Letter to Editor | It’s Time to Deal With This Gentle-eyed Island Menace

— from Emery Rhodes — Deer. They are here, there, and everywhere. Day and night these normally nocturnal animals are now out searching for anything tasty and tender. After dusk their numbers increase, they veritably turn the San Juan Islands into Deer Zombie Islands, wreaking havoc and occasionally attacking innocent … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Big Thanks for Blood Drive Support Way to go, Orcas

— from Jim Biddick for Orcas Blood Drive — On Thursday, Jun. 8, your community blood drive registered a total of 84 donors. We welcomed eight first-time-donors. The blood donations collected at the blood drive are critical to maintain a stable blood supply for surgeries, medical emergencies, and for supporting … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Support Resistance to Fossil Fuels

— from Sharon Abreu — This week, Mike [Hurwicz] and I and a few others from the San Juan Islands will be joining a 4-day walk in British Columbia, through the territories of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Xwsepsum/Esquimalt), W̱SÁNEĆ, səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Coast and Straits Salish … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | A New Vision

— from Joe Symons — Imagine a county whose population of residents and visitors chooses to honor its rural, wild, sustainable, refreshing, slow, nature-dominated, non-exploitive, respectful, in-perpetuity heritage. Imagine stepping off the ferry into a sacred sanctuary. Imagine that while everything looks the same, humans operate with a mindset of … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Winnie Wins a Finnie OPALCO board member Winnie Adams honored with Environmental Stewardship Award

— from Suzanne Olson, OPALCO — On Earth Day, OPALCO Board Member Winnie Adams was honored by the Stewardship Network of the San Juans with a “Finnie” award for her commitment to environmental stewardship. According to the Stewardship Network, “Winnie Adams is considered a champion of local, sustainable power sources … Continue reading

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