Guest Editorial: SJ Grange Supports Marijuana Production

— by the San Juan Island Grange Executive Committee – At its January 7th, 2015 business meeting San Juan Island Grange #966 resolved to oppose the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production. Even though the San Juan County Council has withdrawn the proposal, San Juan Island Grange #966 would like to … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Recognized for Mentor Program

– from Krista Bouchey – The Funhouse Commons Mentor program was just named a Dedicated Partner by Mentoring Works Washington. The Funhouse Commons achieved Dedicated level through a rigorous, guided evaluation process that is based on over 20 years of national research and experienced practitioner insight and includes ongoing assistance … Continue reading

Washington House Delegation Makes Friendly Super Bowl Wager with Massachusetts Delegation


– from Ingrid Stegemoeller, Communications Director, Rep. Rick Larsen – The World Champion Seattle Seahawks are back for Super Bowl XLIX and are ready to repeat as reigning Super Bowl champs! In the spirit of the biggest sports event of the year, the Washington House delegation decided to extend a … Continue reading

“Orcas Has Talent” to Heat Up Center Stage

Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Center – by Donna Laslo – “Orcas Has Talent” is a fun, light-hearted version of the popular TV show, “America’s Got Talent.” Eight talented performers were chosen by audition allowing them to compete in the Finale Show Carl Burger, Brianna Rose, Susan … Continue reading

Navy Wants to Increase Use of Sonar-emitting Buoys

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By Phung Le for Associated – The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water. The Navy … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Help Re-purpose the Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant

— by Boyd C. Pratt – I am writing to ‘nudge’ you in the direction of the Olga Strawberry Council’s “Final Push” to rebuild the Olga Strawberry Barreling Plant. Please support them in the efforts to finish restoration of this building, which is significant to the history, economy, and well-being … Continue reading

New Congress, Ongoing Commitment to the Pacific Northwest Economy

By Rep. Rick Larsen, Washington 2nd District We in the Pacific Northwest know that our part of the country is second to none. Our mountains and waters offer plentiful outdoor opportunities. Our local economy is fueled by innovative businesses and manufacturers in a variety of industries. And our communities include … Continue reading