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 – sanjuanco.com/DocumentCenter/View/11769 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

Guest Opinion | Eastsound Vision Needs Many Voices

— from Marilyn Jonassen — I attended the event for public comment on the recently crafted Vision Statement for Eastsound on Friday night and was reassured by the amount of citizen interest in the future quality of our Village. A number of impassioned and thoughtful comments were made including those … Continue reading

Trump Budget Details Indicate WSF to be Renamed WALL Flotsam & Jetsam

— a Maurice Austin Special Investigation into Stuff — According to recently released documents from the Governmental Organization for Open Process (GOOP), the much-debated Trump fiscal budget for 2017-2019 mandates a restructuring of the Washington State Ferry System (WSF), highlighting the transportation corridor as key to securing American borders under … Continue reading

There’s Still Time to Speak-up About Your Vision for Eastsound

— from Jeff Otis — On Apr. 6 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Station, the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) will be taking public comment on the Vision for Eastsound. If you’re not familiar with the proposed Vision for Eastsound, you can read the preamble … Continue reading

Mozart’s “Idomeneo” Shows at Orcas Center In date change, "Idomeneo" to be moved with "Traviata"

Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m., Orcas Center — from Susannah Weaver — Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” leading the remarkable ensemble cast of Matthew Polenzani, Elza van den Heever, Nadine Sierra, and Alice Coote. “Idomeneo” by Mozart is based on material from ancient antiquity and tells the story … Continue reading

Bioacoustic Scientist Will Speak on “Seeing Sound”

Saturday, April 1, 2 – 4 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal — from Janet Thomas — The Southern Resident Killer Whales are on the brink of extinction. Several threats to their recovery include shortage of Chinook salmon, pollution, oil spills, and noise and harassment from vessels. The threat least understood by the public … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Canceled Republican Health Care Vote

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — Gov. Inslee issued the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan announced he was removing the Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration: “Today 600,000 Washingtonians beat Congress, and can rest easy knowing that Speaker Ryan and President Trump have failed in … Continue reading