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

Guest Editorial: State Legislators Block Internet Intrusion Ranker and Fain Introduce Internet Privacy Act

— from the Daily Olympian — Aided by the Congress, President Donald Trump struck a blow this week for high-tech freedom and against individuals’ privacy on the internet. Perhaps the Other Washington can strike back. Democratic state Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island and Republican Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn … 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

Guest Opinion: Trees in Eastsound Swale Essential to Good Development and how one woman worked to preserve essential open spaces

— by Sadie Bailey — I really appreciate the thought that went into Charlie Carver’s Letter to the Editor on March 6 (see orcasissues.com/waterfront-development-not-waterfront-reclamation/ ).Thank you for caring about Eastsound; so few Orcas people understand what we are up against here. I would add one thing to your concerns that’s … 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

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

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

Shepler to Speak on Causes of Death Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief to address Sunrise Lions

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. at the Skillet — from Chris White for Orcas Lions — Battalion Chief and Paramedic Patrick Shepler of Orcas Fire and Rescue will speak next Wednesday Feb 22 at 8 a.m. to the Orcas Lions and Sunrise Volunteer members regarding the four most common … Continue reading

Winter Reading: What the White House is Reading Journalist's classic, ironically titled The Best and the Brightest

–by Marc Tracy of the New York Times — On the day after Christmas, I was walking through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when I caught sight of a slightly rumpled man waiting for a flight. He seemed familiar, the way figures in dreams do. It was, I thought, Stephen K. … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: County Comprehensive Plan Guides Growth

— by Joe Symons — You may have heard that San Juan County has embarked on an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. What you may not know is what a Comprehensive Plan (CP) is and how it impacts your life and the life of the community. Short answer—the CP … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Something to Be Proud Of and Fight Against

— from David Kobrin — Last week, at the Eastsound Post Office, I asked for American Flag stamps. I said aloud, “Now, there’s something to be proud of. There’s something worth fighting against.” Judging by looks on the faces of some patrons near enough to hear my comment, I realized … Continue reading