CBO Report: 21 million more uninsured by 2020, 24 million by 2026 if Trumpcare enacted

The Congressional Budget Office released its estimates of the cost of the American Health Care Act - also know as Trumpcare or Ryancare on March 13, 2017. An estimated 24 million people who are currently insured under the Affordable Care Act - Obamacare - would be uninsured by 2026. That would bring the total of uninsured citizens to 52 million.

In San Juan County, 13.4 percent of residents are on medicaid and 7.8 percent are uninsured. The county's percentage of population on medicaid is the lowest in the state. Almost half of the county's population 48.9 percent are on private insurance and 29.9 percent are on medicare. The medicare percentage comes in second in the state behind Jefferson County which has 32.2 percent of its population on medicare. 

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Staff got a little help from FHHS seniors Friday night

A basket by a Friday Harbor High School senior broke the tie just before the buzzer in the annual Senior/Staff basketball game Friday, March 10, 2017. His shot into the competitor's hoop won the game for the staff. The revelry included boys basketball team members in cheerleader uniforms, cheerleaders in tutus, audience members hauled into jail. Even the two referees were jailed for two minutes during the final period.

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March 14 and 15: Kindergarten registration at FHES (info in English and Spanish)

All parents of children who will be five years old on or before August 31, 2017 are invited to meet with Friday Harbor Elementary school staff and begin the kindergarten registration process. Kindergarten registration will be held on Tuesday March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Please call the Friday Harbor Elementary School office at 378.5209 to schedule an appointment.

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WSF Hyak earns its gold stripe

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Washington State Ferries Hyak turned 50 years old this week. It was the first of four Super Class Ferries built in San Diego in 1967-68. The Hyak was one of five ferries that achieved 100 percent mechanical reliability in 2016. It sailed 51,000 nautical miles without breakdowns or missed trips. Hyak has not been rebuilt since it was constructed. The three other Super Class ferries - Kaleetan, Yakima, Elwha - have been rebuilt.

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NAS Whidbey Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule: March 12-18, 2017

Aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island is scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 17, 2017 and Ault Field from Monday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

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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Schools saved from dropping over levy cliff

San Juan Island School District Board members were saved from figuring out an additional $300,000 in budget cuts for the 2017/18 school year. Legislation (HB 1059) introduced by state Representative Kris Lytton (D-Anacortes) passed the house and a companion bill (SB 5023) passed the senate preventing an estimated $500 million cut to school districts state-wide.  

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