Oregon Denies Permits for Columbia River Coal Transport

– by Floyd McKay for Crosscut.com — An Oregon agency created a major setback Monday [August 18] for plans to build a complex coal project on the Columbia River upstream from Portland. The Department of State Lands (DSL) denied a removal-fill permit for a small area of state-regulated waters on … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Lambiel Museum Under Attack

Art or a building? Therein lies the question. Photo: Fred Klein

Art and Justice at the Water’s Edge – from Leo Lambiel – Although many residents are familiar with the Lambiel Museum, many may not be aware of the totality of the presentation. The works of over 230 artists are on display, including many rare and valuable pieces: all beautiful and … Continue reading

Editorial: Questions and Authority in County Government

– by Margie Doyle – Recently we were asked to publish a letter exposing the alleged wrong-doing of a County Councilman who was accused of violating the County Charter and overstepping his authority. As we looked into the claim, which involved many private conversations with county officials, the accusations themselves of … Continue reading

Food Bank Begins Senior Outreach Program

 – by Madie Murray – Through a cooperative effort between the Orcas Island Food Bank (OIFB) and Orcas Island Senior Services, a number of seniors who have trouble getting out of their home to go shopping or visit the food bank for one reason or another receive a personally-delivered bag … Continue reading

Last Hearing of New Eastsound Plans Before Council’s “First Touch”

Friday, August 15 at 8:45 a.m. in Friday Harbor — Teleconference from Orcas, Lopez Islands The San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposed Eastsound Subarea Plan update. The SEPA Determination of Nonsignificance regarding the plan will also be discussed before the County Planning Commission … Continue reading

Olympic National Park Scientist to Discuss How Climate Change Impacts Our Coasts

Wednesday, August 20, 7 p.m., San Juan Island Library – from Julia Vouri – Learn how the coasts and intertidal biological communities of the Pacific Northwest are impacted by climate change in a presentation by Olympic National Park Coastal Ecologist and Marine Resources Manager Dr. Steven Fradkin at 7 p.m., … Continue reading

At the Fair: Block Kinder Morgan Project with Brownies

–San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping – Chocolate and crude oil don’t mix, unless of course you bite into one of the delicious brownies for sale at our Safe Shipping booth at the San Juan County Fair, August 13-16. We will be offering 4 different flavors (including Bakken Shale Brownies … Continue reading

Guest Column: What It Takes To Build Community

— by Hedrick Smith — Orcas has the irresistible lure of a natural Paradise and the attraction of a welcoming civic spirit – a caring human community. [In 2006], that community spirit inspired San Juan Islanders to raise $18.5 million to save Turtleback Mountain from development and to preserve its … Continue reading

The Circus Came to Town! Funhouse Commons Annual Gala Fundraiser

– by Cara Russell – The Annual Funhouse Commons Gala Fundraiser was a regular circus on Sunday evening, August 3. Volunteer staff dressed up as carnies, tattooed ladies, clowns, and tightrope walkers for the event at Jeff and Angie Johnson’s historic barn on Nordstrom Lane. 120 guests enjoyed cocktails, spiritual … Continue reading

The Fair is Coming! So Much To Do!

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Wednesday, August 13 — Saturday, August 16, 2014, San Juan County Fairgrounds – from Reve Shannon – Farm-tastic Fun is the name of the game at the San Juan County Fair, Wednesday, August 13 through Saturday, August 16, 2014. This community celebration located within walking distance of Friday Harbor on … Continue reading