Islanders Get “First Dibs” on County Camps 2017 San Juan County Resident Camping Reservations

— from San Juan County Parks and Fair — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year ‘round. Choose from: San Juan County Park San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only) Odlin County Park Shaw County Park for any … Continue reading

Stewardship Network Accepting Good Steward Award Nominations Calling all tree huggers

— from Amy M. Nesler — Look out Oscar, the Finnie is coming! Its award season here in the San Juans. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award. Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finees,” have been … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Bridge Work Nears Finish

—  from John Van Lund — Crews continue final removal of fill from the temporary bridge, while drivers get accustomed to the two-way traffic across the bridge. The yellow shaded area in the rendering above shows the location of the now-demolished temporary road embankment and bridge, which was used to … Continue reading

County’s Town Hall Talks Revenues and Challenges County officials gives facts, figures

— by Margie Doyle — County officials met with about 20 Orcas Islanders at a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 16 to give a repeat “Taking Care of Business” presentation prepared for county employees on the achievements of the County in 2016 and the challenges facing county government in … Continue reading

From Our Auditor: Voter Turnout

(Reprinted from Sept. 2016 by request) The ninth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. (View first article HERE. View second article HERE. View third article HERE. View fourth article … Continue reading

Fire Commission to Meet on Tuesday

Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Patricia Ayers — Agenda Regular Meeting San Juan County Fire Protection District #2 February 21, 2017 5:30 PM Commissioners Wesley Heinmiller (Chair), Barbara Bedell, Amanda Montague, District Secretary Patricia Ayers, Chief Scott Williams, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue staff, and … Continue reading

Shepler to Speak on Causes of Death Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief to address Sunrise Lions

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. at the Skillet — from Chris White for Orcas Lions — Battalion Chief and Paramedic Patrick Shepler of Orcas Fire and Rescue will speak next Wednesday Feb 22 at 8 a.m. to the Orcas Lions and Sunrise Volunteer members regarding the four most common … Continue reading

Senator Ranker to Hold Conversation on Orcas Hope and Action: The Next Three Steps

Sunday, February 19, 1 pm, Orcas Center — from Senator Kevin Ranker — In a time of feeling powerless and overwhelmed, learn how we can move beyond protests and take our country back. Orcas Islander Kevin Ranker, 40th Legislative District State Senator, comes to Orcas Center for a chat on … Continue reading

Ranker Bill Gets Hearing in Senate Committee Regardless of U.S. Supreme Court, Washington must protect women's reproductive rights

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — The Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee held a hearing on Sen. Kevin Ranker’s Senate Bill 5760 to ensure employers cannot discriminate against women seeking full health care and access to contraception in response to the U.S. Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision. … Continue reading

Orcas Fire Successfully Handles Three Rescues, Back-to-Back

— from Marla Johns, Orcas Fire — Crews from Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to multiple simultaneous calls for service Thursday evening, including an incident with an airplane. At 3:10 p.m., crews from OIFR responded to a medical aid call. A decision was made to transport the patient off … Continue reading

Ranker Remarks on State Supreme Court Equality Ruling Supreme Court chooses equality

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — “The Washington State Supreme Court ruled for equality today. I am proud that our state stands up for all people, to ensure that all Washingtonians can shop where they want and marry who they love without persecution. This court ruling reflects our core … Continue reading

Salish Sea Citizens Stand on Capitol Hill in Olympia

— from Katie Fleming — On Monday, February 13, 200 people from the San Juan Islands and greater Salish Sea region attended a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia to show support for the Oil Transportation Safety Bills (House Bill 1611/Senate Bill 5462). A major oil spill would … Continue reading

Votes Favor Passage of School Bond and Add’l Fire Commissioner Still a "nail-biter" for School District

— by Margie Doyle — As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 Election Day, both the School District’s $8M bond measure and the Orcas Fire District’s increase in commissioners measure were favored by Orcas voters. However, the Orcas School District bond requires 60 percent approval; as of last night’s tally, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Not a Time for Keeping Silent on Climate Change A call to cooperative action

— from Katie Wilkins — I have wanted to write this for a long time. I have waited because I didn’t know how to fit a topic as large as climate change into few enough words. But as the price of saying nothing grows higher, I know I will be … Continue reading

Larsen Statement on National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s Resignation

— from Douglas Wagoner, Congressman Larsen’s Office — Congressman: ‘the American people need to know more information about what President Trump knew and when he knew it’ Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned: … Continue reading