The Proposed Hospital District and Its Job

The creation of a hospital district to take control of the Lopez Clinic will be a bold step forward that will insure continued quality medical care to Lopez residents and visitors. Whether we are regular or potential users of the clinic it should be there for everyone when they need it. Voting for the public hospital district is the best step in insuring it will be there. The Catherine Washburn Medical Association has served our community well for more than forty years. But it is now time for the CWMA to turn over to the hospital district ownership of the Read More …

Reports to the IRS – Form 990

Tax exempt charities are required each year to report their income, expenses and net worth on IRS Form 990. In return for being tax exempt the IRS encourages the charity to be as open as possible. And the IRS code requires the charity to provide copies of the Form 990 for the three previous years to any one who asks for them.  The form does show the financial figures and also a great deal about the way their money is used. The Catherine Washburn Medical Association has been very reluctant to provide any information on the way contributions have been Read More …

Clinic in Peril

Since 1988 Island Hospital, in Anacortes, has been operating the Lopez Clinic. This past December Island Hospital notified the Catherine Washburn Medical Association (CWMA). owners of the building and equipment, that they are withdrawing from operation of the Lopez Clinic and will terminate the agreement in this coming June. The CWMA board, and Doctor Bob Wilson, have been busy since then trying to find a way to keep the clinic open. The board CWMA board set 1:30 p.m. January 23rd for a public meeting to bring the public up-to-date on the situation. The meeting fell considerably short of that goal. Read More …

The Agate Beach Road Question

Our District 3 Council member, Jamie Stevens has submitted a proposal to vacate the part of the road that runs along the northern part of the “Agate Beach Road,” a part of the officially named Mackaye Harbor Road,  because it is threatened by beach erosion. So far the county council agrees and has obtained $350,000 grant from the state for studies of the project. However, as the two aerial photos show, the beach along the northerly portion, has not shown any erosion for forty five years. The section to be vacated, runs for approximately 2,000 feet along Outer Bay. It Read More …

Pipeline Approved – More Tankers Soon

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has approved the Kinder-Morgan trans-mountain pipeline. The only remaining obstacle is the resistance of the 1st Nations, a question that will be decided in Canadian courts. There is, however, a solution that will make a substantial reduction in tanker traffic, or even eliminate it while, at the same time, solving the problem for the Canadian oil producers. The plan to enlarge the trans-mountain was the result of Obama’s catering to environmentalists by refusing to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The environmentalists claimed the XL might endanger their water. The Canadians had, until then, sold ninety five Read More …

A Review of the Lopez Clinic Status

A Review of the Lopez Clinic Status As one of the founders of the clinic I was invited to attend the announcement of the book by Lori Harrison about medical care on Lopez Island . I found the book quite a surprise, but more on that later. It did motivate me to a more detailed interest in the clinic. Like a good many others on Lopez Island the years are catching up with me and I rely more on the clinic. So I have taken some time in the past two years to look into the status of the clinic Read More …

We Need More Island History

We have an historical void here in the islands. There probably few communities in the United States as drastically separated from their history as are the communities in the San Juan Islands. The islands have gone through three phases of historical succession each marked by a drastic disconnect with its predecessors. There was the Indian/aboriginal phase, succeeded by the farmer/settler phase which, in turn, was succeeded by the present leisure/recreational phase of island history. None of the phases has had any appreciable relation to its past or influence on its future. The Indian era dates from antiquity but began to Read More …

Launching Our Blog

Welcome to Tideflats.com.  … The Tideflats blog is a collection of notes, information and events gathered over the past fifty years that might be of interest or useful to island residents these days. The opening post on tanker traffic is an example. Much has been written and talked about the tanker traffic in both Rosario and Haro straits, mostly about their danger. But not much has been discussed about ways to mitigate that danger. So the post is about the ways both the US and Canadian authorities have taken steps to reduce the danger and one possible way of eliminating Read More …

Oil Tankers in Haro Strait

Good decisions  and  effective action depend on good information. Since there is little we can do directly about  Canadian tankers transiting Boundary Pass and Haro  Strait good background information might  be very helpful. The increase  in the amount of oil being shipped through Boundary Pass and  Haro  Strait is due in very substantial part  to the decision  of President Obama to disapprove the Keystone XL pipeline. The Canadians were quite irked  that the U.S. was not going  to buy their  tar sands oil. They decided to increase the size of the Kinder-Morgan trans-mountain pipeline which runs from Alberta to Vancouver. Read More …