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The state Utilities and Transportation Commission spent nearly three hours reviewing the facts and frustrations of the 10-day telephone and internet service outage. David Danner, chairman of the commission, said the hearing was part of a "thorough investigation of the cause of the service disruption and of the adequacy of the emergency preparations and response" of CenturyLink, especially focusing on the disruption to 911 emergency services in the county.
Community Events, December 2013
Town of Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson said four town employees spent about 12 hours in bone-chilling temperatures, dropping as low as 10 degrees, working to repair the break. It’s the second substantial break in the town’s aging water line in the past 15 months.
Meanwhile, the outage and its impact in the San Juans, and CenturyLink's response, remains under investigation by the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission. The commission meets Monday, Dec. 9, in Friday Harbor, beginning at 6 p.m.
Major planned capital expenditures included in the 2014 capital improvement plan are $250,000 for a patrol boat based on Lopez and $600,000 for the public safety boat acquisition, most of which will be financed by a federal grant.
The Friday Harbor club sent $2,000 to two California clubs that are coordinating plans to purchase table-top water filters for immediate and for long-term use. Water and sanitation are international Rotary imperatives supported by the Friday Harbor club.