Quarantine Zones for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease in effect in the San Juan Islands

Washington State Department of Agriculture has issued an emergency rule in an attempt to keep rabbit hemorrhagic fever - a highly contagious and deadly foreign animal disease - from spreading from the San Juan Islands to the mainland. The disease was identified on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands this summer. The emergency rule will be in effect for 120 days.

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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands Sept. 11-17: Ailing deer, threats, missing auto lights...

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 192 calls from September 11-17, 2019 including: A Lopez Island resident reported she received a copy of a typed letter which contained suspicious statements about a violent movie. The writer claimed they would be coming to the business in the future. An investigation is being conducted. A deputy took a report of a theft from a residence in Eastsound. The suspect(s) took a valuable bass playing bow from a case.

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Want to be Writer in Residence on the Inter Island ferry?

Writer-in-residence on San Juan Islands interisland route Love to write in a scenic environment? WSF's first Writer-in-Residence Iris Graville is looking for someone to continue her role on the San Juan Islands interisland ferry. She took her final ride as writer-in-residence on Aug. 26. She says her residency was “enjoyable and productive.” Graville hopes to find her replacement by early October.

Over the past year, WSF's Writer-in-Residence Iris Graville wrote aboard the San Juan Islands interisland ferry once or twice a week.

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Draft EMS/Fire contract put on hold

Tuesday, the Boards of San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 and San Juan Island Fire District 3 were poised to approve a 10-year-contract giving control of SJI EMS to the Fire District. Wednesday, September 18, after receiving pushback from community members and some staff, the two boards postponed the September 25 joint meeting.

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Sept. 22: Motorcyclists should make ferry reservations for Annual Oyster Run

The Annual Oyster Run motorcycle rally occurs this Sunday, Sept 22 in Anacortes. Travelers can expect large volumes of motorcycles and potential loading delays throughout the weekend. In Anacortes, Friday Harbor, and Orcas Island, motorcyclists are strongly encouraged to make reservations to ensure space on any desired sailing. Without reservations, motorcycles will be on standby and loaded on a first-come, first-served basis with other stand-by vehicle traffic.

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