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Thirteen new cases of COVID since April 2

Submitted by San Juan County. Note: Current positive case numbers are available…

  • Apr 9th, 2021

 

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Inslee announces vaccine eligibility expansion to all adults April 15

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee announced on April…

  • Apr 8th, 2021

 

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Snatched sign, drifting dinghy, pinched pipe | San Juan County Sheriffs Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. March…

  • Apr 11th, 2021

 

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OPALCO Virtual Annual Meeting

If you pay your power bill to OPALCO, you’re a member of…

  • Apr 10th, 2021
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Straight talk for right now

Submitted by San Juan County. First off, though it was slightly tempting…

  • Apr 6th, 2021
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Gratuitous graffiti, absent Apple, skilled Samaritans | San Juan County Sheriffs Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. March…

  • Apr 9th, 2021
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Check Out Washington Program now serves libraries statewide

Submitted by Washington State Parks Washington State Parks and the Washington State…

  • Apr 9th, 2021
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SJC COVID-19 vaccine registration, 9 a.m., April 5

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Health and Community Services…

  • Apr 4th, 2021
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IslandRides is hoping to launch on Orcas.

IslandRides Orcas

Submitted by Orcas Community Resource Center. While we have known that there…

  • Apr 2nd, 2021
IslandRides is hoping to launch on Orcas.
The Exchange is now open five days a week.

The Exchange is back open to five days a week

Submitted by Orcas Recycling Services and The Exchange. The sun is shining,…

  • Apr 2nd, 2021
The Exchange is now open five days a week.
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County seeks Orcas resident for housing committe

Are you an Orcas resident who is passionate and knowledgeable about affordable…

  • Apr 5th, 2021
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Renaissance man John Largess presents online cooking class

by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Miró Quartet violist and chef…

  • Apr 6th, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccinations began on Dec. 31, 2020.

San Juan County leads the state in COVID-19 vaccination rates

At the tail end of 2020, San Juan County began holding its…

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COVID-19 vaccinations began on Dec. 31, 2020.
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Celebrating the Gifts of Hospice Volunteers | Editorial

by Hospice of the Northwest and Sounder staff For more than 30…

  • Apr 3rd, 2021
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Catching up with the ferries

Though ferry ridership in the San Juans has nearly returned to its…

The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
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Kicked car, enigmatic explosion, consistent cat | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. March…

  • Mar 30th, 2021
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Orcas Christian hires new teacher

Submitted by Orcas Christian School. Orcas Christian school has announced a new…

  • Mar 30th, 2021
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OCS Snow Club ends season at Mt. Baker

Submitted by Orcas Christian School. The sun was out and the snow…

  • Mar 29th, 2021
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Washington State Ferries want your input

Our next survey is just around the corner, and we want your…

  • Mar 29th, 2021
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San Juan County Courts resume jury trials

You will start seeing juror summonses again soon.

  • Mar 27th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission Update

By Minor Lile Sounder Contributor It has been a busy two weeks…

  • Mar 26th, 2021
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Two new COVID cases ends San Juan County’s caseless streak

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  • Mar 26th, 2021
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The new clinic opens April 5.

New clinic to offer after-hours care

A new model of after-hours care will soon be available to islanders.…

The new clinic opens April 5.
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Celebrity volunteer Orcas Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lance Evans helped deliver hot meals as part of the March for Meals.

Home delivery offers heart and health to area’s elders

Perhaps nothing says love better than a hot meal or a warm,…

  • Mar 24th, 2021
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Celebrity volunteer Orcas Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lance Evans helped deliver hot meals as part of the March for Meals.
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Talking about organic waste in San Juan County

More than 40 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills…

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Register online for Orcas Family Health Covid vaccine clinic

Orcas Family Health Center will be opening registration for first dose vaccine…

  • Mar 22nd, 2021
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Insect interference, aircraft accidents, mistaken moorage | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. March…

  • Mar 22nd, 2021
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The mobile dental unit is on the way.

Mobile dental clinics offer Medicaid and uninsured patients access to care on Orcas Island

People in San Juan County who don’t have dental insurance or who…

  • Mar 21st, 2021
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More Customers, more hours, more fresh food:Orcas Food Bank in Covid year 2

by Rick Rhoads Orcas Island Food Bank As people lost jobs and…

  • Mar 19th, 2021
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SJC vaccine registration event 9 a.m., March 22

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Health and Community Services…

  • Mar 19th, 2021
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Dungeons and Dragons and Drama benefits five local theatres. Streaming live March 21 and 28 at 6 p.m.

Dungeons, Dragons, Drama!

Orcas Center’s Artist Director Jake Perrine, is one of five performers who…

  • Mar 18th, 2021
Dungeons and Dragons and Drama benefits five local theatres. Streaming live March 21 and 28 at 6 p.m.
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Orcasong offers webinar on Reimagining our World

Submitted by the OrcaSong Institute. As a hub for social organizing and…

  • Mar 18th, 2021
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County Council amends vacation rental moratorium to cover only select land use designations on Orcas and Lopez

Recognizing that vacation rentals aren’t as significant of a problem in some…

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The “Gear Up” workshop will focus on underwater noise and vessel traffic, issues that affect not only the endangered Southern Resident orcas but many other marine mammals as well.

Whale Museum goes virtual with workshop for marine naturalists

Submitted by the Whale Museum. The Whale Museum is holding an exciting…

  • Mar 16th, 2021
The “Gear Up” workshop will focus on underwater noise and vessel traffic, issues that affect not only the endangered Southern Resident orcas but many other marine mammals as well.
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Raging room, clogging conifers, beached bones | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. March…

  • Mar 15th, 2021
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OPALCO Election opens March 22

Submitted by Orcas Power & Light Cooperative OPALCO members are owners of…

  • Mar 15th, 2021
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What’s happening at the Orcas Animal Shelter

Submitted by the Orcas Animal Shelter. Pet of the month Savannah is…

  • Mar 15th, 2021
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The next online meeting about the merger is scheduled for March 18.

Clinic merger | What you need to know

Orcas Island is inching closer to a combined medical clinic. Since an…

The next online meeting about the merger is scheduled for March 18.
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San Juan County COVID first dose open registration, March 15

New Vaccine Registration Window: MONDAY MARCH 15th @ 9AM Those who are…

  • Mar 13th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission will hold online town halls.

Charter Review to hold town hall sessions

By Minor Lile Sounder Contributor In an effort to solicit input from…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
Charter Review Commission will hold online town halls.