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Guest column contributed by Pete Rose, San Juan County Administrator In the past couple of weeks the county has been on the receiving end of attacks that I can only describe as mean-spirited and ill-informed concerning the purchase of a work boat by the Public Works Department.
It’s time to defend the honor of Orcas Island. If you've read the mean-spirited Seattle Weekly blog about Orcas Island this week, you were likely left with a feeling of “What? He can’t possibly be serious!”
In the past, shoreline development in Washington tended to be piecemeal and uncoordinated, which often had negative impacts on shoreline areas.
What were you doing on Sept. 11, 2001?
It’s a great disappointment to many islanders that Madrona Point is officially closed to the public. And vandalism to the land does not help community efforts to mend bridges with the Lummi Nation. On Aug. 3, deputies confiscated a human skull from a 19-year-old Orcas Island man who claims to have stumbled upon it while digging for arrowheads near property belonging to the Lummi Nation at Eastsound’s Madrona Point. The skull reportedly still had dirt embedded in it at the time it was seized by deputies.
All vegetation except for a few trees will be torn out behind the Village Green for the stormwater construction. Any vegetation holds ground in place. Little enough exists in this area. Replanting may not correct messing with nature.
Kids strolled hand in hand with tired moms, sheep bleated in their stalls, and the smell of fried butter and cinnamon, sun-kissed skin and hay filled the air. The San Juan County Fair is four days of old-fashioned fun. But its future is at a crossroads.
It was a sad day for many Lopezians, who watched as public works trucks rumbled down the dusty roads of Watmough Head, preparing to put down pavement. We understand the protesters’ desire to keep a rural road free of asphalt. But we don’t agree with those who say democracy has failed.
Remember when? Here on Orcas, we are used to having many (some would say hoards) of visitors each summer.
By Mark Anderson, chairman, Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance: While the orca birth rate continues its robust rate, the current head count could mislead islanders into thinking the whale population is regaining health.
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of kids playing on the beach, runners pounding the pavement, kayakers slapping the water with paddles, and bicyclists pedaling down country roads.
It is a common sight on the roads of our beautiful, rural islands to see dogs riding “free” in the back of open-bed trucks. As a veterinarian who has treated dozens of dogs who rode unrestrained in the back of their owners’ trucks, I can say that the cost of this freedom can be painful, expensive and often deadly.
The phone rings in the middle of the night – every mother’s worst nightmare. You hear your son mumbling, his girlfriend crying and unfamiliar noises in the background. You feel fear, shock and confusion. Then you finally make out six words that stop your heart dead and send your world spinning: “Mom, my house is on fire.”
We miss seeing community messages on Orcas Island’s old tank at the intersection of Olga Road and Crescent Beach Drive.
Orcas Islanders are passionate about their environment, and we want our coverage to reflect that. So when staff reporter Meredith Griffith was accepted into a week-long fellowship with the Institutes for Journalism & Natural Resources, we knew her experiences would result in better stories about the local environment.
On Friday, July 22, “Hailey’s Law” becomes effective. This new law requires that vehicles operated by drug- or alcohol-impaired drivers must be impounded for a minimum of 12 hours. So not only does the driver go off to jail, but the car will also “go to jail” when the driver is arrested for DUI. The law says cars MUST BE IMPOUNDED. No discretion is allowed. The cost of the tow and impound are the responsibility of the driver or vehicle owner and must be paid to the tow company before the vehicle can be released.
We’ve got a few more things to say about last week’s editorial topic: Washington state parks’ new “Discover Pass."
It was the cost of a lunch out. Now it’s the price of lunch – and that proverbial cup of java.
Helping Hands Noramise Reports a second successful year of grass-roots revitalization in Haiti | Guest Column
A local Orcas Island woman, originally from Haiti, returns after a very successful second year of effective back to roots revitalization work in her family’s hometown of Limbe. Here is the latest update on the continuing saga of how one person can and is making a real difference in Haiti, yesterday, today, and the future.
Our final installment of “Student life: let’s talk about sex” is in this week's edition. Last week featured interviews with parents and teens about the culture of sexuality among youth. This portion focuses on local resources and what parents can do.
We are responding to “The public’s right to low tidelands” letter. One big problem we see is that the public, as yourself, is not aware that there is not just one set of circumstances for every property owner who lives on the beaches of San Juan County
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