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

Who Follows and Who Supports Orcas Issues?

– by Lin McNulty – Following is the statistics chart from our Orcas Issues internet host showing our impressive visitor traffic. We continue to be pleasantly gob-smacked by these numbers. It is apparent, viewing these statistics, that Orcas Issues, Orcas Island’s only locally-owned news service, is a valuable resource for … 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

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

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

Council Expected to Propose Continuation of Tax Levy Authorization

— from San Juan County Communications — During its July 14 meeting, the San Juan County Council will discuss placing a property tax measure on the November election ballot. If approved by voters, the issue would continue the County’s property tax at a level that guarantees funding for a number … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Annual Sale Offers Many “Finds”

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Saturday, July 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center holds its Annual Yard Sale, happening Saturday, July 12.  “There’s a little bit of everything,” says  Director Amber Paulsen. “All proceeds go to keep Kaleidoscope’s doors open and keep island families working, in so … Continue reading

Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps Begins New Season

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— by Skylar Dalusio, Jackie Figueroa & Kayleigh Horton, with Mary Gropp — A group of Orcas Island Middle and High School students have decided to dedicate part of their summer to helping their community by joining the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps. The OIYCC began our second season last … Continue reading

Climate Action Group Hosts Talk on Sustainable Farming

Chad Kruger to speak on climate change and agriculture

WSU Director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Nature Resources to Discuss Climate Change Impacts on Food: Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at  Friday Harbor Brickworks (Note: a 10 p.m. ferry scheduled to leave Friday Harbor will sail to all ferry-served islands and Anacortes.) Learn how climate change … Continue reading