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Bathan Shaner levels the gravel bed for one of the food bank’s new shipping containers.

Food bank awarded WSDA grant to build capacity

by Rick Rhoads Orcas Island Food Bank The two blue 40-fott shipping…

  • Jun 12th, 2021
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Bathan Shaner levels the gravel bed for one of the food bank’s new shipping containers.
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The way forward in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. As we move into a new (and…

  • Jun 12th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission navigates choppy waters

by Minor Lile Sounder contributor Over the past few weeks, the San…

  • Jun 11th, 2021
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Governor announces $4.5 million in grants to get kids outside

Submitted by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office. Getting kids outside to…

  • Jun 11th, 2021
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June hazardous waste round-up and year-round paint disposal

Submitted by San Juan County. Hazardous waste should always be brought in…

  • Jun 10th, 2021
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Contributed photo|Fire Marshall RJ Myers observes CCC conservation burn on Squaw Bay Road, Shaw Island.

OPALCO clears lines for fire prevention and forest health

Are you ready for fire season? OPALCO has a strong commitment to…

  • Jun 9th, 2021
Contributed photo|Fire Marshall RJ Myers observes CCC conservation burn on Squaw Bay Road, Shaw Island.
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Forums to explore vacation rentals, create workable solutions

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Community Network. The number of vacation…

  • Jun 8th, 2021
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Pride flags stolen from residences around Lopez Island

Only a broken wooden pole remained where a rainbow flag once blew…

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Dr. Frank James, Medical Director and Primary Care Physician for Island Primary Care – Orcas giving a tour to Rep. Rick Larsen on May 27.

Rep. Larsen visits clinic

Island Hospital hosted Representative Rick Larsen at Island Primary Care — Orcas…

  • Jun 8th, 2021
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Dr. Frank James, Medical Director and Primary Care Physician for Island Primary Care – Orcas giving a tour to Rep. Rick Larsen on May 27.
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Banned barbecue, surprised sleeper, face-covering fracas | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 7th, 2021
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IslandRides Orcas to hire program coordinator

To meet the demand for free or affordable daily rides and deliveries…

  • Jun 7th, 2021
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ESWD is mailing a survey to customers.

Eastsound Sewer and Water to send customers income survey

Submitted by Eastsound Sewer and Water District. The Eastsound Sewer and Water…

  • Jun 6th, 2021
ESWD is mailing a survey to customers.
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Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution update

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

  • Jun 6th, 2021
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Boaters encouraged to ‘Be Whale Wise’ for Orca Action Month

Submitted by San Juan County. After what felt like a very long…

  • Jun 3rd, 2021
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Christian Hogle sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges

Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence. Christian Hogle,…

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Landlord facing charges had previous complaints against him

A Friday Harbor landlord recently charged with voyeurism and residential burglary was…

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Updates from Orcas Senior Center

Submitted by Orcas Senior Center. Seniors helping seniors The Orcas Senior Center…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021
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Fatal head-on collision on San Juan

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s office. At approximately 5:15 p.m.…

  • Jun 1st, 2021
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Drifting dinghy, Click-it tickets, forgotten Fire | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 1st, 2021
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COVID-19 trends moving in the right direction with the help of vaccination

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. The latest COVID-19 modeling…

  • May 30th, 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…

  • May 30th, 2021
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Island’s generosity fully funds GiveOrcas grant-seekers

The Orcas Island Community Foundation’s 2021 Spring GiveOrcas grant campaign was fully…

  • May 29th, 2021
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Trash collected by kayak on Henry Island. (Photo courtesy of Body Boat Blade International)

Spring 2021 Great Islands Clean-up a success

Submitted by San Juan County. One hundred thirty-eight miles of road and…

  • May 29th, 2021
Trash collected by kayak on Henry Island. (Photo courtesy of Body Boat Blade International)

Orcas Island School district asks for feedback

Started on May 26, the Orcas Island School District wants to hear…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Elementary school principal resigns amid allegations of misconduct aboard ferry

Friday Harbor Elementary Principal Casper van Haalen resigned amid an investigation into…

  • May 28th, 2021
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County announces an end to its COVID vaccine clinics

Submitted by San Juan County. The San Juan County Vaccine Team will…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Fire at Turtleback Preserve

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank. Late afternoon Wednesday, May…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Two new COVID cases over the past week brings county total to 189

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

  • May 28th, 2021
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CRC adopts additional recommendations

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor In four meetings held over the course…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Up your energy game at OPALCO workshop, May 27

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Are you ready for the…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Preschoolers and their families are gearing up for Orcas Community Resource Center’s Kindergarten Transition for 2021.

2021 OCRC Kindergarten Transition

Submitted by the Orcas Community Resource Center. It’s May on Orcas, which…

  • May 27th, 2021
Preschoolers and their families are gearing up for Orcas Community Resource Center’s Kindergarten Transition for 2021.
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Three islanders fund purchase of apartments for affordable housing

by Crystal Mossman Communications Manager, OPAL Community Land Trust Motivated by their…

  • May 26th, 2021
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San Juan County Veterans’ Assistance Fund disperses more than $53K during pandemic to county veterans in need

Submitted by the San Juan County Veterans’ Advisory Board. Since January 2020,…

  • May 26th, 2021
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Suspicious skull, deserted dog, filched flag | San Juan County Sherrif’s Log

The San Juan Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. May 11…

  • May 25th, 2021
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News from Orcas Senior Center

Submitted by Orcas Senior Center. Life Line Screening at OSC on Thursday,…

  • May 24th, 2021
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A young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, in September 2017. Image obtained under NMFS permit #19091. Photograph by John Durban (NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center), Holly Fearnbach (SR3: SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute).

Cantwell questions NOAA Administrator nominee on salmon recovery

Cantwell: “Salmon are … crucial to the survival of our orca population”

  • May 23rd, 2021
A young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, in September 2017. Image obtained under NMFS permit #19091. Photograph by John Durban (NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center), Holly Fearnbach (SR3: SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute).
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Seven new cases of COVID on Orcas since last update

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

  • May 21st, 2021
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With the support of Sheriff Ron Krebs and Deputies Herb Crowe and Jason Gross, and students from NextGeneration, the Coalition collected 29 pounds during the four-hour event.

Take Back Drugs day yields 29 pounds of meds returned

Submitted by The Coalition for Orcas Youth. On April 24, The Coalition…

  • May 21st, 2021
With the support of Sheriff Ron Krebs and Deputies Herb Crowe and Jason Gross, and students from NextGeneration, the Coalition collected 29 pounds during the four-hour event.
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Samish ferry out of service; handful of May 20 sailings canceled

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. As of 10:20 a.m., on Thursday, May…

  • May 20th, 2021
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A live stream evening of conversation with composer Jake Heggie

Submitted by the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. On Thursday, May 27,…

  • May 20th, 2021
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