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New case brings island COVID count to 60

There have now been 60 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the…

 

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Now is a crucial time to stop the spread of COVID

COVID-19 cases are rising — globally, nationally, in the state and in…

 

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San Juan County weekly COVID update

Submitted by San Juan County. Editor’s note: San Juan County accidentally attributed…

  • Nov 20th, 2020

 

Washington state COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health. The Washington State Department of…

  • Nov 19th, 2020

Good news from OISD: only one positive COVID test out of 33

by Eric Webb Orcas Island School District Superintendent Dear Students, Parents, Staff…

  • Nov 19th, 2020
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Three new COVID cases on Orcas brings county total to 59

Three new cases of COVID-19 were identified and reported by San Juan…

  • Nov 19th, 2020
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Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich, Nicole Matisse, Jake Perrine and Bethany Marie during the telethon.

Community extends generosity to Orcas Center

Hundreds of islanders tuned in to Orcas Center’s first-ever live telethon, witnessing…

Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich, Nicole Matisse, Jake Perrine and Bethany Marie during the telethon.
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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center earns top rating for its Cardiothoracic Surgery Program

Submitted by PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington, earned…

  • Nov 21st, 2020
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Maintaining mental health amid a global pandemic

Compass Health launched a telehealth service a year ago. Six months in,…

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Taking COVID-19 seriously

Originally published by the Washington State Department of Health. When Susan was…

  • Nov 20th, 2020
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State weighs options for commercial whale-watching licensing program

Originally published by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife In spring 2019,…

  • Nov 19th, 2020
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There is help available for those in need.

Community assistance during COVID-19 restrictions

Submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation. As we enter into a…

  • Nov 19th, 2020
There is help available for those in need.
There are flu shots at Ray's Pharmacy.

Flu shots available at Ray’s Pharmacy.

Ray’s Pharmacy is now offering flu shots by appointment through the pharmacist…

  • Nov 17th, 2020
There are flu shots at Ray's Pharmacy.
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Seven new COVID cases on Orcas Island

Submitted by San Juan County. ORCAS ISLAND Since the last update, seven…

  • Nov 16th, 2020
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Inslee announces statewide restrictions for four-weeks

Originally published by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee announced on…

  • Nov 15th, 2020
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Update from OISD superintendent

Submitted by Eric Webb, Superintendent Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community, Please…

  • Nov 15th, 2020

Orcas School returns to fully remote after COVID-19 cases

Dear OISD Families, Please be advised that San Juan County health officials…

  • Nov 14th, 2020

Two individuals in the Orcas Island Elementary School test positive for COVID-19

The Orcas Island School District sent out the following. Dear Parents, Guardians…

  • Nov 13th, 2020
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Screenshot of the virtual ceremony.

Virtual Veteran’s Day ceremony

Submitted by The American Legion Voyle B. Martin Post #93, Orcas Island.…

  • Nov 17th, 2020
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Tampered trespass, filched flags, covert campers | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 18th, 2020
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Two new cases of COVID in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. Two new positive COVID test results have…

  • Nov 13th, 2020
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School’s Out Washington partners with Commerce to implement Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund

$9.4 million awarded to 421 youth development organizations across Washington state

  • Nov 16th, 2020
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Orcas Island Library.

Architectural firm wins award for Orcas Library expansion

Submitted by HKP Architects HKP Architects in Mt. Vernon, Washington is thrilled…

  • Nov 15th, 2020
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County provides some information on at-home COVID-19 tests

Submitted by San Juan County. As we head into what may be…

  • Nov 15th, 2020
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Four new cases of COVID in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. Four new positive COVID test results have…

  • Nov 12th, 2020
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Navy medevacs man from Friday Harbor

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island. The search and rescue team stationed at…

  • Nov 14th, 2020
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. The Washington State Department…

  • Nov 14th, 2020
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OPALCO’s Project PAL – Help your neighbor

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. As the days get shorter…

  • Nov 13th, 2020
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Still time to make Medicare changes

Submitted by the Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisers The 2021 open enrollment…

  • Nov 13th, 2020
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Island rivals, the Friday Harbor Wolverines and the Orcas Island Vikings face girls basketball teams face off in this photo from Feb. 5, 2020. (John Stimpson/contributed photo)

Youth sports: Guidance for staying healthy

Submitted by San Juan County. As anyone who has interacted with island…

  • Nov 12th, 2020
Island rivals, the Friday Harbor Wolverines and the Orcas Island Vikings face girls basketball teams face off in this photo from Feb. 5, 2020. (John Stimpson/contributed photo)
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State fish and wildlife director to hold online open house

Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Washington Department of…

  • Nov 11th, 2020
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Patrick Shepler during a call with Orcas Fire and Rescue. Contributed photo

Patrick Shepler retires after decades of saving lives

Many of us, when we contemplate retirement or the next chapter of…

  • Nov 10th, 2020
Patrick Shepler during a call with Orcas Fire and Rescue. Contributed photo
As temps drop, the homeless will need a place to stay warm and safe.

Volunteer at weather shelter

When temperatures this winter drop to 32 degrees or below, the Severe…

  • Nov 9th, 2020
As temps drop, the homeless will need a place to stay warm and safe.
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COVID-19 cases spreading very quickly in Puget Sound region

The Washington State Department of Health announced 1,777 new COVID-19 cases on…

  • Nov 9th, 2020
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Four new COVID cases brings county total to 43

Submitted by San Juan County. Four new positive COVID test results have…

  • Nov 9th, 2020
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Cast away crystal, scores of speeders, active ammo | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 7th, 2020
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Washington State Ferries to honor veterans Wednesday with moment of silence

POW/MIA flag to fly on all operating vessels Nov. 11

  • Nov 7th, 2020
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Hospital district opposes hospice sale

The hospital district is seeking to stop the sale of Hospice of…

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PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center earns top rating for its Cardiothoracic Surgery Program

Submitted by PeaceHealth. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington, earned…

  • Nov 6th, 2020
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Let’s be honest: A discussion about the holidays and minimizing transmission risk

Submitted by San Juan County. Everything about the COVID crisis has been…

  • Nov 5th, 2020
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