Sheriff's Log October 3-9: Horse, pigs and piglets on the loose, scam, car crashes

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 157 calls between October 3-9 including: A Lopez Island deputy was sent to look for a family of pigs and piglets running in the roadway on Mud Bay Rd. The animals were gone before the deputy arrived. A Lopez Island deputy was sent to check the area of Center Rd near School Rd for five horses reported running at large in the road. After checking the area, no sign of the horses was found.


Partners united for salmon, steelhead and lamprey extend Columbia Basin fish accords

BPA Press Release: Portland, Ore. – States, tribes and three federal agencies continue to work side by side for the good of endangered salmon and steelhead as they extend the historic Columbia Basin Fish Accords for up to four more years.

The original agreements, signed in 2008, provided states and tribes more than $900 million to implement projects benefiting salmon, steelhead, and other fish and wildlife, and $50 million for Pacific lamprey passage improvements at federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The Accords partnerships over the past 10 years balanced the agencies’ needs to perform their missions of navigation, flood risk management, hydropower production, fish and wildlife mitigation, recreation, water supply and irrigation in a manner consistent with tribal trust and treaty rights.

The new Accords extensions could run through September 2022 and will set aside more than $400 million for fish and wildlife mitigation and protection.

Since 2008, Accord dollars have: protected more than 36,000 acres of riparian habitat and improved nearly 7,000 acres; protected nearly 100,000 acre-feet of water; restored nearly 600 miles of streams and tributaries; opened access to nearly 2,000 miles of blocked fish habitat; and improved Pacific lamprey passage at dams operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The agreements also committed funding for hatcheries.

"With this renewed commitment, we look forward to building on the momentum and progress of the past 10 years," said Brig. Gen. Pete Helmlinger, commander of the Corps’ Northwestern Division.

“These agreements continue to represent a significant, regional partnership,” says Lorri Gray, Pacific Northwest Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation. “The work we’ve accomplished with the Accords illustrates the progress we can make for fish when we work together. We've seen that spending dollars on improving habitat is good for the fish and good for the region.”

“These extensions ensure we will continue to benefit from years of collaboration and direct coordination with our Accords partners,” says Elliot Mainzer, administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration. “The alignment derived from these agreements ensures we will continue to get the highest value for the fish and wildlife investments we make in the region.”

Accord agreements were extended with the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the states of Idaho and Montana, BPA, the Corps and Reclamation.To read the new agreements, go to



Chicken pox case confirmed on Lopez Island

San Juan County Health Dept Press Release: A case of varicella, or “chicken pox,” has been confirmed in a school-aged child in the Lopez Island community. San Juan County Health & Community Services has alerted medical providers, and is working closely with the Lopez School District, preschools and families to investigate the varicella case, and identify others who may have been exposed.


WSF revises October 22 - November 4 ferry schedule - PDFs now available

Update: Washington State Ferries has changed the schedule released earlier this week. The new revised temporary schedule in effect October 22-November 6 is now posted schedule on WSF's website.  The three-boat schedule is in effect for two weeks October 22-November 4. There will be no service to Sidney, B.C. and no reservations for these two weeks. Seven ferries are out of service, making changes necessary. 


Bipartisan legislation bolsters Puget Sound restoration funding, doubles amount that can be spent on each project

The bipartisan American Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 passed today, October 10, 2018 by the U.S. Senate includes provisions secured by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, to increase funding for critical Puget Sound habitat conservation and restoration efforts.


Might want to fill up now

According to Due to a natural gas pipeline explosion October 9 in Prince George, Canada, which has knocked out oil refineries in Washington state that rely on natural gas to power portions of their facilities that produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, gas prices are set to rise across the Pacific Northwest over the coming week.


Oct. 9: Port of Friday Harbor meeting - water feature, Sea Scouts, canoeing and overdue lease

Friday Harbor Port Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 10 in the port meeting room at 271 Front Street (under San Juan Yacht Club). Topics include the Sea Scouts, potential use by the Canoe Family group of the Jensens facility, a possible water feature at  Fairweather Park and turning over a Spring Street Landing lease to collections. 

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