Influenza update

Forty-six people in Washington state have died from lab-confirmed flu since October  according to the state Department of Health. Health officials want the public to know when to seek emergency medical care, when to stay home and also urge anyone over 6 months of age who hasn't been vaccinated this year to get a flu shot now to protect themselves, and others.


Sheriff's Log: Jan. 2-10: Counterfeit $100 bill, death investigation, speeding

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to numerous calls between January 3 and 10 including this one: A deputy responded to a report of a Forgery at a restaurant in Friday Harbor. Upon arrival the Deputy was told that an unknown person passed a fake $100 bill on the evening. There is no suspect information at this time. Report made.


Request for Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery is requesting salmon recovery project proposals for two different grants for 2018 and 2019-2020 funding cycles. Private citizens, non-profit organizations, local, state, and tribal governments, and special districts are invited to apply for funding through the Salmon Recovery Funding Board Lead Entity process for salmon recovery.


Fish for Teeth brings free mobile dental clinic to Friday Harbor

Islanders, unable to afford dental care, can receive it for free thanks to the local nonprofit Fish for Teeth on Friday, Jan. 19 through Saturday, Jan. 20.

“Many volunteers and local businesses work as a team to bring this service to those who cannot otherwise afford dental care,” said Fish for Teeth Founder Matt Marinkovich, a San Juan Island commercial fisherman.


Field Carrier Landing practice schedule at NAS Whidbey Island complex JAN. 14-20, 2018

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. - There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field on Wednesday and Thursday, January 17 and 18, 2018. No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of January 14 -20.

People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield.


NOAA says pesticides killing NW salmon, orca

Washington News Service - SEATTLE - A trio of widely-used pesticides threatens Northwest salmon and the orca that rely on them, even with these species on the brink of extinction. That's according to a biological opinion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries office that the environmental law firm Earthjustice unveiled this week.


Spring highway construction will affect San Juan Islands from April into July

Spring highway construction will affect San Juan Islands and north Whidbey Island vacationers If you have plans to travel to the San Juan Islands before Fourth of July, know that a large Connecting Washington project will cause delays from early April into July.

WSDOT contractor crews from Tapani, Inc. will build two new roundabouts in the area of SR 20 and the SR 20 Spur (the intersection in Skagit County where you choose to drive west to Anacortes or turn south toward Oak Harbor).


Alzheimer's Association recruiting volunteer facilitators for caregiver support groups in San Juan Islands

Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver. The Alzheimer’s Association is currently recruiting local volunteers to facilitate Family Caregiver Support Groups in San Juan County, including Orcas Island and Friday Harbor.

Family Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent and caring place for caregivers to learn, share, and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss.

Our Chapter trained volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, resources, and continuing education opportunities.


OPALCO Seeks Board Candidates for District 2 (Orcas et al)

Nominations are now open for the 2018 OPALCO Board of Directors election. There are two positions up for election in District 2 (Orcas, Armitage, Big Double, Blakely, Fawn, Little Double and Obstruction islands). Interested co-op members from District 2 can apply to be nominated through our online nominations app at The deadline is January 30th. The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee reviews all applications and recommends a slate to the Board for approval. Members may also be nominated by petition with the signatures of at least 20 members from their district. The deadline for nominations by petition is February 23, 2018.

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