Topic: Environment

New Steps for American Camp Trail

Written on November 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm, by

The six-mile American Camp Trail (ACT) connecting Friday Harbor with the national park’s visitor center is a relatively easy walk for most people, but as it goes through a gully on airport property it has been difficult for some. So last Saturday, November 18, a crew of Trails volunteers led by Steve Ulvi built steps  Continue Reading

How to Cut Costs By Going Green During the Holidays

Written on November 21, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan Update reader from California Paul Denikin shares some more green tips with you – this time for the holidays… The holiday season is a time of wonder and joy, but it can also be a major crunch on your finances. Going green isn’t just good for the environment, it can also help you  Continue Reading

Safe Shippers Candlelight Rally

Written on November 20, 2016 at 10:58 am, by

The Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline expansion decision could happen before the end of November. On Nov 21st, our island community will join together with rallies in the U.S. and Canada to send a clear, shining message – climate leaders don’t build pipelines or create oil spills. Reject Kinder Morgan. Join us! Stop Kinder Morgan Candlelight Rally,  Continue Reading

Winter Gate Hours in Effect on Mount Grant Preserve

Written on November 7, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

As of November 1st, winter 2016-17 driving access to the summit of Mount Grant Preserve will be open, weather permitting,9am to 4pm, on the following dates: Thanksgiving – November 24 & 26 Christmas – December 25 New Years – January 1 Martin Luther King Day – January 15 President’s Day – February 19 Easter –  Continue Reading

Water, Water Everywhere…

Written on October 26, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Water, Water Everywhere… Enough For Us To Drink? Is there enough fresh water in the San Juan Islands to support future growth? How can we preserve water resources? What is the potential for catchment and desalination? These questions are among those to be explored at a public meeting of the League of Women Voters of  Continue Reading

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on October 25, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Tanja from the Land Bank shares this invitation with you… Hello Oakies! I hope you all have been enjoying the work party respite and are ready for some Fall Planting Fun atop Cady Mountain! Under the guidance of Land Steward, Eliza Habegger, The Salish Seeds Project had a fruitful season and has many native species  Continue Reading

Wailin’ and Walkin’ This Weekend

Written on October 22, 2016 at 11:13 am, by

Need A Mountain by Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer Local singer/songwriters, Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer, wrote “Need a Mountain” for the Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve because, as they stated, “it’s near to our hearts and home that has inspired us deeply. It would mean the world to us if you considered donating (any  Continue Reading

Letter from Islands Climate Resilience

Written on October 19, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Related to the Letter to the Editor sent last week we were notified that Bob Jarman had sent a response to our questions in September, but it never reached us. The Facebook site and web page have now been updated with Bob Jarman’s responses (also available here) and we apologize for any confusion or misrepresentation that this  Continue Reading

Part Two of October Windstorms: Coming Soon!

Written on October 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm, by

We woke to the pleasant observation this morning that our first storm of the series has materialized as a normal windstorm in the islands. The Outage Center at the Opalco website is thankfully free of outage reports. The big question remains, “what will Storm 2 bring”? The latest Weather Service forecast says Storm 2 may  Continue Reading

Still Time To Prepare For Stormy Weather Ahead 

Written on October 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm, by

Dave Halloran with SJCDEM shares these thoughts before the storm… The National Weather Service has updated their forecast with the latest information available. They are forecasting with higher certainty that storm 1 of 2 this weekend will start early evening tonight the 13th with the strongest winds starting late in the evening and lasting into  Continue Reading

Trio Of Major Storms Headed To WA, Prepare Now!

Written on October 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm, by

This just in from the SJC Dept. of Emergency Management… The National Weather Service is forecasting a series of very powerful storms is headed our way, starting with heavy rain on Wednesday night. The NWS models forecast a 1 in 3 chance that this could be a “worst case scenario leading to a historical windstorm for  Continue Reading

County and Climate Change

Written on October 12, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Islands Climate Resilience (ICR) is a group of islanders working to improve our resilience to climate change through a combination of outreach/education and strategic planning. We believe that climate change is happening, and that it needs to be addressed both locally and globally. To ensure that climate change issues are addressed in the 2016 County Council campaign, we asked each of  Continue Reading

Halloween Litter Pick-Up

Written on October 12, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Halloween litter pick-up on San Juan Island! Some participants in our annual spring Great Islands Clean-Up have suggested that we do another litter pick-up in the fall to spruce up our roadsides and beaches after summer’s outdoor activities have ended. Everyone can help. On Saturday, October 29, simply go outside and take a little walk,  Continue Reading

First European Green Crab in Washington’s Salish Sea

Written on October 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

by Sylvia Yamada and Craig Staude “Sylvia, I think we caught one!” Craig Staude shouted excitedly as he and his team of volunteers opened a baited trap in a tidal channel near the sculpture park at Roche Harbor on August 30th. Sure enough, the 74-millimeter-wide male was the first live European green crab ever caught  Continue Reading

Letter from Frank Penwell

Written on October 9, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag… Dear Editor, Many of you know that I am passionate about recycling and the need for siting of Essential Public Facilities.  I can attest to the fact that over the last 4 years, Bob Jarman has been the only Council member to agree to meet with me on these two issues,  Continue Reading

Green Home Open House & Tour

Written on October 7, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Join us this Saturday for the San Juan Island Green Home Open House and Tour  at the San Juan Grange 11:00 Open House: Booths and Speakers Everything you always wanted to know about making your home more energy efficient. 1:00 Green Home Tour If you are planning to come on the tour, please let us know. We are carpooling  Continue Reading

Autumnal Animal Adventure

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Bring your family out to relish autumn with naturalist Shona Aitken. Shona will lead an exploration into the woods in search of wild creatures. Your child will use their senses to find clues about which animals live there and where they would go to stay dry and warm when the weather becomes cold and wet.  Continue Reading

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted for COASST

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted For Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free trainings, one in Friday Harbor on Saturday, October 15 and one on Lopez Island on Sunday, October 16. Additionally, Julia Parrish, Executive Director of COASST, will give a presentation entitled Seabirds, Citizen Science  Continue Reading

Beautifying the Town

Written on September 30, 2016 at 9:42 am, by

Deborah Neff shares this note about volunteers doing good things last Saturday… Last Saturday a group of community volunteers participated in United Way San Juan County’s annual Day of Caring in Friday Harbor by helping to beautify the town. The work party pulled weeds at the Mullis Center and the Elementary School, planted trees by  Continue Reading

Our Own SJI CC Thistle Slayers

Written on September 28, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

by Theresa Simendinger On two very hot days of July, Friday the 22nd and Tuesday the 26th, the San Juan Island Conservation Corps (SJICC) climbed up Young Hill to take down the thistle. The first crew of four kids with the CC of Middle School looked like the proverbial David against Goliath but as you  Continue Reading

Letter About Community Treasures

Written on September 26, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s a letter from Stephanie Prima about Community Treasures in today’s mailbag… To anyone who cares about the disposal of recyclables on this island, take note: we are in peril of losing our most valuable recycling gem – Community Treasures (CT). I was at the meeting last Thursday that Frank Penwell put together to let the  Continue Reading

Fire Risk Status “LOW”

Written on September 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm, by

Due to current fuel conditions and the long range weather forecast, San Juan County has reduced the fire risk status to “LOW.” However, burn permits will not be issued until October 3rd and only recreational fires are permitted at this time.