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Survey to Assess Number of Unvaccinated Islanders Who Are 65 and Older

Submitted by San Juan County. To better understand the current need for…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Land bank seeks sheep grazing lease on Fowler’s Pond

The San Juan County Land Bank is requesting proposals from anyone interested…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Vote counting equipment testing March 23

Submitted by San Juan County. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Library expands its hours and services

Submitted by Orcas Island Library. The Orcas Island Library is pleased to…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Island Hospital announces Dr. Frank James as medical director for new Orcas clinic

Submitted by Island Hospital. Island Hospital announced today that Frank James, MD…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Statewide move to Phase 3 of recovery plan, return to spectator events and Phase 1B, Tier 2 vaccine eligibility

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

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission will hold online town halls.

Charter Review to hold town hall sessions

By Minor Lile Sounder Contributor In an effort to solicit input from…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
Charter Review Commission will hold online town halls.
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Don’t write-off the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, says San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. As most are aware, the Johnson &…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Roll out of COVID vaccine to date in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. As vaccine distribution efforts continue, it is…

  • Mar 11th, 2021
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Department of Health stands by CDC recommendations

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

  • Mar 10th, 2021
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A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27

House approves ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

By Sydney Brown Washington State Journal A ban on the use of…

  • Mar 10th, 2021
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A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27
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Local author launches new work

Known for her innovative and impactful Social Artistry, Skye Burn is publishing…

  • Mar 9th, 2021
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County Weekly Covid Case Update

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

  • Mar 8th, 2021
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Washington State Parks Celebrate 108 years.

Free-Pass Day celebrates State Parks’ 108th Birthday

Submitted by Washington State Parks. Washington State Parks invite visitors to help…

  • Mar 8th, 2021
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Washington Supreme Court declares drug possession statute unconstitutional

Gaylord urges prompt action by legislature

  • Mar 8th, 2021
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Jennifer Johnston’s third-grade class at Orcas Island Elementary School. (Colleen Smith/staff photo)

Island schools talk reopening strategies

For some island students, it’s been 11 months since they walked the…

Jennifer Johnston’s third-grade class at Orcas Island Elementary School. (Colleen Smith/staff photo)
App makes over 3,000 popular magazines available for download.

Library offers over 3,000 magazines for download

Orcas Island Public Library is pleased to announce that over 3,000 popular…

  • Mar 7th, 2021
App makes over 3,000 popular magazines available for download.
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This discussion will focus on what is known about this wild population and the challenges they face presently.

Salmon and water restoration on Orcas

Join Meeting of the Minds this month for “Cascade Creek Coho Salmon…

  • Mar 7th, 2021
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This discussion will focus on what is known about this wild population and the challenges they face presently.
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COVID vaccine registration 9 a.m., March 8

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Health and Community Services…

  • Mar 6th, 2021
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Gottmans win national award

Submitted by the Gottman Institute From time to time, individuals come along…

  • Mar 6th, 2021
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Sweepstakes scam, mammal misfortune, vehicle vandals | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 6th, 2021
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Island Hospital offers online classes

Submitted by Island Hospital. Island Hospital offers nutrition and osteoporosis class Dietary…

  • Mar 4th, 2021
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OPALCO 2021 Board Candidates

Submitted by Orcas Power & Light Cooperative. As a cooperative, OPALCO holds…

  • Mar 4th, 2021
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San Juan County’s vacation rental discussion continues

San Juan County has issued permits for 1,002 vacation rentals, according to…

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Kids during recess.

Kids, parents and teachers rejoice in the re-opening of public school

Children have never been so thrilled to go to school. After close…

  • Mar 3rd, 2021
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Kids during recess.
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Ferry fracas, tree trouble, anonymous accidents | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Dept. responded to the following calls. Feb.…

  • Mar 2nd, 2021
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Juneteenth steps toward state holiday status

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Rep. Kirsten Harris-Talley, D-Seattle, often sees…

  • Mar 1st, 2021
A variety of spurge laurel photos to help identify the noxious plant. (Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board/Contributed photos)

Purge the spurge

by Jason A. Ontjes San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Program Daphne…

  • Feb 28th, 2021
A variety of spurge laurel photos to help identify the noxious plant. (Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board/Contributed photos)
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San Juan County goes a week without a new COVID case

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

  • Feb 27th, 2021
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Socrates Cafe is starting soon.

Busy times at Orcas Senior Center

Orcas Socrates Café Beginning Sunday, March 14 at 4 p.m. and every…

  • Feb 27th, 2021
Socrates Cafe is starting soon.
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Charter Review Commission recap

by Minor Lile Sounder contributor The San Juan County Charter Review Commission…

  • Feb 25th, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from the Washington State Department of Health

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

  • Feb 25th, 2021
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SCAM ALERT: Someone is impersonating SJC Sheriff’s office to swindle money

Submitted by San Juan County Sheriff’s office San Juan County Sheriff’s office…

  • Feb 24th, 2021
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Island Primary Care — Orcas is opening in April.

Island Hospital launching consolidated clinic in April

It’s an idea that’s been discussed for decades: one consolidated medical clinic…

Island Primary Care — Orcas is opening in April.
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PeaceHealth updates visitor regulations

Submitted by PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center…

  • Feb 24th, 2021
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Invasive Species Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28

Submitted by Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Gov. Jay Inslee, in partnership…

  • Feb 22nd, 2021
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L125 pops its head out of the water as it swims alongside mother L86 on Feb. 17, 2021. (Center for Whale Research/Contributed photo)

Oh, baby! Southern residents welcome new calf to L Pod

Submitted by The Center for Whale Research. The Center for Whale Research…

  • Feb 22nd, 2021
L125 pops its head out of the water as it swims alongside mother L86 on Feb. 17, 2021. (Center for Whale Research/Contributed photo)
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Snowy sliders, deer deception, wayward watch | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 22nd, 2021
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Tony Parkin, new IOSA executive director, with his family.

New Islands’ Oil Spill Association Executive Director

Submitted by Islands’ Oil Spill Association. Tony Parkin has been hired as…

  • Feb 20th, 2021
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Tony Parkin, new IOSA executive director, with his family.
A search team discusses the game plan to find a missing person at the parking area near the lagoon in Moran State Park after sunset on Feb. 19, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/Staff photo)

Woman missing near Rosario Palisades/Veneda Trail

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Fire crews are assisting…

  • Feb 19th, 2021
A search team discusses the game plan to find a missing person at the parking area near the lagoon in Moran State Park after sunset on Feb. 19, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/Staff photo)