Lopez Island Archives - Salish Current

Update: Findings released re November hunting fatality on Lopez

March 8, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Report finally released: November hunting fatality on Lopez Island is determined to have been an accident.

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Wait for information about Lopez Island hunting fatality nears an end 

March 5, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Response to a Public Records Act request about a Nov. 18 hunting fatality on Lopez Island is promised by March 7.

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Design, permit delays stymie Lopez pool construction

September 29, 2023
Kathryn Wheeler

Water use, operating cost still contentious issues for anticipated Lopez Island pool.

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San Juans assess fire risk, in the aftermath of Lahaina

September 1, 2023
Kathryn Wheeler

Excess forest vegetation once controlled by managed burns by Coast Salish peoples now accumulates in dry, unhealthy forest conditions.

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Lopez school district grapples with shortfall, layoffs

July 7, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

What’s the solution to Lopez Island school district’s $700K shortfall? Administrators and school board candidates grapple for the solution.

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Change lives, expand minds, boost careers — with science — say teachers and the Science Guy

June 30, 2023
Matt Benoit

Bill Nye the Science Guy and local educators and students agree: studying science can be life-changing and career-enhancing.

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Where’s the ferry?

February 24, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Islanders will see more crew, upgraded terminal … before new ferries.

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Tune in! Local independent radio is alive and well

January 27, 2023
Matt Benoit

KMRE-FM and Whatcom Community College partner for new opportunities in radio resurgence.

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Hamlet House: keeping seniors in the community

December 22, 2022
Gretchen K. Wing

Is nonprofit Hamlet House a model for maintaining connections and relationships through lifespans?

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Lopez pool plan is making waves

October 21, 2022
Kathryn Wheeler

An $8 million campaign to build a swimming pool on Lopez Island for its 2,800 residents has brought out donors, supporters—and opponents.

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‘Most special place’ for salmon, native culture gains protection with San Juan land bank purchase

February 25, 2022
Gretchen K. Wing

A pristine site along the southeastern shore of Lopez Island with deep history for Coast Salish peoples has gained protection from development with approval of its purchase by the San Juan County Land Bank.

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Paradise full: Finding space to rest at Lopez Island cemetery

January 18, 2022
Gretchen K. Wing

At 140 years old, pastorally situated Lopez Union Cemetery is encountering high demand — but running out of space. Managers are looking to ground-penetrating radar technology to help determine just how much space is available in the nonprofit cemetery, and considering other options as well.

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Talking turkey in the San Juans: strutting the line between welcome wildlife and pest

December 10, 2021
Gretchen K. Wing

The American wild turkey, introduced for hunting in the San Juan Islands around 1980, seems to have learned well how to live near humans — to the extent of unwelcome encroachment, in the minds of some. Given mixed responses in human-dominated environs, what makes a wild creature a charming neighbor to some and a pest to others?

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Fictional whale tale underscores real-life role of kinship in orcas’ survival

October 21, 2021
Gretchen K. Wing

In the newly published novel “Beyond the Human Realm,” Lopez Island scientist and author Gene Helfman draws on the real-life intelligence of orcas in a fictional story that affirms that preservation of the species requires the adoption of an approach characterized by kinship.

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Author of ‘Orca’ has a message for the Northwest: hope has a price tag

September 14, 2021
Gretchen K. Wing

The new book Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home begins in crisis, as author Lynda Mapes tells the gut-wrenching story of Tahlequah (J35), the mother orca who in 2018 carried her dead baby around for 17 days. Mapes will speak Sept. 18 at the Lopez Island Library.

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No new reservations, for now: Living and working around ferry delays, cancellations in the San Juans

September 2, 2021
Heather Spaulding

This year’s peak-season summer Washington State Ferries sailing schedule has been plagued by delayed and canceled sailings, some due to a shortage of crew and some to mechanical problems. For the long Labor Day weekend, things are not looking much brighter for the San Juan Islands runs.

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