Remember to Vote! Ballots due Aug 1st.

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Remember to vote!


Ballots due Aug 1st for the SJI School Board election.


As noted last week, this is a nonpartisan election and the party is taking no position on this. If you want advice, I recommend checking with your PCO for unofficial guidance. The list of PCOs is here.

You can find the voter’s guide here.


The fair is coming, Aug 14-19th. We need help staffing the booth. This is usually quite a bit of fun. You can signup here or you can email Michelle Loftus


Our most popular feature, the news digest is very short on material. There was a great deal of national news this week, but on the island people are mostly absorbed with summer. So let’s keep this email short, and I will combine it with next week.

Note that the fire danger has been moved to “high.”

People are getting pulled over for distracted driving under the new law.  Seattle Times published a more thorough article titled “Washington distracted-driving law has drivers wondering if they can still drink coffee on the road

Ferries return to full service on July 29th. Journal reports. Related to this, the Washington State Transportation Commission took final action today (Wednesday, July 26) on ferry fare increases that will be implemented over the next two years. Islands Weekly reports. The Journal’s editor wrote a blistering editorial about the ferry system this week, found here.

Sound publishing keeps passing around this article to its various newspapers: “Immigration group celebrates success

“Health insurers seek double-digit rate increases in Washington state — despite billion-dollar reserves,” Seattle Times. Setting aside whether such hikes make sense or not, it’s worth knowing about if you buy insurance in Washington State (as opposed to Medicare).


SJC Council Monday Meeting
July 31, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Marine Resources Committee Meeting
August 2, 2017, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Council Hearing Room

San Juan Action Agenda Oversight Group Implementation Committee Meeting
August 3, 2017, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM @ Islanders Bank Administration Building

Eastsound Plan Review Committee Meeting
August 3, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Eastsound Station 21

San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees Meeting
August 8, 2017, 3:00 PM @ San Juan Island Library

Ferry Advisory Committee
August 9, 2017, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM @ Orcas Ferry Landing Meeting Room