Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands July 10-16: Assault at ferry landing, boat in roadway, threats, man overboard, Lopez car found in Federal way....

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 288 calls from July 10-16, 2019 including: San Juan Island deputies responded to an assault at the ferry landing. The suspect was arrested for assault in the fourth degree and weapons apparently capable of producing bodily harm. Deputies and EMS responded to a man in the water off Lopez island. The man was outside of his boat with no PFDs available. The man was evaluated by EMS on shore and issued an infraction for failing to have a PFD available for use. A Deputy on Orcas Island responded to a report of an intoxicated man sleeping outside a business. The subject was contacted. He left the area voluntarily and on foot.


CBC British Columbia launches Killers: J pod on the brink - podcast starts July 18

VANCOUVER, Thursday, July 18, 2019 — Today, CBC British Columbia launches Killers: J pod on the brink. This original podcast dives deep into the elements putting B.C.'s orca population at risk, exploring climate change, pollution and politics. Hosted by CBC Radio One’s Gloria Macarenko, the five-part podcast can be found on all podcast streaming platforms.

J35 still pushing her dead calf 24 hours later. Photo by Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research


Medicaid recipients in San Juan Islands will receive integrated physical and behavioral care as of July 1

On July 1, 2019 Washington state shifted the way it pays for the delivery of physical and mental health services for those on Medicaid (Apple Health) in San Juan County. This change will make it easier for Medicaid patients to access the health services they need.

This is part of the statewide shift in healthcare delivery across Washington to bring together the payment and delivery of physical and behavioral health services, along with mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

In the past, Medicaid clients had to navigate three separate systems in order to access the services they needed to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Now those services will be coordinated through one system, which should lead to improved health outcomes, more streamlined services, and better coordination of care from a patient’s primary care provider.

Most people in Washington will stay enrolled in their current health plan. If that plan will not be an option in 2019 or 2020, the Health Care Authority will auto-enroll Medicaid clients to one of the available plans. More information can be found at

Have questions? Community Health Plan of Washington is available to help at 1-800-440-1561 or



Larsen Votes to Support Servicemembers, Military Families and Military Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On July 12, 2019 Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted for the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Rep. Larsen successfully secured provisions to protect U.S. national security and support women and men in the military and their families.

“The NDAA makes important investments to strengthen military readiness and support servicemembers and their families,” said Larsen.

Addresses Trump-Induced Crisis at Southern Border

The administration cannot continue to use military funding as a piggy bank for building an ineffective wall on the Southern border. The NDAA prohibits the use of military funding for the construction of a wall, barrier or fence along the Southern border and prohibits reprogramming funds into the counter-drug account, a ploy the administration has previously used to fund border wall construction. Additionally, the bill prohibits the Department of Defense (DoD) from using funding to house children forcibly separated from their families at the border.

Supports Military Families

The NDAA includes provisions benefiting Northwest Washington’s military families, installations and the surrounding communities.

The NDAA provides a 3.1 percent pay raise for servicemembers eliminates the “widow’s tax,” and increases occupational support to military spouses.

Supports Military Communities

The NDAA provides funding to clean up PFOS/PFOA contaminated drinking water at or near military bases and authorizes funding for schools serving military students like Oak Harbor School District.

The bill also requires the Environmental Protection Agency to list PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances.

Accelerates Closure of Guantanamo Bay

The NDAA makes progress towards closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The bill includes provisions that ban any new detainees from being placed in Guantanamo Bay and denies the president’s request for a new permanent detainee complex.

Promotes Smart Nuclear Policies

The NDAA prohibits the development of destabilizing and unnecessary low-yield nuclear weapons and increases funding to protect secure command and control in the event of a nuclear crisis.


Lopez Island Family Resource Center receives $24K No Child Left Inside grant

OLYMPIA– More than 14,000 kids who might not otherwise have opportunities to explore parks, forests and other outdoor places in Washington soon will be able to thanks to about $1.3 million in funding, which Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday, July 15, 2019.

 Bow making class. Lopez Island Family Resource, Lopez Island Youth Outdoor Education Program


Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at NAS Whidbey July 15-21, 2019

NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – There are no carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Ault Field or Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of July 15-21, 2019.

People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However, the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield.

Both runways at Ault Field are now open. If OLF Coupeville is unavailable for any reason, Ault Field will become the backup airfield for OLF scheduled operations. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules.

Coupeville carrier operations


Ault Field carrier operations


The FCLP and other carrier-based training tempos are driven by operational training requirements, and may fluctuate due to weather and maintenance. Due to late sunsets this time of year, all night operations are pushed to later than normal times.

NAS Whidbey Island remains open continuously to support flight operations and training. Schedules for OLF Coupeville and Ault Field will continue to be released weekly for community planning purposes. Comments, including noise complaints can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island’s comment line at (360) 257-6665, or via e-mail:

Comments regarding flight operations should note the time an event occurred, where exactly the event occurred and as much detail as possible about what was seen. We also ask that people leave their contact information for our tracking purposes. All other questions can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at (360) 257-2286.

The Navy’s OLF at Coupeville is a critical national security asset that provides essential training for Navy pilots based at NAS Whidbey Island to conduct safe and effective aircraft carrier flight operations around the world.


San Juan Island Firefighters respond to residential fire in Westcott Bay area July 12

Smoke was emanating from vents under a home in the Westcott Bay area when San Juan Island Fire and Rescue firefighters arrived on the scene Friday morning, July 1, 2019. The owner of the home had safely  evacuated with his pets and there were no injuries. The crews were responding to a 9-1-1 call reporting a residential fire. 

Firefighters ready the hose. Photo courtesy of SJIFRD

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