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.”


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. 



Immunization laws have changed; Make sure your child will be able to attend school

Washington state laws regarding immunization records have changed. Returning students no longer have a 30-day period to prove compliance with immunization laws before they may be excluded from public school. Additionally personal/philosophical/religious exemptions are no longer allowed for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination (only religious membership exemptions will be allowed for this immunization requirement). 


Outstanding performance awards go to 110 wastewater treatment plants; 4 in San Juan Islands

OLYMPIA – Wastewater treatment plant operators play a critical role in keeping Washington’s waters clean. Treatment plants deal with everything we dump down the drain or flush down the toilet.

Despite all of the potential hurdles these facilities and their operators face, 110 wastewater treatment plants in Washington garnered top-performing status this year. Four treatment plants in the San Juan Islands were awarded the annual Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance Award:  


Sheriff's Log San Juan Islands July 24-31: Dog bites, Trump Island fire, illegal camping, mysteriously appearance of furniture

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 341 calls from July 24 to 31, 2019 including: A Deputy received a call from a Lopez Island resident regarding an unidentified person entering their rental property home and leaving furniture. The furniture was subsequently removed by the unidentified person. It is suspected the furniture was delivered to the wrong address by mistake.

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