Visitors Bureau Recognizes Turtleback Farm Inn’s Susan Fletcher Inn has been a "pastoral paradise" since 1985

— from Barbara Marrett for the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau Board President, Carl Silvernail, thanked Susan Fletcher for her over 30 years of service to Orcas Island’s tourism industry and ten years on the Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, at its annual spring … Continue reading

Cruise into History: Sentinels of Orcas Island and Surrounding Waters

Sunday, May 21 at noon — by Carol Kulminski — Eclipse Charters once again hosts a benefit cruise for Orcas Island Historical Museums, this year on Sunday, May 21. The cruise will focus on the main water ways in the San Juan Islands, noting the markers, navigation aids, and the light … Continue reading

Council Proclaims Travel, Tourism Week Week of May 7 - 13, 2017

— from Deborah Hopkins Buchanan, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Whereas, San Juan County recognizes the vital contribution of tourism to a healthy economy and vibrant island communities; Whereas, tourism provides the islands an opportunity to model Leave No Trace and sustainability practices to the greater public in an effort … Continue reading

Park & Ride Work Makes Headway

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz, Project Engineer — Clearing and grubbing is substantially complete. A tub grinder was on site this week and processed all of the stumps and debris piles into wood chips. Construction Activities The contractor will be stripping and stockpiling topsoil and beginning roadway excavation next week. After excavatable … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Orcas Village Park and Ride Project is Underway

— from San Juan County Public Works — This week marks the beginning of construction activities for the Orcas Village Park Project. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speeds within the work zone on Orcas Road at the WSF Access Road and on Orcas Hill Road. Estimated completion is 83 working … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Whale Watching Endangers Our Orca Public comment deadline only two days away

— from Janet Thomas — The public comment deadline for supporting a protection zone for our Southern Resident orca whales is Apr. 13. The Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are facing extinction. The science is irrefutable–the whales need to be able to access the food that is available and the … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Vacation Rentals a Cash Cow for San Juan County Open letter to County Commission

— from Karen J. Key Speck — Dear San Juan County Councilpersons Hughes, Stephens, Watson I am writing to express opinion on pending changes to the Vacation Rental Permits issued by San Juan County. Recent press indicates that the county planning commission is considering renewal fees for existing legally permitted … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Eastsound Vision Needs Many Voices

— from Marilyn Jonassen — I attended the event for public comment on the recently crafted Vision Statement for Eastsound on Friday night and was reassured by the amount of citizen interest in the future quality of our Village. A number of impassioned and thoughtful comments were made including those … Continue reading