Permit applications include: 5 vacation rentals, 3 hangars

Permits recently applied for at the San Juan County Community Development Department include five for vacation rentals - two on San Juan Island, two on Orcas Island and one on Lopez Island; three for aircraft hangars on Stuart Island;   two for Public Works projects; one for grading for a residential construction; and one to make a lot a common lot. 


Silverstein, Garlock and Whitfield retain OPALCO Board seats; Switch it Up! Campaign launches

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the results of OPALCO’s Board of Director election were announced at the 82nd Annual Meeting on the interisland ferry. In District 3 (Lopez et al), Brian Silverstein led with 1,661 votes, landing a three-year term; Peter Garlock was close with 1,264 votes to serve a two-year term. In District 4 (Shaw, Crane, et al), Dr. Jerry Whitfield won the position with 1,328 votes and will serve a three-year term; challenger Peter Hawkes garnered 511 votes. A total of 1,948 ballots were cast, which equates to 17.2% of the membership. The majority of the membership voted online.

2019 OPALCO Board of Directors Photo courtesy of OPALCO


FDA orders manufacturers of surgical mesh intended for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse to stop selling all devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today, April 16, 2019 ordered the manufacturers of all remaining surgical mesh products indicated for the transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) to stop selling and distributing their products in the U.S. immediately. The order is the latest in a series of escalating safety actions related to protecting the health of the thousands of women each year who undergo surgery transvaginally to repair POP.

The documentary, The Bleeding Edge, was shown at the 2018 Friday Harbor Film Festival. It exposed the long term health problems associated with medical devices including surgical mesh.


WSF and FACs to hold public meetings in May

Washington State Ferries with local Ferry Advisory Committees will host public meetings in May for each ferry route to inform and engage the communities. Learn the latest about the ferry system and share your thoughts. Topics include proposed changes to fares, implementation of the 2040 Long Range Plan and local projects specific to each route.


Repaving project closes Anacortes ferry terminal parking lot beginning April 13

The Anacortes Ferry Terminal Parking Lot A, the lot adjacent to the passenger terminal,  will be closed for about one month starting Saturday, April 13, 2019. Construction crews will repave the parking lot during the closure. The work is anticipated to be completed by mid-May. Vehicles will not have access to the 15 minute pick-up/drop-off area. Bus turnaround access remains available.


Live fire training planned for Sunday, April 14

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue is conducting a live fire training in the wooded area east of the District’s main station, 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor, Sunday, April 14, 2019. The live fire training is scheduled from 12 noon to 5 p.m. During that time residents will see smoke in the area around Mullis Street and Friday Harbor Airport.

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