Orcas Village Park and Ride Project is Underway

— from San Juan County Public Works — This week marks the beginning of construction activities for the Orcas Village Park Project. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speeds within the work zone on Orcas Road at the WSF Access Road and on Orcas Hill Road. Estimated completion is 83 working … 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

Farm to Classroom Expands Students’ Knowledge of Edible Plants Orcas Island Public School

— from Ashley  Randall — During the month of March, the sun began to shine brighter on our school garden. With spring on our minds, we tested our knowledge of edible and medicinal herbs by playing a cooperative board game, developed a garden map, created teacups from clay, examined the … Continue reading

State Approves County Shoreline Master Program

— from Robert J. Fritzen, Department of Ecology — On Apr. 5, 2017, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved, with changes, the San Juan County (County) Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The SMP includes goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative processes and definitions. During its formal review process, Ecology … Continue reading

Rally and Solutions Fair as Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action

Saturday, April 29, 12 – 1:30 p.m., San Juan County Courthouse Steps — from Katie Fleming — Join your community on Saturday, Apr. 29 in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in solidarity with Climate Movement marches throughout the world. The People’s Climate Movement and Mobilization is part of a larger … Continue reading

New Video Highlights How Healthy Shorelines Can Adjust to Rising Seas

— from Katie Fleming — Sea level rise and climate change: they’re what coastal communities around the globe are increasingly talking about and feeling the impacts of. Forward-thinking individuals and governments are taking steps to prepare. In San Juan County, the most likely impacts associated with sea level rise are … Continue reading

Ranker Outdoor Early Learning Pilot Passes House Now heads to Governor for signature

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Ranker’s bill to start a four-year pilot program for outdoor early learning passed the House of Representatives today and is on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. “This bill will help children get outside at an … Continue reading

The Exchange Now Digs In For the Long Haul

— by Sam Gailey — On Wednesday, Apr. 5, the Exchange moved one step closer to resuming their mission to reduce, reuse, and recycle on the island, as they officially broke ground on the site of the future facility. With over 25 islanders and Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) board members and … 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

Eastsound Water To Conduct Routine Flushing See if your area affected

Tuesday – Wednesday, April 4 – 5 — from Eastsound Water Users — Eastsound Water will be conducting a routine flushing of the water mains in the area of: Blanchard Seaview Mountain View Bunny Donahue Nina Aeroview Terri Michael Timber Lane This will happen on Tuesday and Wednesday April 4 … Continue reading

There’s Still Time to Speak-up About Your Vision for Eastsound

— from Jeff Otis — On Apr. 6 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station, the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) will be taking public comment on the Vision for Eastsound. If you’re not familiar with the proposed Vision for Eastsound, you can read the preamble … Continue reading

Major Update to County “Recorded Plats, Surveys, & Condos” Map

— from San Juan Communications — The San Juan County “Recorded Plats, Surveys, & Condos” map was first released in 2014 with very approximate and often erroneous locations of recorded documents. About a year ago, the San Juan County GIS team collaborated with the County Assessor’s Office with a plan … Continue reading