Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands October 2-8: Excavator burying car, escape via a dead battery, speeders ticketed

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 155 calls from October 2 - 8, 2019 including: Deputies responded to an Eastsound address where a vehicle was reportedly being buried by an excavator operator. Further investigation lead to the arrest of the operator for littering, malicious mischief and obstructing a law enforcement officer. A San Juan Island deputy contacted an individual who was required to wear a GPS monitoring device which ran out of battery. The subject was arrested for escape in the third degree and resisting arrest. A Deputy on Orcas Island recognized the driver of a vehicle as someone with a suspended driver's license. The Deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The driver fled in the vehicle, abandoned it, and escaped on foot.

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No school on Lopez Island on Wednesday after lock down on Tuesday

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019 San Juan County Sheriff’s office was alerted by Lopez Island school officials to the possibility of two guns being hidden on the Lopez school school grounds. After a search of the area no weapons were found. An investigation into the circumstances and statements is currently being conducted.

The district will not hold school on Wednesday. Here is the latest update from the Lopez Island School District's website.

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Public invited to comment online about stormwater management plan; WSDOT accepting public input Oct. 7 - 18

OLYMPIA – Those who are interested in how the Washington State Department of Transportation handles stormwater runoff from highways and other paved surfaces have an opportunity to comment on a new Stormwater Management Program plan. WSDOT will consider online and email (sheena.pietzold@wsdot.wa.gov) comments on the plan starting Oct. 7 to Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

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Levy lid lifts, Charter Amendment, Shaw Park and Rec District, and more on Nov. 5 ballot

The San Juan County Voter Guide to the Local race in the 2019 General Election is available online. Countywider voters are being asked to approve a county levy lid lift. This replaces one that is expiring. They are also asked to approve a charter amendment which would switch the county to a biennium budget rather than an annual budget. 

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Video: Farm Parade in Friday Harbor October 5, 2019

The Annual Farm Parade took place Saturday afternoon, October 5, 2019 in Friday Harbor. The participants and spectators lucked out as the skies cleared in the afternoon after a rainy morning. Tractors, horses, pickup trucks carried folks down Argyle Avenue into the heart of downtown. CLICK HERE to enjoy the video or scroll to the bottom of this page. 

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San Juan EMS facing $350,000 fine from state; discounted from more than $1 million

The state Attorney General's office investigation into medicaid fraud in San Juan Island EMS's billing practices for off-island transport has revealed more than 400 improperly submitted claims. The state is offering to reduce what could be a fine in excess of $1 million to $350,000. The San Juan County Public Hospital District Commissioners will meet in the next two weeks to craft a reply to the state.

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Greenbank Birth Center now seeing clients in Friday Harbor

With the closing this year of Island Life Midwifery, the midwives at the Greenbank Birth Center decided, after 25 years of serving San Juan Islands families from their office in Anacortes, it was time to take the boat.

They found a beautiful space at 25 Nichols Street in Friday Harbor and have been seeing clients since September 1, 2019. The Greenbank Birth Center has worked with more than 600 families since they began serving San Juan County in 1993.

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