Guest Column: Protect the Comp Plan Vision Statement Comments sent to County regarding Comp Plan

— by Joe Symons, sent to  — The following comments are based on the Vision Statement Amendments Draft shown at I have attached a copy of the Vision Statement Draft with highlights; please refer to this document in considering the following comments. I realize the Vision Draft is … Continue reading

Interested in Madrona Point Future? The Lummi vision for Madrona Point

Saturday, February 17, 2 p.m., Odd Fellows — from Peter Fisher — Interested in Madrona Point’s future? On Saturday, February 17, at 2 p.m., Peter Fisher will show a KOMO-TV4 video clip from 1989 about Madrona Point at Odd Fellows in Eastsound. He will present the Lummi Vision from documents dating … Continue reading

Senate Passes Ban on Invasive Species Atlantic Salmon Net Pens Now on to the House

— from Dave Pringle for Senator Ranker’s Office — The Senate today passed Sen. Kevin Ranker’s legislation to permanently ban commercial net pens used for farming invasive Atlantic salmon in Washington state waters. “In the months since the escape of hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon from the net … Continue reading

County Will Discuss Visitor Study Results

Monday, February 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from San Juan Communications — Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and preferences for management. The … Continue reading

Wildlife Disease Topic of Upcoming Gaydos Lecture Lecture is free

Tuesday, February 13, 7 p.m., Camp Orkila — from Justin Cox for SeaDoc Society — Several years ago, a virus swept through bottlenose dolphin populations on the Atlantic coast killing about half of the inshore population. If a similar disease outbreak were to hit southern resident killer whales, it could … Continue reading

Threats to Endangered Puget Sound Orca Draw Attention of State Lawmakers

— from KOMO News, Seattle — With the number of endangered Puget Sound orcas at a 30-year low, state lawmakers want to protect the fish-eating killer whales that spend time in the inland waters of the Salish Sea. The measures range from boosting hatchery salmon production to increasing marine patrols … Continue reading

San Juan Islands Visitor Study Results to be Discussed

Monday, February 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Kathryn Hansen, San Juan County Parks, Recreation & Fair — Local, state, and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in the San Juan Islands sponsored a study in 2017 to collect better information about use, impacts, visitors, and … Continue reading

Senate Democrats Condemn Net Pen Operations After Release of Report

— from Dave Pringle for Senate Democrats — Senate Democrats responded today after three state agencies overseeing the 2017 Cypress Island Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Failure released a report today highlighting insufficient cleaning, breakdowns in equipment and mooring, missed opportunity to adequately repair and recover the operations, and numerous incorrect … Continue reading

Shortest International Flight In North America Takes Off The flights will serve Friday Harbor and Eastsound

— from Amy Nesler for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — NorthStar Air Tours, a Canadian airline based in Victoria BC, has announced that it has received approval from the FAA and US DOT to operate scheduled air services between Victoria International Airport, BC, the San Juan Islands, and Bellingham, … Continue reading

Dream of Tea with Eth-Noh-Tec: Travel to China and Korea

Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. — by Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo — “No Man (or Woman) is an island” as the saying goes, implying that people, communities, or even nations should not be isolated from each other.  At times like this when nations’ leaders are mandating the closing their … Continue reading

Legislative Action Alert: Support Oil Transport Safety Public Hearing for Ranker Bill tomorrow

— from the League of Women Voters of the San Juan Islands — The Oil Safety Transportation Bill SB 6269 will be given a hearing Thursday, tomorrow. The chair of the committee, of the Energy, Environment and Technology Committee, is Senator Reuven Carlyle ( Since this bill is so important … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | To Protect Orca and Salmon, We Must Protect Beaches and Forage Fish Friends of the San Juans appeals County’s update to its Shoreline Management Program

— from Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans — The decline of the Southern Resident Killer Whales now down to 76 members, is mostly blamed on the disappearance of their favorite food, Chinook salmon. Often overlooked is the importance of shorelines as habitat for juvenile salmon … Continue reading

Airport Master Plan Holds Open House 10-year old Master Plan to be updated by this September

–– by Margie Doyle — The Airport is currently completing an Airport Master Plan that will guide development over the next 20 years. The master plan began last September with an aeronautical survey to collect obstruction data and an inventory of the Airport’s existing facilities. At the Open House on … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Public Meets to Discuss Proposed Deer Harbor Parking

— from Terry Neill — The Jan. 13 meeting concerning the Deer Harbor parking plan was attended by about 70 people in addition to Councilman Rick Hughes, County Engineer Colin Huntemer and half a dozen other county employees. As the meeting opened there were handouts on each chair containing the … Continue reading

Annual Ferry Ridership Swells by 250,000 to 15-year High Nearly 24.5 million customers sailed on state vessels in 2017

— from Washington State Ferries — A surge in boardings in 2017 pushed Washington State Ferries to its highest ridership since 2002. Last year, the nation’s largest ferry system carried nearly 24.5 million people, enough to fill CenturyLink Field every day of the year. Ridership grew by more than 250,000 over 2016, … Continue reading