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Drifting dinghy, Click-it tickets, forgotten Fire | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 1st, 2021
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COVID-19 trends moving in the right direction with the help of vaccination

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. The latest COVID-19 modeling…

  • May 30th, 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…

  • May 30th, 2021
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Island’s generosity fully funds GiveOrcas grant-seekers

The Orcas Island Community Foundation’s 2021 Spring GiveOrcas grant campaign was fully…

  • May 29th, 2021
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Trash collected by kayak on Henry Island. (Photo courtesy of Body Boat Blade International)

Spring 2021 Great Islands Clean-up a success

Submitted by San Juan County. One hundred thirty-eight miles of road and…

  • May 29th, 2021
Trash collected by kayak on Henry Island. (Photo courtesy of Body Boat Blade International)

Orcas Island School district asks for feedback

Started on May 26, the Orcas Island School District wants to hear…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Elementary school principal resigns amid allegations of misconduct aboard ferry

Friday Harbor Elementary Principal Casper van Haalen resigned amid an investigation into…

  • May 28th, 2021
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County announces an end to its COVID vaccine clinics

Submitted by San Juan County. The San Juan County Vaccine Team will…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Fire at Turtleback Preserve

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank. Late afternoon Wednesday, May…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Two new COVID cases over the past week brings county total to 189

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

  • May 28th, 2021
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CRC adopts additional recommendations

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor In four meetings held over the course…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Up your energy game at OPALCO workshop, May 27

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Are you ready for the…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Preschoolers and their families are gearing up for Orcas Community Resource Center’s Kindergarten Transition for 2021.

2021 OCRC Kindergarten Transition

Submitted by the Orcas Community Resource Center. It’s May on Orcas, which…

  • May 27th, 2021
Preschoolers and their families are gearing up for Orcas Community Resource Center’s Kindergarten Transition for 2021.
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Three islanders fund purchase of apartments for affordable housing

by Crystal Mossman Communications Manager, OPAL Community Land Trust Motivated by their…

  • May 26th, 2021
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San Juan County Veterans’ Assistance Fund disperses more than $53K during pandemic to county veterans in need

Submitted by the San Juan County Veterans’ Advisory Board. Since January 2020,…

  • May 26th, 2021
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Suspicious skull, deserted dog, filched flag | San Juan County Sherrif’s Log

The San Juan Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. May 11…

  • May 25th, 2021
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News from Orcas Senior Center

Submitted by Orcas Senior Center. Life Line Screening at OSC on Thursday,…

  • May 24th, 2021
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A young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, in September 2017. Image obtained under NMFS permit #19091. Photograph by John Durban (NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center), Holly Fearnbach (SR3: SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute).

Cantwell questions NOAA Administrator nominee on salmon recovery

Cantwell: “Salmon are … crucial to the survival of our orca population”

  • May 23rd, 2021
A young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, in September 2017. Image obtained under NMFS permit #19091. Photograph by John Durban (NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center), Holly Fearnbach (SR3: SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute).
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Seven new cases of COVID on Orcas since last update

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

  • May 21st, 2021
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With the support of Sheriff Ron Krebs and Deputies Herb Crowe and Jason Gross, and students from NextGeneration, the Coalition collected 29 pounds during the four-hour event.

Take Back Drugs day yields 29 pounds of meds returned

Submitted by The Coalition for Orcas Youth. On April 24, The Coalition…

  • May 21st, 2021
With the support of Sheriff Ron Krebs and Deputies Herb Crowe and Jason Gross, and students from NextGeneration, the Coalition collected 29 pounds during the four-hour event.
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Samish ferry out of service; handful of May 20 sailings canceled

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. As of 10:20 a.m., on Thursday, May…

  • May 20th, 2021
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A live stream evening of conversation with composer Jake Heggie

Submitted by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. On Thursday, May 27,…

  • May 20th, 2021
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Rotting refuse, stuck truck, minor motorist | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • May 19th, 2021
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Genealogy Club celebrates “History Lives Here Month”

Submitted by Kathi Ciskowski. Join us for a fun morning of unique…

  • May 18th, 2021
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Three Orcas students test positive for COVID-19; follow-up test confirms

Submitted by Orcas Island School District Superintendent Eric Webb. I want to…

  • May 17th, 2021
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Performers needed for the virtual county fair

The San Juan County Fair is looking for performance acts to showcase…

  • May 17th, 2021
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Washington State Ferries hosting virtual meetings May 25 and 26

Ferry riders, commuters and terminal neighbors are invited to attend one of…

  • May 17th, 2021
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Friday Harbor landlord charged with burglary and voyeurism

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office is seeking information from former tenants…

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Island deer die from Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease

When deer in the San Juans started turning up dead with white…

  • May 16th, 2021
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Islanders gathered on May 11 at Madrona Point.

Lummi Totem pole visits Madrona Point

by Michael Riordan Special to the Sounder More than a hundred islanders…

  • May 16th, 2021
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Islanders gathered on May 11 at Madrona Point.
Island Primary Care is now open.

New clinic offers a guide to after-hours care

Submitted by Island Primary Care ­— Orcas. Orcas Island residents have access…

  • May 16th, 2021
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Library increases its open hours

The library continues to gradually increase its open hours, most recently by…

  • May 15th, 2021
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New Washington Orca Recovery Coordinator named

Submitted by the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation office. Gov. Jay…

  • May 15th, 2021
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Contributed photos by Jessi Gudgell.

OIEF postpones fundraiser, supports outdoor education

Submitted by the Orcas Island Education Foundation. You may have recently read…

  • May 15th, 2021
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Masks still required on ferries

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Please be advised that while the Centers…

  • May 14th, 2021
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Masks still required in San Juan County businesses

Submitted by San Juan County. As many are no doubt aware, the…

  • May 14th, 2021
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Inslee announces statewide reopening date of June 30 and short-term statewide move to Phase 3

K-12 to return in the fall and additional opportunities for fully vaccinated individuals

  • May 14th, 2021
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Contributed photo/Science Director for Friends of the San Juans, Tina Whitman.

Programs offered through the Orcas Senior Center

Check out the following upcoming events offered through the Orcas Senior Center.…

  • May 14th, 2021
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Garden Club presents “Insects in Your Garden”

Submitted by the Orcas Island Garden Club. The Orcas Island Garden Club…

  • May 13th, 2021
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An update on COVID vaccines for teens in San Juan County

UPDATE: On May 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved…

  • May 13th, 2021
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