Bioacoustic Scientist Will Speak on “Seeing Sound”

Saturday, April 1, 2 – 4 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal — from Janet Thomas — The Southern Resident Killer Whales are on the brink of extinction. Several threats to their recovery include shortage of Chinook salmon, pollution, oil spills, and noise and harassment from vessels. The threat least understood by the public … Continue reading

Celebrate “Voluntourism” in the San Juan Islands Come out and play for Earth Day

— from Amy Nesler, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Have fun with environmental art at the SJIMA, Great Island Beach Clean-ups and lots of fun for kids. Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month? Spend a day or more giving back to the natural places we all … Continue reading

State Asks Navy for Health Impact Assessment on Jet Noise

— from Maryon Attwood, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — As a result of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve’s (COER’s) complaint actions, noise as a public health issue, has moved up on state priorities for protecting and preventing auditory and non-auditory health impacts on children in schools throughout Washington. After a unanimous … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Stay Engaged for Future of Eastsound

— from Jim Jonassen — As many islanders are now aware, a process to update the County’s Comprehensive Plan is underway, and a part of that is the update of the Eastsound Sub Area Plan, which includes the Eastsound Urban Growth Area. Under the State’s Growth Management Act the Eastsound Urban … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

Navy’s Wrongheaded Approach to Whidbey Island Growler Jets

— from Brian Cullin, Special to Seattle Times — It is the season for arrogance. We have all witnessed this trend at the highest levels of our republic. Whether progressive or conservative, compromise has become a dirty word. Finding common ground is viewed as abandoning principle. Yet, if history serves, … Continue reading

Village Expansion Discussed at Eastsound Planners Meeting

— by Maryse Sagewynd — The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) met on Mar. 2, 2017, at the Eastsound Fire Station for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. EPRC has a new Facebook site entitled Orcas EPRC. County Engineer Colin Huntemer said the County Council is concerned about curb, gutter, and … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Why Waterfront Development, Not Waterfront Reclamation?

— from Charles Carver — On Mar. 6 I attended a meeting of the EPRC, curious about the visioning process for Eastsound that I have heard about. I much appreciated that portion of the meeting, the items under consideration and the enthusiasm of attendees. Another topic came up at the … Continue reading

House to Hear Bill Re: Oil Transportation Safety Call or email to voice your opinion

— from Stephanie Buffum — At this time, the Oil Transportation Safety Bill (HB 1611) is making its way to a full floor vote in the State House. This is a commonsense bill that holds the oil industry accountable for the risks they pose to our communities and waterways. The … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Comp Plan? What’s That? Who Cares? Orcas Islanders face stewardship vs. exploitation

— by Joe Symons — I am not working on the Comp Plan because it brings me joy. The motivation for this work is love: love of these precious islands and a strong impulse for stewardship instead of exploitation. There is hardly anything more boring and dry than a comp … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Hear from Public Works, Visioners, and Waterfront Developers

Thursday, March 2, 3 – 5 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station At its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, following the Approval of Minutes (for February 2017- sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/11497) and public comments, the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) will consider: 1. SJCDPW update – Colin Huntemer; (30 minutes)  Prune Alley Update  Madrona … Continue reading

Islanders Get “First Dibs” on County Camps 2017 San Juan County Resident Camping Reservations

— from San Juan County Parks and Fair — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round. Choose from: San Juan County Park San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only) Odlin County Park Shaw County Park for any … Continue reading

County’s Town Hall Talks Revenues and Challenges County officials gives facts, figures

— by Margie Doyle — County officials met with about 20 Orcas Islanders at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 to give a repeat “Taking Care of Business” presentation prepared for county employees on the achievements of the County in 2016 and the challenges facing county government in … Continue reading

Salish Sea Citizens Stand on Capitol Hill in Olympia

— from Katie Fleming — On Monday, February 13, 200 people from the San Juan Islands and greater Salish Sea region attended a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia to show support for the Oil Transportation Safety Bills (House Bill 1611/Senate Bill 5462). A major oil spill would … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Invite Public to Join Workgroups Time commitment will involve weekly meetings

— from Jeff Otis, Co-chair Eastsound Planning Review  Committee (EPRC) — How important is the future of Eastsound to you? What will Eastsound be like in twenty years? What role would you like to play in answering that question? Should Eastsound evolve on its own in accordance with existing regulations … Continue reading

Where, What is the Salish Sea?

— from Salish Sea Pilot — Talking to cruisers from up and down the coast at the Vancouver Boat Show last week, we realized not everyone knows precisely what waters are included within the “Salish Sea.” Of course, everyone knows the Salish Sea. They know the name was officially adopted … Continue reading