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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Sheriff's Log for San Juan Islands January 29-February 10: Death investigation, threats, house move not going well, and a wayward sheep

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 391 calls from Jan. 29 to Feb. 10, 2020 including: A Lopez Island deputy returned a wayward sheep to its pasture where it was resoundingly welcomed by the rest of the flock. An out-of-state property owner was concerned that  a house that was being moved was going to end up on his Lopez Island property.  A Lopez Island Deputy responded for a report of a man in the ditch on Fisherman Bay Rd. San Juan Island deputies responded to a death investigation in Friday Harbor. The investigation is ongoing.

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Voters approve sales tax and school levy

Voters in San Juan County approved a sales tax increase that will fund emergency communication systems and facilities. The margin in the February 11, 2020 special election was 67 percent in favor and 32 percent against. 4,833 ballots were counted with another 1,500 left to count as of 8 p.m. The votes were 3,135 for and 1,501 against. 

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Friday Harbor High School students promote the Tardigrade as Washington’s Official Micro-Animal in Olympia

Do you know what a tardigrade is? If not, it’s time to find out! It could soon become Washington State’s official micro-animal thanks to a partnership between students at Friday Harbor High School, Riverday School in Spokane, Jefferson Middle School in Olympia, along with Lynn Bahrych from the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and Katie Fleming from Friends of the San Juans.

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San Juan County Council holds joint meeting with Port of Friday Harbor Feb. 11; agendas for Feb. 10 and 11 posted

The San Juan County Council will hold a joint meeting with the Port of Friday Harbor during the council's regular meeting Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

A discussion about the election of the Charter Review Commission is one of the items on the San Juan County Council's Monday agenda.  Both agendas are posted below.

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County Roads open

San Juan County Public Works said as of Saturday, February 8, All county roads on San Juan Island are now OPEN to traffic. Isolated areas of ponding may remain. Please adhere to advisory signs and drive with caution.

This was the situation on February 6, 2020. Paul Arons photo

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