SJ National Monument Not on Trump’s List Small is better in this case

— by Lin McNulty — On Apr. 26, 2017 the White House initiated an executive order authorizing the review of national monuments designated since Jan. 1, 1996. The order targets monuments of more than 100,000 acres in size or that were “made without adequate public outreach and coordination with relevant stakeholders.” … Continue reading

Governors Issue Statement on Offshore Drilling In response to White House Executive Order

— from Chase Gallagher, Gov. Inslee’s Office — Governor Jay Inslee, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today in response to a presidential executive order to revise offshore oil and gas leasing in federal waters: “Today’s unilateral action is short-sighted. For good … Continue reading

Pigs, Plants, and Pickett: A Peek into Our History “History Lives Here” brings island stories to life in May

— from Amy Nesler, San Juan Visitors Bureau — Who would have thought a trespassing pig could start a war? Only in Washington’s San Juan Islands. Discover this and other colorful stories during History Lives Here – National Historic Preservation Month in the San Juan Islands. During the month of … Continue reading

Invasive Green Crab Found at Dungeness Spit

— from MaryAnn Wagner, Sea Grant — A new population of invasive European green crab has been found at Dungeness Spit, near Sequim, Washington, rekindling concern over the potential for damage to local marine life and shorelines. Staff and volunteers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which manages Dungeness … Continue reading

Morris: Victoria to Get Sewage Treatment Plant

— from Rep. Jeff Morris — This year has…seen the resolution of a problem that has affected our shores for decades. Victoria, BC does not have full sewage treatment for their city and most waste is dumped into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where it has affected the San … Continue reading

Great Islands Clean Up Cleans Up on Orcas 2,330 pound of litter collected

—  from ORS/The Exchange and Orcas Elementary School — Big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in The Great Islands Clean-up [on Saturday]! On Orcas Island, 2,330 pounds of litter was collected by volunteers in just three hours Remember, just $31,000 needed to fully fund the new Exchange: http://www.exchangeorcas.org/just-31k-needed-to-fully-fund-the-new-exchange/ Meanwhile, … Continue reading

“The Universe in Verse” Live-Streamed Celebration of science and protest against defunding the arts

Streamed live at 4 p.m Pacific time, Monday, April 24 — from Brain Pickings by Maria Popova– This “labor-of-love [is a] celebration of science and protest against the defunding of the arts. (Original announcement below.) “When power corrupts, poetry cleanses,” John F. Kennedy famously wrote. Half a century later, with … Continue reading

Site Clearing Underway at Park & Ride

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz — Our Contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has made quick progress on site with clearing and grubbing activities at the Orcas Village Park and Ride site. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speeds within the work zone on Orcas Road at the WSF Access Road and on Orcas Hill … Continue reading

Celebrate Mother Earth All Weekend A list of events

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 GREAT ISLANDS CLEAN-UP ON EARTH DAY (Saturday, April 22, 9 – 12 pm) It is time for the 2017 Great Islands Clean-Up, the annual county-wide greening event where volunteers collect litter from public beaches and roadways. Want to help on Orcas Island? Please participate and check in … Continue reading

Immigration Rights Group Drafts Resolution for San Juan County

— from Orcas Women’s Coalition — In line with the recommendations of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement, the Immigration Rights Group, a sub-group of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC), has drafted a resolution which provides guidance for San Juan County personnel regarding the gathering and … 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

Whale Research Center to Participate in “Give Big” Keep whale study program going

— from Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research — On May 10, 2017 the Center for Whale Research is joining more than one thousand nonprofits in raising money to help make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. This is the first year the Center will be participating … Continue reading

Electric Vehicle Car Show Coming to Friday Harbor

Saturday, April 29, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., County Parking Lot — from Ryan T. Palmateer — Lower your carbon footprint in style at the Friday Harbor Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Show. Come check out a wide variety of electric vehicles, ranging from state-of-the-art to commuter specific, and even hand-built EVs. The … Continue reading