Scammers are targeting physicians

The Washington Medical Commission (WMC) has been alerted that scam artists are calling clinics and offices posing as the Medical Board, saying there is a problem with a physician’s DEA registration or alleging they violated a federal law. They are providing our number as theirs and sending letters with WMC letterhead. A letter sample can be viewed here.

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6 paddleboard fatalities in 29 years; 4 in the past 30 days

The Washington State Parks Boating Program is urging stand up paddleboarders to be safe on the water by always wearing a life jacket and leash.

According to Washington state recreational boating accident data, six stand up paddleboard fatalities have occurred in the last 29 years — four of those have been in the last 30 days. One was on Mountain Lake in Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

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San Juan Islands Sheriff's Log: July 31-August 7: Man drowns, dog kills cat, car crashes, speeding...

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 252 calls from July 31 to August 7, 2019 including: A Lopez Island deputy assisted Land Bank personnel in clearing an abandoned derelict campsite from Land Bank property. No specific person was associated with this campsite. A Deputy on Orcas Island responded to a report of a dog having killed a cat. The person in charge of the dog at the time of the incident was charged with allowing it to kill a domestic animal.

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WSTC approved ferry fare increases go into effect Oct. 1 and May 1; no decision yet on increase to no-show fees

The Washington State Legislature's recently passed two-year state budget required $407 million in revenue from Washington State Ferries by June 30, 2021. The Washington State Transportation Commission adopted increases to the  current fares at its August 6, 2019 meeting to meet the requirements.  Fares will go up 2.5 percent for vehicles and 2 percent for passengers on Oct. 1, 2019, and again on May 1, 2020.

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Patience needed for traffic disruption August 12-16 in Friday Harbor

Drivers in Friday Harbor will need some extra patience Monday, August 12 through Friday, August 16. 

Intersection of Nash and Caines Streets when work started last month. 

“Local Access to Nash Street will be compromised on the day that the cement-treated base (CTB) is poured,” said Town of Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson. “We ask the local neighborhood, Mullis Senior Center and Fairgoers for their patience as we work through this necessary disruption.”

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SRKW population down to 73 orca

Three members of the Southern Resident Killer Whale population - J17, K25, and L84 - are missing and presumed dead as of July 1, 2019 according to The Center for Whale Research. The SRKW pods - J, K and L -  historically frequent the Salish Sea almost daily in summer months but haven't been seen except for a couple of days.  L pod has not come into the Salish Sea at all so far this summer. 

 

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