Letter to Editor | PHD Costs Less Than Mainland Trips

— from Craig Abolin — I fully support, and will vote YES for, the establishment of an Orcas Island Public Hospital District (PHD) when I receive the ballot in the mail this coming April. In order to assure a fair distribution of the PHD taxes to the medical practices on … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | February 7 – 13, 2018

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — February 7, 2018 18-000870 Accident-NonInj 05:03:37 02/07/18 A Deputy responded to a one car non-injury collision in Friday Harbor. Information was gathered, car towed, and report made. 18-000876 Found Property 13:11:31 02/07/18 A complainant brought an iPhone to Dispatch, stating he had … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Which is the Worst Kind of Violence? Another school shooting prompts local response

“Can you explain to me why gun violence is worse than, or even different from, truck violence?” –by Steve Henigson — A favorite cousin, herself one of the parents of a young-adult son and a ‘teenage daughter, has just written to me (her go-to “gun guy”) as follows: “…Of course, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: The McCleary Basic Education “Fix” Unintended Consequences of Good Intentions

–by Carol Sutton and Tom Baldwin — Sometimes, the noblest of intentions can have devastating consequences. The case in point is HB 2242, the supposed fix to the McCleary Decision that was intended to (1) fully fund public K12 education in Washington, and (2) reduce dependence on local property taxes … Continue reading

Inslee statement on passage of Senate bill to eliminate the death penalty

— from the office of Governor Jay Inslee — “I would like to thank Sens. Maureen Walsh and Reuven Carlyle, and Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who have been great allies in the fight to end the death penalty in Washington state. There has been growing, bipartisan support for ending Washington’s … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Move Full Steam Ahead Official County Advisory Board tackles development concerns

— by Margie Doyle — At its February meeting members of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) considered options and opportunities as they deal with the “mess” that growth presents, even as a county/ferry survey suggests that rural and natural atmosphere is what visitors to the islands really want. Parking … Continue reading

UPDATE: Public Hospital District Commissioner Candidates Announced Two of five positions remain contested

–from San Juan County Auditor  (updated Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m.)– Ballot Name San Juan County Public Hospital District #3 Hospital Commissioner 1 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term Richard Fralick Hospital Commissioner 2 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term Pegi Groundwater Bob Phalan (Withdrawn) Hospital Commissioner 3 Nonpartisan Office 6-year term Arthur Lange Leif Hospital Commissioner … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Unanimous Passage of Opioid Use Disorder Bill

— from Governor Jay Inslee — “I am pleased that the House just unanimously passed HB 2489, to treat opioid use disorder which is taking the lives and livelihoods of thousands of Washingtonians every year. “Prevention and treatment go hand-in-hand. This bill will help save lives, and give doctors, law enforcement … Continue reading

Seattle Leader to Speak About Activism Author of Becoming a Citizen Activist

Tuesday, February 13, 5 p.m., Orcas Island Library — from Orcas Island Library — Nick Licata, former Seattle City Council member and one of the city’s most effective leaders of political and social change, will speak about his book, Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies and Advice for Changing Our … Continue reading

Volunteers Make the Difference at The Exchange Orcas Recycling Services has a decades-long history of serving the community

  — from John Carl for Orcas Recycling Services — When Orcas Recycling Services took control of the new Exchange building, it was just a shell: a big metal building on a concrete slab. There was still lots to be done–namely to finish out the interior.  There was some money raised … Continue reading

Comprehensive Plan Vision: Planning Commission Briefing Submit written comments to Dept. of Community Development

Friday, Feb. 16 at  8:30 a.m. at the County Council Hearing Room, Friday Harbor At the February 16, 2018, Planning Commission meeting in the County Council hearing room, will take public comment and discuss proposed amendments to the SJC Comprehensive Plan Vision. Proposed amendments were first discussed at the January … Continue reading

Senate Passes Ban on Invasive Species Atlantic Salmon Net Pens Now on to the House

— from Dave Pringle for Senator Ranker’s Office — The Senate today passed Sen. Kevin Ranker’s legislation to permanently ban commercial net pens used for farming invasive Atlantic salmon in Washington state waters. “In the months since the escape of hundreds of thousands of invasive Atlantic salmon from the net … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Western States’ Duty to Revive Democracy

— by Michael Riordan — By any measure, the Pacific edge of the United States did not vote for Donald Trump in November 2016. We voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton — and thus for continuing the policies of President Barack Obama. In the five states abutting the Pacific Ocean — … Continue reading

“Standing Rock Awakens the World” Film Screening and Community Potluck

Sunday, February 11, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall — from Fran Tatu — For the better part of 2016, hundreds of thousands of activists, calling themselves “water protectors,” traveled to the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Reservation, near Bismarck, North Dakota, from around the world. At stake was a … Continue reading