Governance Archives - Salish Current

Pasture or power? Solar talk on San Juan Island

April 8, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Can people support something and not support it at the same time?

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Another explosive year for gun bills in Washington Legislature

March 25, 2024
Jerry Cornfield, Washington State Standard

As Democrats push through new restrictions, Republicans push back on whether the changes would reduce crime and curb gun-related violence.

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Friday Harbor mayor and council clash over leadership issue

March 19, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Mayor’s “CEO” management style not appreciated by council members.

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Update:  Orcas fire levy vote clouded by fire chief contract questions

March 11, 2024
Minor Lile

Contract consultant report questions legality of previous commission’s contract agreement.

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Despite turmoil, Orcas fire commission adopts levy resolution for April ballot

February 23, 2024
Minor Lile

Chief’s contract, volunteer dissatisfaction, commission tensions discussions continue.

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San Juan County development department struggles to right its ship

February 8, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

While interim leadership seems to be making a difference, San Juan County’s development department is still struggling with a permit backlog and has renewed the search for a permanent director.

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Amid controversy and turmoil, Orcas fire commissioners plan for a new levy proposal

February 1, 2024
Minor Lile

Staff resignations, no-confidence volunteer letter, levy vote deadline confront island emergency service.

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Keeping an eye on the San Juans in 2024

January 11, 2024
Minor Lile

As the new year begins, here’s a look at the issues and people to keep eyes on in San Juan County in the year to come.

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Legislator priorities in the 40th and 42nd Districts: mental health, housing and more

January 5, 2024
Salish Current Editorial Staff

The legislative session begins its short 60-day session Jan. 8.

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Six measures Washington conservatives are pushing on 2024 ballots

January 2, 2024
Joseph O'Sullivan, Crosscut

GOP-backed Let’s Go Washington is seeking to put the carbon capture law, police pursuit regulations, a capital-gains tax repeal and more up for vote in November.

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San Juan Monument advisory group dissolved by BLM

December 12, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

“Stunning news” received a week before the last meeting; naming of a new advisory group is months away.

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Open government vs. ‘legislative privilege’ in long legal fight

December 8, 2023
Questen Inghram

Court upholds legislative privilege; open-government advocates continue to fight as scope is determined. In the 40th and 42nd Districts, Shewmake unequivocally rejects legislative privilege while other legislators wait to hear what the courts decide.

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Zylstra Lake trail project removed from county plans

December 1, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

County council removes controversial trail from San Juan County transportation plan; options are pending.

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Orcas fire district levy defeat forces ‘austerity’ budget

November 16, 2023
Toby Cooper

Two-time “no” vote on levy proposal and turnover fire district board elections conclude campaign characterized by “turmoil.”

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Bellingham’s minimum wage, rental relocation initiatives pass. Now what?

November 10, 2023
Matt Benoit

Strong voter support propels measures forward; employees and management react.

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Multimodal trail in San Juan Valley opposed by farmers

November 9, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

San Juan County’s six-year Transportation Improvement Plan hearing to be continued, with proposed Zylstra Lake trail in the balance.

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