Popeye bites boater

Popeye, the official 'seal' of the Port of Friday Harbor bit a 71-year-old boater at the marina on Thursday, August 3, 2017 according to the Seattle Times. The boater was sitting in his boat with his arm resting on the boat's side when the harbor seal leapt up and bit his arm. No one was trying to feed the seal at the time. A registered nurse on a nearby boat cleaned the wound and bandaged the fisherman''s arm. Popeye is a well known tourist attraction in Friday Harbor. A granite sculpture of the one-eyed seal is in Fairweather Park. According to the Seattle Times this is the first incident of the seal biting anyone.

It's Werling-Sandwith vs McKenna for SJI school board

Ruth McKenna knocked Heather Christensen out of the race for Position 1 on the San Juan Island School Board by 11 votes. The San Juan County Canvas Board met Monday, August 14, 2017 and processed the rest of the ballots - including those that had questionable signatures. . The results were 322 for McKenna and 311 for Christensen. Sarah Werling-Sandwith placed first in the August 1 Top Two primary with a total 774 votes. Neil Curtis was fourth with 211.

Low retires from SJI Fire Commission; apply by Aug 25 if interested

Fire District #3 Commissioner Robert Low retired from his position on Monday, August 9th, after 19 years of service on San Juan Island. Commissioner Low served as Fire Chief of the Town of Friday Harbor Fire Department from 1998 to 2006, as well as San Juan County Fire Marshal. Low moved to Quilcene, WA as fire Chief, and later to East Jefferson as Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal. Since moving back to Friday Harbor, he has served as Fire District #3 Commissioner.


August 15: Public hearing on Immigration Initiative

San Juan County Council has the option of adopting an ordinance that has the same text as Initiative 2017-7 that will appear on the November General Election ballot. The council will hold a public hearing at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, August 15 for an ordinance protecting the legal rights of all county residents, regardless of nationality, place of birth or immigration status.  Among the things the ordinance will do is restrict the activities of the Sheriff's Office, ICE officials, and not allow the recording of certain information by county employees.

If the council chooses to adopt the ordinance the initiative would not appear on the ballot. 


Sheriff's Log August 2-8: Road rage, stolen crabs, burglaries ....

San Juan County Sheriff's deputies responded to 213 calls between August 2-8, 2017 including this one: A Lopez Island deputy was called to investigate a crab poaching incident in Mud Bay. Three men were observed by witnesses pulling crab pots that did not belong to them. The suspects were contacted and crabs seized. The matter will be referred to the Prosecuting Attorney.


Crab pot catches ferry

Assistant Secretary, WSDOT/Ferries Division Amy Scarton sent out the weekly Washington State Ferries Update. We've copied it here as it explains the problems faced by WSF  last week. 

Salish's propulsion shaft damaged by polypropylene crab pot. WSF photo


Hungry but don't want to cook or drive?

It's been a long week, you're finally home, ready to relax when you realize your pantry is bare. No worries. Just log on to www.youbuyillfly.com. Type in your address and choose from the list of restaurants that deliver to your neighborhood. Order your meal, pay online. Now sit back and wait for your food to be delivered. You can even track the delivery progress on your smart phone. 


Coast Guard rescues 10 from raft taking on water in Bellingham Bay

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued seven kids and three adults from a raft that started taking on water in the vicinity of Portage Island in Bellingham, Tuesday night, August 8, 2017.

All seven kids had life jackets on but none of the three adults had life jackets available to put on as they were rescued by a boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Bellingham.

A watchstander at Station Bellingham received a phone call from a woman aboard the raft at 6:10 p.m., who reported the raft taking on water off of Point Francis on Portage Island. The station immediately launched a boat crew to assist.

“This rescue is a good reminder that life jackets are always essential regardless how safe and harmless an activity seems,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Brazier, chief duty officer, Sector Puget Sound command center. “We are grateful that this emergency situation didn’t turn into a tragedy because of not wearing a life jacket.”

No injuries were reported and no medical assistance was needed.

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