Eastsound Subarea Plan Public Hearing Scheduled

Tuesday, December 8, 10:15 a.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Colin Maycock — Notice of a Public Hearing A 2015 Docket Ordinance repealing San Juan County Code Chapter 16.55, the Eastsound Subarea Plan, amending Section B, Element 2, Subsection 2.6.B (2) of the County Comprehensive Plan, adopting an amended Eastsound Subarea … Continue reading

Special Town Hall to Discuss Eastsound Changes

San Juan County Councilmember Rick Hughes will host a Town Hall meeting at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 5-7 pm on Thursday, December 3, 2015 to present and discuss changes to the proposed Eastsound Subarea Plan. “The Subarea Plan is a really important document that I have been working on … Continue reading

County Auditor Reports on 3rd Quarter Finances

— by F. Milene Henley, County Auditor — How Are We Doing? A recent local political cartoon pictured a person, labeled “County Budget,” stuffing money into one pocket, labeled “Reserves,” while simultaneously shuffling money from that pocket to another pocket, labeled “spending,” and pulling money out of the “spending” pocket. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Your Care after House Fire

— from Josie and Wally Barrow — We cannot believe how fortunate we are to live in such a caring community!! We want to thank you…so many, who have given clothing, food and other things to us since our house burned to the ground on Sunday night. Also..and really first … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: The Dire Consequences of TPP: What You Need to Know

— by David Turnoy, reprinted Nov. 24 upon request — What do you know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? After years of negotiations, its text was finally released last week, and it is truly the trade treaty from Hell. Here are some of the very likely consequences: More early deaths … Continue reading

Presidential Medal of Freedom Goes to Two Washingtonians


— from Washington State Legislature — The considerable accomplishments of two iconic Washingtonians will be recognized with America’s single highest civilian honor this week at the White House when President Obama will present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bill Ruckelshaus and, posthumously, to Billy Frank Jr. “These two incredible Washingtonians and … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: New Shoreline Aquaculture Laws Could Impact Homeowners, Tourists

— by Lovel Pratt — The SJC Council is updating the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), with hearings beginning on November 30th. This update is this community’s opportunity to address requirements for future aquaculture operations in SJC, including the types of commercial aquaculture we don’t yet have. There are two types … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Now is the Time to Let Council Hear from You on Shoreline Protection

— from Rein Attemann, Puget Sound Advocacy Manager, Washington Environmental Council — Shorelines define the uniqueness of the San Juan Islands – from the rocky shores of Lime Kiln State Park to the beaches of Spencer’s Spit on Lopez Island. And in San Juan County, there are more shorelines than … Continue reading

Editorial: Cram for the Changes in Shoreline Master Plan

— by Margie Doyle — As your Community-Journalist-in-Chief, I have an apology to make for the scarce coverage Orcas Issues has given to the County’s Shoreline Master Plan update. I confess it hasn’t been a top priority with the Eastsound Subarea Plan update, Managing Editor Lin McNulty’s 12-day hospitalization (thank … Continue reading

School Board Meet to Introduce New Student-Families Program

Monday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m. in the School Library — from the Orcas Island School District — The Board of Directors of the Orcas Island School District will hold a special monthly board meeting on Monday, Nov. 23 to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. The meeting time is moved up … Continue reading

Guest Column: Congressman Rick Larsen Hears TPP Questions

Congressman Rick Larsen

–by David Turnoy– On Sunday, Nov. 15, Congressman Rick Larsen visited San Juan County to hear from and answer questions of constituents related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. About fifty members of the public attended the forum held at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor, and for anyone who … Continue reading

First Semi-annual San Juan Islands-Made Meeting

Monday, November 30th from 10-11:30am by videoconference — from Victoria Comption for the San Juan County EDC — The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) welcomes members of the San Juan Islands Made initiative and interested business owners to join in the EDC’s first semi-annual San Juan Islands Made … Continue reading

Residential Building Applications to get “Lean”

— from San Juan County Communications — As Community Development Director Sam Gibboney prepares to move a new position in County government, she is coordinating a sea change in the application process for residential building permits. Gibboney estimates that half of the residential building permit applications submitted in San Juan … Continue reading

Dec. 8 Last Public Hearing of Eastsound Subarea Plan Update

Tuesday, December 8, beginning at 10:15 a.m.  in the Eastsound Fire Hall Notice of a Public Hearing (Editor’s note: this notice is required to be published on Nov. 25, when the documents referred to in the notice will be available online. We will repeat this notice on Nov. 25, but … Continue reading

Electronic Attack Squadron Returns from Middle East Combat

— from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer, Whidbey Naval Air Station — Sailors from Electronic Attack Squadron 137 (VAQ-137) “Rooks” return home this weekend after successfully completing a nine-month combat deployment aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The Rooks set sail from Naval Station Norfolk on March 11, 2015 … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Gov. Inslee’s Response to Refugees FROM War and Terror

— from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee in the New York Times — For the last week, a growing number of governors, representatives, senators and presidential candidates have demanded that America slam shut our borders to refugees who are fleeing unspeakable horrors at the hands of the Islamic State. On … Continue reading

Fire Commissioners Appoint Preysz as Permanent Chief


— from Barbara G. Bedell, Chair, Board of Fire Commissioners — At its regular meeting on November 19, the Board of Fire Commissioners for San Juan County Fire Protection District #2 appointed Acting Chief Miklos Preysz as Permanent Chief of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Minor contractual details will be addressed at … Continue reading

Inslee Declares State of Emergency

[Editor’s Note: As the rest of our state recovers from the recent storm that caused widespread flooding and wind damage, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, on Wednesday evening, issued a State of Emergency for the entire state. The heavy rain and high winds across the state were responsible for power outages (even here on Orcas), … Continue reading