13th District Coast Guard has busy weekend, stresses use of lifesaving equipment

SEATTLE -- Coast Guard rescue crews across Washington responded to multiple cases this weekend involving mariners not wearing lifejackets and deficiencies of lifesaving equipment found aboard vessels.

With warmer spring weather coming to the Pacific Northwest, the Coast Guard stresses the importance of wearing lifejackets and having the proper lifesaving equipment aboard vessels in the event of emergencies.


Update from Community Long-Term Care Options Task Force

PRESS RELEASE: To address the crisis created by the closure of the Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands, the Community Long-Term Options Task Force, an ad hoc group of individuals with expertise in healthcare and the community, has been meeting during the last five months to discuss options. We have looked for the best options for San Juan County on the issues of Skilled Nursing, Long-term Affordable Senior Housing, Home Care, Home Health, Workforce Development, and related support systems.

One of our guiding goals in this process has been to clearly define our community needs and formulate conceptual solutions for not only today but for the future as well.


Youth Leaders Demand Bold Climate Action

This morning February 19, dozens of youth from across Washington State converged on Olympia with their families to urge serious and swift attention to climate change. Several of the youth are plaintiffs in the lawsuits against the Washington State and Federal government, which demand such attention in order to protect their constitutional rights to a future.

Photo by Alexandra Blakely


Should SJI EMS merge with SJI Fire District?

San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Commissioner J. Michael Edwards and San Juan Island Fire Commissioner Bob Jarman have met numerous times to discuss having San Juan Emergency Medical Services (SJI EMS) move from the hospital district to the fire district. The merger has several obstacles and different motivations for pursuing it. 


Inslee Statement on New Pennsylvania Congressional Map

Today, Democratic Governors Association Chair and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released the following statement on Pennsylvania’s newly drawn congressional map:

The top image shows the previous map that was in effect since 2011. The bottom map is the one approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Read more on  NPR.com

“Today’s new maps in Pennsylvania show that Democratic governors are the single best path to unrigging the map across America. Governor Tom Wolf led the way to fairer congressional maps and rejected Republican legislators’ attempts to gerrymander Pennsylvania again. Thanks to Governor Wolf’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s congressional maps will be more representative and our nation’s democracy will be stronger. This is a victory for Pennsylvanians and for American democracy.

“Today’s announcement shows that Democratic governors with veto pens can make tremendous progress for fairer maps. In 2018, voters in dozens of states will have the opportunity to elect Democratic governors to hold the veto pen in the 2021 redistricting process and ensure fair maps and better congressional representation for generations to come.”


Do communities and nature have democratic rights?

Can the democratic rights of communities and the rights of nature survive the exploitation of corporate interests? This essential question, and the answer, “Yes!” is at the heart of the film, WE the People 2.0 which will be showing at 7 pm  Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor.

The film explores the struggle for clear water, clean air, protected ecosystems in communities across our country, and the essential rights of the environment that are growing ever-more-critical around the world. (Movie trailer posted at bottom of page)



Paving project on SR 20 in Anacortes starts Feb. 19

Washington State Dept of Transportation (WSDOT) contractor crews from Lakeside Industries are planning to start work on SR 20 Spur repaving in Anacortes the week of February 19, 2018. Crews will repave two three-mile sections of State Route 20 Spur west of Sharpes Corner to improve and preserve the highway. Crews will pave Sharpes Corner to Commercial Avenue and from Commercial Avenue/12th Street to the San Juan ferry terminal.

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