Guest Column: Winds Make Cherry Point a Terrible Place for a Coal Terminal

– by Michael Riordan for – From a meteorologist’s perspective, Cherry Point is a terrible site for a coal terminal, for it endures some of the fiercest winds in Washington state. These wintry gales out of the northeast have been obvious to my wife and me ever since we … Continue reading

San Juan County Retires Solid Waste Debt Early

– from San Juan County Communications — The San Juan County Council authorized the re-payment of a limited tax general obligation bond at its February 24, 2015 meeting. The bond, secured in 2012, in the amount of $810,000, was necessary to provide operational funding for the solid waste utility, and … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: OPALCO’s Commitment Justified

– by David Mieland – [In the recent conversation about the ”morphing” of OPALCO], maybe I’m missing something, but I’m not under the impression that OPALCO’s venture into broadband is impacting electric rates much at all. We have seen small increases in kilowatthour rates related mostly to wholesale increases from … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Support SJ Farmer Jenny Rice

 — from Lisa Lawrence — We would like everyone to show that we’re in “Solidarity with Jenny” and our local farmers, by wearing green this Friday 2/27/2015 in the Superior Courthouse, San Juan Island. Please arrive 15-20 minutes before and peacefully attend the 1:30 pm hearing for a summary judgement. The lawsuit … Continue reading

Editorial: Do Our Little Growls Have Any Effect?

– by Lin McNulty – Where does your Growler fly? If it’s flying into or out of the NOLF (outlying field) just North of Coupeville, then you can read that flight schedule each week on Orcas Issues, as released by the Public Affairs Office at NAS Whidbey. Often, however, these … Continue reading

Phase I Done! on School Bond Construction Project

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 — by Margie Doyle – Now that the crowbars and sledgehammers are demolishing the old Orcas Island School District’s middle school-cafeteria building, islanders can really see that  work is well underway on the reconstruction of the campus, approved with an $11.9 M bond vote in 2012. However, insiders — including … Continue reading

Larsen Addresses Drone (UAS) Regulations

— from Rick Larsen, 2nd District Representative, U.S. Congress – Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released draft rules regarding the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes. “Safety is, and must be, the FAA’s number-one priority. I know … Continue reading

Next Phase of Rosario Master Plan to Begin

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Friday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Rosario Mansion Music Room  — from – Our guest rooms have been remodeled, our indoor swimming pool rebuilt, and our new kitchen is now open. returning it to its original location in the historic Moran Mansion. The upcoming phase of the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: League of Women Voters Celebrates Anniversary

– from Diane Martindale, President, the League of Women Voters of the San Juan Islands – February 14th marks our 95th anniversary of the oldest non-partisan voter registration organization in the U.S. — the League of Women Voters. After a struggle of more than 50 years Washington women won the … Continue reading