Islands' Sounder
New license plates to benefit San Juan Island stewardship available Oct. 1

Washington’s new San Juan Islands vehicle license plate will be ready for order October 1. Legislation authorizing the new license plate passed as EHB1996. Many thanks to Representative Debra Lekanoff, who was the lead on this bill, as well as Senator Liz Lovelett, both of whom worked diligently to get the bill through session. On April 29, Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill into law. … Read More

Cascadia Weekly
Hands Against Hate

HANDS AGAINST HATE: “We want to believe that it can’t happen here. But it is happening here, and it has been for a long time,” Vernon Damani Johnson reported to Bellingham City Council earlier this month. The Western Washington University professor of political science sketched the escalation of local hate crimes and social animus that earlier this month included a racially motivated verbal assault on his colleague, Karen Dade, professor and former associate dean of Western’s Woodring College, at a local grocery store. … Read More

Go Skagit
Public forum held on homelessness

MOUNT VERNON — Panels of social services providers and school district representatives described Monday the hardships experienced by homeless children and adults, and the underlying issues that cause those hardships. … Read More

Go Skagit
Results finalized in primary election

With certification Tuesday of the August primary election, results are now final.
The top two finishers in each of the 11 races that appeared on ballots in Skagit County advance to the Nov. 5 general election.
State Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, was the top vote-getter in the primary race for the 40th Legislative District Senate seat with 17,745 votes.
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Seattle pi
Winners and losers in Seattle’s Tuesday primary election results

WINNERS: Two appointed state legislators, Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-40) and Rep. Alex Ybarra (R-13) cruised on Tuesday. A former Anacortes City Council Member, Lovelett was tapped when Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, resigned. She learned the ropes, passed several bills including protection of Blanchard Mountain. … Read More

The Islands' Sounder
Lovelett wins senate seat; other primary results

San Juan County voters were in line with the rest of the state in overwhelmingly supporting State Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes in the special state senate primary election for Washington’s 40th Legislative District. The election was held to fill the seat opened up by Kevin Ranker, who resigned last January. … Read More