Around the Point March 2016

The Cross Border Coalition to Stop the Radio Towers will hold a victory celebration at Kiniski’s Reef Tavern to celebrate their defeat of a proposal to build an AM radio tower farm on the Point and raise funds to pay off the legal bills.

The March 5 event will feature music by The Neon Stars, a six-piece Vancouver band that serves up vintage honky-tonk and swinging country music, guaranteed to lure you to the dance floor. The event gets rolling at 6 p.m. with singer/songwriter KK and comedy by Lucy Williams. The Neon Stars will hit the stage at 8 p.m.

A raffle for a 50-inch television and a suggested $20 donation at the door will help to raise funds to settle outstanding legal bills.

The coalition was formed in 2013 to stop plans to build an array of five 150′ AM radio transmission towers at the corner of Tyee Drive and McKenzie Way. Opposing the conditional use permit at the county level and subsequent appeals, the coalition racked up almost $250,000 in legal bills. Donations and a series of fundraisers paid most of the bills, but “we still need about $14,000 to pay our final obligations,” said coalition treasurer Jennifer Urquhart.

A free shuttle from Diefenbaker Park will leave at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. and return at 10:30, 11 and 11:30 p.m. Riders will need to bring their passports.


San Juan Airlines has resumed flights to the Point after the drenching rains of Valentine’s Day week had them suspending operations to several grass landing strips throughout the region.

“Our flights are always subject to weather,” said owner and general manager Skip Jansen. “We don’t take chances. It’s since dried out and we’re back to flying.”

Almost 3 inches of rain were reported at the Eastsound airport on Orcas Island for that week. Bellingham airport saw over an inch of rain on February 16, a new record for that day.

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