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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands Nov. 30 to Dec. 6: Knife incident at school, more dog problems, 40 knitted hedgehogs stolen

San Juan County Deputies responded to 109 calls from November 30 to December 6, 2022 including: A San Juan Island deputy responded to a report of threats. A student had been struck by another and advised they had a knife that was later seized by faculty. The school enacted safety protocols regarding the incident and the deputy contacted those involved. This case is still under investigation. A Lopez Island Deputy responded to a suspicious call. A concerned Lopez parent reported that their child was being followed and offered a ride home multiple times by an older man that they did not recognize. A Deputy on San Juan Island responded to an animal problem. A dog attacked another dog unprovoked. The victim did not want to pursue criminal action, the case documented for potentially dangerous dog review.A deputy on Orcas Island was dispatched to a citizen assist. The reporting party was concerned about people being interfering with her at her work and her home.  A Deputy on San Juan Island responded to a report of a theft. A citizen reported 40 to 50 of their knitted Hedgehogs were taken from the Holiday Market.

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Dec. 12: Repair Economy Summit 2022: Repair. Reuse. Resilience.

Repair Economy Washington is a collaborative initiative built by fixers, tool librarians, and makers throughout Washington State. Our purpose is to highlight the importance of and increase access to repair and share efforts by supporting the entire ecosystem of repair, from repair businesses to free community repair events.

Update on Lopez Village Stormwater Improvement Project

San Juan County Public Works crew has completed the Lopez Village Stormwater Improvement Project new stormwater channel on Lopez Island which is currently in-use and performing well - especially during recent rains. This new channel is a major improvement for stormwater conveyance and capacity in Lopez Village. The new bridge has been installed and rock lining has been completed.

State and San Juan County change COVID-19 Data Reporting

As of December 1, 2022, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has decommissioned the Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) website coronavirus.wa.gov. As of that date, site visitors will be redirected to the DOH COVID-19 landing page. This streamlining of online resources reflects the end of the COVID-19 emergency order and a decrease in web traffic on the coronavirus.wa.gov website.

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OPALCO adopted 2023 Budget includes 6% rate increase for all members

The 2023 OPALCO annual budget was approved at the November 17, 2022 board meeting including a 6% rate increase for all members, funding for construction of the Bailer Hill Community Solar Project and energy efficiency incentives. The budget forecasts a 6% rate increases for each of the next five years to keep up with inflation, the rising costs of power and labor, and to manage the Co-op's equity position. The Co-op uses equity to borrow federal funds for major capital projects, like the submarine cable replacements that are scheduled in the next 10-20 years.

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New voluntary slowdown for commercial ships aims to quiet the sound for Endangered Killer Whales

Human-caused underwater noise that affects endangered Southern Resident killer whales comes from a variety of sources. These include recreational boaters, whale watch vessels, and large commercial vessels that transit Puget Sound and the Salish Sea every day. Now, a new program called Quiet Sound aims to better understand and reduce the effects of large commercial vessels on the whales in Washington state. Quiet Sound has five active projects, one of which is a seasonal voluntary slowdown of large ships which started in October 2022.

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Eric Peter: Statement on the 2022 County Sheriff Election Results

My fellow San Juan County community members

I would first like to thank Sheriff Ron Krebs for the opportunity to work and live in San Juan County, for his service to our country in the U.S. Marines, and for his 16 years of service to San Juan County as a law enforcement officer. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to enrich our lives by living in the community my wife and I dreamed of living while visiting for many years. I wish Sheriff Krebs the best going forward and he will be welcomed for his valuable contributions to our community.

Help improve Washington’s broadband access; residents asked to review broadband speeds

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a pre-production draft of its new National Broadband Map. The map shows where internet service is – and is not – available, down to your residents’ neighborhood and home. This draft map release kicks off the public challenge process that will play a critical role in improving the accuracy of the map and bring needed funding for broadband to Washington—which is particularly important in unserved and underserved communities, and disadvantaged communities.

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