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Digging deeper into contact tracing

Digging deeper into contact tracing

A more detailed look at how public health staff work to limit the spread of COVID in our community.

  • Jul 16th, 2020
Digging deeper into contact tracing
County council hopefuls meet in online forums

County council hopefuls meet in online forums

Eight people are vying for two positions on the San Juan County…

County council hopefuls meet in online forums

John Geyman, M.D. announces the publication of his new book: Profiteering, Corruption and Fraud in U.S. Health Care

Submitted by Emily Geyman John Geyman, M.D. has a new book: Profiteering,…

  • Jul 14th, 2020
Friends don’t let friends spread COVID-19

Friends don’t let friends spread COVID-19

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 in Washington is now…

  • Jul 14th, 2020
Friends don’t let friends spread COVID-19
Three new cases of COVID reported on San Juan Island

Three new cases of COVID reported on San Juan Island

Submitted by San Juan County Over the weekend of July 11-12, three…

  • Jul 13th, 2020
Three new cases of COVID reported on San Juan Island
Top ten reasons to wear a mask

Top ten reasons to wear a mask

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health 10. So the kids…

  • Jul 13th, 2020
Top ten reasons to wear a mask
Public asked to protect honey bees by reporting sightings of the invasive Asian giant hornet

Public asked to protect honey bees by reporting sightings of the invasive Asian giant hornet

Submitted by the State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office As summer…

  • Jul 12th, 2020
Public asked to protect honey bees by reporting sightings of the invasive Asian giant hornet
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Washington State Ferries continues to operate through a global pandemic

Washington State Ferries is not immune to COVID-19, according to Amy Scarton.…

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County phases, climbing cases should mean altered summer travel plans for most Washingtonians

County phases, climbing cases should mean altered summer travel plans for most Washingtonians

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

  • Jul 10th, 2020
County phases, climbing cases should mean altered summer travel plans for most Washingtonians
Crashed cycle, touring toddler, abandoned auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Crashed cycle, touring toddler, abandoned auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 10th, 2020
Crashed cycle, touring toddler, abandoned auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Take It Or Leave It is reopening

Editor’s note: Take It or Leave It has revised its reopening to…

  • Jul 9th, 2020
County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance

County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance

The county has nearly tripled its emergency rental assistance contribution to resource…

County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance
Myths and facts about cloth face coverings

Myths and facts about cloth face coverings

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

  • Jul 9th, 2020
Myths and facts about cloth face coverings
San Juan County Fair goes virtual

San Juan County Fair goes virtual

No matter what phase the county is in when fair dates arrive,…

  • Jul 9th, 2020
San Juan County Fair goes virtual
A reminder that the Southern resident orcas are still struggling

A reminder that the Southern resident orcas are still struggling

The Southern resident orcas waited until the very end of June to…

A reminder that the Southern resident orcas are still struggling
OPALCO warns of scammers

OPALCO warns of scammers

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Orcas Power and Light Cooperative…

  • Jul 8th, 2020
OPALCO warns of scammers
Keep your child safe by staying up to date on vaccinations during COVID-19

Keep your child safe by staying up to date on vaccinations during COVID-19

Submitted by San Juan County While there isn’t a vaccine against COVID-19…

  • Jul 7th, 2020
Keep your child safe by staying up to date on vaccinations during COVID-19
Logic and accuracy testing

Logic and accuracy testing

Submitted by San Juan County A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot…

  • Jul 7th, 2020
Logic and accuracy testing
New COVID-19 reports show concerning patterns of inequity, rise in cases among younger people

New COVID-19 reports show concerning patterns of inequity, rise in cases among younger people

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

  • Jul 7th, 2020
New COVID-19 reports show concerning patterns of inequity, rise in cases among younger people

Inslee announces funding for rent assistance, tribal recovery, small businesses and nonprofits

Submitted by the Office of Governor Jay Inslee Distributed this week to…

  • Jul 7th, 2020
Taxpayers should file by July 15 tax deadline; automatic extension to Oct. 15 available

Taxpayers should file by July 15 tax deadline; automatic extension to Oct. 15 available

Submitted by the Internal Revenue Service The Department of the Treasury and…

  • Jul 7th, 2020
Taxpayers should file by July 15 tax deadline; automatic extension to Oct. 15 available
Lieutenant Governor Primary Forum, July 9

Lieutenant Governor Primary Forum, July 9

Submitted by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund The…

  • Jul 7th, 2020
Lieutenant Governor Primary Forum, July 9
State Parks urges Fourth of July revelers to recreate responsibly

State Parks urges Fourth of July revelers to recreate responsibly

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

  • Jul 3rd, 2020
State Parks urges Fourth of July revelers to recreate responsibly
Governor Inslee puts hold on all Phase advancing

Governor Inslee puts hold on all Phase advancing

Submitted by the San Juan County Department of Emergency Management Gov. Jay…

  • Jul 2nd, 2020
Governor Inslee puts hold on all Phase advancing

Larsen votes for Police Conduct Reform, Equal Justice Legislation

Submitted by the Office of Rick Larsen Thursday, June 25, Rep. Rick…

  • Jul 2nd, 2020

Community service program – calling all non-profits

Submitted by the San Juan County Adult Probation Office The courts of…

  • Jul 2nd, 2020
Drivers expected to face extended waits for state ferries over holiday weekend

Drivers expected to face extended waits for state ferries over holiday weekend

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Travelers should plan ahead and prepare for…

  • Jul 2nd, 2020
Drivers expected to face extended waits for state ferries over holiday weekend
Reminder: All personal fireworks are illegal in San Juan County

Reminder: All personal fireworks are illegal in San Juan County

Submitted by the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office A friendly reminder…

  • Jul 1st, 2020
Reminder: All personal fireworks are illegal in San Juan County
The Weekly is back but it’s a bit different

The Weekly is back but it’s a bit different

Since April 7, the Islands’ Weekly has been published within the pages…

The Weekly is back but it’s a bit different
Public hearing regarding marijuana production and processing regulations

Public hearing regarding marijuana production and processing regulations

Submitted by San Juan County The Planning Commission will take public testimony…

  • Jun 29th, 2020
Public hearing regarding marijuana production and processing regulations
Rhea Miller/contributed photo

Lopez Island signs memorialize lives lost

Being on a small island off the shores of Washington state has…

Rhea Miller/contributed photo
Gallivanting goats, dangerous dog, odorous offense | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Gallivanting goats, dangerous dog, odorous offense | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 27th, 2020
Gallivanting goats, dangerous dog, odorous offense | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
San Juan County announces 2020 funding round for Home Fund Program

San Juan County announces 2020 funding round for Home Fund Program

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

  • Jun 27th, 2020
San Juan County announces 2020 funding round for Home Fund Program
Viruses don’t discriminate, but we do

Viruses don’t discriminate, but we do

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health In Washington state, 37 percent…

  • Jun 26th, 2020
Viruses don’t discriminate, but we do
More deaths from COVID-19 now added to statewide total as data reporting improves

More deaths from COVID-19 now added to statewide total as data reporting improves

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

  • Jun 26th, 2020
More deaths from COVID-19 now added to statewide total as data reporting improves
Three new cases of COVID-19 in the county

Three new cases of COVID-19 in the county

After nearly six weeks without a new COVID-19 case in San Juan…

Three new cases of COVID-19 in the county
County to request moving to modified Phase Three

County to request moving to modified Phase Three

Submitted by San Juan County Following a recommendation from San Juan County…

  • Jun 24th, 2020
County to request moving to modified Phase Three
Update on recent San Juan County cases

Update on recent San Juan County cases

Submitted by San Juan County Over the past week, San Juan County…

  • Jun 24th, 2020
Update on recent San Juan County cases
Masks required in public statewide starting June 26

Masks required in public statewide starting June 26

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of…

  • Jun 23rd, 2020
Masks required in public statewide starting June 26
Helping businesses, employees customers stay safe

Helping businesses, employees customers stay safe

Submitted by San Juan County There are some relatively simple best practices…

  • Jun 22nd, 2020
Helping businesses, employees customers stay safe