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Body found on Lopez beach from Anacortes

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney/Coroner A beach walker found the…

  • Jan 14th, 2021
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SAR conducts first MEDEVAC of the year from Orcas Island

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. A Search and Rescue team…

  • Jan 14th, 2021
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Google gaffe, missing mystery, ruckus reachout | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. Dec. 30…

  • Jan 13th, 2021
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HOT TOPIC #39: Vaccine FAQ 3.0

Submitted by San Juan County This information expands on and updates the…

  • Jan 12th, 2021
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A volunteer in the Orcas Food Bank.

Lending a hand to those most in need | OICF raises $1.7 million for COVID-related social services

At the start of the pandemic, it didn’t take long for local…

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A volunteer in the Orcas Food Bank.
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Run for the OPALCO Board: help shape our energy future

Submitted by OPALCO. Now is your chance for a seat at the…

  • Jan 11th, 2021
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San Juan County’s weekly COVID update

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

  • Jan 8th, 2021
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Inslee announces ‘Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery’

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee announced “Healthy Washington…

  • Jan 8th, 2021
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Top stories of 2020 | Part one

by Colleen Smith and Mandi Johnson Sounder and Journal editors At the…

  • Jan 7th, 2021
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Parks staff releases environmental determination of U.S. Navy training permit application

Submitted by Washington State Parks. On Dec. 22, staff of the Washington…

  • Jan 4th, 2021
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COVID case update from San Juan County

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

  • Jan 3rd, 2021
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Abandoned ammo; departed deer; gratuitous graffiti | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 3rd, 2021
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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.

Minney and Wolf are sworn in

San Juan County’s newly-elected County Counselors are ready to begin their tenure.…

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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.
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No more overhead powerlines in Eastsound

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Starting Jan. 15, OPALCO will…

  • Dec 31st, 2020
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A San Juan County nurse gives the first vaccine in the county on Dec. 30. Per state and federal guidelines, initial vaccine distribution is limited to healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents. (Contributed photo)

San Juan County distributes first COVID vaccines

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Health and Community Services…

  • Dec 30th, 2020
A San Juan County nurse gives the first vaccine in the county on Dec. 30. Per state and federal guidelines, initial vaccine distribution is limited to healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents. (Contributed photo)

Skagit Valley College receives more than $185,000 in CARES Act funding

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges awarded nearly $5…

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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Grant program for local businesses

The Journal of the San Juans, Islands’ Sounder and Islands’ Weekly has…

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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Slowing speeders; missing mail; capsized craft | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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Top stories of 2020

Top stories of 2020 | Part one

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  • Dec 29th, 2020
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Request for improvements to building trade safety protocols

Recent San Juan County COVID case investigations have revealed a trend of lax COVID safety protocols

  • Dec 28th, 2020
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COVID recap with San Juan County

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

  • Dec 27th, 2020
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4-H inspired an Orcas resident to work as a dog-groomer and videographer

Participating in 4-H activities as a child can foster a life-long connection…

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Larsen: Pandemic relief is a down payment to protect Washingtonians’ health, economic security

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to…

  • Dec 26th, 2020
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State approves rules for commercial viewing of Southern resident orcas

Originally published by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The Washington…

  • Dec 25th, 2020
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State Parks offers two free days in January

Visitors won’t need a Discover Pass New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday holiday

  • Dec 25th, 2020
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San Juan County Health and Community Services Department staff opening the first shipment of COVID vaccine to arrive in the islands. (Contributed photo)

600 doses of COVID vaccine arrive in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Department of Health and…

  • Dec 24th, 2020
San Juan County Health and Community Services Department staff opening the first shipment of COVID vaccine to arrive in the islands. (Contributed photo)
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Inslee announces updated school guidance for in-person instruction

Inslee also announced $3 million from set aside funds for health and safety protocols in schools

  • Dec 24th, 2020
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Inslee issues proclamations on travel restrictions and updates to existing religious guidance

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Proclamation 20-83: COVID-19 prohibitions on travel…

  • Dec 24th, 2020
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Missing meds, Map Corner mishaps, conifer collisions | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. Dec. 8…

  • Dec 22nd, 2020
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COVID-19 safety behaviors remain necessary, even as vaccinations begin

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. As the first COVID-19…

  • Dec 21st, 2020
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San Juan County’s COVID recap

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

  • Dec 20th, 2020
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Inslee announces bold climate package for 2021–2023 biennium

Proposals would create a comprehensive climate program to ensure the state meets its climate goals

  • Dec 20th, 2020
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UWMC Pharmacy Manager Christine Meyer puts a tray of 975 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine into the deep freeze after the vaccine arrived at UW Medicine’s Montlake campus Monday morning, Dec. 14, 2020. These are among the first to be distributed in Washington state. A total of 3,900 doses arrived at the UW on on Dec. 14 that will be distributed among UW Medicine’s four hospital campuses. (WA DOH POOL/contributed photo)

COVID vaccine FAQ with San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. This information expands and updates the initial…

  • Dec 19th, 2020
UWMC Pharmacy Manager Christine Meyer puts a tray of 975 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine into the deep freeze after the vaccine arrived at UW Medicine’s Montlake campus Monday morning, Dec. 14, 2020. These are among the first to be distributed in Washington state. A total of 3,900 doses arrived at the UW on on Dec. 14 that will be distributed among UW Medicine’s four hospital campuses. (WA DOH POOL/contributed photo)
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Public hospital district boards decide against purchase agreement for Hospice of the Northwest

Submitted by Skagit Regional Health. The Boards of Commissioners of Public Hospital…

  • Dec 18th, 2020
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Inter-island ferry out of service

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. The Tillikum inter-island vessel is out of…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
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An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)

Cantwell, Larsen provision to extend growler noise monitoring passes House as part of final NDAA

Submitted by Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office. A provision introduced by U.S. Senator…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)
DOH death rate as of Dec. 12, 2020

Department of Health improves how it reports COVID-19 deaths

Submitted by the State Department of Health. To provide more accurate daily…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
DOH death rate as of Dec. 12, 2020
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update

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

  • Dec 16th, 2020
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Impatient patient; misaddressed mail; abandoned auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 15th, 2020
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Putting the ‘green’ in the holiday season

Submitted by Plastic Free Salish Sea. What do fish sing during the…

  • Dec 15th, 2020
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