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Signing of the Letter of Intent on Jan. 2. From left to right: Steve and Terri Mason, Jennifer Swanson and Learner Limbach.

Nonprofit aims to purchase the Shaw General Store

Submitted by the Save the Shaw Store Board of Directors Imagine the…

  • Jan 23rd, 2021

 

Empty desks await students at Friday Harbor Elementary School. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for…

  • Jan 22nd, 2021

 

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Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Dozens of business owners — from…

  • Jan 22nd, 2021

 

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Carousing calf, breached barrier, resolved ruckus | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Jan. 6 • A San Juan deputy responded to a request to…

  • Jan 21st, 2021
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Roadmap to Recovery update: All regions staying in Phase 1 for now

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

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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State Parks Commission to hold special meeting on Jan. 21

Submitted by Washington State Parks The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission…

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Hot topic #41: Vaccine FAQ 4.0

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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State’s new two-phase plan and what it means for SJC

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Body found on Lopez beach from Anacortes

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney/Coroner On Saturday Dec. 12, a…

  • Jan 19th, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee being sworn in for his third term with Chief Justice Steven González.. (Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office/Contibuted photo)

Inslee centers inaugural speech on COVID-19 recovery

By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his third…

  • Jan 19th, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee being sworn in for his third term with Chief Justice Steven González.. (Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office/Contibuted photo)
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California man missing from ferry route between Lopez Island and Anacortes

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office A man from California was…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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Strong winds knock out power in all of San Juan County for more than 18 hours

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative In the early morning hours…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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Compass Health joins peer providers to launch Fourfront Contributor

Fourfront Contributor is a behavioral health collective focused on strengthening health systems

  • Jan 17th, 2021
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Google gaffe, missing mystery, ruckus reachout | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. Dec. 30…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Navy airlifts a second patient from Orcas

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island A search and rescue team…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Increased participation might be ‘silver lining’ in online state legislative session

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service This might be the most accessible…

  • Jan 15th, 2021

Policing, racial injustice, governor’s power on Legislative agenda

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service This year’s legislature won’t just be…

  • Jan 15th, 2021

COVID-related relief tops state budget priority list

By Patric HaerleWNPA News Service Desperately needed COVID-19 relief is a top…

  • Jan 15th, 2021

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony at state Legislature

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A proposed ban on the use…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
A Chinook salmon pictured in Oregon's McKenzie River. This adult fish is shorter in length than its predecessors were.

Request for salmon recovery project proposals

Submitted by The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery The…

  • Jan 16th, 2021
A Chinook salmon pictured in Oregon's McKenzie River. This adult fish is shorter in length than its predecessors were.
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Paycheck Protection Program presentation Jan. 14

Submitted by San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan County…

  • Jan 14th, 2021
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Top stories of 2020

1. COVID in San Juan County It would not be a recap…

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HOT TOPIC #39: Vaccine FAQ 3.0

Submitted by San Juan County This information expands on and updates the…

  • Jan 12th, 2021
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Run for the OPALCO Board: help shape our energy future

Submitted by OPALCO Now is your chance for a seat at the…

  • Jan 11th, 2021
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Abandoned ammo; departed deer; gratuitous graffiti

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

  • Jan 8th, 2021
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San Juan County’s weekly COVID update

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

  • Jan 8th, 2021
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4-H inspired an Orcas resident to work as a dog-groomer and videographer

Participating in 4-H activities as a child can foster a life-long connection…

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Inslee announces ‘Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery’

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee announced “Healthy Washington…

  • Jan 6th, 2021
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Public hospital district boards decide against potential purchase agreement for Hospice of the Northwest

Submitted by Skagit Regional Health The Boards of Commissioners of Public Hospital…

  • Jan 3rd, 2021
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COVID case update from San Juan County

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

  • Jan 3rd, 2021
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State Parks offers two free days in January

Visitors won’t need a Discover Pass New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday holiday

  • Jan 2nd, 2021
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Larsen: Pandemic relief is a down payment to protect Washingtonians’ health, economic security

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to…

  • Jan 1st, 2021
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Grant program for local businesses

The Journal of the San Juans, Islands’ Sounder and Islands’ Weekly has…

  • Dec 31st, 2020
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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.

Minney and Wolf are sworn in

San Juan County’s newly-elected County Counselors are ready to begin their tenure.…

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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.
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State approves rules for commercial viewing of Southern resident orcas

Originally published by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Washington…

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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Slowing speeders; missing mail; capsized craft | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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A San Juan County nurse gives the first vaccine in the county on Dec. 30. Per state and federal guidelines, initial vaccine distribution is limited to healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents. (Contributed photo)

San Juan County distributes first COVID vaccines

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Health and Community Services…

  • Dec 30th, 2020
A San Juan County nurse gives the first vaccine in the county on Dec. 30. Per state and federal guidelines, initial vaccine distribution is limited to healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents. (Contributed photo)
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Request for improvements to building trade safety protocols

Recent San Juan County COVID case investigations have revealed a trend of lax COVID safety protocols

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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COVID recap with San Juan County

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

  • Dec 27th, 2020
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Inslee announces bold climate package for 2021–2023 biennium

Proposals would create a comprehensive climate program to ensure the state meets its climate goals

  • Dec 27th, 2020
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