Salmon and recovery efforts grow through natural shoreline restoration, land-based whale watching

— from Governor Jay Inslee’s office — Gov. Jay Inslee toured three projects in Northern Washington Wednesday to see how state agencies, tribes, local governments and nonprofits are carrying out recent legislation to aid orca and salmon recovery. He visited a restored fish passageway in Arlington called Edgecomb Creek that … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | AG lawsuit against Navy is a political spectacle, not a just cause

— from Christine Cribb, Executive Director, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce — The mission of The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is to serve and promote the business interests of greater Whidbey Island. We cannot imagine a more worthy cause than supporting the mission of Naval Air Station Whidbey … Continue reading

What to check, do, know before you vote in upcoming August primary

— from Mark Mayer for Our Revolution San Juan County — Washington’s Primary Election is just around the corner on August 6, 2019. Are you ready to make your voice heard? DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION You’ve done the first part: registered to vote. But have you checked your voter registration … Continue reading

State AG sues Navy over impact of expanded Growler operations

Navy’s decision to expand its operations on Whidbey Island failed to adequately analyze human health, environmental and historic impacts — from Attorney General Ferguson’s office — Attorney General Bob Ferguson [July 9 2019] filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over the Navy’s expansion of its Growler airfield operations on … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Library has no role in advertised meeting

— from Phil Heikkinen, Library Director — Some of you may have received a post card within the past few days about two upcoming presentations about “MASA Medical Transport Solutions.” I believe this mailing was intended for people who are retired/60+/Medicare-eligible, though am not sure. These presentations were shown as … Continue reading

Orcas Fire & Rescue welcomes eight new firefighters after 16-week academy training

— from Kim Kimple for Orcas Fire & Rescue — Pictured (from left to right) are new Orcas Island Firefighters: Micki Nichols, Locket Goodrich, Brittney Maruska, La Ren Rossie, Will Marlow, and Kimberley Kimple. Not pictured are Alison Dantzler, Kasey Jo Weigley, and Betsy Wilson (EMT). Orcas Island Fire and … Continue reading