The proposal by Peabody Coal and SSA Marine to build a terminal port at Cherry Point near Bellingham to ship approximately 100 million tons of coal per year to China is really a bad idea.
What do the visual arts, performing arts, music and dance have to do with education? Everything! Reports from the U.S. Department of Labor urge schools to teach for the workplace of the future; a workplace that calls for skills such as the capacity for working with teams, communication, creative thinking, self esteem, imagination and invention.
I would like to applaud Steve Ludwig for his recent letter regarding the telecommunications/wireless ordinance.
I recently ordered two books from Amazon and was shocked that with shipping and handling, the bill was for more than what our Lopez Bookshop would charge and the books would be in your hand in the same amount of time, unless you don’t come to the village often enough to pick up your books.
Much of the conflict or controversy over the critical areas and other local land use decisions is primarily due to the absence of adequate information. Neither we, the country, or the state authorities have enough information to be able to tell if such proposals will help or not.
Clearly, the Friends’ feathers are quite ruffled about the wave of citizen opposition to the ill-conceived CAO revisions proposed by CDPD.
In 1854 Herman Meville, author of “Moby Dick,” penned a short story, easily read in less than ten minutes: “The Lightning Rod Man.” A rascal goes door-to-door selling lightning rods, dramatically appearing at the height of thunderstorms forewarning dangers of lightning and benefits of his product in providing protection from certain disaster. This time honored sales technique of doom is alive and well in county politics. It is called the Critical Areas Ordinance.
Carol Ellen Dockstader Marble passed peacefully in her home on the evening of March 18 having battled the debilitating lung disease Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
We currently have a great opportunity to permanently protect the nearly 1000 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in the San Juans.
We are writing this letter as representatives of the Lopez Island Conservation Corps, a local 501c3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to engaging volunteers, primarily youth, through the maintenance and exploration of our special public lands.
Happy to see the ad by the Sheriffs Dept. in the March 13 Weekly announcing a county anonymous “tip” line. Now at last we can turn in our neighbors for what we think they “might” be doing, completely anonymously. At the very least we can get them on the sheriffs ‘watch’ list, they’re surly up to something ! I heard on NPR the other night that it is expected there will be up to 30,000 drone aircraft flying American skies within 5 years. Just think of how safe we will all be then !!??
For some time I have wanted to express my thanks to those who conceived the idea of “The Hamlet” on Lopez and made it happen. My family and I discovered the San Juan Islands in the early 1970’s.
Site-specific buffers are complex. In a perfect world, site-specific buffers would be better for property owners and better for our environment. But the costs to administer a system of this complexity will be high, both in time and money, unless the new regulations are clear, consistent and GMA-compliant.