Sheriff’s Report | July 10 – 16, 2019

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — Wednesday, July 10, 201919-005429 Theft 10:02:05 07/10/19 A Deputy was dispatched to a report of theft in Friday Harbor. After further investigation Probable Cause was found for three suspects for Theft 2nd Degree. 19-005439 Fraud 13:57:43 07/10/19 A Friday Harbor Deputy responded … Continue reading

Port of Orcas addresses proposed Aeronautical Services expansion

— from B. Sadie Bailey — All five commissioners were present at the Port’s regular monthly meeting held on July 11: Clyde Duke, Poke Haffner, Steve Hopkins, Greg Sawyer, Bea Von Tobel; and interim manager Dwight Guss. Six members of the Public attended, including Bob Jarman for Aeronautical Services. The … Continue reading

The speech Nixon thankfully did not have to give 50 years ago today

— from Discover Magazine — It’s easy, amid the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, to see it as an inevitable success. NASA had been preparing for the task for years, ever since President John F. Kennedy made his famous speech at Rice University in 1962, declaring America … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Navy takes environmental stewardship seriously

— from Christopher “Scotty” Gray, Rear Admiral, Commander, Navy Region Northwest — Recent allegations challenging the Navy’s operation of the Growler EA-18G aircraft have created a great deal of public interest in the Navy’s operations in the Pacific Northwest, and I would like to discuss a few key facts regarding … Continue reading

Salmon and recovery efforts grow through natural shoreline restoration, land-based whale watching

— from Governor Jay Inslee’s office — Gov. Jay Inslee toured three projects in Northern Washington Wednesday to see how state agencies, tribes, local governments and nonprofits are carrying out recent legislation to aid orca and salmon recovery. He visited a restored fish passageway in Arlington called Edgecomb Creek that … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | AG lawsuit against Navy is a political spectacle, not a just cause

— from Christine Cribb, Executive Director, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce — The mission of The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is to serve and promote the business interests of greater Whidbey Island. We cannot imagine a more worthy cause than supporting the mission of Naval Air Station Whidbey … Continue reading

What to check, do, know before you vote in upcoming August primary

— from Mark Mayer for Our Revolution San Juan County — Washington’s Primary Election is just around the corner on August 6, 2019. Are you ready to make your voice heard? DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION You’ve done the first part: registered to vote. But have you checked your voter registration … Continue reading

State AG sues Navy over impact of expanded Growler operations

Navy’s decision to expand its operations on Whidbey Island failed to adequately analyze human health, environmental and historic impacts — from Attorney General Ferguson’s office — Attorney General Bob Ferguson [July 9 2019] filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over the Navy’s expansion of its Growler airfield operations on … Continue reading

Orcas Fire & Rescue welcomes eight new firefighters after 16-week academy training

— from Kim Kimple for Orcas Fire & Rescue — Pictured (from left to right) are new Orcas Island Firefighters: Micki Nichols, Locket Goodrich, Brittney Maruska, La Ren Rossie, Will Marlow, and Kimberley Kimple. Not pictured are Alison Dantzler, Kasey Jo Weigley, and Betsy Wilson (EMT). Orcas Island Fire and … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | July 3 – 10, 2019

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — Wednesday, July 3, 201919-005116 Property Damage, Non Vandalism 08:40:18 07/03/19 A Deputy was dispatched to a report of Property Damage in Friday Harbor. A report was taken and completed with no suspects at this time. 19-005136 Theft 16:33:22 07/03/19 A Deputy responded … Continue reading