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

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

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

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

Sheriff’s Report | February 21 – 28, 2017

February 21, 2017 17-000956 Controlled Substance Problem 09:40:00 02/21/17 A Deputy was dispatched to found drug paraphernalia in Friday Harbor. The Deputy retrieved the items and destroyed them at the Sheriff’s Office. 17-000958 Animal at Large 10:50:58 02/21/17 A Lopez Island deputy was called regarding 5 sheep and 2 horses … Continue reading

House to Hear Bill Re: Oil Transportation Safety Call or email to voice your opinion

— from Stephanie Buffum — At this time, the Oil Transportation Safety Bill (HB 1611) is making its way to a full floor vote in the State House. This is a commonsense bill that holds the oil industry accountable for the risks they pose to our communities and waterways. The … Continue reading

Navy Shares Drinking Water Sampling Results

— from Mike Welding, NAS Whidbey — The following update is provided as part of the Navy’s ongoing community drinking water testing for the emerging, national environmental issue of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). As of Feb. 25, 2017, the Navy has received 173 lab results from drinking water sampling … Continue reading

Mercer Island Jewish Center Targeted With Bomb Threat Hate Wave hits close to home

— from Mike Carter, Seattle Times staff reporter — A bomb threat forced evacuation Monday night of the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island, according to police. Mercer Island police Cmdr. Leslie Burns said a search of the building by two explosives-sniffing dogs turned up nothing suspicious. The building was … Continue reading

Snowmageddon Does Not Stop Orcas Fire & Rescue Once again, they meet the challenge of weather, multiple calls

— from Marla Johns — A sudden and strong winter snow storm will stop everyone in their tracks … everyone except Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. In spite of the rapid accumulation of snow yesterday, staff and volunteers of OIFR responded and found solutions to difficult transport situations, complicated by … Continue reading

Governor Spotlights Threats to Washington’s Economy and Natural Resources from Invasive Species

— from Susan Zemek, Office of the Governor — OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee declared the week of Feb. 26 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington State, noting that invasive species cost the United States more than $137 billion annually in crop damage, loss of fish, and damage to … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on White House Removing Protections for Transgender Students

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — “I strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s reversal of federal protection for transgender students. Washington state will continue to be a place where all children can feel safe from discrimination, harassment or assault based on their gender identity. Our state’s law, the Anderson-Murray Act, passed … Continue reading