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

News from Hughes: Looking Ahead Trails, Orca protection and partnerships top the list

— by Margie Doyle — In recent days County Councilman Rick Hughes from Orcas Island has looked at the year ahead and announced his plans and “pipedreams” for the coming year. Relieved to sit back from the chairmanship of the three-person Council, Hughes says he’s re-energized to be an advocate … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Public Meets to Discuss Proposed Deer Harbor Parking

— from Terry Neill — The Jan. 13 meeting concerning the Deer Harbor parking plan was attended by about 70 people in addition to Councilman Rick Hughes, County Engineer Colin Huntemer and half a dozen other county employees. As the meeting opened there were handouts on each chair containing the … Continue reading

Annual Ferry Ridership Swells by 250,000 to 15-year High Nearly 24.5 million customers sailed on state vessels in 2017

— from Washington State Ferries — A surge in boardings in 2017 pushed Washington State Ferries to its highest ridership since 2002. Last year, the nation’s largest ferry system carried nearly 24.5 million people, enough to fill CenturyLink Field every day of the year. Ridership grew by more than 250,000 over 2016, … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision Survey Results: Orcas Residents Value Natural Environment and “Village” Quality of Eastsound Want affordable housing, parking and streetscapes improved

— from the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) — Thank you to the 388 Orcas residents who completed all 65 questions in the recent Eastsound Vision survey and to the additional 217 who completed part of the survey. The large number of people completing the survey creates an accurate … Continue reading

Ranker Reports on Legislature’s Work School funding, capital budget jobs and environmental protections on the agenda

— from State Senator Kevin Ranker — With Democrats in the majority in the Washington State Senate, we have begun advancing critical legislation that reflects our progressive values. We have already introduced the Voting Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Evergreen Free College Act, a bill to institute better … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Schedule Work for 2018 Advisory committee sets timelines and stakeholders for top issues

— by Margie Doyle — The Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) got off to a substantive start in its first meeting of 2018, fleshing out its workplan, publicizing the Eastsound Vision Survey completed last fall, and hearing from Council Member Rick Hughes. The EPRC is charged by San Juan County … Continue reading

Gov. Inslee Emphasizes Carbon Pollution in State Address

— from the Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee — Gov. Jay Inslee today [Jan. 9, 2018] delivered his 2018 State of the State address, a speech that highlighted Washington’s strong economy and best-in-the-nation business climate saying “our economy is strong, our future is bright, but there are always … Continue reading

Learn About Community Foundation Grantmaking Practices, processes and applications for all Orcas nonprofits

— from Kate Long for OICF — All nonprofits serving Orcas Island are invited to join Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) for a Grantee Stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, January 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Emanuel Parish Hall. At this meeting we will: Discuss OICF grantmaking practices in general Give … Continue reading

Dining at Doe Bay Helps the Orcas Island Historical Museums

— from Carol Kulminski — Every month, Doe Bay gives back to the island by supporting non-profits. For the month of January on Thursdays, they will be supporting the Orcas Island Historical Museums. Each Thursday in January, Doe Bay Open Mic Night gives a percentage of the sale from each entree … Continue reading

State Christens Newest Ferry Suquamish Sea Trials to begin for deployment this fall

— from Ian Sterling, WSF Communications — A sparkling white and green Washington state ferry is the center of attention at Vigor’s Harbor Island Shipyard in Seattle today as the Washington State Department of Transportation christened Suquamish, the fleet’s fourth Olympic Class vessel. In a traditional maritime ceremony, Amy Scarton … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Trump’s Disdain for Science Co-authored by Orcas Island's Michael Riordan

— by Neal F. Lane and Michael Riordan for the New York Times — After almost a year in office, President Trump has yet to name a science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy [OSTP][. Since World War II, no American president has … Continue reading

Gov. Inslee Responds to Federal Justice Dept. Crackdown on State Cannabis Laws Cole Memorandum has allowed states' "common sense" marijuana laws

— from the office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee — Gov. Jay Inslee issued the following statement today upon news that the U.S. Department of Justice would announce its decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum that has allowed Washington and other states to implement common-sense marijuana laws: “If news … Continue reading

Winter Nutrition Class at Orcas Food Co-op Prepare your meals in harmony with the season

Sunday, Jan.7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — from the Orcas Food Co-op — Join Wellness Specialist Stephanie Rosenblatt as she explains the importance of infusing your recipes with body-nurturing Macrobiotic cooking tips for this winter season. For 35 years Stephanie has created workshops, motivational lectures, and interactive programs helping … Continue reading