Free music appreciation class begins Jan. 10

Another series of music appreciation studies, begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 10 in San Juan Island Library Conference Room. The Winter/Spring series will consist of DVD lectures on early sacred music, from the earliest-known to approximately 1700. The lectures are variously produced by the Teaching Company, the BBC and The Circle of Scholars, and will be supplemented by DVD and CD performances suggested by the lecture of the day.

All sessions are on Wednesdays, 10 AM until 12 noon or 12:30 PM. There is no fee. Newcomers are welcome and you may come to any or all of our meetings. No musical knowledge is needed. (Not sponsored by the library.)

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Statement on Governor Inslee’s State of the State: Joan Crooks, CEO Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters

Today in Washington’s 2018 State of State address, Governor Jay Inslee laid out his landmark proposal to make Washington a leader on tackling climate pollution. His plan would hold major state polluters accountable for their emissions and help transition Washington off dirty energy by investing those revenues in local clean energy solutions.

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Peter Garlock appointed to fill OPALCO Board vacancy

Peter Garlock of Lopez Island joins the OPALCO Board of Directors in February, 2018 to fill the vacancy created by Jim Lett upon his retirement. The OPALCO Board appointed Garlock to the position at the December board meeting. The volunteer member Election & Governance Committee (EGC) reviewed four applications for the vacancy. All candidates were interviewed by the EGC and also by the Board.

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Zylstra Lake purchase secured; now planning for public access begins

Almost two years to the day, and a full year before the loan was due, the public-private partnership of the San Juan County Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust concluded the purchase of 280 acres on San Juan Island that includes the 60-acre Zylstra lake complex.

“This is one of the most exciting projects that we’ve ever undertaken with our partners at the Land Bank,” said Tim Seifert, executive director of the Preservation Trust. “There are few places left on San Juan Island that can provide so many benefits for so many people, so Zylstra Lake has always ranked among our highest priorities for protection.”

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PHD board chooses Richard Frazer as interim SJI EMS Chief

Which was the bigger consideration, the San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services budget or staff morale and the potential merger with the San Juan Island Fire District? By a 3-2 vote, San Juan County Hospital District #1 Board of Commissioners at a special meeting January 8, 2018  selected the candidate with experience in administration and budgeting to be the  interim SJI EMS Chief. 

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Trump administration proposes offshore drilling, including in WA waters - 60-day comment period begins

WASHINGTON NEWS SERVICE: TACOMA, Wash. - Conservation groups are raising alarms over the Trump administration's decision to allow drilling off U.S. coasts. The Interior Department is proposing opening up 90 percent of federal waters to oil and gas drilling.

The new draft five-year plan includes 47 lease sales - the largest number in history - in waters off the entire West Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, the East Coast and Alaska. Sales are planned in Oregon and Washington in 2021.

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WA on defensive as DOJ announces marijuana crackdown

WASHINGTON NEWS SERVICE: SEATTLE - A move on Thursday signals what could be the start of a federal crackdown on marijuana. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced he will rescind the so-called Cole Memo, an Obama-era document that de-prioritized prosecution of cannabis laws.

Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use, and six others have followed. The majority of states allow the use of medical marijuana.

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Jan. 8: Climate Countdown: Day One, campaign kickoff to demand climate action

Activists from climate groups across the state announced will descend on the State Capitol on Monday to demand rapid and meaningful progress on climate change. Citing the great urgency of the situation—scientists have indicated that we have only three years to forestall devastating changes to the climate system—they are launching a "Climate Countdown" campaign, dedicated to pushing for immediate and bold legislative changes. Groups from Spokane, Wenatchee, Hoquiam, Everett, Tacoma, the Olympic Peninsula, and Seattle will be represented.

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Sheriff's Log - Dec. 27-Jan. 2: Fraud, speeding, overdose...

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 216 calls from December 27-January 2, 2018 including this one: An Orcas Island Deputy initiated a traffic stop on Terrill Beach Rd. The driver attempted to elude the deputy by concealing the vehicle behind a closed business. The driver was subsequently located and issued three infractions and issued two criminal citations.

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WSF: Severe weather may impact ferry sailings Sunday

WSF BULLETIN: The National Weather Service is predicting severe winds in our region Sunday, January 7, 2018. This storm system is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Western Washington. Safety is the number one priority of Washington State Ferries, so in the event of extremely severe weather, customers can expect WSF to take precautions that will affect the sailing schedule.

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