Eastsound Water Users Propose Rate Changes New rate structure means about half will pay less; half will pay more

— from Paul Kamin, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) General Manager — At the Dec 14th annual meeting there was a presentation and discussion of a new rate structure proposal. Unfortunately, the attendance at the Annual Meeting was low. Through the below link members who were unable to attend the … Continue reading

Atlantic Salmon Net Pens — Here? "Our Sound, Our Salmon" with Kurt Beardslee

On January 4th, Kurt Beardslee invites you to join the Our Sound, Our Salmon campaign on Orcas Island for a lively discussion on the future of Atlantic salmon net pens in Puget Sound. Kurt Beardslee is a co-founder of the Wild Fish Conservancy and has been its Executive Director since … Continue reading

Looking Back at Our 2017 Predictions Anyone keeping score?

by Lin McNulty and Margie Doyle — As we look back on 2017, locally we did our best to resist national efforts to undermine immigrant rights, environmental protections and government-corporate venality. We did good, shepherding our medical providers, protecting our neighborhoods, building and remodeling facilities, giving to the needy and … Continue reading

Editorial Reprise: Not a Time for Keeping Silent on Climate Change A call to cooperative action

— by Katie Wilkins, originally published Feb. 15, 2017 — I have wanted to write this for a long time. I have waited because I didn’t know how to fit a topic as large as climate change into few enough words. But as the price of saying nothing grows higher, … Continue reading

2017: What a Year, Far and Near

— by Margie Doyle — As the tumultuous year 2017 comes to an end, one of our pleasures is to look back on events as they happened. Our core belief is You can make a difference, and our reports, opinions and comments bear this out. Here for your pleasure is … Continue reading

Editorial Reprise: Women of Orcas! We Can Do It!

— from Donna Riordan, Anne Bertino, Martha Fuller, originally posted on January 6, 2017 — Rosie the Riveter used to say, “We Can Do It!” Since the November [2016] election, women across the country have been organizing in new ways to ensure that our voices are heard. Here on Orcas, we’re … Continue reading

Witness Washington’s Highest Tide of Year Meet a Washington Sea Grant coastal expert at the first King Tide Viewing Party event of 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018 at Washington Park, Anacortes — from MaryAnn Wagner, Washington Sea Grant — Winter months in Washington offer ideal conditions for witnessing king tides, the largest tides of the year, and they also provide a preview of what rising sea levels will look like in years to come. … Continue reading

EPRC to Hear New Port Plans and Review 2018 Plans Links to relevant documents included

The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall. County Council Chair Rick Hughes is scheduled to report to the community at the EPRC meeting shortly after it opens, followed by the first … Continue reading

Free First Day Hikes in State Parks San Juan, Island, Jefferson, Skagit and Whatcom Counties' State Parks listed

— from Washington State Parks — Washington State Parks invites the public to start the new year off with a First Day Hike on Monday, Jan. 1, at more than three dozen state parks across Washington. “First Day Hikes are a fitting way to cap off the holidays and discover … Continue reading

Environmental Groups Appeal Permit Decision on Petrochemical Expansion Proposal in Salish Sea

— from Alex Ramel for Stand.earth — On Thursday, December 14, six local and regional environmental organizations filed an appeal of the Skagit County Hearing Examiner’s of the Shoreline Substantial Development Permit for the Andeavor (formerly Tesoro) Anacortes Refinery petrochemical expansion project. Last week, the Hearing Examiner approved the permit, despite … Continue reading

Friends of San Juans Appeals Shoreline Master Program to State Board For failure to protect orca, salmon, forage fish, and beaches

— from Stephanie Buffum for Friends of the San Juans — Today, the Friends of the San Juans (Friends) appealed San Juan County’s recently updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. The SMP is the primary tool for protecting the fragile marine ecosystem that depends on … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Orcas Recycling Looks Forward With Gratitude Thank you for helping us re-open The Exchange

— from Board and Staff of ORS & The Exchange — Almost five years ago our collective heart sank when the quirky but beloved Exchange burned to the ground. Today, Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) would like to thank you. A beautiful new Exchange reuse facility has re-opened on the original spot … Continue reading

OPALCO Bills Go Up in January Average of $7/month

— from Krista Bouchey for OPALCO — When OPALCO members open their bills in January, they will be about $7 higher. Most of the increase is driven by the 2017 installation of “George” (our new $15M submarine cable named after George Goff), inflation, and BPA rate increases. This change represents a … Continue reading

Dry but Important: County Issues Reports on Comp Plan Vision and Resources Links to official county documents here

— from San Juan County Communications — Two new reports will be presented to County Council and Planning Commission this week [Dec. 11-15]. The reports summarize the community workshops and surveys conducted for the Vision Statement Check-In and the economic analysis of natural resource lands. The Vision 2036 Update Process … Continue reading

Vision Survey Directs EPRC in Priorities Eastsound Vision process moves forward

— by Margie Doyle — At the December meeting of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) the county-appointed members heard a summary of results of the Eastsound Vision Survey and formulated their 2018 priorities. They also elected new officers. Members of the EPRC are Yonaton Aldort, Paul Kamin, Bob Maynard, … Continue reading

San Juan Preservation Trust Names New Executive Director Angela Anderson to "come home” from Hawaii to the Salish Sea

— from Craig Canine for San Juan Preservation Trust — The board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization based in Friday Harbor, Washington, announced today that it has hired Angela Anderson as its new executive director, effective February 12, 2018. Ms. Anderson will lead … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Users Annual Meeting Coming Rate Structure, and Election of New Board

Thursday Dec 14 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center — from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — Eastsound Water is hosting a membership meeting on Thursday Dec 14 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center. A special rate … Continue reading