Guest Opinion | Protect our Swallow Population

–– from Sadie Bailey — The swallows have returned late this spring; they’ll need to make up for lost time in building their nests. Aerodynamic wonders and superhero insect-eaters, swallow’s beautiful acrobatics are a joyful sight, lifting our winter-weary spirits, and announcing that Spring is finally here! Before you pressure-wash … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Your Contribution to American Legion Scholarship Fund is Needed

— from Judi Resch — Each year, at this time, we reach out to the community (businesses and individuals) requesting a contribution of $25 for the continued funding of the scholarships. We will post an 8” x 10” poster, acknowledging each individual contributor and an 8” x 10” ad for … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Whale Watching Endangers Our Orca Public comment deadline only two days away

— from Janet Thomas — The public comment deadline for supporting a protection zone for our Southern Resident orca whales is Apr. 13. The Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are facing extinction. The science is irrefutable–the whales need to be able to access the food that is available and the … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Vacation Rentals a Cash Cow for San Juan County Open letter to County Commission

— from Karen J. Key Speck — Dear San Juan County Councilpersons Hughes, Stephens, Watson I am writing to express opinion on pending changes to the Vacation Rental Permits issued by San Juan County. Recent press indicates that the county planning commission is considering renewal fees for existing legally permitted … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Eastsound Vision Needs Many Voices

— from Marilyn Jonassen — I attended the event for public comment on the recently crafted Vision Statement for Eastsound on Friday night and was reassured by the amount of citizen interest in the future quality of our Village. A number of impassioned and thoughtful comments were made including those … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Stay Engaged for Future of Eastsound

— from Jim Jonassen — As many islanders are now aware, a process to update the County’s Comprehensive Plan is underway, and a part of that is the update of the Eastsound Sub Area Plan, which includes the Eastsound Urban Growth Area. Under the State’s Growth Management Act the Eastsound Urban … Continue reading