Inslee Statement on Department of Licensing Information Disclosure to Feds

— from Office of the Governor — “I am committed to making sure that every family in Washington state, no matter how they got here, is treated fairly. I want to be clear that we will redouble our efforts to ensure that state agencies are not assisting discriminatory enforcement efforts … Continue reading

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

Letter to Editor | Thank you as Orcas Family Health Continues Financial Drive

— from Ken Speck, President, Orcas Family Health Center — This is a huge “thank you” to the many people who have responded to our request for funds to support the continuation of Orcas Family Health Center (OFHC). I am very pleased to tell you OFHC has received $145,000 to … 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

Garden Club Presentation: Drought Tolerant Landscapes for Pacific Northwest

Wednesday, January 17, 10 a.m., Orcas Center — from Helen Huber for Orcas Island Garden Club — The Orcas Island Garden Club welcomes Everett Chu, owner of Azusa Farm and Gardens, on Wednesday, January 17 at 10 a.m. at the Orcas Center. Mr. Chu will discuss the advantages of a … 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

Letter to Editor | Montessori School Thanks the Community

— from The Orcas Montessori School Families and Staff — The families and staff of the Orcas Montessori School would like to sincerely thank everyone who generously supported our holiday wreath sale this year. The wreath sale is our second biggest fundraiser, and it benefits the school in a multitude of … 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