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QFC pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot

Flu season officially starts Oct. 1, but shots are available now. Experts recommend not waiting.

  • Sep 18th, 2020
QFC pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot

Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot

San Juan County voters have been receiving postcards from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the November 3 General Election. Unfortunately, two of the recommendations included in the postcards are not relevant to Washington voters.

  • Sep 17th, 2020
Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot
Steelhead. (NOAA Fisheries photo)

Ecology is accepting comments on draft permits for Cooke Aquaculture

Revisions proposed for Puget Sound net pens

  • Sep 16th, 2020
Steelhead. (NOAA Fisheries photo)
A very COVID Great Islands Clean Up

A very COVID Great Islands Clean Up

This year, the COVID pandemic shifted the Spring GICU to a do-it-yourself month-long effort.

  • Sep 15th, 2020
A very COVID Great Islands Clean Up
Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 14th, 2020
Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Round Towner now IslandRides

The response to the survey from San Juan Islands Shuttle Service is clear.

  • Sep 14th, 2020
Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

After two months and withstanding three vandalizations, the signs memorializing Black lives lost on Lopez are gone. In a ceremony of respect, community members gathered to remove the painted signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6.

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial
Register to vote at Lopez Village Market on Sept. 22

Register to vote at Lopez Village Market on Sept. 22

For the third year in a row, Huddle Lopez Island is sponsoring a voter registration drive.

  • Sep 12th, 2020
Register to vote at Lopez Village Market on Sept. 22
Temporary fire ban in San Juan County

Temporary fire ban in San Juan County

The San Juan County issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities Sept. 7-9.

  • Sep 12th, 2020
Temporary fire ban in San Juan County
Washington ranked No. 1 state to work

Washington ranked No. 1 state to work

Oxfam America study ranks Washington best state

  • Sep 11th, 2020
Washington ranked No. 1 state to work
San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance

San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance

The moratorium on marijuana production and processing will lift after being in place for a year and a half.

San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance
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Skagit/Islands Head Start, San Juan Island Community Foundation, and Skagit Valley College Foundation partner to expand Head Start access in Friday Harbor

Skagit/Islands Head Start, San Juan Island Community Foundation and Skagit Valley College Foundation are proud to announce that more Friday Harbor children and their families will have access to early learning education, resources and support this fall, thanks to their partnership that will bring a larger Head Start modular building to its new location at Friday Harbor Elementary.

  • Sep 11th, 2020
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Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Operating at 100 percent capacity is allowed immediately.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds
LSWDD’s Recycle Dogs win Recycler of the Year Award

LSWDD’s Recycle Dogs win Recycler of the Year Award

Dogs love the Dump, aka Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
LSWDD’s Recycle Dogs win Recycler of the Year Award
Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke

Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke

Due to easterly winds, smoke from fires in Eastern Washington is settling over Puget Sound.

  • Sep 9th, 2020
Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke
Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire

Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Sep 8th, 2020
Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire
San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 8th, 2020
San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Washington’s child care crisis

Washington’s child care crisis

Eighty-six percent of San Juan County’s demand for child care is met…

Washington’s child care crisis
Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks

Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks

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

  • Sep 6th, 2020
Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks
Inslee announces additional federal funding to be distributed to local governments

Inslee announces additional federal funding to be distributed to local governments

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office On Aug. 31, Gov. Jay Inslee…

  • Sep 5th, 2020
Inslee announces additional federal funding to be distributed to local governments
San Juan County announces CARES small business relief grant

San Juan County announces CARES small business relief grant

Two new grants aim to help small businesses in the San Juan…

  • Sep 5th, 2020
San Juan County announces CARES small business relief grant
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
(Washington State Ferries Twitter/Contributed photo)
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