House to Hear Bill Re: Oil Transportation Safety Call or email to voice your opinion

— from Stephanie Buffum — At this time, the Oil Transportation Safety Bill (HB 1611) is making its way to a full floor vote in the State House. This is a commonsense bill that holds the oil industry accountable for the risks they pose to our communities and waterways. The … Continue reading

Forest Stewardship Classes Upcoming A forestry class for landowners

Saturdays, March 11- April 8, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Skagit Valley College Community Room — from San Juan Islands Conservation District — Your Land. Your Trees. Your Goals. This comprehensive university-based forestry class will help you get the most out of the land you love. Whether you have just a few … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … Continue reading

Speak Up Now to Establish Whale Protection Zone Email your preference today

— from Stephanie Buffum — [On] March 1, our local San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) wants to hear from citizens about whether it should facilitate a community conversation about a proposed whale protection zone. We need to show up and tell them – Yes. If you can’t attend … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Hear from Public Works, Visioners, and Waterfront Developers

Thursday, March 2, 3 – 5 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, following the Approval of Minutes (for February 2017- sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/11497) and public comments, the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will consider: 1. SJCDPW update – Colin Huntemer; (30 minutes)  Prune Alley Update  Madrona … Continue reading

Governor Spotlights Threats to Washington’s Economy and Natural Resources from Invasive Species

— from Susan Zemek, Office of the Governor — OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee declared the week of Feb. 26 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington State, noting that invasive species cost the United States more than $137 billion annually in crop damage, loss of fish, and damage to … Continue reading

State Commerce Dept. Awards Grant to Economic Development Council Funds for local marine-trades education program

— from Victoria Compton — The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce the award of a Washington State Department of Commerce Work Start grant for a county-wide Marine Trades Education program, which will be run in partnership with Commerce, San Juan County, the Town of … Continue reading

Whidbey Airplane Noise Case Remanded Back to Trial Court

— by Lin McNulty — The Washington Court of Appeals, Division One, in a ruling on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 reversed a lower court ruling in Jonathan Deegan and Alice O’Grady v. Windermere, et. al and remanded the case back to the trial court. When Jonathan Deegan and Alice O’Grady purchased … Continue reading

Orcas Women’s Coalition Sets Initiatives for Action

— from Paula Treneer — The Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC), formerly known as the CWOO, met on Sunday, February 19, continuing discussions and setting initiatives for the group to address specific issues that affect individuals, locally, at the state and federal level. These discussions and initiatives include education, climate change, … Continue reading

Islanders Get “First Dibs” on County Camps 2017 San Juan County Resident Camping Reservations

— from San Juan County Parks and Fair — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round. Choose from: San Juan County Park San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only) Odlin County Park Shaw County Park for any … Continue reading

Local Students Explore … Edible Insects

— from Russel Barsh — Are easily-grown insects such as crickets the sustainable food of the future? The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) thinks so, and promotes international research identifying edible insects and ways of raising them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

Stewardship Network Accepting Good Steward Award Nominations Calling all tree huggers

— from Amy M. Nesler — Look out Oscar, the Finnie is coming! Its award season here in the San Juans. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award. Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finees,” have been … Continue reading

Author Spagna to Read at Darvill’s on Living Lightly Artsmith Salon Series at Darvill's Bookstore

Friday, February 24, 5:30 pm at Darvill’s Bookstore — from JoEllen Moldoff for Artsmith — Ana Maria Spagna returns to read from her nonfiction book, Reclaimers, about removal of the White Salmon River dam, and her new middle-grade novel, The Luckiest Scar on Earth, about the adventures of a back-country, … Continue reading

County’s Town Hall Talks Revenues and Challenges County officials gives facts, figures

— by Margie Doyle — County officials met with about 20 Orcas Islanders at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 to give a repeat “Taking Care of Business” presentation prepared for county employees on the achievements of the County in 2016 and the challenges facing county government in … Continue reading