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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Residential Burn Season opens September 30 - Burn permits now available online

Residential burn season in the San Juan Islands opens September 30, 2019. Residential burn permits for the 2019- 2020 season are now available for purchase online through the new San Juan County Online Permit Center. In order to purchase a burn permit online, you will need to sign up for an account, even if you have signed up in the past.

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Increase to 'no show' fee DOES NOT start Oct. 1

There's a bit of confusion regarding the 'no show' fee for Washington State Ferries reservations. Here is the explanation from WSF spokesperson Dana Warr: 

"At its August meeting, the State Transportation Commission authorized WSF to increase the fees for unused reservations.  While the authorization begins on October 1, WSF does not plan to institute it on that date.  We will do public outreach before beginning a higher no-show fee." 

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Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands Sept. 4-10, 2019: Trespassers, speeders, sick horse, unconscious camper

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 191 calls from September 4 - 10, 2019 including: A Lopez Island resident requested assistance with the euthanasia of a gravely ill horse. Deputies on Orcas Island responded to assist a Park Ranger at Moran State Park with an unconscious person in a vehicle. A Deputy was dispatched to a report of missing medication in Friday Harbor. A report was taken.

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