Guest Column: Background Check Vote Has Ripples Nationwide

— by Kathy Sakahara for the League of Women Voters of Washington State — On November 4, Election Day, over one million Washington voters said yes to background checks for gun sales and other transfers, giving Initiative 594 a landslide victory of almost 20 points. We would like to thank … Continue reading

Water Users and Board Agree to Better Communication

–by Margie Doyle — Board calls for Membership Meeting on Dec. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall– At the Nov. 18 meeting of the Eastsound Water Users Board, a group calling themselves the Concerned EWUA Members met with the EWUA Manager Paul Kamin, Board President … Continue reading

Council Chair Rick Hughes Receives Leadership Award


Tuesday, November 25, 2014 San Juan County Council Chairman Rick Hughes recieved the prestiguous Leadership Award from the Washington State Association of Counties at its recent annual meeting.   Chairman Hughes was recognized for his “extraordinary effort in establishing new collaborative partnerships” with other counties in 2014. Chairman Hughes, with the … Continue reading

Electronic Warfare Range in our Backyard? Just Four Days to Comment

Comments Accepted Until Friday, Nov. 28 – from Adam Ashton for the Tacoma News Tribune – The Forest Service is extending a public comment period on the Navy’s request to use forestland for electronic warfare training that would benefit a growing fleet of EA-18 Growler jets based at Naval Air … Continue reading

Pot Growing Moratorium Meeting Adds Speakers

Tuesday, November 25, at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange Hall, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor — from Boyd Pratt — San Juan Island Grange #966 is hosting an informational forum on The Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at … Continue reading

State Transportation Fires Ferries’ Operations Manager

– by Mike Lindlbom for the Seattle Times ( ) – The operations director for the state ferry system — who has been on paid administrative leave and under investigation since July after being reprimanded — has been fired. Steve Rodgers, who was reprimanded in July after State Transportation Secretary … Continue reading

Guest Column: County Fails to Notify Neighborhoods of Re-zoning

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— by John M. Campbell – As the currently revised Eastsound Subarea Plan works its way thru the adoption process, a neighborhood rezoning has been added to the agenda without any notice or explanation to the residents and property owners directly affected. The rezoning is a small sideshow to the … Continue reading

Dance Tonight to Fund New Exchange Building!

Friday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. at Random Howse – from Wendy Shinstine — Come celebrate and help raise funds for a new building for The Exchange! Members of the Board will be present for information and questions. $10 suggested cover donation – 21+ Even if you can’t come to … Continue reading

EDC Offers FREE Workshop on Business Planning and Financing

Friday, Nov. 21, from 8:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Orcas Island Library The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Friday, November 21, from 8:45am until 12:30 p.m. Advance registration is required. The business … Continue reading

Water User Members Prepare Response

– Representatives prepare formal petition to the board at Nov. 18 meeting — by Margie Doyle – On Wednesday, Nov. 12, a group of concerned members of the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA), a 501(c)12 non-profit, met to discuss responses to the EWUA board’s decision to impose the purchase of … Continue reading

Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart to Speak on Threat of Asteroid Impacts

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Wednesday, November 19 5:30 p.m., at the Episcopal Parish Hall – from Michael Riordan – This Wednesday Apollo 9 astronaut Russell L. “Rusty” Schweickart will visit Orcas Island to deliver a seminar about the dangers of asteroid impacts. Such a “near-Earth object” (NEO) exploded in the skies of Chelyabinsk, Russia, … Continue reading

EWUA Members to Meet Wednesday

 — from Lesley Liddle – (Additional note: To clarify any misunderstanding, this EWUA meeting is a special meeting organized by EWUA members themselves. The EWUA board chose not to have a special meeting this month to address a difficult issue. The coming meeting this Wednesday at the OPAL meeting room … Continue reading