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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Catching up with the ferries

Though ferry ridership in the San Juans has nearly returned to its…

The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
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Kicked car, enigmatic explosion, consistent cat | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 30th, 2021
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Orcas Christian hires new teacher

Submitted by Orcas Christian School. Orcas Christian school has announced a new…

  • Mar 30th, 2021
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Talking about organic waste in San Juan County

More than 40 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills…

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Orcas Christian School completes last snow club trip | Contributed photo

OCS Snow Club ends season at Mt. Baker

Submitted by Orcas Christian School. The sun was out and the snow…

  • Mar 29th, 2021
Orcas Christian School completes last snow club trip | Contributed photo
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Washington State Ferries want your input

Our next survey is just around the corner, and we want your…

  • Mar 29th, 2021
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San Juan County Courts resume jury trials

You will start seeing juror summonses again soon.

  • Mar 27th, 2021
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Two new COVID cases ends San Juan County’s caseless streak

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

  • Mar 26th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission Update

By Minor Lile Sounder Contributor It has been a busy two weeks…

  • Mar 26th, 2021
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The new clinic opens April 5.

New clinic to offer after-hours care

A new model of after-hours care will soon be available to islanders.…

The new clinic opens April 5.
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Celebrity volunteer Orcas Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lance Evans helped deliver hot meals as part of the March for Meals.

Home delivery offers heart and health to area’s elders

Perhaps nothing says love better than a hot meal or a warm,…

  • Mar 24th, 2021
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Celebrity volunteer Orcas Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lance Evans helped deliver hot meals as part of the March for Meals.

Register online for Orcas Family Health Covid vaccine clinic

Orcas Family Health Center will be opening registration for first dose vaccine…

  • Mar 22nd, 2021
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Insect interference, aircraft accidents, mistaken moorage | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 22nd, 2021
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The mobile dental unit is on the way.

Mobile dental clinics offer Medicaid and uninsured patients access to care on Orcas Island

People in San Juan County who don’t have dental insurance or who…

  • Mar 21st, 2021
The mobile dental unit is on the way.
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SJC vaccine registration event 9 a.m., March 22

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

  • Mar 19th, 2021
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More Customers, more hours, more fresh food:Orcas Food Bank in Covid year 2

by Rick Rhoads Orcas Island Food Bank As people lost jobs and…

  • Mar 19th, 2021
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Join the webinar.

Orcasong offers webinar on Reimagining our World

Submitted by the OrcaSong Institute. As a hub for social organizing and…

  • Mar 18th, 2021
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Dungeons and Dragons and Drama benefits five local theatres. Streaming live March 21 and 28 at 6 p.m.

Dungeons, Dragons, Drama!

Orcas Center’s Artist Director Jake Perrine, is one of five performers who…

  • Mar 18th, 2021
Dungeons and Dragons and Drama benefits five local theatres. Streaming live March 21 and 28 at 6 p.m.
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County Council amends vacation rental moratorium to cover only select land use designations on Orcas and Lopez

Recognizing that vacation rentals aren’t as significant of a problem in some…

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The “Gear Up” workshop will focus on underwater noise and vessel traffic, issues that affect not only the endangered Southern Resident orcas but many other marine mammals as well.

Whale Museum goes virtual with workshop for marine naturalists

Submitted by the Whale Museum. The Whale Museum is holding an exciting…

  • Mar 16th, 2021
The “Gear Up” workshop will focus on underwater noise and vessel traffic, issues that affect not only the endangered Southern Resident orcas but many other marine mammals as well.
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Raging room, clogging conifers, beached bones | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 15th, 2021
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OPALCO Election opens March 22

Submitted by Orcas Power & Light Cooperative OPALCO members are owners of…

  • Mar 15th, 2021
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What’s happening at the Orcas Animal Shelter

Submitted by the Orcas Animal Shelter. Pet of the month Savannah is…

  • Mar 15th, 2021
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San Juan County COVID first dose open registration, March 15

New Vaccine Registration Window: MONDAY MARCH 15th @ 9AM Those who are…

  • Mar 13th, 2021
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The next online meeting about the merger is scheduled for March 18.

Clinic merger | What you need to know

Orcas Island is inching closer to a combined medical clinic. Since an…

The next online meeting about the merger is scheduled for March 18.
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County receives COVID vaccine for teachers

Submitted by San Juan County. In a great piece of news, on…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Survey to Assess Number of Unvaccinated Islanders Who Are 65 and Older

Submitted by San Juan County. To better understand the current need for…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Land bank seeks sheep grazing lease on Fowler’s Pond

The San Juan County Land Bank is requesting proposals from anyone interested…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Vote counting equipment testing March 23

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

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Library expands its hours and services

Submitted by Orcas Island Library. The Orcas Island Library is pleased to…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Island Hospital announces Dr. Frank James as medical director for new Orcas clinic

Submitted by Island Hospital. Island Hospital announced today that Frank James, MD…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Statewide move to Phase 3 of recovery plan, return to spectator events and Phase 1B, Tier 2 vaccine eligibility

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission will hold online town halls.

Charter Review to hold town hall sessions

By Minor Lile Sounder Contributor In an effort to solicit input from…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
Charter Review Commission will hold online town halls.
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Don’t write-off the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, says San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. As most are aware, the Johnson &…

  • Mar 12th, 2021
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Roll out of COVID vaccine to date in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. As vaccine distribution efforts continue, it is…

  • Mar 11th, 2021
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Department of Health stands by CDC recommendations

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

  • Mar 10th, 2021
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A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27

House approves ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

By Sydney Brown Washington State Journal A ban on the use of…

  • Mar 10th, 2021
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A ban on the use of chokeholds, military equipment and most types of car chases by law enforcement passed the House of Representatives after lawmakers voted along party lines in a 54-43 vote Feb. 27
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Local author launches new work

Known for her innovative and impactful Social Artistry, Skye Burn is publishing…

  • Mar 9th, 2021
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County Weekly Covid Case Update

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

  • Mar 8th, 2021
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Washington State Parks Celebrate 108 years.

Free-Pass Day celebrates State Parks’ 108th Birthday

Submitted by Washington State Parks. Washington State Parks invite visitors to help…

  • Mar 8th, 2021
Washington State Parks Celebrate 108 years.