Senator Ranker: ‘We Missed the Opportunity to Protect the Public –Twice’

— from Washington Senate Democrats — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the statement below following today’s [March31] hearing on critical pieces of environmental policy regarding oil trains and toxic chemicals in the Senate’s Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee: “The Senate had a chance today to act on the good … Continue reading

Guest Column: Earth Day Blighted by Dirty Fuels

— by Fred Felleman for Crosscut.com — Some hailed President Barack Obama’s recent veto of the Keystone pipeline authorization legislation as an early Earth Day gift, spelling the project’s death knell. However, his decision was actually based on process, not policy. While Obama has articulated the science behind climate change … Continue reading

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on Indiana’s New “Religious Freedom” Law

— from Lisa Harper, Governor’s Office — “I find Indiana’s new law disturbing, particularly at a time when more and more states and people in America are embracing civil rights for everyone. Washington will join other states and cities in opposing this law and I will impose an administration-wide ban … Continue reading

Senator Ranker Selected as Pro-Growth Progressive Leader

— from Washington Senate Democrats — [On March 25], Kevin Ranker was selected as one of the nineteen leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives. Governor Jack Markell … Continue reading

Public Informs Advisors and Officials

March 26 Town Hall hears (mostly) from Orcas Islanders. Another meeting planned for Thursday, April 2. — by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Public — breast-feeding mothers, business owners, proud, self-identifying tree-huggers, official skeptics and impatient elders — spoke to local officials and advisors to voice their praise and criticisms … Continue reading

Orcas Montessori School Spring Auction ~ “Wave of The Future”

Saturday, April 11, 6 – 9 p.m., Random Howse — from Jennifer Vollmer — Calling all surfers, swimmers, and beachcombers! Please join us for the Orcas Montessori School’s annual auction celebration, “Wave of The Future,” Saturday April 11 from 6-9 p.m. at Random Howse. Come dressed in your finest beach attire! Next … Continue reading

Samish Land in Skagit & San Juan Counties Would Receive Permanent Protection With Larsen Legislation

— from Ingrid Stegemoeller — About 97 acres of Samish Tribal lands in Skagit and San Juan counties would be permanently protected because of legislation that Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, has introduced. The Samish Indian Nation Land Conveyance Act of 2015 would put the land, currently owned by the Samish … Continue reading