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County’s COVID case count returns

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

  • Jul 23rd, 2021

 

J-Pod in San Juan Channel on their last visit to the Salish Sea on April 10. (Orca Behavior Institute photo)

J-pod not seen in Salish Sea for 100 days

Submitted by the Orca Behavior Institute. May through September used to be…

  • Jul 24th, 2021

 

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EPA and Environment Canada issue report on health of Salish Sea

Health indicators reflect some troubling data and hopeful signs

  • Jul 23rd, 2021

 

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Three new cases of COVID in the islands are vaccine breakthroughs

Submitted by San Juan County. After more than a month of no…

  • Jul 21st, 2021
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Traffic fatality on Orcas Island

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. At 7:36 a.m. on…

  • Jul 19th, 2021
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Richard and his wife Lauren.

Director Richard Donner left his mark on Hollywood and the San Juans

Producer and director Richard Donner, who passed on July 5, left a…

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Richard and his wife Lauren.
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Reward for helping catch Pride flag thief

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s office. A reward of $1,000…

  • Jul 20th, 2021
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Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues

The moratorium on new vacation rental permits in San Juan County continues.…

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Interisland sailings canceled due to crew shortage

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Several interisland sailings will be canceled on…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
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Skatepark scrawlings, confined canine, steamed shopper | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 19th, 2021
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Prepare to jam at the Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree

Submitted by Orcas Power & Light Cooperative. On August 5 at 4:30…

  • Jul 19th, 2021
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Charter amendments proposed to the county council | Voters to weigh in during election

by Minor Lile Contributor After nearly six months of work, the San…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
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Larsen: Expanded Child tax credit puts money in pockets of northwest Washington’s working families

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) is encouraging…

  • Jul 18th, 2021
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Ecology declares drought emergency

Record-breaking heat wave exacerbates already dry conditions across state

  • Jul 17th, 2021
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SHIBA volunteers for Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.

SHIBA welcomes partnership with Inter Island Healthcare Foundation

Submitted by the Inter Island Healthcare Foundation. Effective July 1, Inter Island…

  • Jul 14th, 2021
SHIBA volunteers for Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.
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San Juan County fire districts urge safety

Submitted by San Juan County fire districts. Dear Residents and visitors of…

  • Jul 14th, 2021
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Van Haalen pleads guilty and receives deferred sentence

Former Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal Caspar van Haalen pleaded guilty to…

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Jordan Lynn-Jefferson receiving a Certificate of Graduation from San Juan Drug Court with Brad Fincher, Drug Court Case Manager.

County Drug Court celebrates its first graduate

by Jane Severin Drug Court Coordinator The San Juan County Adult Drug…

  • Jul 15th, 2021
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Jordan Lynn-Jefferson receiving a Certificate of Graduation from San Juan Drug Court with Brad Fincher, Drug Court Case Manager.
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Adverse advances, speeding scofflaws, prohibited pyro | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 13th, 2021
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Flex Fund loan program for Washington small businesses and nonprofits

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Commerce. Small business owners and…

  • Jul 11th, 2021
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Rental assistance available for San Juan County tenants and landlords

Are you a San Juan County Tenant who has fallen behind on…

  • Jul 9th, 2021
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Dr. Dave Shinstrom to retire — date and venue change!

Come celebrate nearly 30 years of commitment to healthcare on Orcas Island…

  • Jul 12th, 2021
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Dr. David Shinstrom.
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San Juan County recognizes Plastic Free July

During its regular meeting on June 28, San Juan County Council approved…

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San Juan County Manager Mike Thomas, left, will replace Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson, right, when he retires in January.

Mike Thomas to be Friday Harbor Town Administrator

Mike Thomas will transition from San Juan County Manager to Friday Harbor…

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San Juan County Manager Mike Thomas, left, will replace Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson, right, when he retires in January.
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State park shots, dog days of summer and a variety of vandals | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 7th, 2021
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Don’t forget your mask after June 30 — you may still need it even if you’re vaccinated

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. The Secretary of Health’s…

  • Jul 7th, 2021
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Inslee declares state of emergency banning burning statewide

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide…

  • Jul 7th, 2021
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Tom Eades has worked for SJC dispatch for three decades.

County dispatch office also suffers from a short staff

Many businesses on San Juan Island are struggling with being short-staffed, but…

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Tom Eades has worked for SJC dispatch for three decades.
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Council to hold vacation rental moratorium public hearing

San Juan County Council will hold a public hearing to consider the…

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Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms (top) and The Horsenecks (bottom) will be performing live at Eastsound’s Village Green at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 10.

Klauder – Willms, The Horsenecks play the Green

Summer Concerts on The Village Green, a joint venture between Orcas Center…

  • Jul 5th, 2021
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Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms (top) and The Horsenecks (bottom) will be performing live at Eastsound’s Village Green at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 10.
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Washington Trail Association workers pose on a trail they are refurbishing in Moran State Park.

Islands receive more than $2 million in recreation grants

Submitted by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office. The Recreation and Conservation…

  • Jul 4th, 2021
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Washington Trail Association workers pose on a trail they are refurbishing in Moran State Park.
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Burn ban begins in state parks

Submitted by Washington State Parks. Effective immediately, Washington State Parks is banning…

  • Jul 4th, 2021
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Island tick study launches

Submitted by Kwiaht. Lopez-based conservation biology laboratory Kwiaht has launched a two-year…

  • Jul 3rd, 2021
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WSF: Masks required only in indoor areas of terminals and vessels

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Face masks are now required only in…

  • Jul 2nd, 2021
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Flag flying protects whales and boaters

Submitted by The San Juan County Environmental Department. Across the region, homes…

  • Jun 30th, 2021
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More spaces added to laser show!

Submitted by Orcas Center. Due to popular demand, an additional 50 car…

  • Jul 1st, 2021
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Ferry find, round-a-bout rascal, seatbelt scofflaws| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 28th, 2021
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Sustainable trades program for kids

San Juan County kids are invited to learn about trades careers and…

  • Jun 28th, 2021
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The county’s latest on masking

Submitted by San Juan County. As of June 27, the San Juan…

  • Jun 27th, 2021
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SJC wants to help you beat the summer heat

Submitted by San Juan County. Are you or someone you know in…

  • Jun 27th, 2021
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