Train Traffic and Oil Spill Protestors Attend Army Hearing

– by John Stang for Crosscut.com – The fate of a Cherry Point oil-loading dock. Distrust of BP. A minor oil-car derailment in Seattle. All of these surfaced Thursday at a hearing in Seattle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held the public hearing to discuss a draft environmental impact … Continue reading

New Gateway Pacific Terminal Plans to Increase Coal and Oil Traffic

– by Floyd McKay for Crosscut.com – Developers of the largest of the region’s proposed coal-export terminals have shifted their site plan to claim a dramatic reduction in impacts on wetlands. Simultaneously, SSA Marine, the Seattle international terminal operator, said it will speed up plans to operate Gateway Pacific Terminal … Continue reading

Sen. Ranker’s Term as PNW Economic Region President Comes to Close

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– from Aaron Wasser – Sen. Kevin Ranker’s one-year term as President of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region came to a close Wednesday during a ceremony in Whistler, British Columbia with the formal passing of the gavel to the organization’s incoming President David Ramsey. Ranker, who represents the 40th Legislative … Continue reading

Chief O’Brien Learns Leadership on the Line

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 – by Margie Doyle – If anyone thought Kevin O’Brien was done learning now that he is Chief and Executive of the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District, they’d have thought wrong. This spring, O’Brien started a four-year course on Executive Fire Officer Leadership through the Federally-supported National Fire Academy. … Continue reading

Wednesday Evening Markets on the Village Green!

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— from Jennifer Pietsch, Orcas Island Farmers Market Manager — For the third year, Orcas Island Farmers Market is hosting Evening Markets Wednesdays on the Village Green! We started three years as part of the celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week in August. It was so fun and successful that … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A Bountiful Garden in the Heart of Eastsound

– by Antoinette Botsford – The Eastsound Planning Review committee (EPRC), County Public Works and the County Council from time to time discuss what is to be done with the lot, 50×100, that is bordered by Prune Alley on one end and North Beach Road on the other — the … Continue reading

Cliff Mass, Atmospheric Science Expert, Returns to Orcas, July 23rd

— from Kathleen Lunde — The Orcas Island Public Library presents Dr. Cliff Mass, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University Of Washington, speaking on Wednesday, July 23 at 5:30pm at the Orcas Center’s Main Stage. Dr. Mass’s topics will be “Global Warming, The Media, and Coal Trains”. “Global warming … Continue reading

San Juan Neighbors Support Marijuana “Farm”

After the fact regulations, temporary structures, criminal activity and GMO all questioned before County Council – by Margie Doyle – Editor’s note: Updates in italics, thanks to Council Chair Rick Hughes The County Council heard from a standing-room-only public crowd on Monday, July 14. They were almost all there in … Continue reading

On the Ground, In the Air: Fieldwork by FEMA

— from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be performing field work along the shorelines of San Juan County July 14th to July 18th. The fieldwork is part of an effort to develop more accurate coastal flood insurance rate maps for San … Continue reading