No Discover Pass Needed for State Parks’ 104th Birthday Visit state parks for free on March 19

— from Jacqueline Daigle — Washington State Parks turns 104 years old on Sunday, Mar. 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by enjoying a state park for free that day. With the 2017 spring and summer seasons just around the corner, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission reminds … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Anti-Semitic Vandalism at Temple De Hirsch Sinai

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — “Yesterday’s act of vandalism at the Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle is the latest in a wave of anti-Semitic threats against our state’s Jewish community. “We can’t ignore the reality that these threats have increased in recent months. Right here in Washington — … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

Navy’s Wrongheaded Approach to Whidbey Island Growler Jets

— from Brian Cullin, Special to Seattle Times — It is the season for arrogance. We have all witnessed this trend at the highest levels of our republic. Whether progressive or conservative, compromise has become a dirty word. Finding common ground is viewed as abandoning principle. Yet, if history serves, … Continue reading

Village Expansion Discussed at Eastsound Planners Meeting

— by Maryse Sagewynd — The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) met on Mar. 2, 2017, at the Eastsound Fire Station for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. EPRC has a new Facebook site entitled Orcas EPRC. County Engineer Colin Huntemer said the County Council is concerned about curb, gutter, and … Continue reading

Ranker: Levy Extension Prevents Schools From Largest Education Cut in State History

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement on [Wednesday’s] passage of the levy cliff extension: “I am relieved that the Senate took action to prevent our children’s schools from an immediate loss of nearly $400 million in short term funding … Continue reading

Busy Weekend for NAS Whidbey Search and Rescue

— from Mike Welding, NAS Whidbey — Search and Rescue crews from NAS Whidbey Island conducted three separate missions over the weekend. Missions included one mountain rescue near Snow Lake in the Snoqualmie Pass and two Medical Evacuations (MEDEVACs) – one from Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash., and the … Continue reading

Larsen Pushes Back Against Proposal to ‘Decimate’ Federal Resources for Puget Sound, NOAA

— from Douglas Wagoner, Rep. Larsen’s Office — Congressman: ‘I will use every tool at my disposal to oppose these slash and burn cuts’ Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after reports that President Donald Trump plans to gut Environmental Protection Agency funding for Puget Sound by … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Congressional Proposal to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — “The proposed legislation in Congress to repeal Obamacare is not the direction we should be going to meet our country’s health care needs. It will not improve the health or well-being of millions of people who have gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act. … Continue reading

New Bipartisan Congressional Caucus Formed to Support Nation’s Estuaries

— from  Douglas Wagoner — Reps. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Bill Posey (R-FL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) have founded and will serve as co-chairs of the Congressional Estuary Caucus in the 115th Congress. The new caucus will give the nation’s estuaries a stronger voice and presence in Congress … Continue reading

The Housing Puzzle: How We Can Put Together a Solution League of Women Voters presents public forum

Monday, March 13 at noon at the Friday Harbor Grange — from the League of Women Voters of the San Juans — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, Mar. 13. Panelists are Friday Harbor … Continue reading

Can You Do A Day Without A Woman? Orcas Issues will strike on Wednesday

All Day, Wednesday, March 8 — by Lin McNulty — Following the overwhelming success of the Women’s March in January as millions of women took to the streets the day after the Trump inauguration, another event is scheduled across the country: A Day Without a Woman. On International Women’s Day, … Continue reading

Larsen Slams Immigration Executive Order

— from Douglas Wagoner, Rep. Larsen’s Office — Congressman: The President’s new policy “is just as morally decrepit and unabashedly un-American as the original.” Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring citizens from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United … Continue reading