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State Supreme Court nullifies Eyman’s $30 car-tab initiative

Justices on Thursday unanimously agreed that voter-approved Initiative 976 is unconstitutional.

  • Oct 21st, 2020
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Take the 2020 ferry rider survey now

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Washington State Ferries encourages customers to participate…

  • Oct 21st, 2020
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Teen thievery, homeless hound, treacherous trees | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 20th, 2020
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EDC, town, Anacortes study economic impacts from Sidney ferry

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

  • Oct 19th, 2020
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Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution progress update

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

  • Oct 19th, 2020
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PeaceHealth warns of phone scams impacting patients

PeaceHealth Hospital has received reports of recent phone scams, or “vishing” scams.

  • Oct 18th, 2020
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Over 62,796 people and 41 Organizations ask Governor Inslee to Oppose a New Shipping Terminal at the Canadian border

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans Canada’s largest port, the Port…

  • Oct 17th, 2020
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San Juan County Lodging Tax Committee announcement

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  • Oct 16th, 2020
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Miscreant moorage, distressed deer, Lopez litter | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 15th, 2020
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New case in San Juan County brings total to 33

Submitted by San Juan County One new positive COVID-19 case has been…

  • Oct 14th, 2020
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San Juan County awards $1.7 million from the Home Fund

The Home Fund is managed with oversight from the Housing Advisory Committee and the County Council.

  • Oct 14th, 2020
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Governor loosens limits on indoor dining

Submitted by San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau As many local restaurants are…

  • Oct 13th, 2020
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Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program grantees announced

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

  • Oct 13th, 2020
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Lopez School levy lid losses

Submitted by Kirman Taylor and Bill LeDrew The Lopez Island School District…

  • Oct 13th, 2020
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San Juan County extends CARES Small Business Relief Grant deadline and eligibility

Awards will range up to $5,000 for eligible San Juan County businesses

  • Oct 12th, 2020
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Elections equipment testing, Oct. 14

Logic and accuracy testing is performed prior to every election

  • Oct 10th, 2020
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Elections Q and A with the San Juan County Auditor

Interest is high in this year’s general election.

  • Oct 10th, 2020
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Worn-out welcome, tipsy teens, rogue rental | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 10th, 2020
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An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)

Sound Defenders Alliance seeks to cease Navy encroachment

The Navy’s Growlers have been a bane of many Lopezians for nearly a decade.

An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)
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State to provide $300,000 in emergency grants to Washington shellfish growers

Departments of Commerce and Agriculture partner with Impact Washington to create Shellfish Seed Bank

  • Oct 7th, 2020
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Washington State Department of Health prepares to deploy new rapid COVID-19 tests

Washington State Department of Health to report antigen test results as well.

  • Oct 6th, 2020
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Assessor Change of Value notices mailed on Oct. 1

Determining value is the first part of a budget-based assessment process.

  • Oct 6th, 2020
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County Council Candidates Youth Forum

They will ask the county council candidates questions about the environment and climate change.

  • Oct 4th, 2020
“Smokey Still on Guard” by Rudy Wendelin

Burn permits go on sale Oct. 5

Fall is here and the time has come for burn permits to go on sale.

  • Oct 4th, 2020
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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 calls. Sept.…

  • Oct 3rd, 2020
Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock

Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock

This extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2016.

  • Oct 2nd, 2020
Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock
Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness

Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • Oct 1st, 2020
Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness
Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting

Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting

Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance are hosting a Zoom gathering on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. for residents of the San Juan Islands.

  • Sep 30th, 2020
Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting
League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums

League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums

LWV will host three nights of online forums for local candidates in the Nov. 3 General Election.

  • Sep 30th, 2020
League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

“San Juan County is the safest in the state.”

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes
State parks announces free days for 2021

State parks announces free days for 2021

Agency sets 12 free day-use visits next year

  • Sep 28th, 2020
State parks announces free days for 2021
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 28th, 2020
No-show fees resume on state ferries
An update from the Port of Lopez

An update from the Port of Lopez

Submitted by The Port of Lopez Commissioners and Manager The Port of…

  • Sep 27th, 2020
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New J Pod calf identified as a male

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

  • Sep 26th, 2020
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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 25th, 2020
San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects
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Fall Take It Or Leave It reopening

Submitted by Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District…

  • Sep 23rd, 2020
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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 Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. Sept.…

  • Sep 22nd, 2020
Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.
Special deliveries: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue joins partner agencies with two baby deliveries

Special deliveries: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue joins partner agencies with two baby deliveries

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

  • Sep 21st, 2020
Special deliveries: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue joins partner agencies with two baby deliveries
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 20th, 2020
OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?
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 19th, 2020
Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans