Giant hornet effort approaches milestone as another pest shows up
February 26, 2024
While the invasive northern giant hornet may be gone from the Salish Sea area — at least for now — sightings of another voracious invader, the prolific spongy moth, have increased.
Tribal right to fish in ‘usual and accustomed’ areas comes with complexity
February 23, 2024
Tribal treaty rights to fish in usual and accustomed fishing areas have had unintended consequences.
Richard Arlin Walker
Despite turmoil, Orcas fire commission adopts levy resolution for April ballot
February 23, 2024
Chief’s contract, volunteer dissatisfaction, commission tensions discussions continue.
Wholesale horticultural closing ends local jobs, disrupts nursery supply
February 22, 2024
The closing of Skagit Horticulture is the last stop on a path from sales to merger, fraud and bankruptcy.
Legislators throw a life ring to Washington’s ‘other’ ferries
February 21, 2024
Increased state aid for Guemes Island ferry replacement and a new Kitsap hydrofoil ferry comes with a catch: voters must reject climate act repeal initiative.
Canada approved a major port expansion in endangered orca habitat — now it’s going to court
February 20, 2024
Just north of the U.S.-Canada border, conservation groups say the feds contravened endangered species law when they approved Roberts Bank Terminal 2 in Metro Vancouver, which would double the footprint of Canada’s largest port.
Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood, The Narwhal
Now is the time for a Washington state green amendment
February 19, 2024
Commentary: A constitutional amendment is needed in Washington state to promote and protect the health and well-being of every Washingtonian, now and for future generations.
Water worries on the rise: Nooksack addresses increased flooding
February 16, 2024
Nooksack officials and homeowners are concerned about problematic drainage that appears to be getting worse.
The Boldt Decision 50 years on — much done, much to do
February 15, 2024
Commentary: A report from the two-day conference commemorating the landmark decision.
Nooksack water rights adjudication is on track for April filing
February 14, 2024
State officials in the Legislature, courts administration and Ecology are preparing Whatcom courts and residents for pending historic water rights adjudication.
Orcas Island’s Rosario Resort sale to close Feb. 29
February 13, 2024
Rosario Resort and Spa’s Moran Mansion facilities will have a new steward, and will be closed during an upgrade.
Salish Current Editorial Staff
Cultivating a resilient regional ‘seed to sandwich’ food system
February 12, 2024
A “seed to sandwich” approach to addressing hunger — ensuring access by all to nutritious food — is the goal of local food plans.
Adam M. Sowards
In celebration of Black History Month
February 9, 2024
Commentary: We celebrate Black History Month and the heroic leaders and movements that have advanced racial justice by remembering that the struggle for justice for African Americans is only part of the history of movements for racial justice in this country.
Vernon Damani Johnson
Notes from an observer: our public officials
February 9, 2024
Commentary: How does sitting in on hundreds of local government meetings affect an observer’s perspective on local government — and how do local officials feel about being observed?
San Juan County development department struggles to right its ship
February 8, 2024
While interim leadership seems to be making a difference, San Juan County’s development department is still struggling with a permit backlog and has renewed the search for a permanent director.
Is passenger-ferry service for the islands possible?
February 7, 2024
In San Juan County, years of service interruptions, cancellations and mechanical breakdowns have taught ferry-weary islanders to mistrust the WSF system upon which so many depend. Now, the possibility of passenger-only boats for interisland routes may spark reasons to cheer.