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Lawmakers send a $59 billion budget to the governor

By Sydney Brown, WNPA News Service As the end of the mostly…

  • May 6th, 2021
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Lifted loo, filched flags, parking patter | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • May 6th, 2021
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Coffelt Farm report now available for public viewing and comments to SJC Land Bank

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank. San Juan County Land…

  • May 5th, 2021
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Case count and vaccine distribution update

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

  • May 5th, 2021
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Inslee announces two-week pause on phases; every county will remain in its current phase

Originally published on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Medium. Gov. Jay Inslee announced a…

  • May 4th, 2021
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News from Orcas Senior Center

Submitted by Orcas Senior Center. Life Line Screening Life Line Screening, the…

  • May 4th, 2021
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Diego Rivera with Dave Billings, his mentor throughout the training program. The aircraft pictured is a Beechcraft B-23 Sundowner.

OCS Rivera receives Airhawks scholarship

by Bob Waunch and Rebecca Carter Special to the Sounder The Airhawks…

  • May 3rd, 2021
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Diego Rivera with Dave Billings, his mentor throughout the training program. The aircraft pictured is a Beechcraft B-23 Sundowner.
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San Juan County Fair’s new Market Series

Submitted by the San Juan County Fair. As part of the 2021…

  • May 3rd, 2021
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Contributed photo/Ron Myers streams on www.OrcasCenter.org on Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

Pianist Ron Myers streams Orcas Center performance

Submitted by Orcas Center. Orcas Center is pleased to present island legend,…

  • May 2nd, 2021
Contributed photo/Ron Myers streams on www.OrcasCenter.org on Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
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Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund opens for new applications

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee announced applications will…

  • May 2nd, 2021
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Orcas High School ranked #9.

OIHS ranks ninth in state

U.S. News and World Report ranked Orcas Island High School as ninth…

  • May 1st, 2021
Orcas High School ranked #9.
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OPALCO recaps its 2021 annual meeting

Submitted by OPALCO. On Saturday, April 24, Doug Marshall of the member…

  • May 1st, 2021
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Say thank you to a teacher or school staff member.

Teacher appreciation week

by Linda Sheridan Orcas School Board Chair Teacher and staff appreciation week…

  • May 1st, 2021
Say thank you to a teacher or school staff member.
Contributed photo/Darcey Miller is a prod buddy with OSC's Buddy Check-In program.

Spring clean-up and more at OSC

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. Are you itching to get outside…

  • Apr 29th, 2021
Contributed photo/Darcey Miller is a prod buddy with OSC's Buddy Check-In program.
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Captive cat, galavanting goat, missing mutt | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

This week’s Sheriff’s Log included several incidents regarding mental health issues. They…

  • Apr 28th, 2021
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Letter to the editor

Ray’s Pharmacy vaccine and COVID-19 testing update | Letter

Ray’s Pharmacy has expanded its vaccination services to now include COVID-19 vaccinations.…

  • Apr 28th, 2021
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SNAP/EBT comes to the Orcas Farmers’ Market

by Erica Lyons OIFM Board Member At last estimate, approximately 1,945 individuals…

  • Apr 28th, 2021
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Walk-in clinic on Apri 27.

Free COVID-19 vaccine clinic today

There will be a free, no-registration walk-up COVID vaccine clinic today, April…

  • Apr 27th, 2021
Walk-in clinic on Apri 27.
Help raise money for an upgrade to the Buck Park basketball court while competing against your friends for a prize.

Hoop shoot competition to raise money for Buck Park

Submitted by Portia White, Orcas High School senior. Help raise money for…

  • Apr 27th, 2021
Help raise money for an upgrade to the Buck Park basketball court while competing against your friends for a prize.
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Ece Kocak, a volunteer driver on Lopez.

IslandRides comes to Orcas after flourishing on San Juan and Lopez

For those who do not drive or have access to a vehicle,…

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Ece Kocak, a volunteer driver on Lopez.
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Solar Town Hall May 5 – OPALCO workshops begin

Submitted by OPALCO. Interested in solar? A Solar Town Hall is the…

  • Apr 27th, 2021
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COVID cases continue to climb in San Juan County

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

  • Apr 26th, 2021
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More opportunities to get your teeth checked out are coming up!

More upcoming mobile dental clinics on Orcas

The Arcora Foundation — SmileMobile sees babies (first tooth) up through high…

  • Apr 26th, 2021
More opportunities to get your teeth checked out are coming up!
Contributed photo/Ellen Muldoon hopes to encourage more people to bike the island.

Orcas Bikes opens in Eastsound

Submitted by Ellen Muldoon. Beginning in early May, Ellen Muldoon will start…

  • Apr 25th, 2021
Contributed photo/Ellen Muldoon hopes to encourage more people to bike the island.
Island Ride is now on Orcas.

Orcas needs Rides

County transportation program leaders and Orcas Island social service agencies concur with…

  • Apr 25th, 2021
Island Ride is now on Orcas.
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Program created to support quarantine and isolation needs is saving lives

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. A program created by…

  • Apr 24th, 2021
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Deer Harbor Yacht Club schedules meeting

Submitted by Michael Durland, Vice Commodore. There will be an important meeting…

  • Apr 23rd, 2021

Lummi Nation totem stops at islands on way to Wash., D.C.

A totem pole carved at the Lummi Nation from a 400-year-old red…

  • Apr 23rd, 2021

Judge mandates new elections for senior center directors

Submitted by James P. Grifo. On April 19, 2021, Judge Lee Grochmal…

  • Apr 23rd, 2021
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Mobile app helps boaters follow Puget Sound no discharge zone rule

Submitted by Washington Sea Grant. “Pumpout Nav” is a free, simple tool…

  • Apr 23rd, 2021
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The Youth Conservation Corps in action.

Youth Conservation Corps taking applications

The Youth Conservation Corps provides conservation and stewardship summer programs in the…

  • Apr 22nd, 2021
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The Youth Conservation Corps in action.
This week's sheriff log.

Purloined plates; plane peril; tossed two-wheelers | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 22nd, 2021
This week's sheriff log.

Special election for school levy

by Linda Sheridan Orcas Island School District, School Board President The school…

  • Apr 21st, 2021
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/San Juan County Commissioner and Orcas MOWS celebrity driver Cindy Wolf.

Local celebrities highlight county-wide Senior Nutrition Program

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. Throughout the month of March, resident…

  • Apr 21st, 2021
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/San Juan County Commissioner and Orcas MOWS celebrity driver Cindy Wolf.
Drug take-back program is this weekend.

Drug take-back program on April 24 | Sponsored post

The Coalition for Orcas Youth will be hosting a prescription drug take-back…

  • Apr 20th, 2021
Drug take-back program is this weekend.
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There are still vaccine appointments available

Submitted by San Juan County. For many months, islanders have been awaiting…

  • Apr 20th, 2021
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Left to right: Patty Codd, Frank James and Aaimee Johnson.

Consolidated health clinic for Orcas Island is up and running

Island Primary Care — Orcas is officially serving patients. A ribbon-cutting ceremony…

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Left to right: Patty Codd, Frank James and Aaimee Johnson.
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More vaccine appointments available, April 20

More than 3,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available at 9 a.m.,…

  • Apr 19th, 2021
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San Juan County is best in state for small business; and an economic update

San Juan County earned the honors of best county in Washington state…

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Learn about ham radios.

Add amateur radio to your disaster toolkit

Submitted by the San Juan County Amateur Radio Society. Has COVID got…

  • Apr 18th, 2021
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Learn about ham radios.