Washington State Ferries released the following statement regarding the planned protest: "Please be advised that several major protest activities are planned for the March's Point Area in Anacortes on May 13 through 15. Environmental activists are planning sit-ins, road blockades, and water-based "kayaktivism" around the Shell and Tesoro oil refineries. Although most of the activity is scheduled to take place east of the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, heavy traffic is expected and customers should plan for delays. Thank you for your patience and cooperation."
I fully support the Army Corps of Engineer's decision to reject the permit for Pacific International Terminal to construct what would have been North America's largest export terminal for coal.
It was a normal workday at the Sounder until we got a call from the Stafford Creek Corrections Center.
I am looking forward to working as a reporter in the San Juan Islands.
by Michael Riordan
It is increasingly difficult to remember that the "C" in OPALCO stands for "cooperative." No one is having a harder time doing so than its management and board. Remember when the annual meetings allowed members to stand up and ask questions of management and the board?
The new 30-minute rule from Washington State Ferries requires riders to be past the tollbooth in order to not lose their reservations.
A Friday Harbor woman's Facebook request went viral, reaching more than 30,000 eyes.
by Margaret Payne
A guest column in the Dec. 16, 2015 Islands' Sounder, written by a high school student advocating for easy-access condoms, is still on my mind because it embodied the same message our culture taught me as a kid: instant gratification.
It is our belief that when a mistake is made, the best thing to do is take full responsibility, look at why it happened and implement changes to prevent it from occurring again.
The spirit of giving is alive and well on Orcas Island.
by LOVEL PRATT
I want to make the community aware of important upcoming San Juan County Council events related to the Eastsound Subarea Plan.
We cannot believe how fortunate we are to live in such a caring community!! We want to thank you….so many, who have given clothing, food and other things to us since our house burned to the ground on Sunday night. And really first of all, we thank our wonderful volunteer Fire Department who were able to save the garage and the studio. We have also had so many messages of love and concern, and offers of guest houses etc. we are just amazed. Currently we are staying at a neighbor's guest house and are doing quite well. My reminder to all of you is MAKE SURE your smoke alarms are working and you have good escape routes.
The Orcas Grange parking lot has Lights! Thanks to Greg Ayers, Kate Hansen, Larry Coddington , Doug Bechtel, Tony Lee, Pete Moe, Kevin Loomis for technical support, Jerry Masters of Valley Supply for the bases and to Sea Island Sand and Gravel who provided discounts on the concrete. With your donations for gravel and leveling the area completed by volunteer Ed LeCocq, it will be a finished project!
When the Orcas Island Community Foundation asked me to be part of a special project, I immediately said yes. I had a cursory understanding of what it would entail, but it wasn't until our first meeting that it really clicked.
by David Turnoy
Wind, rain and a drop in temperature. Autumn announced its arrival in no uncertain terms.
Every so often, our county pursues a criminal case that rocks our tiny communities.