Newsletter from 4/21

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Greetings Conservatives!


Education Policy is something that I can’t pretend to know a great deal about. I don’t have kids, and it’s something that I don’t feel splits well along party lines. It is, however, something that matters a great deal, and I would like to learn more.

A group of local civics education advocates got together and invited Liv Finne to come to the island. She said yes!

This event is not sponsored by the Republican party. The following is from that group’s description:

Liv Finne of Washington Policy Institute will provide an update on the “State of Education in the State of Washington”

She will describe policies that improve student learning by expanding school choice, including Running Start, public charter schools, online schools, and vouchers or tax credits to attend private school.

Location:  American Legion basement
Time:  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Light Refreshments Served.



San Juan County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting

DATE: 4/28/18
LOCATION: Heritage Bank, Friday Harbor
TIME: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
WHO: All conservatives welcome

This is the primary organizing body of the Republican Party in SJC. Anyone can participate, and we have conservatives who self-describe in many different ways.

Each county in WA State is divided into precincts. They are the same for both Republicans and Democrats. San Juan County has 19 precincts. Each precinct may send one Precinct Committee Officer (PCO) for each party. These PCOs make up the Central Committee and may vote, but all may attend. Learn more here.

Who is your PCO?


 April 28: Central Committee Meeting

 May 10: Education event with Liv Finne (not SJCRP sponsored)

May 13-17: Filing week is

May 18 – 19: WSRP Meetings (eboard only)

June 2: SJI Event with KVI Radio host Kirby Wilbur

I’ve even heard talk that Glenn Morgan may be coming out to the island, which would be amazing


Even after almost a month, there was really not a large political news backlog for the island. I don’t include crime or other news generally.

The SJI School District Superintendent is leaving (speaking of education!): “San Juan Island School District superintendent announces departure” (Journal)

  • “San Juan Island School District schedules community budget workshop” (Journal)

Journal: Around Town | Updates on Friday Harbor roundabout, land bank purchases, San Juan Island’s sixth-grade move, and more

“Port of Friday Harbor commissioners approve Jensen shipyard purchase” (Journal)

  • “FH Port Holds Hearing & Purchases Jensen Shipyard, But Few Show Up” (Island Guardian)

“San Juan Island fire, hospital districts talk EMS merger in first public meeting” (Journal) (I neither endorse nor condemn this article, I am simply reporting it)

  • “Fire District & EMTs Mangement Will Form Committee To Explore Merger” (Island Guardian)

On Orcas/Lopez — “Why it may take longer for your next hospital or clinic visit” (SounderIslander)

There are a number of letters to the editors and editorials on the proposed Public Hospital District for Orcas. I recommend just searching the opinion pages, I generally don’t post opinion links.

Alcohol continues to be the drug of choice for teens” (Islands’ Weekly)

“New Washington state laws to impact San Juan County” (Islands’ Weekly)

“Puget Sound officially designated No Discharge Zone” (Island Guardian)

“Salmon Fishing Season Set – But No Restocking For Cooke.” (Island Guardian)

Skagit RP Press Release:
“MICHAEL PETRISH ANNOUCES CANDIDACY FOR THE 40TH LD HOUSE REP SEATMount Vernon — Published March 24th, 2018At tonight’s annual Skagit County Republican Party Lincoln / Reagan Day Dinner event Michael Petrish announced that he will be running as a candidate in the upcoming 2018 race for the State 40th Legislative District House Representative Seat.  Michael Petrish is a member of the SCRP and lives in Anacortes.”

Read more here!

Other events:

There is a SJI cleanup on April 22nd, you can read about it here. Read about the Orcas event here.

“Help Washington State Ferries create long-term plan at Friday Harbor open house” on April 22 (Journal)