas Island resident, Ben Nuñez, is … Continue reading

Fire Chief’s Report: March 1 – March 31, 2014

– from Chief Kevin O’Brien – Fire Chief’s Goals and Priorities for 2014 Execute the mission of OIFR through direction of the Board of Commissioners Improve and maintain fiscal accountability for all OIFR operations Provide positive leadership for OIFR and our community Improve reliability and performance for OIFR Execute the … Continue reading

Hazardous Waste Round-up Free to Households

 – from Frank Mulcahy, County Public Works Director – The Orcas Hazardous Waste Round-up will be at the Orcas Transfer Station on Saturday April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hazardous waste will be accepted separately from your regular garbage and recycling, and there will be a separate line from … Continue reading

The Nuñez-Helsell Sawmill Saga

By Lornet Turnbull of the Seattle Times People on Orcas Island are uniting around the sole operator of a small family-run sawmill there, saying his scheduled deportation to Mexico this month could force that business closed and harm the region’s economy. Owners of West Sound Lumber, where Benjamin Nuñez-Marquez has … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Fire & Rescue Makes Good Use of Funding

 – from Moana Kutsche – A Yes vote on the fire levy will preserve and enhance our community’s investment in the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue department that serves us so well. The investment in people is paramount. OIFR can do what it does because of dedicated, highly-trained volunteers and … Continue reading