It’s A Tie! Help us choose between the two logos that tied

— from Madie Murray — The Orcas Island Food Bank Board is stumped! Between the six options available the first time, these two logos tied for first, so everyone gets another chance! We’re sure you have an opinion, so just click on the following link and let your voice be heard. … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | March 8 – 14, 2017

March 8, 2017 17-001248 Accident-HitRun 08:24:25 03/08/17 A Deputy was dispatched to possible Hit and Run Unattended in Friday Harbor. After further investigation the driver was cited for Negligent Driving in the Second Degree. 17-001252 Accident-Injury, Traffic 13:03:23 03/08/17 A Deputy was dispatched to unknown injury collision in Friday Harbor. … Continue reading

State Asks Navy for Health Impact Assessment on Jet Noise

— from Maryon Attwood, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — As a result of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve’s (COER’s) complaint actions, noise as a public health issue, has moved up on state priorities for protecting and preventing auditory and non-auditory health impacts on children in schools throughout Washington. After a unanimous … Continue reading

Community Contributions Prove School Music Matters

— from Catherine Pederson, Music Advocacy Group — YES! SCHOOL MUSIC DOES MATTER – to the over 100 members of our community who responded to the Music Advocacy Group 20th Anniversary School Benefit Concert fund raising appeal. MAG’s letter, published in Orcas Issues last week, expressed thanks to the community for … Continue reading

Inslee Says Trump Budget “Incredibly Harmful” to State and Local Governments

— from Governor Inslee’s Office — President Trump today released a federal budget proposal that would make significant cuts in state and local government programs, including education, environmental protection, health care and many other critical services that Washingtonians rely on. “The budget blueprint issued today by President Trump includes incredibly … Continue reading

Senator Ranker to Discuss New State Budget State Senator in Eastsound on Friday

Friday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Jeanne McPherson — State Senator Kevin Ranker will visit the Orcas Rotary on Friday, Mar. 24 in a meeting open to the public. Ranker will specifically address “Results of Our Recent Session: The New State Budget” in his presentation. All are … Continue reading

County Seeks Consultants to Assist with Comp Plan Update

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County is seeking RFPs from qualified consultants to work on aspects of the SJC Comprehensive Plan Update. Proposals are encouraged from consulting firms with expertise in the Growth Management Act to assist with comprehensive planning, effective citizen engagement, and updates related … Continue reading

“Pull Together” Music Tour Comes to Orcas Resist Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion

Friday, March 31, 7 p.m., West Sound Community Center — from Katie Fleming — Canadian First Nations, environmental organizations, and internationally recognized musician Luke Wallace, join the “Pull Together” music tour to resist the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. The proposed Kinder Morgan expansion would greatly increase vessel traffic … Continue reading