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An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)

Cantwell, Larsen provision to extend growler noise monitoring passes House as part of final NDAA

Submitted by Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office. A provision introduced by U.S. Senator…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)
DOH death rate as of Dec. 12, 2020

Department of Health improves how it reports COVID-19 deaths

Submitted by the State Department of Health. To provide more accurate daily…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
DOH death rate as of Dec. 12, 2020
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update

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

  • Dec 16th, 2020
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Impatient patient; misaddressed mail; abandoned auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 15th, 2020
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Putting the ‘green’ in the holiday season

Submitted by Plastic Free Salish Sea. What do fish sing during the…

  • Dec 15th, 2020
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Reef Island.

The San Juan Preservation Trust acquires Reef Island

17-acre island near Deer Harbor with a mile of shoreline habitat is now permanently conserved

  • Dec 14th, 2020
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Reef Island.
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Inslee announces new economic supports and extension of restrictions

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

  • Dec 13th, 2020
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Recount reaffirms Inslee’s win in Orcas East precinct

Submitted by San Juan County. A recount of votes cast for governor…

  • Dec 13th, 2020
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Half a million dollars committed to enhance quality of life at the end-of-life

Submitted by the Hospice of the Northwest Foundation. The Trustees of the…

  • Dec 13th, 2020
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Minimize the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. Given the high rates…

  • Dec 12th, 2020
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County COVID recap; case total increases to 71

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

  • Dec 11th, 2020
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Larsen to host virtual COVID-19 vaccine info session

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. On Friday, Dec. 11, Rep. Rick…

  • Dec 11th, 2020
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Employment in San Juan County is down nearly a quarter

Between September 2019 and September 2020, the number of employed people in…

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COVID protocols in the workplace

Submitted by San Juan County. As cases rise, it is worth taking…

  • Dec 10th, 2020
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DOH graph accessed Dec. 8, 2020

COVID-19 case reporting reflects backlog, duplicates

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

  • Dec 9th, 2020
DOH graph accessed Dec. 8, 2020
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EDC hosts listening session with State Rep. Alex Ramel, Dec. 10

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. The San Juan…

  • Dec 9th, 2020
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Dump truck debris, pitched paraphernalia, hapless hound | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 9th, 2020
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Real estate update: selling your home during the holidays | Paid Column

by Wally Gudgell Whether preparing for the arrival of Hanukkah, Saint Nick,…

  • Dec 9th, 2020
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Two new cases of COVID on San Juan

Two new cases of COVID-19 were documented by San Juan County’s case…

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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Orcas East Precinct votes to be recounted | Update

San Juan County Elections will be conducting a recount of the votes…

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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Above: James Neufeld.

Missing person cases solved with DNA genetic profiles from San Juan County

Submitted by the San Juan County Coroner’s office. Three men discovered along…

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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Big Salmon Ranch.

Center for Whale Research buys a ranch to help save the Orcas

Submitted by Center for Whale Research. In October 2020, the Center for…

  • Dec 7th, 2020
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Big Salmon Ranch.
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2021 Celebrity Canine Little Bit, receiving the first tag dressed as a snow monster.

2021 dog licenses now on sale

Submitted by San Juan County. The dog licensing season has begun! It…

  • Dec 5th, 2020
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2021 Celebrity Canine Little Bit, receiving the first tag dressed as a snow monster.
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Weekly COVID recap with San Juan County

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

  • Dec 5th, 2020
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‘How God’s love can change your life and the world’

Islanders are invited to attend a talk by Mark McCurties, a practitioner…

  • Dec 4th, 2020
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Washington State Department of Health

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

  • Dec 4th, 2020
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Inslee announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool

WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology without collecting or revealing any personal info

  • Dec 4th, 2020
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Two new COVID cases in San Juan County

Two new cases of COVID were added to the San Juan County…

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Applications open for new round of state Working Washington business grants

Businesses encouraged to apply by Dec. 11

  • Dec 3rd, 2020
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Head outdoors this holiday season to witness king tides and help build a picture of the future

The MyCoast app allows you to instantly share photos of the season’s biggest tides

  • Dec 3rd, 2020
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Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. (Skagit Regional Health/contributed photo)

Skagit Regional Health activates surge plan in response to COVID-19

Submitted by Skagit Regional Health. Due to rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases in…

  • Dec 3rd, 2020
Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon. (Skagit Regional Health/contributed photo)
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Protecting the Salish Sea: Washington’s plastic bag ban goes into effect Jan. 1

Editor’s note: In the printed version of the article, it was stated…

  • Dec 2nd, 2020
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Washington State Department of Health

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

  • Dec 2nd, 2020
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San Juan County Courts jury trial postponement

Submitted by San Juan County. On Friday, Nov. 20, San Juan County…

  • Dec 1st, 2020
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Deer in distress, Christmas lights lifted, corralling cows | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 30th, 2020
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No increase to OPALCO rates in 2021

Submitted by OPALCO The OPALCO Board of Directors passed the 2021 Co-op…

  • Nov 30th, 2020
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Avoid scammers and con artists: “Give smart” this holiday season

Submitted by the Washington Secretary of State’s office. It’s the most wonderful…

  • Nov 29th, 2020
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Paul Kamin retires from Eastsound Water User Association after 15 years of service

Submitted by Eastsound Water User Association. On Nov. 25, Eastsound Water User…

  • Nov 29th, 2020
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DOH graph as of Nov. 25

COVID-19 hospital occupancy is soaring in Washington state

New data provide deeper insight into the impact of COVID-19 patients on hospitals

  • Nov 28th, 2020
DOH graph as of Nov. 25
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DSHS urges caregivers not to give in to COVID-19 fatigue during the holidays

by Department of Social and Health Services Throughout the pandemic, Washington state’s…

  • Nov 28th, 2020
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