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San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects

San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects

The Salmon Recovery Funding Board awarded $18 million in grants around the state.

  • Sep 28th, 2020
San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects
Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. Sept. 15…

  • Sep 27th, 2020
Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
No-show fees resume on state ferries

No-show fees resume on state ferries

On Oct. 1, WSF will resume charging no-show fees to customers who do not cancel their reservations.

  • Sep 26th, 2020
No-show fees resume on state ferries
Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya’s Legacy and the Pacific Whale Watch Association/contributed photo                                Above: Tahlequah’s (J35) new calf J57 is a boy.

New J Pod calf identified as a male

This feisty young boy was seen last evening, Sept. 22, near Point Roberts, Washington.

  • Sep 25th, 2020
Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya’s Legacy and the Pacific Whale Watch Association/contributed photo                                Above: Tahlequah’s (J35) new calf J57 is a boy.
Vacation rentals, tourism and COVID-19 in San Juan County

Vacation rentals, tourism and COVID-19 in San Juan County

by San Juan County Council Chairperson Rick Hughes In direct response to…

  • Sep 24th, 2020
Vacation rentals, tourism and COVID-19 in San Juan County
San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state

San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state

On Aug. 21, Inslee announced funds were to be awarded from the state’s federal stimulus funding.

San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state
Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses

Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses

Leadership San Juan Islands is pleased to announce the new LSJI dates for its 2021 session

  • Sep 24th, 2020
Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses
A group shot of the OPAL Board of Trustees past and present, OPAL staff, and others who have worked to get April’s Grove built and gathered for a socially distant ribbon cutting.

April’s Grove residents are moving in

A number of tenants had been couch surfing or were homeless.

A group shot of the OPAL Board of Trustees past and present, OPAL staff, and others who have worked to get April’s Grove built and gathered for a socially distant ribbon cutting.
Deputy’s son born on sheriff’s boat

Deputy’s son born on sheriff’s boat

This time, it wasn’t the stork who made the middle of the night call to assist two pregnant mothers.

Deputy’s son born on sheriff’s boat
QFC pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot

Flu season officially starts Oct. 1, but shots are available now. Experts recommend not waiting.

  • Sep 21st, 2020
QFC pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.

Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.

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

  • Sep 20th, 2020
Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.
Orcas Center is now at the six-month mark of closure

Orcas Center is now at the six-month mark of closure

We count ourselves among the lucky — while many of our counterparts…

  • Sep 19th, 2020
Orcas Center is now at the six-month mark of closure
San Juan County Candidate Q&A – Orcas Senior Center

San Juan County Candidate Q&A – Orcas Senior Center

Submitted by Orcas Senior Center Orcas Senior Center recently asked our members…

  • Sep 19th, 2020
San Juan County Candidate Q&A – Orcas Senior Center
OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?

OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Safety is the primary objective…

  • Sep 18th, 2020
OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?
Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot

Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot

San Juan County voters have been receiving postcards from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the November 3 General Election. Unfortunately, two of the recommendations included in the postcards are not relevant to Washington voters.

  • Sep 18th, 2020
Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot
Orcas Island Garden Club membership drive

Orcas Island Garden Club membership drive

Garden Club is heading into the fall season intending that our members are informed.

  • Sep 17th, 2020
Orcas Island Garden Club membership drive
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ORS/The Exchange announces air quality closure policies

Submitted by The Exchange/Orcas Recycling Services In the interest of public health,…

  • Sep 16th, 2020
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School kitchen changes model for distance learning

School kitchen changes model for distance learning

Tucked away in the school cafeteria, staff works daily to ensure that all kids are being fed.

School kitchen changes model for distance learning
Department of Health focuses on suicide prevention during September

Department of Health focuses on suicide prevention during September

Everyone has a role in suicide prevention.

  • Sep 15th, 2020
Department of Health focuses on suicide prevention during September
A smoky view from atop Mount Grant. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)

Tips on staying safe when smoke fills the air

Here are some steps you can take to protect your health when the air quality is poor.

  • Sep 15th, 2020
A smoky view from atop Mount Grant. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)
Steelhead. (NOAA Fisheries photo)

Ecology is accepting comments on draft permits for Cooke Aquaculture

Revisions proposed for Puget Sound net pens

  • Sep 14th, 2020
Steelhead. (NOAA Fisheries photo)
Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Be a superhero for Planet Earth

Be a superhero for Planet Earth

The event will be a week-long household/individual effort beginning Sept. 2.

Be a superhero for Planet Earth
Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

After withstanding three vandalizations, the signs memorializing Black lives lost on Lopez are gone.

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial
Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans

Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans

Pacific herring – also known as forage fish – play a key role in marine food webs as food for out-migrating juvenile salmon, seabirds, and even marine mammals.

  • Sep 12th, 2020
Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans

Burn ban extended until further notice

Burn ban is now in effect

  • Sep 11th, 2020
Image: Pixabay

Head Start access expanded for Friday Harbor

Larger Head Start modular building to its new location at Friday Harbor Elementary.

  • Sep 11th, 2020
Image: Pixabay
Rental assistance available for San Juan County residents

Rental assistance available for San Juan County residents

Are you a San Juan County resident who has fallen behind on rent as of March 1, 2020?

  • Sep 11th, 2020
Rental assistance available for San Juan County residents
Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Operating at 100 percent capacity is allowed immediately.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds
Small brushfire on Seaview Street

Small brushfire on Seaview Street

Crews witnessed a 60-foot by 70-foot patch of smoldering grass and a tree with active fire.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Small brushfire on Seaview Street
Kiwanis says thanks | Letter

Kiwanis says thanks | Letter

Kiwanis wishes to thank all who participated in our yard sale at the American Legion parking lot.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Kiwanis says thanks | Letter
Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks

Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks

On these two days, day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks
Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke

Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke

Due to easterly winds, smoke from fires in Eastern Washington is settling over Puget Sound.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke
State Parks prohibits campfires statewide

State Parks prohibits campfires statewide

Ban will be in effect at least through Sept. 15

  • Sep 9th, 2020
State Parks prohibits campfires statewide
Blacktail deer hunting season opens

Blacktail deer hunting season opens

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank. Make some room in…

  • Sep 9th, 2020
Blacktail deer hunting season opens
Window wreckage, videoed vandals, seasonal speeders | Sheriff’s Log

Window wreckage, videoed vandals, seasonal speeders | Sheriff’s Log

Last week’s sheriff’s office calls

  • Sep 9th, 2020
Window wreckage, videoed vandals, seasonal speeders | Sheriff’s Log
2020 noxious weed disposal fund ends early

2020 noxious weed disposal fund ends early

Submitted by San Juan County Noxious Weed Program. San Juan County has…

  • Sep 8th, 2020
2020 noxious weed disposal fund ends early
Larsen announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Larsen announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Challenge open to all middle and high school students who live or attend school in second district

  • Sep 8th, 2020
Larsen announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge
Temporary fire ban in San Juan County

Temporary fire ban in San Juan County

The San Juan County issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities Sept. 7-9.

  • Sep 7th, 2020
Temporary fire ban in San Juan County
Washington ranked No. 1 state to work

Washington ranked No. 1 state to work

Oxfam America study ranks Washington best state

  • Sep 7th, 2020
Washington ranked No. 1 state to work