Legislature Passes Capital Budget Comments from Sen. Ranker and Gov. Inslee

Last night, Jan. 18, the Washington State Senate passed a capital budget to put people to work and invest in our communities. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement after the Senate passed the state capital budget, investing $4.2 billion in more than 1,400 projects across the state, and … Continue reading

Changing Comments and Committees at Fire & Rescue New Policy and commission structure in place at first 2018 BOFC meeting

— by Susan McBain, Orcas Issues reporter — A new public comment policy and the operation of a new committee structure were on display at the January 16 regular meeting of the Orcas Board of Fire Commissioners (BOFC). The public comment policy, adopted in December, creates one public comment period … Continue reading

Airport Master Plan Holds Open House 10-year old Master Plan to be updated by this September

–– by Margie Doyle — The Airport is currently completing an Airport Master Plan that will guide development over the next 20 years. The master plan began last September with an aeronautical survey to collect obstruction data and an inventory of the Airport’s existing facilities. At the Open House on … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Public Meets to Discuss Proposed Deer Harbor Parking

— from Terry Neill — The Jan. 13 meeting concerning the Deer Harbor parking plan was attended by about 70 people in addition to Councilman Rick Hughes, County Engineer Colin Huntemer and half a dozen other county employees. As the meeting opened there were handouts on each chair containing the … Continue reading

Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

— from Byron Rot for San Juan County — The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for two different grants for 2018 and 2019-2020 funding cycles. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts are invited to apply … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Why Orcas Needs Health Commissioners

— from Norm Zimlich — The proposed Orcas Public Hospital District presents many issues for consideration, but none as significant as the election of PHD Commissioners. Orcas residents already pay taxes for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, and they have also donated generously to build the Orcas Medical Center facility and … Continue reading

ICE Targets NW Immigration Activist for Deportation Protest organizer at Tacoma Detention Center to appear before Federal agency

— by Lilly  Fowler and Enrique Cerna from Crosscut.com — As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] continues to crack down on undocumented immigrants around the country, the agency has sent a prominent immigrant-rights activist in Washington a notice that it is initiating deportation proceedings against her. Maru Mora Villalpando, 47, known … Continue reading

OPALCO Seeks Board Candidates For District 2 (Orcas et al)

— from Suzanne Olson for OPALCO — Nominations are now open for the 2018 OPALCO Board of Directors election. There are two positions up for election in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands). Interested co-op members from District 2 can apply to be … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Call to Orcas Action Now! Americans and Islanders Protect the Dreamers and the Vulnerable Among Us

— by Eleanor Hoague, Judy Scott and Marc Cohen, updated Jan. 16 at 3 p.m. — An intense debate over the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is coming to a climax this week (by January 19). If Congress does not act to protect the more than 800,000 DACA … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision Survey Results: Orcas Residents Value Natural Environment and “Village” Quality of Eastsound Want affordable housing, parking and streetscapes improved

— from the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC) — Thank you to the 388 Orcas residents who completed all 65 questions in the recent Eastsound Vision survey and to the additional 217 who completed part of the survey. The large number of people completing the survey creates an accurate … Continue reading

Senator Doug Jones Remembers Martin Luther King “We must walk on in the days ahead with audacious faith in the future.”

— from U.S. Senator Doug Jones — Today, we pause to reflect and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. This is a day that many have come to use as a day of service — honoring the spirit of Dr. King by connecting personally with someone in … Continue reading

2018 Docket: Propose Amendments to Comp Plan, UDC Completed applications due March 1

— from San Juan County Communications — The deadline for proposed amendments to the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan and Uniform Development Code (UDC) is 4:30 p.m. March 1, 2018. The Growth Management Act at RCW 36.70A.470(2) allows interested persons including applicants, citizens, hearing examiners, and staff of other agencies, … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Users Propose Rate Changes New rate structure means about half will pay less; half will pay more

Mon. Jan 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Eastsound Fire Hall — from Paul Kamin, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) General Manager — At the Dec 14th annual meeting there was a presentation and discussion of a new rate structure proposal. Unfortunately, the attendance at the Annual Meeting was low. Through the … Continue reading

Inslee Speaks With Interior Secretary About Offshore Drilling Plan

— from Governor Inslee’s Office — Gov. Jay Inslee today issued the following statement after a phone call with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke regarding the recent draft offshore drilling plan. Zinke recently announced he is exempting the state of Florida from the new plan. “I spoke with Secretary Zinke today … Continue reading