Comment on Ferry Fare Changes for County Residents

Transportation Commission adds ways to participate — from the Washington State Transportation Commission — Those who want to weigh in on a new ferry fare proposal released by the Washington State Transportation Commission can do so 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the County Administrative Office Building in Friday Harbor. … Continue reading

Rental Housing Site Plan Alternatives at OPAL Open House

— from OPAL Community Land Trust — An open house is scheduled on Tuesday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m., so the community can view alternative preliminary site plan concepts for OPAL Community Land Trust’s proposed rental housing in Eastsound. The meeting will take place in the modular building behind … Continue reading

Reps. Lytton and Morris on Transportation Proposal

— from the State House Democrats — State Reps. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, and Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, praised the state transportation package released today [June 29], which will bring more than $42,000,000 to the district, with a heavy focus on ferry terminal and fleet operations. “I want to thank House … Continue reading

Let There Be Light — or Not

 — by Fred Klein — The Eastsound Planning and Review Committee, EPRC, in conjunction with the Orcas Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a public meeting to consider the issue of lighting in the public realm of Eastsound. Where: The Eastsound Fire Hall When: Tuesday, June 30th, 6 pm until 8 … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Wireless Installations Critical for Public Safety

— by Jim Ghiglione, Lopez Fire Chief, San Juan County Fire District #4 — When I first began my work as your Lopez Island Fire Chief July 1, 2008 I was challenged to improve communications for our first responders and thereby improve public safety for all. This has been a … Continue reading

A Letter to OPALCO Members to Clear-Up Some Lingering Confusion

(Editor’s note: A version of this letter appeared in the Comments section under the Orcas Issues post last Friday:  (( )). Since there has been a response to the letter, we are keeping the original version in the Comments as well as publishing it here.) — from Suzanne Olson (– … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Gov. Inslee Applauds “Obamacare” Decision

— from the office of Governor Jay Inslee — Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued the following comment regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare]: “I applaud the Supreme Court for upholding this landmark law that is helping so many people here in Washington state … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote for a Lady Mayor

 — from Carol Owens — Re: The mayoral race is hotly contested this year!  Have you done your duty? Voted often , bought as many votes as you can? Personally, my favorite mayor was April; who, though of the bovine persuasion, wasted no time chewing her cud when it came … Continue reading

Governor Inslee, Legislative Leaders Announce Operating Budget Agreement

— from the Office of the Governor — Gov. Jay Inslee and bipartisan legislative leaders said today [June 27] that the proposed 2015–17 state operating budget they agreed to early Saturday is sustainable, responsible and makes important investments for Washingtonians in education and other important services. An intensive six-hour session … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Navy Decides Growlers Can’t Use Runway 14 at OLF

— from the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve (COER), Whidbey Island — The Prowlers are retiring from NASWI, but the Growlers can’t preform in the same flight paths at the OLF in Coupeville. Members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve (COER) have discovered that the Navy has changed it’s plan about using … Continue reading

Library Expansion: Requests for Qualifications

 — from the Orcas Island Public Library — Request for Qualifications for Owner Representation Services and Public Fundraising Campaign Consultant The Orcas Island Public Library is in the planning process for the development of a proposed expansion to be constructed at 500 Rose Street, Eastsound, WA, and is soliciting responses … Continue reading

Governor Warns of Extreme Wildfire Risk

— from the office of Governor Jay Inslee — With extraordinary heat and drought conditions across the state — and forecasts for more of the same — Governor Jay Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark are taking steps to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires. Inslee today [June … Continue reading

Public Comments Wanted on Ferry Fare Increase

State Transportation Commission to host four public meetings in July — from the Washington State Transportation Commission — Ferry customers and anyone with interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State … Continue reading

OPAL Affordable Housing Meeting Asks: What Could Go Right? . . . or Wrong?

-– by Cara Russell– A sizeable number of the community filled Senior Center for the OPAL Community Land Trust on Tuesday, June 23 to respond to housing survey data and give input to basic information about plans for a 30-unit mixed housing opportunity. It was an evening of honest words … Continue reading