MAG Concert in Just One Month!


Sunday, March 1, 3 p.m. Orcas School K-8 Gym – from Kristen Wilson for Music Advocacy Group (MAG) – Mark Your Calendars for MAG’S 18th Annual Concert! It is the biggest music concert on Orcas Island, it happens just once a year, and all the proceeds support the music program … Continue reading

Washington House Delegation Makes Friendly Super Bowl Wager with Massachusetts Delegation


– from Ingrid Stegemoeller, Communications Director, Rep. Rick Larsen – The World Champion Seattle Seahawks are back for Super Bowl XLIX and are ready to repeat as reigning Super Bowl champs! In the spirit of the biggest sports event of the year, the Washington House delegation decided to extend a … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: SJ Grange Supports Marijuana Production

— by the San Juan Island Grange Executive Committee – At its January 7th, 2015 business meeting San Juan Island Grange #966 resolved to oppose the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production. Even though the San Juan County Council has withdrawn the proposal, San Juan Island Grange #966 would like to … Continue reading

Navy Wants to Increase Use of Sonar-emitting Buoys

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By Phung Le for Associated – The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water. The Navy … Continue reading

New Congress, Ongoing Commitment to the Pacific Northwest Economy

By Rep. Rick Larsen, Washington 2nd District We in the Pacific Northwest know that our part of the country is second to none. Our mountains and waters offer plentiful outdoor opportunities. Our local economy is fueled by innovative businesses and manufacturers in a variety of industries. And our communities include … Continue reading

Guest Column: Economic Impacts of an Oil Spill

– by Lovel Pratt , originally published in Whatcom Watch — Lovel Pratt is a former member of the San Juan County Council. While in office she served on the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Work Group, the Oil Spill Rule Advisory Committee and the Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment Update … Continue reading

State Representatives Address Oil Transport Bill

— from the Senate Democrats of Washington State — In the first week of the 2015 legislative session, Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, and Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, introduced Governor Jay Inslee’s request oil transportation legislation to the state Senate (SB 5087). “Unprecedented amounts of oil are traveling along … Continue reading

Point in Time for Local Homeless Count

Annual Homeless Count January 29 – from San Juan County Communications – San Juan County’s 2015 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 29. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and … Continue reading

San Juan County and OPALCO Advance in $5M Georgetown University Energy Prize


– from Michel Vekved, San Juan Islands Conservation District – Today, San Juan County officially advances to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington, D.C. today, San … Continue reading