Bulkheads: protecting property at what cost to the environment?

January 5, 2023
Kai Uyehara
Armoring the shoreline aims to protect property from high tides and erosion — the same natural forces that nourish shorelines for forage fish spawning and juvenile salmon rearing.
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Jane Fuller readies to tackle county priorities

January 5, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

New San Juan council member sworn in, forming county’s first all-woman governing body.

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‘Surprisingly interesting’: local observers do local reporting on local government

December 22, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans has begun observing and reporting on local government.

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Looking ahead in the San Juans: island water planning … 2036

December 1, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

How do you plan for the future water supply when you don’t have all the information?

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San Juan County voters reject ranked choice voting, spending measures

November 9, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

Turnout plummeted, charter amendments failed and the challenger leads the incumbent sheriff in San Juan County’s midterm election.

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What do ‘community policing’ and ‘police reform’ mean … in the islands?

October 28, 2022
Kathryn Wheeler

Island-style policing in the San Juans may be an embodiment of real police reform—or it may fall victim to changing times.

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Voters asked to approve child care support as demand exceeds supply

September 29, 2022
Matt Benoit and Sadie Fick

Whatcom County voters will decide in November whether they will fund change for an overburdened child care system: Part 2.

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Child care shortfall frustrates families, hampers local economy

September 22, 2022
Matt Benoit and Sadie Fick

Demand far outstrips the supply of available and affordable child care locally. The problem is multifaceted, as solutions also will need to be: Part 1.

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What’s known, not known about Aleutian Isle recovery

September 15, 2022
San Juan County Emergency Management

An update on the sunken vessel Aleutian Isle off the west coast of San Juan Island details the extreme hazards involved in recovering the boat.

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Court rules: San Juan County to vote on charter amendments

August 18, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

San Juan County will vote on ranked choice voting and other proposals forwarded by its charter review commission, after a court ruling overturned a county council decision.

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Masks off, vaxxed, ready to go out … what’s next with COVID-19?

March 11, 2022
Kenneth Duncan

Washington residents won’t be required to wear masks inside many public areas starting March 12. But experts advise not to throw out those masks yet and caution that vulnerable groups are still at high risk of infection from COVID-19.

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Advocates for open government sue San Juan County to open public records

January 27, 2022
Heather Spaulding

The public’s right to access government documents and the government’s power to keep certain information private are at loggerheads in San Juan County, with the Washington Coalition for Open Government bringing suit against San Juan County for violating the Public Records Act.

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2021: A look back at some stories from the first full year of Salish Current

December 31, 2021
Salish Current editors

2021 was a year like no other, with themes such as public health vis-à-vis COVID-19 and opioid addiction; social justice in the courts, the arts, housing and policing; and climate change and natural resources including water rights management. Salish Current offers a look back via articles published during the nonprofit newsroom’s first full year.

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In country, town and city, treatment for drug addiction is urgently needed

November 18, 2021
Heather Spaulding

Harm reduction programs and collaborations among police, health professionals and society at large pave the pathways to treatment needed by those addicted to drugs, agreed an expert panel at the recent Ralph Munro seminar. Along with looking at why people turn to drugs and how to get them the help they need to overcome addiction, the panel offered ideas as to what’s needed in the way of policy.

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Voters to have their say — amid controversy — on San Juan County charter amendments

October 28, 2021
Heather Spaulding

San Juan County voters will have had their say by Nov. 2 on hotly debated amendments to their charter proposed by the Charter Review Commission. The amendments have raised controversy, with one group launching a campaign encouraging voters to reject all the proposals.

 

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Vaccine mandate becoming latest COVID ‘new normal’ for work or play

September 24, 2021
Matt Benoit

As the Delta variant of COVID-19 ravages the unvaccinated population, killing some and filling hospitals, public, private, and government entities have renewed masking mandates, and more are enacting vaccination mandates and requiring proof of testing to stamp out the virus from places of both work and play.

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