Beach-walkers Wanted for COASST Training Beached Bird Training on Orcas

Saturday, January 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Orcas Library — from Katie Holmes — The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free training sessions: one focused on beached birds and one focused on marine debris. The Beached Bird training will be held in Eastsound, WA on … Continue reading

“Growler” Draft Environmental Impact Statement: The Emperor Has No Clothes Deadline for comments on Jan. 25

–from Chom Greacen, Member, Quiet Skies over San Juan County– The Navy plans to add 36 EA-18G “Growler” fighter jets and roughly double the number of Growler flight operations out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The only thing standing in its way is completion of the Environmental Impact Statement … Continue reading

B.C. Government Gives a “Go” to Kinder Morgan Pipeline

— from CBC News, British Columbia — The B.C. government has given the green light to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, after reaching an “unprecedented” agreement with Kinder Morgan for up to $1 billion in investment over 20 years. “We always said that the five conditions were a path … Continue reading

NOAA Invites Input on Proposed Killer Whale Protection Zone

— from Michael Milstein, NOAA Fisheries — NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments on a petition calling for a whale protection zone for highly endangered Southern Resident killer whales on the west side of Washington’s San Juan Island. The November 2016 petition from the Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance, Center for Biological … Continue reading

Go Camping this Summer 2017 San Juan County resident camping reservations

— from San Juan County Parks Staff — 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, and Shaw County Park for any dates … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Predicts: Expect the Unexpected in 2017 Go ahead! Add your predictions!

Orcas Medical Center will receive the necessary donations by the January 15 date to proceed with the agreement with University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics to assume operations at OMC. Growlers will soon be practicing landings on the numerous oil tankers puffing their way through Puget Sound. Hillary Clinton will soon … Continue reading

Lawsuit Seeks to Cut Funds for Failure to Protect Coastal Waters

— from Associated Press — SEATTLE (AP) — An environmental group is suing the federal government to force Washington state to do more to protect Puget Sound from polluted runoff from roads, farms, logging and boats. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, seeks to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the National … Continue reading

Last County Flea Market of 2016 Dec. 10 at County Fairgrounds on San Juan Island

— from Ashley King, Program Coordinator, San Juan County Parks & Fair — Mark your calendars, last Flea Market of 2016 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds! Saturday, December 10th 9am-Noon From jewelry and handmade goods to yard tools and , this is the place to find it! Got some … Continue reading

Anniversary of Stage on the Green Inspires a Look Back

— from Dona Wuthnow, SJC Parks & Fair Director — Ten years ago, a bit of magic happened on the Eastsound Village Green – the Stage on the Green was brought to life. A stirring synergy of community talent and creativity came together in a 20-person group that used a consensus-based … Continue reading

Vision for Eastsound: The Conversation Begins

— by Margie Doyle — Gretchen Krampf,Thrive Orcas Island community organizer and co-founder of Leadership San Juan Islands, said at the opening of the 50-50 Vision for Eastsound gathering last night (Wednesday, Oct. 26), “It’s the beginning of a conversation, not a plan.” Krampf referred to the initiative “Vision for … Continue reading

Orcas Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Awards Barbara Marrett for County Visitors' Bureau and Jim Jonassen for "Vision for Eastsound" also speak

— by Margie Doyle, corrected Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. — Lance Evans, Executive Director of the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, greeted another standing-room-only audience of Chamber members and guests at the Chamber’s annual dinner at Rosario Resort’s Beach House on Thursday, Oct. 20. Evans quipped that the traditional … Continue reading

Orcas Design Meeting on Mt. Constitution Summit Plans Disappoints Funding only adequate for restrooms now

— by Margie Doyle — At a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Orcas School Cafeteria, representatives from Washington State Parks and Patano Studio Architecture met with the public to discuss designs for new bathrooms and an interpretive center at the summit of Mount Constitution. Derek Gustafson, Northwest Regional … Continue reading

Hughes Reports on Lodging Tax Allocations to EPRC Review of applications precedes annual awards

— by Margie Doyle — At the monthly meeting of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) on Oct. 15, County Councilman Rick Hughes elaborated on the Lodging Tax Allocations (LTAC) made by the County Council last Tuesday, Oct. 13. The allocations to Orcas Island organizations for facilities: $21,000 for … Continue reading

Breaking News: Salish Sea Festival Canceled Taste of the Salish Sea also canceled due to high wind warnings

— from Peggy Bill for the County Agricultural Resources Committee — The Salish Sea Festival and the Taste of the Salish Sea are canceled due to the extreme high wind warnings, likely power outages, and uncertain ferry service. Refunds will be provided to those who registered online. Please forward any … Continue reading

Editorial | Let’s Make This Our Last Columbus Day Celebration

— by Lin McNulty — “Columbus sailed the ocean blue In fourteen hundred ninety-two” We learned to recite that little ditty in school as we were taught that Christopher Columbus’ “discovery of America” in 1492 was a defining moment in our country’s history, that it is when American history really began. We are now learning to view … Continue reading