AG Ferguson sues Trump Administration over reversal of water quality protections; EPA’s revision violates Clean Water Act, lawsuit argues

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson  filed a lawsuit June 7, 2019 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to revise Washington’s water quality standards. These standards, which apply specifically to Washington, are used to determine how clean the state’s waters must be in order to protect human health.

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San Juan Islands Sheriff's log May 22 - May 29: Burglary, damaged buoy, suspicious boaters, and lots of traffic stops....

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to numerous calls between May 22 and May 29, 2019 including: A boater reported running over a mooring buoy off West Beach Resort. She said they were unable to determine who owns the buoy. She said the boat owner is willing to pay to replace it and left her information at West Beach Resort. They cleaned up the remains of the buoy before leaving in the boat. San Juan County deputies were advised that a defendant did not turn themselves in as ordered by the court. The defendant was charged with bail jumping. A Deputy responded to a Lopez Island residence for a residential burglary complaint. It was determined that an unidentified person(s)entered the home while the owner was away and stole several items. 

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More public art in Friday Harbor

Islanders may recognize the two bronze wildlife sculptures now residing at the corner of Second and West Streets across from Town Hall. Red Fox (2001) and Paired Owls (2006) by Whidbey Island artist Georgia Gerber had most recently been on display at San Juan Islands Sculpture Park at Roche Harbor. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) selected the pieces for acquisition into the Town’s public art collection.

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Get $30-$60 a month OFF your OPALCO and Rock Island bills

OPALCO offers monthly bill credits for members from low-income households through the Energy Assist program. Energy Assist gives qualified members a credit of $30-$60/month (depending on household size) and the same amount can be applied to a Rock Island bill for internet services, too. However, members must renew their Energy Assist participation each year: the bill credit expires every April 30th.

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Access increased to locally grown foods for the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

San Juan County Health and Community Services is partnering with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor and Orcas Island Community Foundation to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks Program provides additional dollars for women and children participating in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutritional Program, and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, to spend at the Farmers Market this summer. This benefit doubles the amount of local foods that may be purchased, expands the number of families who are able to participate in the programs, and supports local farmers.

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Put on your reading glasses, comments sought on Land Analysis

A map identifying the parcel type and category of all land parcels in San Juan County is available for review. The county is asking the public to review the document by June 28, 2019. 

San Juan County is in the midst of updating the Comprehensive Plan which guides development in the county. The document is updated every 20 years. One of the first steps is the Land Capacity Analysis. This analysis will be used to inform decisions on the need for changes (if any) on land use designation, and expansion of Urban Growth Areas (UGA).

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