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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
Public Health

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
Community Voices

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
Community Voices

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?
Necia Quast
Governance

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.
Nancy DeVaux
Transportation

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.
Toby Cooper
Community Voices

The monster of the deep

February 6, 2024
Commentary: A young man’s story from the late landscape architect and poet Grant Jones, shared eight years ago, for winter reading.
Grant Jones
Culture

Tribes 101: About the Native nations that share geography with Washington state

February 5, 2024
In upholding treaties as part of the “supreme Law of the Land,” the Boldt Decision of 1974 reaffirmed treaty law and tribal sovereignty — concepts still not universally understood.
Richard Arlin Walker
Environment

50 years after Boldt Decision: new and lingering challenges to salmon recovery

February 2, 2024
As Washington treaty tribes mark the 50th anniversary next week of the Boldt Decision, challenges to a sustainable salmon population remain.  
Richard Arlin Walker
Governance

Amid controversy and turmoil, Orcas fire commissioners plan for a new levy proposal

February 1, 2024
Staff resignations, no-confidence volunteer letter, levy vote deadline confront island emergency service.
Minor Lile
Public Health

Strengthening local food ties in COVID’s wake

January 31, 2024
The pandemic’s disruption accelerated some positive trends in regional farming and hunger relief, demonstrating how food can be an agent of change.
Adam M. Sowards
Climate

High water in Whatcom … and getting higher?

January 30, 2024
Recent heavy snow and rain accompanied by unseasonal warm temperatures have combined to raise water levels in both the already-saturated Nooksack and Sumas river basins.
Matt Benoit
Community Voices

Planning for less water in Whatcom

January 30, 2024
Commentary: All of us in Whatcom County will have less — perhaps much less — water for our homes, businesses and farms in the future.
Eric Hirst
Climate

Fighting climate fear with hope

January 29, 2024
Environmental scholar Elin Kelsey says that understanding evidence-based successes in combating climate change is an antidote to the pervasive fear and hopelessness that surrounds the issue.
Meghan Fenwick
Public Health

Expanded police pursuit authority may come up for initiative vote

January 26, 2024
Voters may have their say on police pursuit restrictions if an initiative that broadly widens police authority makes it onto the November ballot.
Matt Benoit
Education

Power of community resonates at Storming the Sound

January 26, 2024
Environmental educators and students celebrated a milestone this week and considered grief over lost treasured spaces — while looking into the future.
Amy Nelson

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