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Friends of the Orcas Library board chair Ken Gibbs in the storage unit with boxes of books that will be at the sale on Aug. 14.

Summer Book Sale returns Aug. 14

It’s wall-to-wall boxes of books over at the Friends of the Library…

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Friends of the Orcas Library board chair Ken Gibbs in the storage unit with boxes of books that will be at the sale on Aug. 14.
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Summer speeders, boat bangups | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 2nd, 2021
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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Steven Zeigler brings a wealth of experience to his new position at OSC.

Ziegler joins Orcas Senior Center staff

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. The Orcas Senior Center nonprofit is…

  • Aug 2nd, 2021
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Steven Zeigler brings a wealth of experience to his new position at OSC.
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Masks required for all K-12 students and staff heading back to the classroom

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. Safely returning to the…

  • Aug 1st, 2021
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Playground dedication set for Aug. 14

The Playground-on-the-Green, the product of Orcas imagination, energy, and funding, and constructed…

  • Aug 1st, 2021
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K21 Cappuccino in July 2020 during one of his last visits to the Salish Sea. (Monika Wieland Shields/ Orca Behavior Institute photo)

Visit from the Southern residents dampened by sad news of iconic male K21

Submitted by the Orca Behavior Institute. One hundred and eight days after…

  • Jul 31st, 2021
K21 Cappuccino in July 2020 during one of his last visits to the Salish Sea. (Monika Wieland Shields/ Orca Behavior Institute photo)
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WOWZA raffle to benefit Orcas Historical Society

Submitted by Carol Kulminski. The Orcas Island Historical Society is selling tickets…

  • Jul 31st, 2021
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San Juan County complete burn ban effective July 30

Submitted by San Juan County fire districts. With continuing dry weather conditions,…

  • Jul 30th, 2021
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Blakely climber death ruled an accident

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 5:17 p.m.…

  • Jul 30th, 2021
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Four Charter Review commissioners present opposition to recommendations

Not everyone in the San Juan County Charter Review Commission agreed with…

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Larsen: American WINGS act gives high school students STEM skills to soar

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced legislation…

  • Jul 29th, 2021
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An image of the property from 2018.

Oprah sells her Orcas Island estate for $14 million

Oprah Winfrey has sold her Orcas Island estate for $14 million after…

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Additional tickets for chamber music

Submitted by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. After careful consideration of…

  • Jul 28th, 2021
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Pastor and Bono in feature film at Community Church

On Saturday, July 31 at 7 p.m., you are invited to an…

  • Jul 28th, 2021
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SJ County and Johnsons settle lawsuits tied to Orcas Road Project

Submitted by the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Two lawsuits over…

  • Jul 28th, 2021
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SJC, Salmon Nation to collect and share fish stories

Submitted by San Juan County Public Works. San Juan County’s Environmental Stewardship…

  • Jul 28th, 2021
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San Juan County Health Officer joins regional effort to curb rising infection rates — masks recommended indoors for all

Submitted by San Juan County. As a part of a regional effort…

  • Jul 26th, 2021
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Party puncher, crafty canine, trespassing trail | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 26th, 2021
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J-Pod in San Juan Channel on their last visit to the Salish Sea on April 10. (Orca Behavior Institute photo)

J-pod not seen in Salish Sea for 100 days

Submitted by the Orca Behavior Institute. May through September used to be…

  • Jul 24th, 2021
J-Pod in San Juan Channel on their last visit to the Salish Sea on April 10. (Orca Behavior Institute photo)
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County’s COVID case count returns

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

  • Jul 23rd, 2021
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EPA and Environment Canada issue report on health of Salish Sea

Health indicators reflect some troubling data and hopeful signs

  • Jul 23rd, 2021
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Richard and his wife Lauren.

Director Richard Donner left his mark on Hollywood and the San Juans

Producer and director Richard Donner, who passed on July 5, left a…

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Three new cases of COVID in the islands are vaccine breakthroughs

Submitted by San Juan County. After more than a month of no…

  • Jul 21st, 2021
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Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues

The moratorium on new vacation rental permits in San Juan County continues.…

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Reward for helping catch Pride flag thief

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s office. A reward of $1,000…

  • Jul 20th, 2021
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Traffic fatality on Orcas Island

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. At 7:36 a.m. on…

  • Jul 19th, 2021
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2020 Tesla Roadster, a sporty EV.

Prepare to jam at the Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree

Submitted by Orcas Power & Light Cooperative. On August 5 at 4:30…

  • Jul 19th, 2021
2020 Tesla Roadster, a sporty EV.
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Skatepark scrawlings, confined canine, steamed shopper | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 19th, 2021
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Larsen: Expanded Child tax credit puts money in pockets of northwest Washington’s working families

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) is encouraging…

  • Jul 18th, 2021
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Ecology declares drought emergency

Record-breaking heat wave exacerbates already dry conditions across state

  • Jul 17th, 2021
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Interisland sailings canceled due to crew shortage

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Several interisland sailings will be canceled on…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
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Charter amendments proposed to the county council | Voters to weigh in during election

by Minor Lile Contributor After nearly six months of work, the San…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
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Jordan Lynn-Jefferson receiving a Certificate of Graduation from San Juan Drug Court with Brad Fincher, Drug Court Case Manager.

County Drug Court celebrates its first graduate

by Jane Severin Drug Court Coordinator The San Juan County Adult Drug…

  • Jul 15th, 2021
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Jordan Lynn-Jefferson receiving a Certificate of Graduation from San Juan Drug Court with Brad Fincher, Drug Court Case Manager.
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San Juan County fire districts urge safety

Submitted by San Juan County fire districts. Dear Residents and visitors of…

  • Jul 14th, 2021
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SHIBA volunteers for Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands.

SHIBA welcomes partnership with Inter Island Healthcare Foundation

Submitted by the Inter Island Healthcare Foundation. Effective July 1, Inter Island…

  • Jul 14th, 2021
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Van Haalen pleads guilty and receives deferred sentence

Former Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal Caspar van Haalen pleaded guilty to…

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Adverse advances, speeding scofflaws, prohibited pyro | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 13th, 2021
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Dr. David Shinstrom.

Dr. Dave Shinstrom to retire — date and venue change!

Come celebrate nearly 30 years of commitment to healthcare on Orcas Island…

  • Jul 12th, 2021
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Flex Fund loan program for Washington small businesses and nonprofits

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Commerce. Small business owners and…

  • Jul 11th, 2021
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Rental assistance available for San Juan County tenants and landlords

Are you a San Juan County Tenant who has fallen behind on…

  • Jul 9th, 2021
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