Letter to Editor | To Protect Orca and Salmon, We Must Protect Beaches and Forage Fish Friends of the San Juans appeals County’s update to its Shoreline Management Program

— from Stephanie Buffum, Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans — The decline of the Southern Resident Killer Whales now down to 76 members, is mostly blamed on the disappearance of their favorite food, Chinook salmon. Often overlooked is the importance of shorelines as habitat for juvenile salmon … Continue reading

League of Women Voters Enable You to Contact Legislators Actions to take this week

— by Ann Murphy, President. League of Women Voters of Washington State — This Week’s Alert  If you do nothing else, here are the most important actions you can take: Automatic Voter Registration-It’s Time This year we have a great opportunity to pass Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). This simple step … Continue reading

Orcas Observes Women’s Protest March

— by Lin McNulty — Blustery January weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of participants in the Orcas Women’s March on Saturday, January 20. Nearly 100 women gathered at Waterfront Park to march in solidarity with other women across the country. The protest marches were held on the one-year anniversary … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Federal Government Shutdown

— from Office of the Governor — “There is no question this federal shutdown creates chaos, confusion and uncertainty for hard-working families, students, small businesses, veterans and seniors across Washington state. My office is working with state agencies to understand how their operations, and Washington’s communities, will be impacted. At … Continue reading

Senate Democrats Pass Bills Supporting LGBTQ Children

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — [Yesterday, January 19] the Senate passed two important bills protecting LGBTQ children: SB 5722, banning conversion therapy for children, and SB 5766, preventing bullying in schools. “I am proud that our state stands up for all people, especially our most vulnerable. All children … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | January 10 – 16, 2018

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — January 10, 2018 18-000235 Wanted Person 07:08:31 01/10/18 A Friday Harbor Deputy arrested a Friday Harbor resident with two outstanding warrants. The subject was booked into jail and a report completed. 18-000237 Found Property 10:39:42 01/10/18 A deputy responded to a call … Continue reading

Rick Larsen Cancels Orcas Reception Due to pending uncertainty about government shutdown

— from Rick Larsen’s Office — Because of the uncertainty surrounding the potential federal government shutdown, we have had to cancel tomorrow’s [Jan. 20] Orcas Island reception at Odd Fellows Hall from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Eastsound. This event will be rescheduled. We will let you know when … Continue reading

NT Live’s Young Marx ‘Racy, Witty, Vivid’ on Screen at Orcas Center

Thursday, January 25, 7:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — The National Theatre production of Young Marx, broadcast live from London’s newest venue the Bridge Theatre streams live to the Orcas Center screen on January 25, 7:30 p.m. Rory Kinnear stars in this new comedy … Continue reading

Bolshoi Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet Coming to Orcas Center UPDATED Performance Time

Sunday, January 21, 1 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Bolshoi Ballet present Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet staged by famous choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. Ratmansky stages the company’s premiere of his production with dramatic urgency and a fresh retelling of Shakespeare’s beloved classic. His … Continue reading

Candidates for Orcas Hospital District — File Soon Candidate filing now, online filing scheduled February 5 through February 9

— from Milene Henley, San Juan County Auditor — The San Juan County Council has approved, based on petitions submitted last summer, a proposition for the formation of a public hospital district on Orcas Island. The question of formation will go to the voters of Orcas Island in the April … Continue reading

Legislature Passes Capital Budget Comments from Sen. Ranker and Gov. Inslee

Last night, Jan. 18, the Washington State Senate passed a capital budget to put people to work and invest in our communities. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement after the Senate passed the state capital budget, investing $4.2 billion in more than 1,400 projects across the state, and … Continue reading

Changing Comments and Committees at Fire & Rescue New Policy and commission structure in place at first 2018 BOFC meeting

— by Susan McBain, Orcas Issues reporter — A new public comment policy and the operation of a new committee structure were on display at the January 16 regular meeting of the Orcas Board of Fire Commissioners (BOFC). The public comment policy, adopted in December, creates one public comment period … Continue reading