Container, cargo, tanker ships from 24 projects in the Salish Sea threaten Southern Resident Orca

— from Katie Fleming for Friends of the San Juans — Friends of the San Juans identifies an additional 2,044 ocean going vessels making 4,088 transits to and from ports in British Columbia and Washington State from 24 new or expanding proposals. Vessel traffic from ocean-going oil tankers, container ships, … Continue reading

Governor Inslee meets with OPALCO to talk broadband, clean energy, electric ferries

— from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — OPALCO and Rock Island leadership update Governor Inslee on their broadband success in San Juan County. From L-R: Alan Smith, Executive Vice President of Rock Island; Rick Christmas, OPALCO Board Member; Foster Hildreth, OPALCO General Manager; Vince Dauciunas, OPALCO Board President; Gerry Lawlor, … Continue reading

OPALCO awarded $5.8M to fund member energy efficiency projects

Switch it Up! puts thousands back in members’ pockets — from Krista Bouchey for Orcas Power & Light Cooperative — OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who want to Switch it Up! and install super-efficient ductless heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and electric vehicle chargers. These upgrades … Continue reading

Port approves final chapter of Airport Master Plan

— by Katie Wilkins, Orcas Issues reporter — Members of the public filled the airport conference room to overflowing on May 9 for the port’s regular meeting and a final opportunity for public comment before the commissioners’ planned vote on chapter four of the Airport Master Plan, the last chapter … Continue reading

Inslee signs five orca recovery, protection bills into law

— from Governor Inslee’s office — Gov. Jay Inslee signed five crucial orca recovery bills into law that protect the safety and livelihood of the Southern Resident orca. These unprecedented efforts — three of them governor-requested bills — focus on protecting orcas from vessel noise and traffic, improving the safety of oil transportation through … Continue reading

A pod of orcas is starving to death. A tribe has a radical plan to feed them

The Lummi Nation is dropping live salmon into the sea in a last-ditch rescue effort: ‘We don’t have much time’ — from Levi Pulkkinen (The Guardian) in San Juan Island, Washington — Lawrence Solomon; Bill James; Jeremiah Julius, Lummi tribal chairman; Tony Hillaire; and Al Johnnie finish the ceremonial feeding … Continue reading