Ranker: Senate Democrats’ Sweeping Higher Education Agenda Ensuring access and opportunity for all Washingtonians

— from Senator Kevin Ranker’s Office — As chair of the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, has assembled a sweeping agenda for the committee to push back on the Trump administration and ensure access and opportunity for every student in Washington state. “We … Continue reading

San Juan and Orcas Island Women’s Marches Planned

Saturday, January 20, 11:30 a.m., Gather at Waterfront Park — from Gretchen Krampf — ISLAND WOMEN’S MARCH invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging … 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

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

Another Free Day in State Park Coming Up

— from Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission — The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits. The next free day is Monday, Jan. 15, in honor of the holiday celebrating Martin Luther … 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

Thinking About Running for Taxing District Office? OICF to hold workshop

Wednesday, January 10, 3 – 5 p.m. – from Kate Long for OICF — The Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF) presents a workshop facilitated by Debra Wiggs geared toward current members or potential members of public taxing districts (School, Port, Parks & Rec, Library, Hospital) to be held from 3-5 … Continue reading

2018 Campsite Reservations for San Juan County Residents Make reservations from January 16 - February 22

— from Adrienne Bourne for San Juan County Parks & Fair — San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year-round. Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Improve on Election Returns Local Democrats to hold first meeting of the year

— from David Turnoy, Chair, San Juan County Democrats — Hello Progressive Residents of San Juan County, The San Juan County Democrats will hold our first meeting of 2018 on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Skagit College in Friday Harbor starting at 11:30 a.m. It is time to improve on our … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | December 27, 2017 – January 2, 2018

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — December 27, 2017 17-008970 Theft 15:22:38 12/27/17 A Deputy in Friday Harbor received a report of a lost property. The Deputy determined that the property was most likely stolen. This case is still under investigation. 17-008975 Wanted Person 19:07:38 12/27/17 A wanted … 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

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

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