April 25: Town Hall on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty Regime in Spokane, call-in number available

U.S. Columbia River Treaty Negotiator Jill Smail will lead a Town Hall on April 25, 2018, as the United States and Canada prepare to begin negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime. The Town Hall, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place at the Historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At this event, U.S. government representatives will provide a general review of the upcoming process and plans for engaging the region. They will also take questions from the public; feel free to send questions in advance to ColumbiaRiverTreaty@state.gov. A call-in number will be available upon request for those unable to attend in person.


Health-Care system dedicates $2 million to gun violence research

SEATTLE - Kaiser Permanente is investing in a largely underfunded field of research: gun violence prevention. The health-care company is dedicating $2 million to research care delivery and how doctors can be involved in stopping firearms injury and death.

Dr. David Grossman, a senior researcher with Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, is helping to lead the task force. He says gun violence is a public-health issue that can't be ignored and wants the research to prompt other health-care systems to join Kaiser Permanente in its investigation.


April 18: San Juan Island School District Community Budget Workshop

San Juan Island School District will hold its second Community Budget Workshop at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Friday Harbor High School library. The discussion is open to the public and is expected to touch on budget implications of legislative changes to school funding, projected revenues and expenditures for the next three years, and short and long term challenges facing the district.


Recent Real Estate Transactions April 3-16, 2018 include 3 in Olga, 3 on Crane Island and 1 on Waldron Island

Recent real estate transactions in the San Juan Islands include two for more than $2.6 million each - one on Orcas Island, one on Crane Island. Three properties were sold in the hamlet of Olga on Orcas Island. One was for $1.6 million, one for just under a million dollars and the third was for $269,000. The dates posted are when the real estate excise tax form was filed in the San Juan County Treasurer Office. 


Prelim hearing for Kulp delayed due to hospitalization; Finney died in November 2017

San Juan County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring approved a motion for finding probable cause that Eric Kulp committed second-degree murder of his wife Abigail Finney November 22-23, 2017. The 44-year-old Shaw Island man's preliminary hearing is postponed because he is being treated in Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle. The hospital is ordered to inform the county Sheriff's Office 24-hours prior to Kulp's release from medical care.

According to court records, Kulp inflicted life-threatening stab wounds to his abdomen during a standoff with a team of law enforcement officers in Concrete on April 13. As of April 14, he was in critical but stable condition. He was heavily sedated due to his wounds and because he would become combative whenever he would awake. He couldn't speak due to a tracheotomy. Since he couldn't be taken into custody,  he was "unarrested" when San Juan County law enforcement left the hospital April 14. He was scheduled for surgery on April 15, 2018. 

Certification for Determination of Probable Cause written by county Detective Lach Buchanan on April 11 states:


Comment by June 11 on plans to protect Island Marble Butterfly

Photo by Susan VernonComments are being taken until on the listing of the Island Marble Butterfly, found only on San Juan Island, as an Endangered Species and the proposed designation of critical habitat. In 2016, the Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service determined listing of the island marble butterfly was warranted but was precluded by higher priority listing actions. It was given a listing priority number (LPN) of 3 based on the finding that the species faces threats that are imminent and of high magnitude.


Larsen Statement on Syria Airstrikes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee,  issued the below statement April 14, 2018  in response to last night’s airstrikes in Syria:

“The international community has long condemned the use of chemical weapons. Their use in the 21st century as a tool of war violates international norms. Using them against civilians is especially terrible. Syria's use of chemical weapons earned a response from the international community. I support this military action that the U.S. and two of its key allies conducted last night.

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