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COVID-19 testing still advised for people with symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases

COVID-19 testing still advised for people with symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases

The Washington State Department of Health’s guidance around testing has not changed: if you have symptoms, you need to get tested.

  • Sep 5th, 2020
COVID-19 testing still advised for people with symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases
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Yakima federal judge grants AG Ferguson’s motion to expedite discovery in USPS lawsuit

Submitted by the Washington State Office of Attorney General A federal judge…

  • Sep 4th, 2020
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Blacktail deer hunting season opens | San Juan County Land Bank

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

  • Sep 3rd, 2020
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 3rd, 2020
Larsen announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge
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 3rd, 2020
2020 noxious weed disposal fund ends early
Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend

Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend

Modified service on multiple routes due to COVID-19

  • Sep 2nd, 2020
Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend
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Reservation release postponed two weeks

Submitted by the Washington State Ferry Service Because of an unplanned technical…

  • Sep 1st, 2020
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Ewes askew; scam success; creamy conundrum | Sheriff’s Log

Ewes askew; scam success; creamy conundrum | Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s office recent calls

  • Sep 1st, 2020
Ewes askew; scam success; creamy conundrum | Sheriff’s Log
OPALCO extends COVID-19 bill pay assistance

OPALCO extends COVID-19 bill pay assistance

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Members who are struggling to…

  • Sep 1st, 2020
OPALCO extends COVID-19 bill pay assistance
San Juan County organization receives $750,000 grant for long-term care

San Juan County organization receives $750,000 grant for long-term care

San Juan County organization receives $750,000 grant for long-term care

  • Aug 30th, 2020
San Juan County organization receives $750,000 grant for long-term care
New statewide testing metric and methodology updates announced

New statewide testing metric and methodology updates announced

New statewide testing metric and methodology updates announced

  • Aug 29th, 2020
New statewide testing metric and methodology updates announced
Ferry delays likely to remain for now

Ferry delays likely to remain for now

The ferries occasionally running behind in the summer is something islanders are accustomed to.

Ferry delays likely to remain for now
Vandalized views, bee bumble, unattended auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Vandalized views, bee bumble, unattended auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 28th, 2020
Vandalized views, bee bumble, unattended auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Skagit STEM Network expands in San Juan County

The Skagit STEM Network is expanding.

  • Aug 27th, 2020

A conversation with local elected officials

Four of the islands’ elected officials held a meeting to discuss the state of the islands.

State receives more than $11 million in federal grants to benefit Southern resident orca and Chinook recovery

State receives more than $11 million in federal grants to benefit Southern resident orca and Chinook recovery

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office announced the award.

  • Aug 27th, 2020
State receives more than $11 million in federal grants to benefit Southern resident orca and Chinook recovery
It’s time for the talk: How to get together safely

It’s time for the talk: How to get together safely

It’s time for the talk: How to get together safely

  • Aug 26th, 2020
It’s time for the talk: How to get together safely
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EDC survey on Sidney ferry privatization

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council The Joint Transportation…

  • Aug 25th, 2020
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Secretary of State says USPS will maintain excellent delivery standards during general election

Secretary of State says USPS will maintain excellent delivery standards during general election

Submitted by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office The U.S. Postal…

  • Aug 23rd, 2020
Secretary of State says USPS will maintain excellent delivery standards during general election
Pinched paddle, bickering brothers, appropriated anchor | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Pinched paddle, bickering brothers, appropriated anchor | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 22nd, 2020
Pinched paddle, bickering brothers, appropriated anchor | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Ferguson brings lawsuit to protect the United States Postal Service and mail-in voting

Ferguson brings lawsuit to protect the United States Postal Service and mail-in voting

Submitted by the Office of the Washingtons State Attorney General A Lawsuit…

  • Aug 21st, 2020
Ferguson brings lawsuit to protect the United States Postal Service and mail-in voting
Help protect firefighters by doing your part to reduce COVID-19 spread

Help protect firefighters by doing your part to reduce COVID-19 spread

Submitted by Washington Department of Natural Resources Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary…

  • Aug 21st, 2020
Help protect firefighters by doing your part to reduce COVID-19 spread

Magistrate recommends against COER injunction

A federal magistrate judge recommended a U.S. District Court judge deny a…

New report highlights COVID-19 cases are plateauing

New report highlights COVID-19 cases are plateauing

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

  • Aug 19th, 2020
New report highlights COVID-19 cases are plateauing
Islander one of many sickened by onions

Islander one of many sickened by onions

Submitted by Washington Department of Health A resident of San Juan County…

  • Aug 19th, 2020
Islander one of many sickened by onions
Free day at Washington State Parks, Aug. 25

Free day at Washington State Parks, Aug. 25

Submitted by Washington State Parks In recognition of the National Park System’s…

  • Aug 19th, 2020
Free day at Washington State Parks, Aug. 25
County adds one new COVID case as of mid-August

County adds one new COVID case as of mid-August

Update: Another case of COVID was confirmed on Orcas on Aug. 17.…

County adds one new COVID case as of mid-August
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Lopez Black Lives Matter signs vandalized a third time

Submitted by Rhea Miller In the late evening of Aug. 14, yet…

  • Aug 17th, 2020
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Lopez man arrested vandalizing memorial signs

Lopez man arrested vandalizing memorial signs

A Lopez Island man said he attempted to destroy a Black Lives…

Lopez man arrested vandalizing memorial signs
Kidnapped kitty, floatplane faux pas, swiped skif| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Kidnapped kitty, floatplane faux pas, swiped skif| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 15th, 2020
Kidnapped kitty, floatplane faux pas, swiped skif| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Lopez School goes virtual

Lopez School goes virtual

Lopez Island School District will begin the upcoming school year virtually. “We…

  • Aug 14th, 2020
Lopez School goes virtual
New COVID-19 case confirmed on Orcas

New COVID-19 case confirmed on Orcas

Submitted by San Juan County There has been one new confirmed positive…

  • Aug 13th, 2020
New COVID-19 case confirmed on Orcas
County seeks committee members for vacant seats

County seeks committee members for vacant seats

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Council is searching…

  • Aug 12th, 2020
County seeks committee members for vacant seats
Inslee announces education recommendations

Inslee announces education recommendations

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office Gov. Jay Inslee announced new recommendations…

  • Aug 12th, 2020
Inslee announces education recommendations
Four council candidates go on to general election and school levy passes

Four council candidates go on to general election and school levy passes

Christine Minney, Ryan Palmateer, Rick Hughes and Cindy Wolf are the four…

  • Aug 11th, 2020
Four council candidates go on to general election and school levy passes
Cover your face, says Department of Health

Cover your face, says Department of Health

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health More than 50,000 people in…

  • Aug 8th, 2020
Cover your face, says Department of Health
Decades-old discovery, beached boat, suspect search | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Decades-old discovery, beached boat, suspect search | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 7th, 2020
Decades-old discovery, beached boat, suspect search | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
The Department of Health launches CORONA Survey

The Department of Health launches CORONA Survey

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

  • Aug 7th, 2020
The Department of Health launches CORONA Survey
Staying six feet apart

Staying six feet apart

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

  • Aug 6th, 2020
Staying six feet apart
Contributed photo                                Tahlequah, J35, is seen in two aerial photos from SR³. The wideness of her mid-section is evidence of her pregnancy, according to researchers. (SR³ SeaLife Response, Rehab and Research and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in 2019 and SR³ and Southall Environmental Associates in 2020; NMFS research permit 19091)

World-famous mourning mother orca pregnant again

It’s been nearly two years to the day since Tahlequah, J35, carried…

Contributed photo                                Tahlequah, J35, is seen in two aerial photos from SR³. The wideness of her mid-section is evidence of her pregnancy, according to researchers. (SR³ SeaLife Response, Rehab and Research and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in 2019 and SR³ and Southall Environmental Associates in 2020; NMFS research permit 19091)