OLYMPIA…Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today, September 22, 2017 officially informed Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman that Russian hackers attempted to access Washington state election systems prior to the 2016 General Election – and failed.
Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 202 calls from September 13-20, 2017 including this one: A person passed out on the couch in the lobby of a Friday Harbor lodging facility. Deputies contacted the person, removed him from the building and directed him to the right hotel.
Mayor Carrie Lacher of the Town of Friday Harbor presented a plaque thanking and honoring the air and ground crews of the Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island at the Friday Harbor Airport during an evening ceremony on Tuesday September 19, 2017. Over the last several years Whidbey SAR has flown many heroic missions to San Juan Island to aid those in life threatening condition and deliver them to hospitals on the mainland.
OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative committed to democratic member control and community involvement. In the coming weeks, there are a number of opportunities for OPALCO members to join in conversation with the Board, staff and each other. Members are encouraged to participate.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, September 20, 2017 U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08), and Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01) led a bipartisan group of members of Congress urging the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to abandon a proposal to establish a trade remedy provision for perishable and seasonal products that would harm the competiveness of fruit and vegetable growers in Washington state and Oregon. The provision is being considered as a part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process.
Twenty-year-old John Mason, a deeply compassionate and sensitive Shaw Island resident, died by suicide in 2013. His sister Rebecca Smemo said: "It was hard for him, every little thing that came up, every little tragedy in the world affected him so hugely. It was agony that he could't help everybody feel loved."
Rebecca Smemo and Terri Mason on Shaw Island