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New law in effect July 1 offers free or discounted hospital care to 4 million Washingtonians

Approximately half of all Washingtonians will save money as a result of Attorney General request legislation

OLYMPIA — Starting Friday, July 1, four million Washingtonians will qualify for free or discounted care at hospitals across Washington as a result of legislation requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Washington's popularion is estimated to be 7.76 million in 2022.

The legislation requires large hospital systems to provide more financial assistance. Beginning July 1, 2022 approximately half of all Washingtonians will be eligible for free or reduced-cost care at hospitals that represent approximately 80 percent of the licensed beds in the state.

Shrimp fishing in Puget Sound

The San Juan Island (Marine Area 7 West) is open for spot shrimp on July 7-9; the western Strait of Juan de Fuca (Marine Areas 4 and 5) is open daily until further notice for spot shrimp; and the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca (Marine Area 6) outside of Discovery Bay is open July 7-9 and July 21-23 for spot shrimp.

Allow extra time for travel on the Independence Day holiday weekend

WSF says customers should be prepared if their travels this holiday weekend include riding aboard a ferry. Some routes will be sailing on their holiday sailing schedules on Independence Day, July 4th. Customers can note specific holiday sailings as they are marked on the timetables for each route.

WSF customers waiting to board a ferry at the Friday Harbor terminal on a busy weekend in 2022. Sharon Kivisto photo

Crab pots and ferries don't mix

Ferries and crabbing are synonymous with the Pacific Northwest, but that doesn’t mean they should tangle with each other. With most areas of Puget Sound opening for recreational crab fishing tomorrow, July 1, WSF wants to remind crab fishers to avoid the ferry lanes.

Damage to a WSF ferry from entanglement with crab pot in 2018 when five ferries were damaged by crab pots.

Roche Harbor wastewater treatment plant receives Outstanding Performance Award

OLYMPIA – Wastewater treatment plant operators play a critical role in keeping Washington’s water clean. The facilities deal with everything homes and businesses dump in or flush down the drain. This includes items sewage systems were not made to deal with, like “flushable” wipes, face masks, oils, and cooking grease.

San Juan Islands Sheriff's Log June 22-28, 2022: Many mental health calls, abandoned child, stolen field and brush mower, lost items

San Juan County Deputies responded to 177 calls from June 15-21, 2022 including: A San Juan Island deputy located a person lying in the roadway in the San Juan Island area. The person admitted to lying in the roadway to injure themselves. The person was transported to the ER for an evaluation. A Deputy on Orcas Island was assigned a kidnapping case. After investigation, it was determined to be a case of child abandonment. The case was referred to Child Protective Services. A San Juan Island deputy was dispatched to a Disorderly Conduct in the Friday Harbor area. The deputy arrived and made contact with the person involved. One person was arrested for Criminal Trespassing and booked into custody. 

Bail set at $25k for Friday Harbor man accused of rape 2nd degree of a minor

Jason Aldous moved to San Juan Island with his wife and two children six years ago. Monday, June 27, he appeared in San Juan County Superior Court and pleaded not guilty to five charges involving sex with a minor. The charges are:

Rape 2nd degree (incapable of consent)

Sexual exploitation of a minor

Sexual exploitation of a minor

Controlled substance distribute minor penalty count

Sexual misconduct with minor 1st degree 

The omnibus hearing is set for August 8, 2022

Glenwood Inn purchase finalized; Public access won't be available for a few years

San Juan County Conservation Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust jointly announced that their bid to acquire the former Glenwood Inn property for permanent conservation has now concluded successfully. The County Land Bank has assumed ownership of the 58-acre shoreline parcel, which is located near the northwest tip of Orcas Island, and will manage it for eventual public access.

Beach at Glenwood Inn property.

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