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under-employed or unemployed.” The six-month program will be held in Anacortes at the In a tough economy, one of the best ways to find a job is to further Northwest Center of Excellence in Marine Manufacturing and your education. After receiving a U.S. Technology at Skagit Valley Department of Agriculture grant, College. The EDC is accepting applithe San Juan County Economic Development Council is hoping cations for the marine technito help eight lucky islanders with cal training scholarships until July 20. For more marine training. information, or to “I am thrilled we apply visit, www. received this funding Unemployment because it will enable in SJ County marine.htm. islanders to garner Compton says high wage jobs in Average Annual West Sound Marina San Juan County – Unemployment SJ on Orcas, Jensen which is no easy feat,” County from WA Shipyard on San said EDC Director State Employment Juan and Islands’ Victoria Compton. Security DepartMarine Center The EDC is slated ment on Lopez have all to receive a portion 2007 3.45% expressed interest of a $49,378 job in hiring a gradutraining grant from 2008 3.74% ate of the program. the USDA. 2009 6.73% Plus, being surThe money will 2010 7.33% rounded by water go towards the is good job security “Tri-County Rural 2011 7.18% for this profession. Business Education “It is such a slam Network” that was dunk because these created by San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom Counties to address the shipyards have said, ‘Yes, we want growing need for business and to hire people,’” Compton said. job-skills training. The total bud- “The idea is to create high wage get for the project is $159,990. jobs.” Of that, $14,788 will be used to train San Juan County residents in marine diesel technology and Display advertising: fiberglass manufacturing. Friday at noon Skagit County will be working on web-streamed educational Classified advertising: offerings and Island County will Monday at noon offer supply chain management courses. Legal advertising: During a typical year, it costs Thursday at noon the EDC around $20,000 for eduPress releases, Letters: cational opportunities for busi Friday at 3 p.m. nesses. “I am pleased to see these federal dollars going to work in San Juan County,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Office: 376-4500 Larsen in a press release. “This training will help workers in the Fax: 376-4501 San Juan Islands get the skills they Advertising: advertising@ need to find new jobs or advance in their current jobs.” The funding will provide eduClassified: 1-800-388-2527, cational scholarships for eight classifieds@ qualified adults. “Basically anyone can apply,” Compton said. “Hopefully it will Editor: editor@ be someone just out of school, Editor/Publisher

A taste of the logger’s life

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The Harvey family of Orcas demonstrated logging techniques during the “Festival on the Fourth,” sponsored by the chamber of commerce and historical museum. Pictured above is Rita Harvey (far left), her son Rich Harvey (right) and audience member Karen Speck (far right), trying out the saw. For more images of July 4th and the community parade, visit the news section of For parade winners and photos, see page 3.

Council calls for review of proposed coal terminal the local economy.” The letter is a follow-up to a Feb. 28 letter sent to the Army Corps, the state The San Juan Islands and surrounding waterways Department of Ecology and Whatcom County askshould be included as part of the official study of ing that scoping meetings for the EIS be held in San environmental impacts from the proposed Gateway Juan County. The locations and dates for the scoping meetings, which will include a determination Pacific coal terminal in Whatcom whether an EIS will be required County, according to the San Juan County Council. Council says an analysis by the Corps, have yet to be announced. On June 26, the county counof impacts to water SSA Marine submitted a percil unanimously approved sendmit application in March to quality, air quality, ing a letter to Brigadier Gen. John build a coal export facility capaMcMahon, commander of the critical habitat, public ble of exporting 48 million tons Northwestern Division of the U.S. per year, according to Climate Army Corps of Engineers, request- health and the local Solutions, a nonprofit organizaing that an area-wide Environmental economy should be tion based in Olympia, Wash. Impact Statement be conducted Opponents of the terminal that would “address the cumulative considered. say the increase in rail and tankimpacts of new coal terminals in er traffic would impact health the Pacific Northwest, including the and safety and pose economic risks to communities Gateway Pacific Terminal.” An EIS would include the San Juan Islands and across the region, and that coal export could fuel might extend through the Strait of Juan de Fuca to climate change and add to global mercury pollution. Donna Riordan and Jan Ehrlichman recently foundthe ocean. Drafted by Councilwoman Lovel Pratt, the letter ed the “Orcas NOCOALition.” For more informastates: “The area-wide EIS should include a com- tion, visit Proponents of the terminal say it will provide prehensive analysis of impacts to water quality, air jobs in a county where there is not a lot of room for quality, listed species, critical habitat, and aquatic resources, and well as impacts to public health and industrial growth. by Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

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