And the winners of Friday Harbor's Poetry Contest are.....

The Town of Friday Harbor and Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) have announced the winners of their first Poetry Garden Contest. A blind judging process was used to review 271 poems submitted by 90 San Juan County residents. Final selections were made by Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and include 20 adults and 10 students grades three to 12.

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Results from Tourism and Visitor Management Survey released

Results are in from the Islands-Wide Survey about Tourism and Visitor Management in the San Juan Islands. Conducted by Confluence Research and Consulting, the 2019 survey canvassed residents and businesses on a variety of issues related to the impacts of visitors to the islands. The Confluence results are available on the San Juan County Land Bank website  along with a summary of findings.

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Applications due April 10 for Nourdine Jensen Cooperative Youth Scholarship

OPALCO’s is accepting scholarship applications from high school sophomores and juniors. Three scholars will receive a $1,000 scholarship from OPALCO and the family of Nourdine Jensen. Part of the scholarship includes an all-expenses paid trip to the Youth Rally, a co-op leadership camp in Idaho. Applications are available online and are due by 4:30 pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.

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Navy signs legally enforceable agreement to stop polluting Puget Sound with ship scrapings, take steps to prevent additional environmental damage

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a court order requiring the U.S. Navy to stop scraping the hulls of decommissioned ships in a way that releases metals and other contaminants into Sinclair Inlet near Bremerton. The Navy must also begin a multi-million dollar project to reverse the environmental damage caused by scraping decades of marine buildup off the hull of a ship.

 

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It may be here; Person in county being tested for COVID-19

County Press Release: San Juan County has its first person under investigation related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global outbreak. A person under investigation is a person with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection and who has either recently traveled to an affected area, or has had close contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case. Testing is currently being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control to determine if the illness is novel coronavirus, and local, state and CDC health officials are operating in an abundance of caution.

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Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure explained

The procedure for choosing presidential nominees has changed from four years ago. This year in Washington State both the Democrats and Republicans will be choosing their nominees based on the presidential primary election (vote by mail) that ends March 10. For Republicans, this is not new, but for Democrats, this will be the first time that your vote in the primary matters.

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