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County’s COVID case count returns

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

  • Jul 23rd, 2021

 

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Three new cases of COVID in the islands are vaccine breakthroughs

Submitted by San Juan County After more than a month of no…

  • Jul 23rd, 2021

 

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Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues

The moratorium on new vacation rental permits in San Juan County continues.…

 

Lopez Fire & EMS levy on ballot

Submitted by Lopez Island Fire & EMS The elected Board of Commissioners…

  • Jul 22nd, 2021
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Reward for helping catch Pride flag thief

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s office. A reward of $1,000…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
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Interisland sailings canceled due to crew shortage

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Several interisland sailings will be canceled on…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
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SHIBA volunteers for Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Front row: Holly Henry, Pat VanSkyhawk and Patti Bjarnason, all of San Juan Island. Back row: Mac Langford of Lopez and Pegi Groundwater and Michael Moss of Orcas.

SHIBA welcomes partnership with Inter Island Healthcare Foundation

Submitted by the Inter Island Healthcare Effective July 1, Inter Island Healthcare…

  • Jul 21st, 2021
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SHIBA volunteers for Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Front row: Holly Henry, Pat VanSkyhawk and Patti Bjarnason, all of San Juan Island. Back row: Mac Langford of Lopez and Pegi Groundwater and Michael Moss of Orcas.
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Prepare to jam at the Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree

Submitted by Orcas Power & Light Cooperative. On August 5 at 4:30…

  • Jul 24th, 2021
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Ferry fares set to increase in October

Amid cancellations due to limited vessels and staff as well as a…

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

Record-breaking heat wave exacerbates already dry conditions across state

  • Jul 23rd, 2021
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Jordan Lynn-Jefferson receiving an Order of Dismissal of his Superior Court case with Judge Kathryn Loring.

County Drug Court celebrates its first graduate

by Jane Severin Drug Court Coordinator The San Juan County Adult Drug…

  • Jul 22nd, 2021
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Jordan Lynn-Jefferson receiving an Order of Dismissal of his Superior Court case with Judge Kathryn Loring.
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Skatepark scrawlings, confined canine, steamed shopper | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 21st, 2021
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Charter amendments proposed to the county council | Voters to weigh in during election

by Minor Lile Contributor After nearly six months of work, the San…

  • Jul 19th, 2021
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Lopez Island School District levy on August ballot

Submitted by Lopez School District On Aug. 3, 2021, Lopez Island residents…

  • Jul 18th, 2021
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Adverse advances, speeding scofflaws, prohibited pyro | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 18th, 2021
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Washington Trail Association workers pose on a trail they are refurbishing in Moran State Park. (Contributed photo)

Islands receive more than $2 million in recreation grants

Submitted by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office The Recreation and Conservation…

  • Jul 15th, 2021
Washington Trail Association workers pose on a trail they are refurbishing in Moran State Park. (Contributed photo)
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The quilt show will run from 12-4 p.m. and will be filled with gorgeous handmade quilts made by The Enchanted Quilters. Also on display and up for raffle will be two barn quilts.

Lopez Grange FUN-raiser scheduled for July 17

Submitted by Lopez Grange. This year Lopez Grange’s fourth annual quilt show…

  • Jul 13th, 2021
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The quilt show will run from 12-4 p.m. and will be filled with gorgeous handmade quilts made by The Enchanted Quilters. Also on display and up for raffle will be two barn quilts.
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San Juan County fire districts urge safety

Submitted by San Juan County fire districts. Dear Residents and visitors of…

  • Jul 13th, 2021
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Don’t forget your mask after June 30 — you may still need it even if you’re vaccinated

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. The Secretary of Health’s…

  • Jul 12th, 2021
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San Juan County recognizes Plastic Free July

During its regular meeting on June 28, San Juan County Council approved…

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State park shots, dog days of summer and a variety of vandals | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 9th, 2021
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Island tick study launches

Submitted by Kwiaht. Lopez-based conservation biology laboratory Kwiaht has launched a two-year…

  • Jul 9th, 2021
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Flex Fund loan program for Washington small businesses and nonprofits

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Commerce. Small business owners and…

  • Jul 8th, 2021
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Inslee declares state of emergency banning burning statewide

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide…

  • Jul 8th, 2021
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Rental assistance available for San Juan County tenants and landlords

Submitted by San Juan County. Are you a San Juan County Tenant…

  • Jul 7th, 2021
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Flag flying protects whales and boaters

Submitted by The San Juan County Environmental Department. Across the region, homes…

  • Jul 4th, 2021
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Ferry find, round-a-bout rascal, seatbelt scofflaws| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 3rd, 2021
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Sustainable trades program for kids

San Juan County kids are invited to learn about trades careers and…

  • Jul 2nd, 2021
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Statewide ban on burning on state land begins July 2

Submitted by Washington State Department of Natural Resources. With fire danger increasing…

  • Jul 2nd, 2021
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Council to hold vacation rental moratorium public hearing

San Juan County Council will hold a public hearing to consider the…

County dispatch office also suffers from a short staff

Many businesses on San Juan Island are struggling with being short-staffed, but…

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Earn a certificate in Ecological Restoration

The new Ecological Restoration Certificate in the San Juan Islands is provided…

  • Jul 1st, 2021
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Roger Sherman demonstrates his harpsichord, built and decorated by Hill and Tyre in the North German Baroque style. The pedal harpsichord beneath the main instrument will not be present at the Lopez Concert.

Chamber Music Festival returns to Lopez with August concert

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is returning to Lopez Island with…

  • Jun 30th, 2021
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Roger Sherman demonstrates his harpsichord, built and decorated by Hill and Tyre in the North German Baroque style. The pedal harpsichord beneath the main instrument will not be present at the Lopez Concert.
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County council considering new climate-focused department

by Minor Lile, Contributor As the San Juan County Charter Review Commission…

  • Jun 28th, 2021
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SJC wants to help you beat the summer heat

Submitted by San Juan County. Are you or someone you know in…

  • Jun 27th, 2021
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The county’s latest on masking

As of June 27, the San Juan County Health Officer Order requiring…

  • Jun 25th, 2021
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Spring Street International School 2021 graduates Linnea Morris and Ela Angevin (l-r).

Following waste in the San Juans

By Ela Angevine Spring Street International School graduate When people tell you that…

  • Jun 24th, 2021
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Spring Street International School 2021 graduates Linnea Morris and Ela Angevin (l-r).

Visitors Bureau awards $2,000 in scholarships

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. The San Juan Islands…

  • Jun 24th, 2021
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Stephanie Goudelock, Coordinator and Parent Ally for the Parent for Parent program, was reunified with her children March 23, 2017,

The importance of reunifying families

Submitted by, Linnea Anderson, Juvenile Court Administrator. San Juan County, Washington –…

  • Jun 22nd, 2021
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Stephanie Goudelock, Coordinator and Parent Ally for the Parent for Parent program, was reunified with her children March 23, 2017,
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Learn how to operate, rent a no-till drill

Interested in reseeding your pastures or hayfields? Planting cover crops or grains?…

  • Jun 22nd, 2021
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