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County receives emergency housing grant

Submitted by Washington State Department of Commerce The Washington State Department of…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Governor signs bill to expand access to nutritious foods program

Submitted by Washington State Democrats Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

SAFE San Juans message to the community

Submitted by SAFE San Juans. Life radically changed in the last month,…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils an economic relief package to help workers, businesses, tenants, families and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other state and municipal leaders, as well as journalists, also participated remotely to accommodate social distancing. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters and more in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office On March 18, Washington Gov. Jay…

  • Mar 19th, 2020
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils an economic relief package to help workers, businesses, tenants, families and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other state and municipal leaders, as well as journalists, also participated remotely to accommodate social distancing. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Calling all professional and family caregivers

Submitted by Michele Keyes. The Orcas Island Community Foundation initiated a request…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center suspends visitor access

Submitted by PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. In order to protect its…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Ferry ticket refunds

Submitted by the Washinton State Ferry Service While Washington state ferries cannot…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue office closed to public

Submitted by Orcas Fire and Rescue Due to the ongoing and changing…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Auditor offers remote services

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditors Office Staying home? Need Auditor…

  • Mar 19th, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to help with the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $200 million for emergency response. The bill signings was held with limited attendance while the public watched live video and media asked questions via teleconference. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Inslee signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package…

  • Mar 19th, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to help with the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $200 million for emergency response. The bill signings was held with limited attendance while the public watched live video and media asked questions via teleconference. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Start of state ferry service to Canada suspended until April 28

Domestic San Juan Islands routes will not be affected

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Beware of Medicare coronavirus scams

Submitted by Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner Medicare beneficiaries are…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Addressing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment

A critical part of our state’s effort to contain and mitigate the…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Washington submits request seeking Medicaid flexibility for COVID-19 response

Washington State has submitted a request to the Centers for Medicare &…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

April special elections expected to be canceled

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditors Office The long-awaited proposal to…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

New court procedures in response to COVID-19

San Juan County Superior and District Courts are taking immediate steps to…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Blood donation location changed to Orcas Center | Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood amid COVID-19 concerns

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

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Lyft grift; purloined petrol; bail bounder | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Senate and house dispute kills data privacy bill

Groundbreaking data privacy legislation designed to give consumers more access and control…

Coming together to stay apart — social distancing and daily life

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Gov. Jay Inslee announced…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

San Juan County next COVID-19 video update Thursday

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Emergency Management In order to…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

Orcas Physical Therapy temporarily closes

To our Orcas Island Community, In light of the current coronavirus pandemic,…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

COVID-19 spreads across the state leading to mass closures of public spaces

As COVID-19 inches toward the San Juan Islands, public health officials continue…

COVID-19 update from hospital district

by Anne Presson Superintendent of the Orcas and Lopez Public Hospital Districts…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

Women in Washington state will soon be relieved of paying sales tax…

Senior Center update

The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

Ray’s Pharmacy staying open

Ray’s Pharmacy would like to inform the public that we will be…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

An update from Councilman Rick Hughes regarding coronaviru

by Rick Hughes San Juan County Council, District#2 I wanted to update…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

The Exchange To Close Temporarily

Following the lead of Governor Inslee and the Orcas School District, Orcas…

  • Mar 14th, 2020

Charter review commission to be elected in 2020

Submitted by F. Milene Henley. Over the first eight months of 2005,…

  • Mar 14th, 2020
The Grays Harbor County Corrections Facility has a smaller population Wednesday, March 11, 2020, since earlier this month when the sheriff limited the types of bookings into the Montesano, Washington, facility. The jail is located next to the county courthouse, seen here. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

Washington jails limiting inmate bookings over coronavirus concerns

By Michael Lang Grays Harbor News Group Across the state, some low…

  • Mar 14th, 2020
The Grays Harbor County Corrections Facility has a smaller population Wednesday, March 11, 2020, since earlier this month when the sheriff limited the types of bookings into the Montesano, Washington, facility. The jail is located next to the county courthouse, seen here. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

Orcas School District to close in response to coronavirus

by John Fleming, Ayn Carrillo Gailey, Linda Sheridan, Greg White Orcas Island…

  • Mar 13th, 2020

Orcas Island Community Foundation launches emergency response fund in wake of COVID-19

by Hilary Canty Executive Director, OICF The Orcas Island Community Foundation has…

  • Mar 13th, 2020

Update from Orcas School District

Submitted by Superintendent Eric Webb on Friday, March 13. The information surrounding…

  • Mar 13th, 2020

San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession

Martin Soto-Guillen, 47, of San Juan Island has been charged with three…

San Juan County to declare an emergency in response to COVID-19

Submitted by San Juan County. The San Juan County Council will be…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

WSF encourages passengers to give everyone a little more space when sailing

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Washington State Ferries continues to monitor the…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

OPALCO closes offices to the public

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Orcas Power and Light Cooperative…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

View current San Juan County COVID-19 data online

Submitted by San Juan County COVID-19 Response Team. While there are currently…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

Frequently asked questions for the islands about COVID-19 | Guest column

By San Juan County Health and Community Services Health Officer Dr. Frank…

  • Mar 12th, 2020