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Update from the Orcas Island Community Foundation | A total of $130k given so far

By Hilary Canty Executive director, OICF This community is showing up! So…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

Coronavirus Is not fair

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health If you have kids,…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

Message from Representative Alex Ramel

From WA State Representative Alex Ramel, our 40th Legislative District Rep. March…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

Island Market gives $5,000 to resource center

Island Market has approved a $5,000 disbursement of its donor-advised fund to…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

Third positive COVID-19 test result is on Lopez

Submitted by San Juan County The third confirmed positive COVID-19 test result…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

San Juan County Health Officer issues order to prevent spread of COVID-19

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Health Officer, Dr. Frank…

  • Mar 25th, 2020
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                                A map of areas that have reported cases of novel coronavirus.

Local resident tests negative for novel coronavirus

Editor’s note: The original version of this article said that the 1…

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                                A map of areas that have reported cases of novel coronavirus.

Washington Campgrounds to Close Through April 30

Submitted by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. While day-use areas…

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Second confirmed case and an update from the county

Submitted by San Juan County Second confirmed positive case on Orcas Island:…

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Coping with COVID-19 anxiety and stress

Submitted by San Juan County COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around…

  • Mar 25th, 2020
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Special purpose district water and sewer operations during Covid-19

Submitted by W.ashington Association of Sewer and Water Districts. Water and sewer…

  • Mar 25th, 2020
Pipe blockage. (Contributed photo.)

Washington State Parks and wildlife areas to close | Moran State Park to close

Submitted by Washington State Parks The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

State ferries to remain on winter sailing schedules through April 25 due to lower demand

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. As part of the state’s response to…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

San Juan County requests overnight lodging be closed | UPDATE

Editor’s note: The county council has requested the Board of Health close…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

Childcare, gargling and toilet paper

Submitted by the Washington Department of Health Child Care Many parents are…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

Diseased deer; boat battle; water catchment wreckage | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 24th, 2020

Washington State Parks camp host tests positive for COVID-19

Submitted by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission The Washington State…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020
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How to handle pandemic stress

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Disease outbreaks bring feelings…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020
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SeaDoc offers online resource for kids and parents

The SeaDoc Society has launched a tool for parents who will have…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020

Sex education becomes a requirement for Washington state public schools

Public school students will soon have a greater understanding of their sexuality,…

Shoreline Master Program ordinance official comment period

The Washington Department of Ecology and San Juan County will hold a…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020

OPALCO suspends late fees and disconnection during COVID-19

Submitted by Ocas Power and Light Co-op The Ocas Power and Light…

  • Mar 22nd, 2020

OICF response fund raises $100,000 in six days

Submitted by Hilary Canty. Way to go, Orcas! Your support of the…

  • Mar 22nd, 2020
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Larsen: Federal Disaster Relief Available for Small Businesses Suffering from COVID-19 Impact

Submitted by Joseph Tutino Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced…

  • Mar 21st, 2020
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Orcas resident first person diagnosed with COVID-19 in San Juan County

Editor’s note: While we initially had “man” in the headline, patient’s gender…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Orcas man in critical care following Monday night shooting

Jonathan D. Wilkins, 44, of Eastsound, appeared in front of San Juan…

County receives emergency housing grant

Submitted by Washington State Department of Commerce The Washington State Department of…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Governor signs bill to expand access to nutritious foods program

Submitted by Washington State Democrats Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

SAFE San Juans message to the community

Submitted by SAFE San Juans. Life radically changed in the last month,…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils an economic relief package to help workers, businesses, tenants, families and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other state and municipal leaders, as well as journalists, also participated remotely to accommodate social distancing. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters and more in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office On March 18, Washington Gov. Jay…

  • Mar 19th, 2020
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils an economic relief package to help workers, businesses, tenants, families and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other state and municipal leaders, as well as journalists, also participated remotely to accommodate social distancing. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Calling all professional and family caregivers

Submitted by Michele Keyes. The Orcas Island Community Foundation initiated a request…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center suspends visitor access

Submitted by PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. In order to protect its…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Ferry ticket refunds

Submitted by the Washinton State Ferry Service While Washington state ferries cannot…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue office closed to public

Submitted by Orcas Fire and Rescue Due to the ongoing and changing…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Auditor offers remote services

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditors Office Staying home? Need Auditor…

  • Mar 19th, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to help with the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $200 million for emergency response. The bill signings was held with limited attendance while the public watched live video and media asked questions via teleconference. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Inslee signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package…

  • Mar 19th, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to help with the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $200 million for emergency response. The bill signings was held with limited attendance while the public watched live video and media asked questions via teleconference. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Start of state ferry service to Canada suspended until April 28

Domestic San Juan Islands routes will not be affected

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Beware of Medicare coronavirus scams

Submitted by Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner Medicare beneficiaries are…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Addressing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment

A critical part of our state’s effort to contain and mitigate the…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Washington submits request seeking Medicaid flexibility for COVID-19 response

Washington State has submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare &…

  • Mar 18th, 2020