15 vacation rental permit applications filed in the past 6 weeks

In the past six weeks permit applications have been filed for three Aircraft Hangars on Stuart Island, eight vacation rentals on Orcas Island, seven vacation rentals on San Juan Island, beach restoration on Blind Bay on Shaw Island,  and road improvements on Upper Deer Harbor Road. The Port of Friday Harbor has plans to build a picnic gazebo and parking at Jacksons Beach. Former state senator Kevin Ranker and his wife Tina have filed for a vacation rental permit.

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Attorney General Ferguson files first-ever charges under Washington Animal Trafficking Act

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today filed the state’s first-ever criminal charges under a voter-approved initiative banning the sale or transfer of products made from certain endangered species.

Ferguson separately charged Donald Frank Rooney of Everett and Yunhua Chen of Seattle today with one count each of first-degree unlawful trafficking in species threatened with extinction for allegedly selling items containing elephant ivory using online listings.

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San Juan Islands Sheriff's Log March 20-27: Fatal crash, threat of suicide-by-cop, expired license tags...

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 181 calls between March 13-19, 2019 including: Orcas Island Deputies responded to a suicide attempt call in the Eastsound area. The reporting party advised that they wanted to commit suicide and that they were going to make the cops shoot them. The subject was taken into protective custody without incident.

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Appears CAG is recommending SJ EMS integrate with San Juan Island Fire Dept

According to an audio recording of the Citizen Advisory Group's last meeting, the recommendation they have given to the San Juan Island Fire District Commission and the San Juan Public Hospital County #1 Commission is to integrate San Juan Island EMS into the Fire Dept. EMS, which has its own levy,  is currently overseen by the Hospital District. 

At the meeting, Nathan Butler demonstrated how the report could be summarized, "We basically say, we are recommending a consolidation. Probably the simplest way to do it is annex the Town [into the fire district] and lid lift the Fire District levy. We recommend you expand your board to accommodate people from Town and [unintelligible]. We are recommending a memo of understanding for the outer islands."

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Town seeking applicants for open positions on Friday Harbor Arts Commission

Town seeking applicants for open positions on Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The Town is accepting applications for two open positions on the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who represent the interests of the Town, community, and local artists in advising the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition, and placement of public art.

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