Letter to the Editor: OPALCO 2014 Election

 – from Islands Energy Coalition – Dear OPALCO members, We, the undersigned, are members of the Islands Energy Coalition (IEC), a coalition of individuals from throughout the San Juan’s. Our primary goal is to bring awareness to energy issues ranging from the global to the local. On April 14th we hosted … 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

Orcas School to Participate in Earth Day – Including a Parade & Lights Out

EARTH picture

Parade: Tuesday, April 22, 12:30 p.m., Orcas Elementary School Lights Out Project: Please, minimal electricity use from 8:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m. on April 22 – from Brigid Ehrmantraut, Taj Howe, and E.A.R.T.H. – Earth Day 2014 is fast approaching, and the Orcas High School Environmental Club is working with the new … 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

Volunteers Prepare Olga Strawberry Building for Reconstruction

Volunteers hard at work, day in, day out, restoring the Orcas Artworks at Olga

– by Susan Gordon Bentley – We’ve heard several comments lately that the Olga Strawberry Building (Artworks and Café Olga) is looking a little neater and that finally something seems to be happening. Well it is thanks to a group of wonderful volunteers headed by Scott Whiting. They have worked … 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

Orcas Bird and Wildlife Festival to Kickoff with Feathers Author

Thor Hanson will give the Keynote Speech and sign his book, "Feathers" at the April 10 Kickoff Dinner of the Bird and Wildlife Fest. Photo by Kathleen Ballard

– from the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce – The first-ever Orcas Bird and Wildlife Festival is fast approaching, from April 10 to 12, 2014. The Festival offers activities sure to please all who enjoy the birds and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. The line-up of walks, talks, workshops and … Continue reading

Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

– from Barbara Rosenkotter, Lead Entity Coordinator for Salmon Recovery – The San Juan County Lead Entity is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for the San Juan Islands for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) 2014 grant cycle. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts … Continue reading

Salmonberry School to Host Spring Festival and Open House

Lamb and other young animals will be at Salmonberry's Spring Festival too!

– from the Salmonberry School – Ahh spring! The mud is dissipating, the cherry trees are in full blossom and the nettles are stinging. It’s time to celebrate! Salmonberry School would like to welcome all families and the entire Orcas Island community to join them in welcoming in the season … Continue reading

Canada to Hold Public Hearings on Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion

– from Dow Jones Business News — Canada’s main energy regulator said Wednesday [April 3, 2014], it will hold public hearings into Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P.’s planned expansion of a pipeline that carries crude from the Alberta oil sands to Canada’s Pacific Coast. … The National Energy Board said … Continue reading

Review Economic Development Element of the County Plan

Notice of SEPA Determination part of process – Public Hearing Friday, April 18 at 8:34 a.m. in the County Council Chambers, Friday Harbor; comments accepted until April 16. The San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the adoption of an Economic Development Element of the San … Continue reading