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Three new cases in San Juan County over the past week

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

  • Feb 19th, 2021
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Don’t register for the COVID vaccine if you’re not eligible, a plea from San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. Though the number of vaccine doses available…

  • Feb 19th, 2021
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2018 grant cycle funded Mudd Bay/Sucia island habitat restoration project. Pocket beaches are a critical thing for juvenile salmon.

Ecology now accepting grant applications for restoration projects

Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology. A spill from the grounded…

  • Feb 19th, 2021
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2018 grant cycle funded Mudd Bay/Sucia island habitat restoration project. Pocket beaches are a critical thing for juvenile salmon.
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Estimating the benefits of an early warning system for harmful algal blooms

Agencies receive federal funding to quantify SoundToxins impact.

  • Feb 19th, 2021
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The Key Club is holding a food drive on Feb. 28.

Key Club to hold food drive on Feb. 28

The Orcas Island High School Key Club will be holding its second…

  • Feb 19th, 2021
The Key Club is holding a food drive on Feb. 28.
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County’s COVID vaccine shipment delayed by bad weather

Submitted by San Juan County. Affected vaccine clinics: • Wednesday 2/17 –…

  • Feb 16th, 2021
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Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s shake map screenshot from the afternoon of Feb. 8.

Tremor event draws regional attention

Thousands of tremors rattled under Vancouver Island between Jan. 26 and Feb.…

Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s shake map screenshot from the afternoon of Feb. 8.
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Additional health officer recommendations regarding school reopening

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

  • Feb 14th, 2021
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Shell refinery in Anacortes fined by EPA

Company pays $191,000 penalty for 2015 event that sickened locals

  • Feb 14th, 2021
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San Juan County case count update

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  • Feb 12th, 2021
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Jailed jive, failed firewood-filch, speeder slowdowns | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 12th, 2021
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Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) speaks at a Housing Advocacy meeting in this file photo from her website.

Cantwell is first woman to chair the Senate committee on commerce, science, and transportation

Submitted by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. At a hearing today, U.S.…

  • Feb 12th, 2021
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) speaks at a Housing Advocacy meeting in this file photo from her website.
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Inslee announces five regions to progress to Phase 2

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

  • Feb 12th, 2021
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Vaccine appointments available this afternoon, Feb. 12

Submitted by San Juan County. For those who are eligible, a limited…

  • Feb 12th, 2021
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Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution update

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

  • Feb 12th, 2021
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Mandatory boater education for paddleboarders sinks in Legislature

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A bill that would have required…

  • Feb 11th, 2021
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Lopez OPALCO employees test positive for COVID

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Three OPALCO employees have tested…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
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EAST GRANBY, Conn. - U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Flis, 103rd Medical Group nurse practitioner, draws Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from a vial into a syringe at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut, Dec. 30, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard began administering the vaccine in accordance with the Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with doses voluntarily administered to Soldiers and Airmen on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

National Guard to help San Juan County with vaccine distribution

Submitted by San Juan County. In the good news department, a joint…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
EAST GRANBY, Conn. - U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Flis, 103rd Medical Group nurse practitioner, draws Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from a vial into a syringe at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut, Dec. 30, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard began administering the vaccine in accordance with the Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with doses voluntarily administered to Soldiers and Airmen on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
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COVID cases in San Juan County jump by 12

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  • Feb 8th, 2021
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Charter review committee begins with suggestions

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor The Feb. 3 meeting of the Charter…

  • Feb 8th, 2021
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Inslee defends regional reopening plan

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan…

  • Feb 8th, 2021
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No SJC vaccine registration Feb. 8

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County did not receive any…

  • Feb 8th, 2021
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Nocturnal nuisance, abandoned accident, recovered runaway | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 8th, 2021
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Candidates named for OPALCO election

Nominations by petition due Feb. 19

  • Feb 7th, 2021
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Vaccine registration postponed

Submitted by San Juan County. Please visit the San Juan County COVID…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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County asks residents to not travel or host guests

Submitted by San Juan County. As was seen in the islands over…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Orcas Island primary care clinic community briefing

Please join leaders from Orcas Island Health Care District and Island Hospital…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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County to release more vaccine appointments

Submitted by San Juan County. Some key information islanders should be aware…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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County COVID case count rises by nine to 111

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  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Orcas Island Community Foundation is calling for proposals.

OICF launches 2021 spring GiveOrcas grant program

Submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation. OICF is excited to announce…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Bill would ban open-carry weapons at peaceful state capitol protests

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A proposed ban on open-carry weapons…

  • Feb 4th, 2021
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Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Relief for renters, schools, public health…

  • Feb 4th, 2021
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Washington on track to allow schools to waive graduation requirements

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Washington high school students wrestling with…

  • Feb 4th, 2021
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$25.8 billion transportation plan hikes gas tax 18 cents

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Washington drivers will pay an extra…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.

Commission approves Navy’s 5-year plan for SEAL training in state parks

Washington State Park Commissioners voted on Jan. 28 to approve the U.S.…

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.
Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Brandon Peecook, University of Washington graduate student, show the size and placement of the fossil fragment compared to the cast of a Daspletosaurus femur in this photo from 2015. (The Burke Museum)

Elementary school class wants Suciasaurus named state dinosaur

Staff WNPA News Service Washington state may soon have a new state…

  • Feb 1st, 2021
Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Brandon Peecook, University of Washington graduate student, show the size and placement of the fossil fragment compared to the cast of a Daspletosaurus femur in this photo from 2015. (The Burke Museum)
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Bill would establish office to investigate police use of force

Investigative panel would not include police and reports would go back to prosecutors, police for decision making

  • Feb 1st, 2021
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Poached post, menacing male, drugged dog | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 1st, 2021
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Charter review committee holds its second meeting

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Charter…

  • Jan 31st, 2021
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Weekly COVID update: County case count breaks 100; 53 residents in quarantine

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

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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