Larsen Honors Burlington Shooting Victims, Families, Law Enforcement in U.S. House Floor Speech

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— from Congressman Rick Larsen’s Office — “I offer my condolences to the community of Burlington which is undoubtedly struggling to make sense of this senseless gun violence that was brought to their doorstep.” WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Sponsors Tenth Annual College Counseling Event

— from Emilie Gincig — Funhouse Commons and Orcas Island High School are teaming up for the annual post-high school “Futures Fair” for Orcas Island students Monday, October 3 through Wednesday, October 5. The Funhouse is bringing expert college counseling consultants, Craig Lewis and Julie Manhan, for a full schedule of … Continue reading

Prosecutor Files Appeal on Grellet-Tinner Mistrial Ruling

— by Lin McNulty — Following a defense motion to dismiss, San Juan Superior Court Judge Donald Eaton ruled in favor of a new trial for former Orcas High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner on Tuesday, September 20. Basically, said Gaylord, “it’s like hitting a restart button, back to March 2015.” … Continue reading

“Local” is Theme of Farm Parade in Friday Harbor

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Saturday, October 1, 2:30 p.m., Friday Harbor — from Roger Ellison — The San Juan Island Grange is pleased to announce the 2016 Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade on Saturday October 1. Now in its sixth year, the parade will once again depart the fairgrounds onto Argyle at 2:30, travel … Continue reading

Key Grant Awarded for New Affordable Housing Project

— from San Juan County Communications — The quest to build much-needed year-round rental housing on Orcas Island is one step closer to reality. OPAL Community Land Trust and San Juan County were recently awarded a HUD Community Development Block Grant of $562,672. The grant will help fund the purchase … Continue reading

League of Women Voters Sponsor Election Forums Throughout Islands Forums will take place on four consecutive evenings at ferry-served islands

— from Clare Kelm for the League of Women Voters of the San Juans — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will be sponsoring candidate forums on each of the following islands for state and local contests in the 2016 general election. We expect some or all … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | September 14 – 20, 2016

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September 14, 2016 16-007008 Communications Problem 11:11:59 09/14/16 A Lopez Island man reported that his computer was attacked by a virus that was attached to an e-mail. A report was taken. 16-007016 Impounded Vehicle 14:52:57 09/14/16 While patrolling the Eastsound area Deputies located an abandoned vehicle. Deputies removed the vehicle … Continue reading

Ranker: Public Shootings Cannot Be the New Normal

— from Senator Kevin Ranker — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, issued this statement today regarding last night’s tragic shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington that claimed five precious lives. “This morning I am deeply saddened, but unfortunately not as shocked as I feel I should be. This type of horrible … Continue reading

New Onboard Food Service Coming in October Meanwhile, some galleys undergoing renovation

— from Washington State Ferries — WSF is transitioning to a new food service provider that will bring new food choices and high quality service to our fleet starting this October. During this transition, some of our galleys will be closed for renovations and upgrades — including the galley on … Continue reading