Three children have chicken pox on Orcas Island

Three cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. Two of the cases were in children attending schools on Orcas Island. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Orcas School District, preschools and families to investigate the varicella cases. None of the cases have been hospitalized.

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Missing Southern Resident killer whale is presumed dead

On Monday, June 11, more than 50 Southern Resident killer whales returned to inland waters, including J pod, L87, and most but not all of L pod. It has been nearly two months since J pod whales and L87 have been seen in local waters, an unusually long break but not unexpected based on trends in the past decade.

L92 - Photo by Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research

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Temporary Restraining Order halts portion of work on Tucker Ave reconstruction project in Friday Harbor

A temporary restraining order was issued June 11, stopping work on a portion of the Tucker Avenue reconstruction project. A hearing will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 22 at San Juan County Superior Court to decide if an injunction will be issued. The TRO was ordered by Judge Stewart Andrew, sitting in for Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring who was disqualified from hearing the complaint filed by Carla Higginson, owner of 580 Perry Place. 

The disputed property at the corner of Perry and Tucker Avenue.  Sharon Kivisto photos

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Field carrier landing practice schedule at NAS Whidbey June 18-24, 2018

Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) training operations are scheduled to occur at Ault Field June 20 and 22, 2018. 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.

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SJICF awards $176,700 in college Scholarships for 2018-2019

Ten graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School and two graduating seniors from Spring Street International School were awarded new scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year from two different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. Previous recipients of the following scholarships have also been awarded one year renewals.

Friday Harbor High School 2018 Inkseep Legacy Scholarship recipients. Contributed photo

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Sharpe's Corner and SR20 construction update: Still need plenty of patience

Sharpes Corner roundabout construction update from WSDOT's Andrea Petrich: Work in Anacortes continues. I think I need to clarify what’s happening at Sharpes Corner. Last Friday crews from Tapani were able to open part of the Sharpes Corner roundabout – but the work is not done. I repeat: This roundabout project area is still a work zone.

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