Join Congressman Larsen for Coffee in Friday Harbor

Rick Larsen

Thursday, February 18, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., The Bean Cafe, Friday Harbor — from U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — Please join me on Thursday, February 18, for a community coffee. I look forward to talking with you about issues important to Northwest Washington, answering your questions, and giving you an … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Kris Lytton on Education and Business


Week 5 Update: Holding corporations accountable for tax breaks; moving forward on education — from State Representative Kris Lytton — Dear Friends and Neighbors, [Feb. 9] marks the fiscal committee cutoff deadline. That means today is the last day for House members to vote bills out of the Appropriations, Capital … Continue reading

Sports Report: Viking Men Duel Wolverines

— by Ed Sutton — The Orcas Island High School men’s basketball team began its quest for a slot in the 2016 State Basketball Tournament following the afternoon game yesterday which pitted the Lady Vikings against the Wolverine squad. The Friday Harbor gym was packed with fans including a vocal … Continue reading

House Bill Introduced to Prohibit “Certain” Flags from Flying on Ferries

HB 2702: AN ACT Relating to flying flags from Washington state ferry system vessels and terminals — by Lin McNulty — A bill introduced into the House of Representatives in Olympia, would prohibiting the flying of certain flags from Washington state ferry system vessels and terminals HB 2702, solely sponsored by Representative … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: ‘Unnecessary’ Legislation Would Undermine State’s Core Values

— from Rick Manugian, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement today regarding the attempt by Senate Republicans to remove protections for transgender men, women and children in Washington state. “We finally have rules in place that reaffirm and clarify that we protect all members of … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee Meets Wednesday

Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Deer Harbor Fire Station The agenda calls for discussion of: Pathways committee Jake Brake signs – Bob Connor Land bank signage Bridge Update Local business & Rock Island screening from road Members of the public are invited to participate in committee … Continue reading

State Transportation Head Dismissed

— by Mohammed Kloub for — In a 25-21 vote divided along partisan lines, the state Senate fired Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson on Friday [Feb. 5] by refusing to confirm her, three years after her initial appointment. A gubernatorial appointee can serve indefinitely without formal confirmation, but can no … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Park and Rec and School Levies Serve Us All

— by Martha Farish– Dear Islanders I wanted to write this letter before I know the outcome of the Park and Rec and school levies. I am a Park and Rec commissioner and have served as commissioner since the inception of Orcas Park and Rec District. Taxes that pay for … Continue reading

Vendors: Apply for August County Fair Slots Now

— from Ashley King for the SJ County Fair — The San Juan County Fair is now accepting vendor booth registration for the 2016 Fair [Aug 17-20 in Friday Harbor]. Are you an island artisan selling handmade goods? Is your local business looking to advertise? The Fair is the place … Continue reading

County Council Has Approved Chip Sealing

— from Islanders Saving Dolphin Bay Road — As you may have read by now, on Tuesday the Council voted to proceed with the recommendation by Public Works to chip seal Dolphin Bay Road, notwithstanding the strong opposition and feedback received. Obviously we are very disappointed, but respect the decision of … Continue reading

Rock Island Working with T-Mobile to Accelerate Wireless Internet Services

T-Mobile to offer cellular service in San Juan County — from OPALCO and Rock Island — Rock Island will deliver on its promise to bring wireless services to both home and business users in San Juan County via LTE Fixed Wireless by working with T-Mobile USA, Inc. “This is a … Continue reading

Help Low-Income Households with OPALCO’s Energy Assist Credit and Project PAL

— from Suzanne Olson, Public Relations Administrator, OPALCO — Did you notice the new line item on your January bill from OPALCO? All co-op members began paying about 45 cents per month (average residential bill) to fund the new Energy Assistance Credit to help qualified low-income households pay their electric … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Local Perspective on Water Issues in Flint


— from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) — It is hard to miss the distressing news of high lead concentrations found in the public water supply in Flint, Michigan. Unfortunately this will be one of the most significant public health system failures in American history, with children being … Continue reading

Citizen Volunteers Needed: Land Bank, Anyone?

— from Tanja Williamson — The County Council is searching for a San Juan County citizen to fill an upcoming vacancy on the San Juan County Land Bank Commission. District Two position – partial four year position expiring December 2019 (Orcas, Crane, Obstruction, & Waldron Islands) If you are interested in serving … Continue reading

Ranker Notes Passing of Harriet Spanel

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement [on Feb. 2, 2016] on the passing of former Sen. Harriet Spanel, his predecessor as senator representing the 40th Legislative District. “I am extremely saddened to hear of the loss of Harriet Spanel. She was a dear friend and mentor to me. … Continue reading

Eastsound Planning & Review Committee to Focus on Streetscapes

Thursday, Feb. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall The Eastsound Planning & Review Committee (EPRC) agenda for its regular monthly meeting calls for a discussion of the Streetscape Standards with County Public Works Director Brian Vincent and County Planner Colin Huntemer on such matters as: … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Senate Hearing on Rising Drug Costs Hints at Worse Prices Ahead


Ranker bill would require pharmaceutical companies to make pricing transparent — from Rick Manugian, Senate Democratic Communications — It’s been clear for some time that the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs is a major problem for thousands of Washingtonians whom rely upon these drugs, we now understand it is an … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Ranker Represents Us Well


— from Paul Sheridan, Executive Director, Four Winds * Westward Ho Camp — We are fortunate in the San Juan Islands to have Senator Kevin Ranker representing us in Olympia. I’ve known this for some time, but a recent interaction has confirmed that thought beyond my most optimistic expectations. I’m the Executive … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Larsen Votes to Support Iran Nuclear Treaty

Larsen: Derailing Iran Agreement Short-Sighted, Ineffective — from the office of U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen– Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, [on Feb. 2, 2016] voted against a [House of Representtives] bill that would undermine the U.S. government’s ability to carry out the international agreement to prevent Iran from building a nuclear … Continue reading

Orcas School to Hire Additional Principal, Director for ALE and Special Ed

— by Margie Doyle — At its Jan. 28 regular monthly meeting, the Orcas Island School District Board voted unanimously to hire a Principal for the Alternative Learning Experience (ALE-OASIS); and Director for the Special Education Program. The one position will be fulltime, with hours equally divided between the two … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Ranker Bill Would Give Epi-pen Protection

— from Rick Manugian, Sen. Ranker’s Office — People at camps and other remote areas could gain access to epi-pens, under legislation heard [last] week by the Senate Health Care Committee. Epi-pens, or epinephrine autoinjectors, deliver a single dose of epinephrine or adrenalin to treat allergic reactions to prevent anaphylactic … Continue reading