Pacific Fishery Management Council chooses options for 2018 Salmon Season

Rohnert Park, California – The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted for public review three alternatives for the 2018 salmon seasons off the West Coast of the United States. The Council will select a final alternative at their next meeting in Portland, Oregon April 6-11. Detailed information about season starting dates, areas open, and catch limits for all three alternatives are available on the Council’s website at


Pre-Sales for OPALCO’s Community Solar Project Open March 21

Beginning at 10 am on Wednesday, March 21, OPALCO members can purchase units of the Co-op’s first Community Solar project, while they last. To get yours, go to and fill out the participation agreement (live 3/21). The one-time cost to participate is $150 per unit (75W) and members can purchase multiple units in this 350KW array.


Inslee signs executive order to protect orcas, Chinook salmon

The bison of Montana, the alligators of Florida, the wild horses of Colorado — every state has a signature species it takes pride in. Washington is lucky enough to have two iconic animals: orcas and salmon, whose destinies are both intertwined and in peril.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, signs an executive order at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle to aid in the recovery of endangered southern resident orcas.  Office of the Governor photo

In Puget Sound, the population of Southern Resident killer whales has declined from 98 in 1995 to 76 today. The diets of southern resident orcas consist largely of Chinook salmon, but the Chinook are listed on federal and state endangered species lists. If the Chinook population continues to decline, the southern resident orca population will follow.


15-yr-old driver hits and kills jogger on Lopez; Charges still pending against driver

Updated 07/28/2009: A 15-year-old driver, speeding on Lopez Sound Road Sunday afternoon July 26, 2009, injured a child riding a bicycle and killed a jogger. The driver narrowly missed taking out the entire group of bicyclists according to Undersheriff Jon Zerby. After hitting the girl, the driver continued on down the road, fatally striking Paul Jaholkowsky of Abbottsford, B.C. who was jogging along the road.

The seven-year-old girl was medevacued to HarborView Medical Center in Seattle and underwent a three-hour surgery during which pins were inserted in her wrist and her severed left-hand ring finger was reattached. The prognosis is "wait and see" on whether the reattachment will be successful according to Sheriff Bill Cumming.


Vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless endangerment charges filed against Lopez driver $10K bench warrant issued

One count of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault and three counts of reckless endangerment were filed Wednesday, September 9, 2009 in San Juan County Superior Court against the 15-year-old unlicensed driver involved in the July 26 fatal car crash on Lopez Island.

According to court documents, the driver told investigators he was driving more than 120 mph on Lopez Sound Road before the crash that killed an Abbottsford, B.C. man and maimed a 7-year-old bicyclist. The speed on impact was estimated to be in excess of 70 mph. The speed limit on the narrow road is 35 mph.

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