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Levy lid vote likely needed for new Justice and Public Safety Building

LWVSJ Observer Corps* summary of San Juan County Council April 16, 2024 meeting. 

During public access, two members of the Marines Resources Committee, a salmon expert, a whale expert, and the Friends of the San Juans supported applying for a Salmon Recovery grant to complete the Jacksons Beach Restoration Project. Three citizens spoke asking the county to enforce county codes regarding two permits submitted for building projects on a Lampard Road parcel. They said the applicant was planning to develop a resort-type business on the property and not as claimed two residences for family members. They were building without approval and had a history elsewhere of building illegal commercial structures without proper permits. 

Orcas Island Fire & Rescue Q1 Chief’s Report

Orcas Island Fire  & Rescue Chief Holly vanSchaick and staff responded to 76 calls in March, for a total of 224 calls for the first quarter of 2024. Our average calls are 80% EMS and Rescue, with approximately 9% service calls, 4% false alarms, 4% good intent calls, and the remaining 3% fire, hazmat, or other unique incidents.

A patient transfer to Airlift Northwest at the Deer Harbor landing zone.

Pacific Fishery Management Council adopts 2024 West Coast Ocean Salmon seasons

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted recommendations for ocean salmon fishing along the Pacific west coast in 2024. The seasons provide recreational and commercial opportunities in northern areas of the coast but include significant reductions and closures in southern portions of the coast to achieve conservation goals for goals for both Chinook and coho salmon stocks. The recommendations will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for approval by May 16, 2024.

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April 4 Town Council heard County's administrative appeal of NOV re water at fairground

  LWVSJ Observer Corps summary of Friday Harbor Town Council's  April 4, 2024 meeting. 

The council announced that they took no decision during an executive session held before the regular meeting. Before the regular meeting was called to order, council member Turnage apologized for failing to uphold professional conduct at the March 24 meeting.

After opening the meeting, the mayor announced that due to the administrative appeal scheduled for the county all public comment would be at the end of the meeting only.

Larsen applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Migratory Bird Protection Bill

Bill Ensures Grant Funding to Conserve Bird Habitat, Boost Outdoor Economy

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) applauded House passage of the Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Enhancements Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Larsen, Maria Elvira Salazar (FL-27), David Joyce (OH-14) and Mary Peltola (AK-At Large) to reauthorize and improve the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA), the only federal grant initiative to promote the conservation of migratory birds. 

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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands April 3-9, 2024: 2 deaths from natural causes, lots of failure to wear seat belts citations, trespassing, threats

San Juan County Deputies responded to 165 calls from April 3-9, 2024 including: A Friday Harbor business reported someone having broken in and sleeping inside the business. No damage was done to the entry and nothing was stolen. An investigation is currently underway. A Deputy on San Juan Island took a report of theft of a Pride Foundation sign out of a yard. At this time, there is no suspect information or workable leads. A report was completed. A Lopez Island Deputy and Lopez Island Fire & EMS were dispatched to a CPR ALS call turned Death Investigation. The scene was investigated, and the death appeared to be of natural causes. Evan's Funeral Home was contacted, and the incident was documented.

Bob Ferguson releases plan to fix Washington’s failing ferry system

On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, leading Democratic candidate for governor, released his plan to fix Washington’s failing ferry system. Ferguson is the first gubernatorial candidate to release a detailed plan addressing the urgent challenges facing the ferries.

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