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Transfer station draft statement is now available
The 266-page draft Environmental Impact Statement for the San Juan Island Transfer Station Replacement Project was made available to the public Monday.

The release is a landmark in the process begun by the County Council in 2006 when it tasked the Public Works Department and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, a citizens committee appointed by the council, with studying the replacement of the current transfer station.

The existing operation has been running well beyond its designed capacity and currently does not meet health and safety codes, according to county officials.

The document is available for download in pdf format from the county’s Web site at

The electronic file is available free of charge on compact disk at the front desk of the Community Development and Planning Office, 135 Rhone St., Friday Harbor.

Hard copies may be purchased at the CDP office for the $39.90 cost of printing and binding (15 cents per page).

Transfer station study meeting Monday
A meeting regarding the Environmental Impact Statement for the San Juan Island Transfer Station Replacement Project is scheduled Monday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Fire Station Meeting Room, 1011 Mullis St., Friday Harbor.

This is an informational meeting with technical experts, county staff and authors of the draft Environmental Impact Statement.

This is the first in a series of meetings. Others are scheduled Aug. 28, Sept. 4, and Sept. 12.

Eddie & Friends Dog Park moving forward
With just a few thousand dollars left to raise, construction of the Eddie & Friends Dog Park has begun.

While it is still too early to set a date for the opening celebration, the off–leash park will be complete well before summer’s end, Lori Stokes said.

“Once open, it is anticipated that the park will be self-sustaining through donations of either time or money by park users.”

The park is located on a two-acre parcel of land on Mullis Street, between Browne’s Home Center and the fire station. It will be open for residents and visitors to take their canine companions to romp and play off-leash. The park will have benches, a source of water, dog waste bags and disposal cans, and a gazebo for people to get under if the weather is inclement.

If you would like to help the park with a donation of any size, contact Stokes at 378-4643 or Donors of $100 get a sign that will be put on the park fence. The sign can be decorated in any way that the donor wishes, for instance “In memory of … (pet’s name).”

VA begins primary care on San Juan
The Veterans Administration has started once-a-month clinics at Inter Island Medical Center on San Juan Island, on the last Saturday of each month.

The clinics are the result of longstanding efforts by San Juan County Council Member Kevin Ranker, working with Mike Gregoire, state Veterans Affairs Director John Lee and the Veterans Administration.

“After more than three years of effort, it is really gratifying to see this happen,” Ranker said. “It was not conscionable to require our veterans to travel all of the way to Seattle to receive basic medical care.”

San Juan County, with a population of less than 16,000, is home to about 2,500 veterans.

Frankie Manning, RN, Veterans Administration coordinator for the clinics, set up two small clinics in June and July at the medical center to work out logistics. Manning expects the August clinic will be able to handle more veterans.

“We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with local leaders on this access clinic, she said. “(Bringing) health care closer to home for our veterans is something we can all be proud of.”

The clinic offers primary medical care, including checkups and treatment for ongoing medical conditions.

San Juan County veterans who would like to make an appointment to be seen at one of the clinics should call (800) 329-8387, ext. 62626.

Cape San Juan Elvis is groovin’ in the grove
Elvis is back in the building. Or, at least, in the forest.

Frank and Darlene Reeves’ wooden Elvis statue was returned to its cedar grove on their Cape San Juan property, about five months after it was reported missing to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department.

Turned out, the statue’s disappearance was a practical joke by two neighbors.

The statue disappeared before Christmas. The jokers sent computer-manipulated photos of Wooden Elvis that showed it at the ferry landing, with some Las Vegas dancers, and hitchhiking.

Wooden Elvis was seen by a firefighter at a home on Bailer Hill Road. That tip led to its return.

The left hand on the statue was broken when it was removed from the forest, reportedly from rockin’ and rollin’ in the back of a pickup truck.

Reeves holds no ill will toward the pranksters. “Elvis is groovin’ in the grove,” he said.

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