Sheriff’s Report | April 19 – 25, 2017

April 19, 2017 17-002111 Accident-HitRun 09:48:59 04/19/17 A Deputy was dispatched to a Hit and Run Unattended in Friday Harbor. A report was taken. 17-002115 Boating Problem 14:01:28 04/19/17 A Lopez Island deputy was called to the Hunter Bay boat ramp regarding children kayaking that were being blown further offshore … Continue reading

Governors Issue Statement on Offshore Drilling In response to White House Executive Order

— from Chase Gallagher, Gov. Inslee’s Office — Governor Jay Inslee, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued the following statement today in response to a presidential executive order to revise offshore oil and gas leasing in federal waters: “Today’s unilateral action is short-sighted. For good … Continue reading

Inslee on Renewed Efforts to Repeal ACA 

— from Governor Inslee’s Office — Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement today on renewed congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill under consideration, if passed, would shift $1.4 billion a year in costs to Washington or take health care away from more than 700,000 working people … Continue reading

Fire Commission Calls Special Meeting

Thursday, April 27, 5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Marla Johns, Acting Secretary — Agenda Special Meeting San Juan County Fire Protection District #2 April 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. Special Meeting – This is a special meeting. The Secretary informed the Commission that the notice requirements of RCW 42.30.080 … Continue reading

Morris: Victoria to Get Sewage Treatment Plant

— from Rep. Jeff Morris — This year has…seen the resolution of a problem that has affected our shores for decades. Victoria, BC does not have full sewage treatment for their city and most waste is dumped into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, where it has affected the San … Continue reading

“The Universe in Verse” Live-Streamed Celebration of science and protest against defunding the arts

Streamed live at 4 p.m Pacific time, Monday, April 24 — from Brain Pickings by Maria Popova– This “labor-of-love [is a] celebration of science and protest against the defunding of the arts. (Original announcement below.) “When power corrupts, poetry cleanses,” John F. Kennedy famously wrote. Half a century later, with … Continue reading

Site Clearing Underway at Park & Ride

— from Jesse Douglas-Seitz — Our Contractor, Razz Construction Inc., has made quick progress on site with clearing and grubbing activities at the Orcas Village Park and Ride site. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speeds within the work zone on Orcas Road at the WSF Access Road and on Orcas Hill … Continue reading

Seattle’s District Court Sentences Russian Hacker for Stealing Credit Info Local (Anacortes) cafes among his victims

–by Susan Kelleher, Seattle Times staff reporter A prolific Russian hacker who raked in at least $170 million by stealing more than 2 million credit-card numbers and selling them on the black market was sentenced Friday morning to 27 years in prison in U.S. District Court in Seattle. “Simply put, Roman … Continue reading

Ranker: Senate Republicans Refuse to Negotiate Special legislative session to begin on Monday

— from Dave Pringle, State Senate Democrats — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement today after Gov. Inslee said he would call the Legislature back for a special session beginning on Monday, Apr. 24. “The Legislature has not come to a compromise on the operating budget, leaving schools, … Continue reading

Immigration Rights Group Drafts Resolution for San Juan County

— from Orcas Women’s Coalition — In line with the recommendations of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Guidance Concerning Immigration Enforcement, the Immigration Rights Group, a sub-group of the Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC), has drafted a resolution which provides guidance for San Juan County personnel regarding the gathering and … Continue reading

Ranker: Senate Must Act to Ensure Online Transparency

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Following the Washington state House of Representatives passing SHB 2200, protecting internet privacy, with a vote of 87-10, sponsor of the Senate version SB 5919, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement: “People expect their online, personal information to be kept … Continue reading

SJI National Historical Park Recruiting for Youth Conservation Corps Work outside at your local National Park

— from Raena Parsons — San Juan Island National Historical Park is currently recruiting for the 2017 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, a work-based education program for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18. Participants must live in the local commuting area. Applications are available online … Continue reading

Governor Signs Morris Legislation Keeping utility public land easement and “Call Before You Dig” programs on track

— from Washington House Democrats — Legislation sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris ensuring utility easement processing and oversight, and maintaining the “Call Before You Dig” program, were recently signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. Morris (D-Mt. Vernon) is chair of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee, and has … Continue reading