Council Unanimously Approves Immigration Initiative

— by Margie Doyle — After elaborate testimony by County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, heartfelt and pointed comments from 22 county citizens, and concise questioning by County Council members, the County Council endorsed the citizens’ Initiative 2017, establishing local sovereignty and equal protection under the law for all county residents. The … Continue reading

Make Sure Your Eclipse Viewing Won’t Blind You Amazon recalls a slew of eclipse viewing glasses

— by Lin McNulty — News broke over the weekend that internet giant Amazon is recalling some solar eclipse viewing glasses that were purchased through their online store, offering full refunds to buyers. Concern that some eclipse shades may not comply with industry standards prompted the response. Eclipse glasses should … Continue reading

Public Facilities Funds Awarded Throughout County Council approves county staff recommendations

Orcas Island public facilities for improving trails, repairing the Skate Park, installing parking at Deer Harbor and establishing a visitor experience at Orcas Landing, won significant funding from the county’s sales and use tax awards this year. In addition, the county Economic Development Council earned  annual funding for this year … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | August 2 – 8, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — August 2, 2017 17-005034 Theft 08:06:08 08/02/17 A deputy investigated a report of theft of services. Unknown person/s placed garbage in a business dumpster in Friday Harbor. Investigation continues. 17-005044 Juvenile Problem 12:27:52 08/02/17 A deputy was contacted by a concerned parent … Continue reading

Traveler’s Advisory: Mount Baker Road Reconstruction Project Expect days, detours

Monday, August 14 – Thursday, August 17 — from San Juan County Communications — The Mount Baker Road Reconstruction project will begin Monday, August 14 through Thursday, August 17. Expect long delays during daytime working hours. Detour routes will be set up at the intersection with North Beach Road and … Continue reading

It’s Highly Toxic Tansy Ragwort Season One of San Juan County’s worst noxious weeds is now in flower along roadsides

— from Jason Ontjes — Tansy ragwort, one of San Juan County’s worst noxious weeds, is now in flower along roadsides, in fields and in residents’ yards. Highly toxic, its alkaloids are present in all plant parts. Cattle, horses and goats consuming either growing plants or tansy ragwort in silage and hay, … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Second Mt. Stuart Rescue

— from Mike Welding for NAS Whidbey — The day after rescuing an injured 64-year-old hiker off Mount Stuart on Sunday, August 6, 2017, another Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island evacuated his 60-year-old climbing partner Monday afternoon. A helicopter from the Chelan County … Continue reading

Yakima Returns to Duty Resuming regular summer schedule Wednesday morning

— from Washington State Ferries — The Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Anacortes/Sidney ferry routes will resume their regular Summer 2017 schedule Wednesday morning with the Yakima rejoining the route. The Yakima’s return means the route can return to its regular five-boat schedule. Passengers can resume making vehicle reservations for the … Continue reading

Avoid Ferry Landing Area – UPDATED "Extreme congestion and crowd control" underway

— from Marla Johns for Orcas Fire & Rescue — UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. – August 6, 2017 Fire crews have cleared the scene at the Orcas Ferry Landing after a couple hours of assisting Sheriff’s Office deputies clear the roadway due to a disabled ferry mucking up travel plans for … Continue reading

Ferry Alert: Samish Down, Schedule Changes There is no standby space available for drivers at the Anacortes terminal due to an emergency reduced service. Drivers with existing reservations will be loaded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

— from Washington State Ferries (WSF) — UPDATE: Sunday Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. The Samish is out of service for the rest of the day due to a problem with the number two engine. This will cancel the following sailings: Westbound: 2:00 p.m. to Friday Harbor, 3:45pm to Shaw … Continue reading