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State ferries to host February virtual community meetings

Topics include hybrid-electric vessels, service and COVID-19 response

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Dozens of business owners — from…

  • Jan 29th, 2021
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Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A person who unlawfully summons the…

  • Jan 29th, 2021
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Update from county council member Cindy Wolf

The Islands’ Sounder sat down with San Juan County Councilmember Cindy Wolf…

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‘Vaccine’ peddler who caused controversy in Friday Harbor charged

In April 2020, Johnny T. Stine was making plans with his long-time…

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Shoreline Master Program review completes

Changes are coming to the San Juan County Shoreline Master Program. With…

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Capital gains tax receives a harsh reception

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service A different take on Gov. Jay…

  • Jan 26th, 2021

Bill promotes automatic right to vote for people released from prison

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Formerly incarcerated people would automatically regain…

  • Jan 25th, 2021

Washington’s new vaccine dashboard will offer new window into progress

The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with Microsoft AI for…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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State Parks Commission to take action on Navy training proposal

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

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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First cases of U.K. COVID-19 strain found in Washington state

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

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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The San Juan County Charter Review Commission held its first meeting on Jan. 21.

Charter Review Commission holds its first meeting

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

  • Jan 25th, 2021
The San Juan County Charter Review Commission held its first meeting on Jan. 21.
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Washington’s Working Families Tax Credit gets bipartisan support

Submitted by the Washington State Budget and Policy Center. Rep. My-Linh Thai,…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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Empty desks await students at Friday Harbor Elementary School. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for…

  • Jan 24th, 2021
Empty desks await students at Friday Harbor Elementary School. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony at state Legislature

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A proposed ban on the use…

  • Jan 24th, 2021
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New state report shows salmon still near brink of extinction

Submitted by State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office A new report…

  • Jan 24th, 2021
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Tawdry text, concerning calls, burgled businesses | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 23rd, 2021
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County COVID case count grows by one

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

  • Jan 22nd, 2021
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COVID-19 data shows high activity and signs of a recent uptick

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

  • Jan 22nd, 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…

  • Jan 22nd, 2021
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COVID testing update from OFHC

Submitted by Orcas Family Health Center. After nine mobile COVID-19 testing events,…

  • Jan 21st, 2021
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Hot Topic #40: Governor’s new two-phase plan and what it means for San Juan County

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders

  • Jan 20th, 2021
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State Parks Commission to hold special meeting on Jan. 21

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

  • Jan 20th, 2021
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San Juan County Council places moratorium on new vacation rental permits

As of 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 13, San Juan County has a…

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Hot topic #41: Vaccine FAQ 4.0

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Navy airlifts a second patient from Orcas

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. A search and rescue team…

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Gov. Jay Inslee being sworn in for his third term with Chief Justice Steven González.. (Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office/Contibuted photo)

Inslee centers inaugural speech on COVID-19 recovery

By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his third…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee being sworn in for his third term with Chief Justice Steven González.. (Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office/Contibuted photo)
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San Juan County COVID case recap

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

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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Strong winds knock out power in all of San Juan County for more than 18 hours

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. In the early morning hours…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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Carousing calf, breached barrier, resolved ruckus | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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Compass Health joins peer providers to launch Fourfront Contributor

Fourfront Contributor is a behavioral health collective focused on strengthening health systems

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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2021 docket for proposed amendments to the SJC Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations

Submitted by San Juan County. The deadline for proposed amendments to the…

  • Jan 17th, 2021
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Upper left: Jamie Stephens. Upper right: Mike Thomas. Lower left: Cindy Wolf. Lower right: Christine Minney.

Council hosts first meeting of 2021

The two newest San Juan County Council Members were introduced to their…

Upper left: Jamie Stephens. Upper right: Mike Thomas. Lower left: Cindy Wolf. Lower right: Christine Minney.
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Roadmap to Recovery update: All regions staying in Phase 1 for now

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

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Orcas Family Health Center approved to give COVID vaccination

Submitted by Orcas Family Health Center. Orcas Family Health Center has been…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Signing of the Letter of Intent on Jan. 2. From left to right: Steve and Terri Mason, Jennifer Swanson and Learner Limbach.

Nonprofit aims to purchase the Shaw General Store

Submitted by the Save the Shaw Store Board of Directors. Imagine the…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Signing of the Letter of Intent on Jan. 2. From left to right: Steve and Terri Mason, Jennifer Swanson and Learner Limbach.
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California man missing from ferry route between Lopez Island and Anacortes

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office A man from California was…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Policing, racial injustice, governor’s power on Legislative agenda

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service This year’s legislature won’t just be…

  • Jan 15th, 2021

COVID-related relief tops state budget priority list

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Desperately needed COVID-19 relief is a…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
A Chinook salmon pictured in Oregon's McKenzie River. This adult fish is shorter in length than its predecessors were.

Request for salmon recovery project proposals

Submitted by The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery. The…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
A Chinook salmon pictured in Oregon's McKenzie River. This adult fish is shorter in length than its predecessors were.