Orcas Women and Children to March Across the Country on Saturday Details included if you want to march

— from Kristin Kolb — Numerous Orcas Island women and children are amassing in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Friday Harbor, and Eastsound, for the Women’s March on Washington this coming Saturday, January 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The D.C. protest, which originally was called the Million Women’s March, is … Continue reading

2017 Accessory Dwelling Unit Eligibility Deadline

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is accepting applications for detached ADU permits proposed outside of urban growth areas and activity centers until 4:30 pm February 13 2017.  There are 8 permits for the construction of new ADUs and 2 permits … Continue reading

San Juan County Marchers Registered for Seattle March Contact local women to connect in Seattle

— from Mary Gropp — San Juan County will be well represented at the Womxns March in Seattle on Saturday January 21. With an expected attendance of 20 to 30,000, many islanders have expressed a desire to try to meet to walk together, in the spirit of unity and mutual … Continue reading

Filing Period to Be Open for Lopez Hospital District Commissioners File between Monday, February 13 and Friday, February 17

— from San Juan County Communications —   On February 10, the County Council will consider a request to form a hospital district on Lopez Island. Assuming Council approves the proposition, it will go to the voters for approval on the April 25 Special Election. Also on the April ballot … Continue reading

Health and Community Services Urges Public Action to Prevent Spread of Influenza

— from San Juan County Communications — Flu cases are on the rise in San Juan County, although we are not currently seeing the epidemic levels reported in other parts of Washington state. San Juan County Health & Community Services urge flu vaccine as the first line of defense against … Continue reading

WSDOT Secretary Announces New Head of Ferries

— from WA Department of Transportation — Today, Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Amy Scarton as assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including, guiding the ferries management team … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | On That OPALCO Rate Increase

— from Alex MacLeod — In what has become an annual event, OPALCO put out a news release the other day letting us know our electricity rates are increasing yet again, this time by another 5%, effective January 1. It said the increase is necessary “to meet OPALCO’s cost of service, … Continue reading

Guest Column: “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Early words from a non-violent Civil Rights Leader

— by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — 16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If … Continue reading

Friday Harbor Women Also Marching Because women’s rights are human rights

Saturday, January 21, Noon, San Juan County Courthouse — from Roberta Michelle Stringer — Residents of the San Juan Islands are coming together to support human rights and the environment in our county and our country. A community march is planned for Saturday January 21st at 12:00pm noon. This march … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Never a Better Time for School Bond

— from Jim Shaffer-Bauck — One of the most important investments a community can make is in the education of its youth,  an investment that produces returns not only to the students directly benefiting, but also to the character of the community in general. The upcoming bond issue represents such … Continue reading

The Promise of Martin Luther King, Jr. Marches On Commemorate his words and work at Emmanuel Parish Hall at 6:30 tonight

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.” ~ Martin Luther King, … Continue reading

Local Women Have Their Marching Orders Sunday, Jan. 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall

— from Mary Gropp — The 2016 United States Presidential campaign and election received an enormous amount of attention. The upcoming Inauguration has inspired a desire to express feelings about important issues. The Women’s March on Washington is a national movement for everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, diversity, and … Continue reading

“Growler” Draft Environmental Impact Statement: The Emperor Has No Clothes Deadline for comments on Jan. 25

–from Chom Greacen, Member, Quiet Skies over San Juan County– The Navy plans to add 36 EA-18G “Growler” fighter jets and roughly double the number of Growler flight operations out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The only thing standing in its way is completion of the Environmental Impact Statement … Continue reading

Navy Agrees To Extend Environmental Impact Study Public Comment Period Following push from Larsen, Murray, Cantwell

— from Douglas Wagoner — After urging from Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Navy today announced it will extend by 30 days the ongoing public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Study of EA-18G “Growler” Airfield Operations at Naval … Continue reading

Breaking News | County’s Top Officials Affirm Existing Local Policies with Immigrants No agreements to provide assistance in detaining or deporting immigrants

— from San Juan County Communications — At the first meeting of the San Juan County Council in 2017, the County’s top law enforcement officers and the Council members talked about immigrants in the community without proper papers or who have overstayed their visa. Council Member Jamie Stephens kicked off … Continue reading

Larsen Urges San Juan County Residents to Share Affordable Care Act Stories

— from Douglas Wagoner — Facing a Republican-led White House, Senate and House seeking to dismantle the Affordable Care Act with no plan to replace it, Rep.Rick Larsen (WA-02) is urging San Juan County residents to share their stories about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them or someone … Continue reading