Aug. 27: Protecting priority Southern Resident Killer Whale foraging areas in the San Juan Islands

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 27, as part of The Whale Museum’s Lecture Series Dr. Frances C. Robertson, San Juan County Marine Program Coordinator, and Dr. Jason Wood, Lead Scientist with SMRU Consulting, will discuss “Protecting priority Southern Resident Killer Whale foraging areas in the San Juan Island. This lecture will be held at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor.

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Sheriff's Log for San Juan Islands August 14-20: Trespassing, water system tampered with, tickets for unattended vehicles in ferry line and more...

Deputies in the San Juan Islands responded to 276 calls from August 14-20, 2019 including: A San Juan deputy responded to a report of juveniles drinking alcohol aboard a ferry. Two juveniles were arrested for minor in possession. A Lopez Island deputy ticketed an unattended vehicle left in the ferry line during the loading of the 1045 sailing to Anacortes.A Decatur Island homeowner reported that someone had tampered with the water system on their property.

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Labor Day weekend means more travelers, extra travel time; use WSDOT tools to help you plan

OLYMPIA – The last holiday weekend of the summer typically brings additional traffic, so planning ahead and allowing extra travel time is even more critical as Labor Day approaches.

Travelers can consult the Washington State Department of Transportation’s holiday-weekend traffic volume charts to help plan the best times to travel on key routes. If possible, altering travel to less busy times can improve individual trips and help keep all traffic flowing more freely. Those venturing out on land or sea can also use several WSDOT tools to keep updated throughout the trip.

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Messy problem forcing OPALCO to temporarily move Orcas office

The septic system for OPALCO’s 1970s Eastsound offices has failed. The headquarters building will be closed for about six months beginning September 10 to replace the system and repair the building. The Eastsound office will temporarily relocate to the original historic headquarters building at 45 Mt. Baker Road (the old dentist office) during construction and will be open for business as usual beginning September 16.

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Open Doors Program to start at Griffin Bay School this fall

San Juan Island School District announces the opening of the “Open Doors Program”. This student re-engagement program will begin on Tuesday September 9, 2019. The “Open Doors Program” is a student re-engagement system that provides education and services to older youth, ages 16-21, who have dropped out of school or are not expected to graduate from high school by the age of 21.

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Deadline to apply to be on Coffelt Farm Advisory Committee extended to August 23

The San Juan County Land Bank has requested the formation of an advisory committee to evaluate and make recommendations for the future of the Land Bank owned Coffelt Farm on Orcas Island. The Conservation Agriculture Resource Team – Coffelt Farm (CART-Coffelt Farm) is currently forming to take this on. The group will be comprised of up to eight stakeholders from Ag-related agencies who have a strong interest in supporting agriculture on public conservation lands. In addition there will be a minimum of three volunteer participants representing the local farming community, selections will be based on farm experience and related skills to help achieve the CART’s tasks and goals. The deadline has been extended to Friday, August 23, 2019.

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Local initiative to increase distance between boats and whales loses in court

A group of folks from Lopez Island concerned about the effect whale-watching boats have on the Southern Resident Killer Whale population gathered signatures to place an orca protection zone initiative on the ballot. While they had the number of signatures needed, the initiative won't be on the ballot. The Pacific Whale Watch Association filed suit against the initiative. There was a summary judgment hearing last week in Skagit County Superior Court. 

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