I used to cruise Spieden Channel on cannery tenders for New England Fish Company in the late 1970s, but never saw an Orca. Thank goodness for wildlife photographers.
Check out these photos of white-sided dolphins frolicking off San Juan Island.
As Ashley Ahearn reports at EarthFix, voters in Whatcom County have rejected Wall Street/Tea Party candidates in local elections this week. While Tea Party activist Kris Halterman bemoans seeing her PACs efforts go down in flames, she and Ahearn neglect to mention Halterman’s persistent promotion of anti-Indian bigotry on her KGMI Radio program. Seeing how Lummi Nation joined environmental activists and local Democrats in urging voters to support Halterman’s opponents, that might yet prove newsworthy as upcoming federal decisions on tribal treaty rights potentially challenge Wall Street’s plans to build the largest coal export terminal in North America on Lummi burial grounds.
Summer 1977 I went by Pole Pass Light twice a week on our La Conner to Stuart Island run for New England Fish Company. I recognize the reef in the photo real well.
In the September issue of Whatcom Watch, two exposes on SSA Marine — owner of Pacific International Terminals, and proponent of Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point — leave no doubt that the illegal land clearing by SSA (that resulted in degradation of the environment and desecration of a registered Native American archeological site) was intentional, and that even if their coal shipping proposal falls through, they might still try to cash in on dubiously-acquired water rights at the expense of treaty rights.
As noted in their August 2 press release, Lummi Nation observes that Lummi Indians maintain the largest Native fishing fleet in the United States, and that Lummi fishers have worked in the Cherry Point fishery for thousands of years. Impairment of that crab, herring and salmon fishery by the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal would thus violate the treaty between the United States Government and Lummi Nation. As noted in an article at San Juan Journal, Lummi leaders Jewell James and Jeremiah Julius intend to make these points known through a 1,500-mile totem journey from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana to the ancient Lummi village and burial ground at Cherry Point.