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

Airport Master Plan Holds Open House 10-year old Master Plan to be updated by this September

–– by Margie Doyle — The Airport is currently completing an Airport Master Plan that will guide development over the next 20 years. The master plan began last September with an aeronautical survey to collect obstruction data and an inventory of the Airport’s existing facilities. At the Open House on … 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

Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

— from Byron Rot for San Juan County — The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for two different grants for 2018 and 2019-2020 funding cycles. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts are invited to apply … Continue reading

OPALCO Seeks Board Candidates For District 2 (Orcas et al)

— from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — Nominations are now open for the 2018 OPALCO Board of Directors election. There are two positions up for election in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands). Interested co-op members from District 2 can apply to be … 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

Inslee Speaks With Interior Secretary About Offshore Drilling Plan

— from Governor Inslee’s Office — Gov. Jay Inslee today issued the following statement after a phone call with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke regarding the recent draft offshore drilling plan. Zinke recently announced he is exempting the state of Florida from the new plan. “I spoke with Secretary Zinke today … Continue reading

Ranker Legislation Would Ban Atlantic Salmon Net Pens That Threaten Puget Sound

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, testified on his proposal to permanently ban commercial net pens used for fish farming in Washington state during Tuesday’s hearing of the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee. “The crisis we face due to the escape … Continue reading

Garden Club Presentation: Drought Tolerant Landscapes for Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, January 17, 10 a.m., Orcas Center — from Helen Huber for Orcas Island Garden Club — The Orcas Island Garden Club welcomes Everett Chu, owner of Azusa Farm and Gardens, on Wednesday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas Center. Mr. Chu will discuss the advantages of a … 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

Ranker: Protecting Orca Whales and Salish Sea in 2018 Legislative Session a Priority

— from Senator Kevin Ranker — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, announced new legislation to protect Washington state’s Orca Whales and marine waters under the Salish Sea Protection package. “Increasing vessel traffic, potential oil spills, pollution, invasive species and climate change are all major threats to our incredible Salish Sea … Continue reading

Ranker: Trump Puts Washington Coasts at Risk From Oil Spill

— from Senator Kevin Ranker — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement of increasing offshore oil and gas drilling: “The president’s reckless action is the largest assault on our oceans in American history. This proposal opens over 90 percent of … Continue reading