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San Juan County recognizes Plastic Free July

During its regular meeting on June 28, San Juan County Council approved…

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San Juan County Manager Mike Thomas, left, will replace Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson, right, when he retires in January.

Mike Thomas to be Friday Harbor Town Administrator

Mike Thomas will transition from San Juan County Manager to Friday Harbor…

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San Juan County Manager Mike Thomas, left, will replace Friday Harbor Administrator Duncan Wilson, right, when he retires in January.
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Inslee declares state of emergency banning burning statewide

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide…

  • Jul 7th, 2021
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Don’t forget your mask after June 30 — you may still need it even if you’re vaccinated

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. The Secretary of Health’s…

  • Jul 7th, 2021
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State park shots, dog days of summer and a variety of vandals | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 7th, 2021
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Council to hold vacation rental moratorium public hearing

San Juan County Council will hold a public hearing to consider the…

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Tom Eades has worked for SJC dispatch for three decades.

County dispatch office also suffers from a short staff

Many businesses on San Juan Island are struggling with being short-staffed, but…

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Tom Eades has worked for SJC dispatch for three decades.
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Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms (top) and The Horsenecks (bottom) will be performing live at Eastsound’s Village Green at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 10.

Klauder – Willms, The Horsenecks play the Green

Summer Concerts on The Village Green, a joint venture between Orcas Center…

  • Jul 5th, 2021
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Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms (top) and The Horsenecks (bottom) will be performing live at Eastsound’s Village Green at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 10.
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Burn ban begins in state parks

Submitted by Washington State Parks. Effective immediately, Washington State Parks is banning…

  • Jul 4th, 2021
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Washington Trail Association workers pose on a trail they are refurbishing in Moran State Park.

Islands receive more than $2 million in recreation grants

Submitted by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office. The Recreation and Conservation…

  • Jul 4th, 2021
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Washington Trail Association workers pose on a trail they are refurbishing in Moran State Park.
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Island tick study launches

Submitted by Kwiaht. Lopez-based conservation biology laboratory Kwiaht has launched a two-year…

  • Jul 3rd, 2021
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WSF: Masks required only in indoor areas of terminals and vessels

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Face masks are now required only in…

  • Jul 2nd, 2021
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More spaces added to laser show!

Submitted by Orcas Center. Due to popular demand, an additional 50 car…

  • Jul 1st, 2021
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Flag flying protects whales and boaters

Submitted by The San Juan County Environmental Department. Across the region, homes…

  • Jun 30th, 2021
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Ferry find, round-a-bout rascal, seatbelt scofflaws| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 28th, 2021
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Sustainable trades program for kids

San Juan County kids are invited to learn about trades careers and…

  • Jun 28th, 2021
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SJC wants to help you beat the summer heat

Submitted by San Juan County. Are you or someone you know in…

  • Jun 27th, 2021
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The county’s latest on masking

Submitted by San Juan County. As of June 27, the San Juan…

  • Jun 27th, 2021
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Earn a certificate in Ecological Restoration

The new Ecological Restoration Certificate in the San Juan Islands is provided…

  • Jun 26th, 2021
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No new COVID cases in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on June 18,…

  • Jun 25th, 2021
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Emergency preparedness in the San Juan Islands

The wildfires that raged across the Pacific Northwest in summer 2020 were…

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Learn how to operate, rent a no-till drill

Interested in reseeding your pastures or hayfields? Planting cover crops or grains?…

  • Jun 24th, 2021
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County council considering new climate-focused department

by Minor Lile, Contributor As the San Juan County Charter Review Commission…

  • Jun 23rd, 2021
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Trashed tire, blotto boater, ditched driver | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 23rd, 2021
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Orcas Island coalition to end homelessness

Submitted by Orcas Island Community Foundation. The Orcas Island Coalition to End…

  • Jun 22nd, 2021
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Spring Street International 2021 graduates Linnea Morris and Ela Anevine did a deep dive into waste management.

Following waste in the San Juans

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  • Jun 22nd, 2021
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Spring Street International 2021 graduates Linnea Morris and Ela Anevine did a deep dive into waste management.
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Special three-day candidate filing period

Submitted by San Juan County. Whew! You almost missed your chance to…

  • Jun 20th, 2021
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Important OPALCO billing updates

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Governor Jay Inslee is expected…

  • Jun 19th, 2021
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State Parks Clean Vessel Act Grant Program funds $900,000 in new pumpout projects

State Parks Clean Vessel Act Grant Program funds $900,000 in new pumpout projects

  • Jun 19th, 2021
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Second online forum discusses common ground solutions for vacation rental issue

by Sienna Boucher Staff reporter The vacation rental discussion continues. The second…

  • Jun 18th, 2021
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San Juan County COVID update

Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case Data…

  • Jun 18th, 2021
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San Juan County mask requirements to end June 27

Submitted by the San Juan County Health Dept. The San Juan County…

  • Jun 17th, 2021
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Orcas Library presents “Saving the rarest whale”

Submitted by the Orcas Island Library. On Thursday, June 17 at 6…

  • Jun 17th, 2021
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Navy concludes third round of Growler noise testing

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The Navy completed its third…

  • Jun 16th, 2021
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Carousing canines, musical mischief, lifted lights | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 16th, 2021
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WDFW confirms AHD in island deer

Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Wildlife managers confirmed…

  • Jun 15th, 2021
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First SJICN vacation rental forum focuses on discovery

The conversation regarding vacation rentals continues in San Juan County, with a…

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2021 Chamber Music Festival is live and live-streamed

Submitted by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Clarinet! Horn! Bassoon! Double…

  • Jun 14th, 2021
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Meet Jesse, the new coordinator at The Funhouse

Submitted by The Funhouse Commons. The Funhouse Commons is thrilled to announce…

  • Jun 13th, 2021
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The graduates throwing off their caps.