New Congress, Ongoing Commitment to the Pacific Northwest Economy

By Rep. Rick Larsen, Washington 2nd District We in the Pacific Northwest know that our part of the country is second to none. Our mountains and waters offer plentiful outdoor opportunities. Our local economy is fueled by innovative businesses and manufacturers in a variety of industries. And our communities include … Continue reading

Guest Column: Economic Impacts of an Oil Spill

– by Lovel Pratt , originally published in Whatcom Watch — Lovel Pratt is a former member of the San Juan County Council. While in office she served on the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Work Group, the Oil Spill Rule Advisory Committee and the Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment Update … Continue reading

Guest Column: “The Barefoot Bandit” from the Film Maker’s View

– by Carly Bodmer, Director of “The Barefoot Bandit” Documentary — [In light of comments to the recent article about the Jan. 15 screening of “The Barefoot Bandit,”] I think that something to remember is that documentaries do not necessarily celebrate the subject matter. When I first set out to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: The Right to Farm in SJ County

 — from Jenny Rice – (Editor’s note: the San Juan County Council is holding a Workshop regarding Land Use Regulation of Marijuana Producers and Processors on Monday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in Council Chambers in Friday Harbor. Citizen access is welcome, but limited to the workshop topic … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Keep The Exchange at the Transfer Station

– from Kyle Carver, Orcas Island – We’re all ready for a new Exchange. It’s been a vital part of our community moving towards a zero waste goal. But the current relocation plan doesn’t add up. The Exchange should remain where it is. The transfer station is zoned “Rural Industrial” … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Small Change Provides Improvement to Navy Capabilities

– from Captain Michael Nortier, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey – Many people may be unaware that our service members – our sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors – are training in the skies above the Olympic Mountains to take the fight to the enemy on our behalf. The Navy recently proposed … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: EWUA Meeting / One Member Perspective

– from Lesley Liddle – [Monday]’s EWUA meeting was a good informative meeting overall; Paul Kamin put together a well-organized presentation, some of it heavily weighted to impress on certain points of current policy with regard to the guest house bylaw and recent “initiative”, which I don’t necessarily or entirely … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Navy Jets Will Bring More Noise, Electromagnetic Radiation

– from John Titus – The Naval Air Base at Whidbey Island is proposing to add another 36 Growler jets to the existing 82 jets currently based there. This is part of a sweeping new plan by the Navy to increase the electronic warfare training taking place in northwest Washington. … Continue reading

Concerned about EWUA Policies and Rates? Attend Special Meeting

— by Paul Kamin, EWUA General Manager – The EWUA Board has scheduled a membership meeting for Monday Dec 8th at 6:30 -8:30 pm at the Eastsound Fire Hall. The meeting will include two topics that have drawn attention recently: EWUA’s Guest House policies; alternative rates structures. This Fall, EWUA … Continue reading

Guest Column: Background Check Vote Has Ripples Nationwide

— by Kathy Sakahara for the League of Women Voters of Washington State — On November 4, Election Day, over one million Washington voters said yes to background checks for gun sales and other transfers, giving Initiative 594 a landslide victory of almost 20 points. We would like to thank … Continue reading

Guest Column: County Fails to Notify Neighborhoods of Re-zoning

2014-08-04_cdp_Eastsound Proposed Land Use Maps Exhibit 2

— by John M. Campbell – As the currently revised Eastsound Subarea Plan works its way thru the adoption process, a neighborhood rezoning has been added to the agenda without any notice or explanation to the residents and property owners directly affected. The rezoning is a small sideshow to the … Continue reading