Larsen Calls for Unity Against North Korea’s Nuclear Program

— from Douglas Wagoner — Congressman: ‘the US and South Korea must show the strength of our defense treaty alliance by demonstrating a united front and refraining from unilateral action’  Upon returning from the Korean peninsula as a part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement: … Continue reading

Orcas Village Park and Ride Project is Underway

— from San Juan County Public Works — This week marks the beginning of construction activities for the Orcas Village Park Project. Drivers are cautioned to reduce speeds within the work zone on Orcas Road at the WSF Access Road and on Orcas Hill Road. Estimated completion is 83 working … Continue reading

Donate Items for Granny’s Attic Sale Tuesdays are drop-off days

— from Arron Redford for the Senior Center — Spring is on the doorstep and it’s time to clean out the attic! Once again the Orcas Island Senior Center is collecting donations of interesting and unique items of value for our annual Granny’s Attic rummage sale, to be held on … Continue reading

State Approves County Shoreline Master Program

— from Robert J. Fritzen, Department of Ecology — On Apr. 5, 2017, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved, with changes, the San Juan County (County) Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The SMP includes goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative processes and definitions. During its formal review process, Ecology … Continue reading

Rally and Solutions Fair as Salish Sea Stands for Climate Action

Saturday, April 29, 12 – 1:30 p.m., San Juan County Courthouse Steps — from Katie Fleming — Join your community on Saturday, Apr. 29 in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in solidarity with Climate Movement marches throughout the world. The People’s Climate Movement and Mobilization is part of a larger … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | March 29 – April 4, 2017

March 29, 2017 17-001647 Suspicious Person/Circumstance 02:14:56 03/29/17 A deputy on Orcas Island responded to distraught male subject that was lost and concerned about the location of his girlfriend who had left his presence earlier in the evening. The girlfriend’s whereabouts was known to the deputy. The subject was notified … Continue reading

Governors Association Responds to Federal Student Aid Outage Site to be offline through Fall 2017

— from The National Governors Association — The National Governors Association released a statement Wednesday urging a quick resolution of an outage that impacts students’ ability to file for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In Washington state, more than 461,000 students successfully completed the … Continue reading

Ranker Outdoor Early Learning Pilot Passes House Now heads to Governor for signature

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Ranker’s bill to start a four-year pilot program for outdoor early learning passed the House of Representatives today and is on its way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. “This bill will help children get outside at an … Continue reading

The Exchange Now Digs In For the Long Haul

— by Sam Gailey — On Wednesday, Apr. 5, the Exchange moved one step closer to resuming their mission to reduce, reuse, and recycle on the island, as they officially broke ground on the site of the future facility. With over 25 islanders and Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) board members and … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: State Legislators Block Internet Intrusion Ranker and Fain Introduce Internet Privacy Act

— from the Daily Olympian — Aided by the Congress, President Donald Trump struck a blow this week for high-tech freedom and against individuals’ privacy on the internet. Perhaps the Other Washington can strike back. Democratic state Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island and Republican Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn … Continue reading

EPRC Meets on Thursdsay

Thursday, April 6, 3 – 6 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Colin Maycock — Eastsound Planning Review Committee Agenda April 6, 2017 Eastsound Fire Station 3 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Welcome and Introductions Additions or Agenda modifications Approval of Minutes: March 2017 – Public Access/Comment #1 County Council … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Vacation Rentals a Cash Cow for San Juan County Open letter to County Commission

— from Karen J. Key Speck — Dear San Juan County Councilpersons Hughes, Stephens, Watson I am writing to express opinion on pending changes to the Vacation Rental Permits issued by San Juan County. Recent press indicates that the county planning commission is considering renewal fees for existing legally permitted … Continue reading

Washington Senators Introduce Bipartisan Washington Internet Privacy Act

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, and Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, have introduced bipartisan legislation known as the Washington Internet Privacy Act (SB 5919) following a vote of Congress to suspend FCC rules protecting internet privacy. Thirty-two state senators have signed on in … Continue reading