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

Letter to the Editor: World-Class Response from Orcas Fire and Rescue

 — by Paul Sheridan, Director, Four Winds Camp — To the Editor: I want to take a moment out of the craziness of summer to publically thank Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. We had an injured camper here at Four Winds last week, and our team decided that we needed … Continue reading

Breaking News: Wildland Fire at Mountain Lake

— from the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue District — At 06:27am Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a wildland fire in the area of Mountain Lake. Responding crews found a small vegitation fire approximately 40 feet x 30 feet.  An immediate response from more than twenty-five(25) personnel and … Continue reading

Ferry Good Advice for Fourth of July Weekend Travel

 — from Washington State Ferries — With additional sailings and travel tips, Washington State Ferries is all about helping customers make their Fourth of July weekend sparkle. Last year, the country’s largest ferry system carried nearly 350,000 passengers during Fourth of July weekend. That number is expected to be similar … Continue reading

Kamin Warns of Increased Demand for Water

— from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — The summer of 2015 is starting markedly different than recent years. Eastsound Water has been experiencing significantly elevated demands for water throughout the month of June. This report has been designed to provide members information on the status of … 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

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

Breaking News: State Reaches Budget Agreement

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — The following statement from the Governor and legislative leaders from the House and Senate   announces the agreement reached this morning, June 27. The agreement meets the June 30 deadline for an operating budget. “Early this morning we reached an agreement in principle on … Continue reading

State Bans all Open Park Fires

 — from Jackie Daigle for Friends of Moran State Park — Campfires prohibited in all state parks — Open fires and use of charcoal briquettes prohibited until further notice Washington State Parks announced on Friday, June 26 that campfires in all state parks and ocean beaches in the Seashore Conservation … 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