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San Juan County Lodging Tax Committee announcement

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Lodging Tax Committee…

  • Oct 12th, 2020
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Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program grantees announced

Submitted by The Economic Development Council of San Juan County The Economic…

  • Oct 12th, 2020
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Tips for a safe and fun Halloween

Halloween will look and feel a little bit different this year because of COVID-19.

  • Oct 11th, 2020
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Miscreant moorage, distressed deer, Lopez litter | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 10th, 2020
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San Juan County awards $1.7 million from the Home Fund

The Home Fund is managed with oversight from the Housing Advisory Committee and the County Council.

  • Oct 10th, 2020
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PeaceHealth warns of phone scams impacting patients

PeaceHealth Hospital has received reports of recent phone scams, or “vishing” scams.

  • Oct 9th, 2020
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San Juan County extends CARES Small Business Relief Grant deadline and eligibility

Awards will range up to $5,000 for eligible San Juan County businesses

  • Oct 8th, 2020
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Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock

This extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2016.

  • Oct 7th, 2020
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Interview with Sounder’s newspaper delivery person Jerry Carter

Jerry Carter has walked a path paved in newspaper ink. In August…

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Pacasum sentenced to 54 months in prison

An Orcas teen who pleaded guilty to rape of a child has been sentenced.

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Elections equipment testing on Oct. 14

Submitted by San Juan County. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot…

  • Oct 6th, 2020
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An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)

Sound Defenders Alliance seeks to cease Navy encroachment

The Navy’s Growlers have been a bane of many Lopezians for nearly a decade.

An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)
Salmon habitat restored on Sucia Island

Salmon habitat restored on Sucia Island

On-the-ground work to restore habitat has come to fruition.

  • Oct 5th, 2020
Salmon habitat restored on Sucia Island
Washington State Department of Health prepares to deploy new rapid COVID-19 tests

Washington State Department of Health prepares to deploy new rapid COVID-19 tests

Washington State Department of Health to report antigen test results as well.

  • Oct 5th, 2020
Washington State Department of Health prepares to deploy new rapid COVID-19 tests
Assessor Change of Value notices mailed on Oct. 1

Assessor Change of Value notices mailed on Oct. 1

Determining value is the first part of a budget-based assessment process.

  • Oct 4th, 2020
Assessor Change of Value notices mailed on Oct. 1
State to provide $300,000 in emergency grants to Washington shellfish growers

State to provide $300,000 in emergency grants to Washington shellfish growers

Departments of Commerce and Agriculture partner with Impact Washington to create Shellfish Seed Bank

  • Oct 4th, 2020
State to provide $300,000 in emergency grants to Washington shellfish growers
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Burn permits go on sale Oct. 5

Fall is here and the time has come for burn permits to go on sale.

  • Oct 3rd, 2020
“Smokey Still on Guard” by Rudy Wendelin
Worn-out welcome, tipsy teens, rogue rental | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Worn-out welcome, tipsy teens, rogue rental | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 3rd, 2020
Worn-out welcome, tipsy teens, rogue rental | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

County Council Candidates Youth Forum

They will ask the county council candidates questions about the environment and climate change.

  • Oct 2nd, 2020

$1.5 million dollars in cares relief grants available to arts and cultural organizations

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The Washington State Arts…

  • Oct 2nd, 2020
Orcas Island School District COVID-19 update

Orcas Island School District COVID-19 update

by OISD Superintendent Eric Webb Fall is very much in the air…

  • Oct 2nd, 2020
Orcas Island School District COVID-19 update
Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting

Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting

Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance are hosting a Zoom gathering on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. for residents of the San Juan Islands.

  • Oct 1st, 2020
Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting
Elections Q and A

Elections Q and A

Submitted by San Juan County. Interest is high in this year’s general…

  • Oct 1st, 2020
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A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

“San Juan County is the safest in the state.”

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

OIHM announces Executive Director resignation and search

Submitted by the Orcas Island Historical Museum. It is with both sadness…

  • Sep 30th, 2020
Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness

Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • Sep 29th, 2020
Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness
State parks announces free days for 2021

State parks announces free days for 2021

Agency sets 12 free day-use visits next year

  • Sep 29th, 2020
State parks announces free days for 2021
League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums

League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums

LWV will host three nights of online forums for local candidates in the Nov. 3 General Election.

  • Sep 28th, 2020
League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums
San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects

San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects

The Salmon Recovery Funding Board awarded $18 million in grants around the state.

  • Sep 28th, 2020
San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects
Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. Sept. 15…

  • Sep 27th, 2020
Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
No-show fees resume on state ferries

No-show fees resume on state ferries

On Oct. 1, WSF will resume charging no-show fees to customers who do not cancel their reservations.

  • Sep 26th, 2020
No-show fees resume on state ferries
Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya’s Legacy and the Pacific Whale Watch Association/contributed photo                                Above: Tahlequah’s (J35) new calf J57 is a boy.

New J Pod calf identified as a male

This feisty young boy was seen last evening, Sept. 22, near Point Roberts, Washington.

  • Sep 25th, 2020
Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya’s Legacy and the Pacific Whale Watch Association/contributed photo                                Above: Tahlequah’s (J35) new calf J57 is a boy.
Vacation rentals, tourism and COVID-19 in San Juan County

Vacation rentals, tourism and COVID-19 in San Juan County

by San Juan County Council Chairperson Rick Hughes In direct response to…

  • Sep 24th, 2020
Vacation rentals, tourism and COVID-19 in San Juan County
San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state

San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state

On Aug. 21, Inslee announced funds were to be awarded from the state’s federal stimulus funding.

San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state
Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses

Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses

Leadership San Juan Islands is pleased to announce the new LSJI dates for its 2021 session

  • Sep 24th, 2020
Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses
A group shot of the OPAL Board of Trustees past and present, OPAL staff, and others who have worked to get April’s Grove built and gathered for a socially distant ribbon cutting.

April’s Grove residents are moving in

A number of tenants had been couch surfing or were homeless.

A group shot of the OPAL Board of Trustees past and present, OPAL staff, and others who have worked to get April’s Grove built and gathered for a socially distant ribbon cutting.
Deputy’s son born on sheriff’s boat

Deputy’s son born on sheriff’s boat

This time, it wasn’t the stork who made the middle of the night call to assist two pregnant mothers.

Deputy’s son born on sheriff’s boat
QFC pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot

Flu season officially starts Oct. 1, but shots are available now. Experts recommend not waiting.

  • Sep 21st, 2020
QFC pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.

Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.

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

  • Sep 20th, 2020
Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.
Orcas Center is now at the six-month mark of closure

Orcas Center is now at the six-month mark of closure

We count ourselves among the lucky — while many of our counterparts…

  • Sep 19th, 2020
Orcas Center is now at the six-month mark of closure