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COVID-19 booster shots available at no cost for those eligible

Following the Food and Drug Administration’s recent action that authorized a booster…

  • Sep 24th, 2021

 

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San Juan County’s total COVID cases reach 300

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Sept.…

  • Sep 24th, 2021

 

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Bogus burgle, condo creeper, window watcher | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 25th, 2021

 

Board of Fire Commissioners stands by Chief Williams, calls allegation ‘red flag’

Board of Fire Commissioners discuss Vote of No Confidence

OIFR Union members release a ‘Vote of No Confidence’ against Fire Chief Williams

Orcas Fire and Rescue Union members release a Vote-of-No-Confidence against Chief Williams

  • Sep 21st, 2021
Lopezians gathered to honor Black lives lost as they respectfully removed memorial signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6, 2020. (Robert S. Harrison/contributed photo)

Lewis found guilty of reckless endangerment and malicious mischief

A Lopez Island man who said he attempted to destroy a Black…

Lopezians gathered to honor Black lives lost as they respectfully removed memorial signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6, 2020. (Robert S. Harrison/contributed photo)
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Weekly COVID-19 case update from San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Sept.…

  • Sep 17th, 2021
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Eastsound Sewer and Water District receives $900,000 grant

The Washington State Department of Commerce announced 20 rural cities, towns and…

  • Sep 20th, 2021
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Cooling options now available for low-income households

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Commerce. This past June, Washington…

  • Sep 20th, 2021
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Port manager Jeannie Sharp with last year’s winning trophy.

Orcas Port once again hopes to hang on to trophy for the most food collected

Submitted by the Port of Orcas. Starting Oct. 1 and running through…

  • Sep 19th, 2021
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Port manager Jeannie Sharp with last year’s winning trophy.
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Plane makes Orcas crash-land

Contributed by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021,…

  • Sep 16th, 2021
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Vote of No Confidence in OIFR Chief

International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 3911 announces a Vote of No…

  • Sep 14th, 2021
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Greener grazing, litter load, window watcher | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 17th, 2021
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Twenty-two new COVID cases in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Sept.…

  • Sep 15th, 2021
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Orcas Film Fest is back this October

Submitted by the Orcas Island Film Festival. It’s a thrill to announce…

  • Sep 11th, 2021
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Forecasted ferry disruptions begin

A week after rumors of a coordinated ‘sickout’ by Washington State Ferries…

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Recreational fires allowed in San Juan County

Submitted by the San Juan County fire districts. With changing weather conditions,…

  • Sep 11th, 2021
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Islands’ Oil Spill Association hosts training in October

Submitted by the Islands’ Oil Spill Association. The Islands’ Oil Spill Association…

  • Sep 10th, 2021
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OIFR hosts 9/11 remembrance

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Sep 10th, 2021
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Amber Paulsen, Kaleidoscopes’ director, connects with forest school student Archer around the lunchtime campfire in the woods of Camp Orkila in 2019, the same year Kaleidoscope Forest Preschool became the first licensed full-day, outdoor preschool in the nation.

Kaleidoscope purchases land for outdoor education

Submitted by Kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope, a non-profit preschool and child care center on…

  • Sep 10th, 2021
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Amber Paulsen, Kaleidoscopes’ director, connects with forest school student Archer around the lunchtime campfire in the woods of Camp Orkila in 2019, the same year Kaleidoscope Forest Preschool became the first licensed full-day, outdoor preschool in the nation.
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Left to right: Orcas Center Artistic Director Jake Perrine, Membership Director Nicole Matisse, Communications Director Bethany Marie and Executive Director Dimitri Stankevich in front of the Orcas Center whale sculpture.

Orcas Center is reopening to the public | Fundraising is on now for a $100,000 matching grant

A beloved community resource has undergone a major makeover. From brand new…

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Left to right: Orcas Center Artistic Director Jake Perrine, Membership Director Nicole Matisse, Communications Director Bethany Marie and Executive Director Dimitri Stankevich in front of the Orcas Center whale sculpture.
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Island Hospital to host community briefing on COVID-19

Island Hospital will host a virtual community briefing Thursday, September 9 at…

  • Sep 6th, 2021
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‘Solar on farmland’ online course

Submitted by WSU Extension San Juan County. In the face of climate…

  • Sep 6th, 2021
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Teacher Alexis Nigretto with summer reading students outside of Darvill’s Bookstore in Eastsound.

Summer reading program a success

by Tom Owens Orcas Elementary’s summer reading program met with good success.…

  • Sep 5th, 2021
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Teacher Alexis Nigretto with summer reading students outside of Darvill’s Bookstore in Eastsound.
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Black-tail deer Hunting season opens at Lopez Hill and Mount Grant Preserves

Submitted by San Juan County Land Bank. Make some room in your…

  • Sep 5th, 2021
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Saved sailboat, bogus bobcat, dozing driver | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 4th, 2021
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Contributed photo/Library presents novelist Karl Marlantes in a hybrid event, Sept. 9.

Orcas Library presents Karl Marlantes in hybrid event

Orcas Island Library is offering a hybrid author event with Karl Marlantes…

  • Sep 3rd, 2021
Contributed photo/Library presents novelist Karl Marlantes in a hybrid event, Sept. 9.
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Fire department seeks new boat for off-island rescues

A dispute between the San Juan Fire Department and Sam Juan Police…

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SHIBA has a new home on Orcas

The SHIBA volunteers on Orcas are pleased to announce that they are…

  • Sep 3rd, 2021
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San Juan County COVID cases rise by 16

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Aug.…

  • Sep 3rd, 2021
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National Historical Park seeks public input on draft Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

Submitted by the National Park Service. San Juan Island National Historical Park…

  • Sep 2nd, 2021
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Orcas Fire crews battle wildland fire, DNR assists

Submitted by Orcas Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire personnel responded to…

  • Sep 2nd, 2021
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Boaters are critical to protection of endangered whales

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Environmental Stewardship. Labor Day weekend…

  • Sep 1st, 2021
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Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)

Ferry service disruption expected over holiday weekend

Whispers of ferry service disruptions turned to a roar on Aug. 31,…

Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)
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Crow Valley’s back-to-school open house

Submitted by Orcas Island Historical Museum. A leaking roof after heavy rains…

  • Aug 29th, 2021
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Contributed photo/The Orcas Island Jazz Festival returns with online and in-person viewing options this Labor Day weekend. Tickets are available at www.OrcasCenter.org.

Jazz Festival opens this week at Orcas Center

The Orcas Island Jazz Festival, lights up Orcas Center every Labor Day…

  • Aug 29th, 2021
Contributed photo/The Orcas Island Jazz Festival returns with online and in-person viewing options this Labor Day weekend. Tickets are available at www.OrcasCenter.org.
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Ferry faux pas, complaint confusion, smelly septic | San Juan County Sheriffs Log

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

  • Aug 28th, 2021
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Toe-tapping concert closes 2021 Centennial Music Festival at Moran

You’re invited to join JP and the OK Rhythm Boys for the…

  • Aug 28th, 2021
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San Juan County COVID count increases by 6 and decreases by 17

Submitted by San Juan County. IMPORTANT NOTE: A total of 17 previous…

  • Aug 27th, 2021
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Orcas woman traveling to Haiti

In Haiti’s remote villages, grassroots help is urgently needed. Local Orcas Island…

  • Aug 27th, 2021