AG Ferguson seeks to join lawsuit against Navy for polluting Puget Sound

Ferguson fears Navy will release more pollution in cleaning another ship currently slated for scrapping

PRESS RELEASE: SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today, Wednesday, March 20  filed a motion to join a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Navy’s practice of scraping the hulls of decommissioned vessels in a way that releases metals and other contaminants into Sinclair Inlet. This contamination can harm marine life up and down the food chain, including salmon and orcas.

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$1K + Youth Leadership Camp for Sophomores and Juniors: Apps Due April 12

OPALCO’s Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship Program is accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors of OPALCO member households. Up to five scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp at the College of Idaho. Applications are available online at www.opalco.com and are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 12.

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AG Ferguson, Gov. Inslee joint statement on emergency declaration funding

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee offered the following statement on potential funding sources for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall: “We remain adamant that Washington state will not help subsidize President Trump’s unlawful and unconstitutional ‘emergency’ declaration to build his wall. We are closely monitoring developments. If a final decision is made to redirect funds from Washington projects to fund the president’s border wall, we will file a lawsuit. Our complaint is drafted and ready to file.”

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Navy to implement Alternative 2A adding 36 Growlers to NAS Whidbey

PRESS RELEASE: After carefully weighing the strategic, operational, and environmental consequences of the proposed action analyzed in the Growler Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the Navy has made the decision to implement Alternative 2A (the Preferred Alternative), which adds 36 EA-18G operational aircraft at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, stations additional personnel and their family members at the NAS Whidbey Island complex and in the surrounding community, constructs and renovates facilities at Ault Field, increases airfield operations at both Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field (OLF) Coupeville, and changes the distribution of field carrier landing practice (FCLP) to 20 percent occurring at Ault Field and 80 percent occurring at OLF Coupeville.

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Free U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary “Adventures in Boating” Class April 4 and 11 in Friday Harbor

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Islands Detachment is offering a free Washington State Basic Boater Education Course on San Juan Island. The two-day class will be held on Thursday evenings April 4 and April 11, 2019 at Skagit Valley College, San Juan Center. The center is located at 221 Weber Way (adjacent to Friday Harbor Airport) in Friday Harbor. The classes will be held from 6  to 9 p.m. Pre-registration is required and the class is free.

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Join the talk about the Eastsound Village Green Playground March 21

The regular monthly meeting of the San Juan County Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC) on Thursday, March 21 will include a discussion about plans for the  Eastsound Village Green Playground. The Commission will convene at 11:10 am in the Community Meeting Room of the Orcas Island Library in Eastsound. A discussion of the new Playground at Eastsound Village Green will be held at approximately 12:30 pm, and public comments are welcome.

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March 20, 21, 22: Blood Drives in San Juan Islands

February was a tough month: With the snowstorm that hit the region, Bloodworks Northwest had to cancel many blood drives, and donors were unable to safely make it in, resulting in a loss of over 1,500 donations in the first few days of the storm. The snowstorm left Bloodworks Northwest with emergency levels for all blood types, and they are still working on recuperating from this loss.

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San Juan Islands Sheriff's Log March 6-12: Car crashes, fraud, loose dogs, fire

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 161 calls between February 20-26, 2019 including:  A Lopez Island deputy was called to a citizen dispute over beach access. A homeowner challenged people walking the beach who had ignored a county parks sign at Otis Perkins Park that says beach and tidelands to the south beyond the sign are private property. A Lopez resident reported Medicare fraud. 

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