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Saved sailboat, bogus bobcat, dozing driver | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 4th, 2021
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San Juan County COVID cases rise by 16

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Aug.…

  • Sep 3rd, 2021
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National Historical Park seeks public input on draft Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

Submitted by the National Park Service. San Juan Island National Historical Park…

  • Sep 2nd, 2021
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Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)

Ferry service disruption expected over holiday weekend

Whispers of ferry service disruptions turned to a roar on Aug. 31,…

Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)
Contributed photo/The Orcas Island Jazz Festival returns with online and in-person viewing options this Labor Day weekend. Tickets are available at www.OrcasCenter.org.

Jazz Festival opens this week at Orcas Center; also streaming online

The Orcas Island Jazz Festival lights up Orcas Center every Labor Day…

  • Aug 31st, 2021
Contributed photo/The Orcas Island Jazz Festival returns with online and in-person viewing options this Labor Day weekend. Tickets are available at www.OrcasCenter.org.
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Boaters are critical to protection of endangered whales

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Environmental Stewardship. Labor Day weekend…

  • Aug 30th, 2021
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Ferry faux pas, complaint confusion, smelly septic | San Juan County Sheriffs Log

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

  • Aug 29th, 2021
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Washington State Ferries’ staffing shortage faces a new foe — vaccine mandates

Washington State Ferries is feeling the pressure this year as COVID spreads…

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San Juan County COVID count increases by 6 and decreases by 17

Submitted by San Juan County. IMPORTANT NOTE: A total of 17 previous…

  • Aug 27th, 2021
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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford Mcgrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.

English language students inspire new learning strategies for the classroom

English language learners are a growing and vital component of the American…

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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford Mcgrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.
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Seattle circus company returns to Lopez August 29

Submitted by Lopez Community Center. After an eighteen-month hiatus from live, in-person…

  • Aug 26th, 2021
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Navy concludes fourth round of Growler noise monitoring

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island. The Navy completed its fourth week of…

  • Aug 25th, 2021
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Growing community in Fertile Ground

Submitted by Migael Scherer. Once hidden behind thick brambles and a fortress-like…

  • Aug 24th, 2021
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Childhood immunization data concern public health officials

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

  • Aug 23rd, 2021
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Moped mishap, bawdy boater, pot-pulling paddler| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Aug. 11…

  • Aug 23rd, 2021
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San Juan County COVID case update

Note: Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case…

  • Aug 22nd, 2021
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Salmon spawning Tye River, Washington. (NOAA Fisheries West Coast photo)

Cantwell outlines big wins for Washington state’s infrastructure, salmon, economy

Submitted by Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office. On Aug. 10, U.S. Senator Maria…

  • Aug 21st, 2021
Salmon spawning Tye River, Washington. (NOAA Fisheries West Coast photo)
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Statewide updated mask order goes into effect Monday, Aug. 23

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health. On Aug. 18, Washington State…

  • Aug 20th, 2021
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Dr. Wilson to leave UW Medicine’s Lopez Island Clinic

Submitted by Barbara Clements, UW Medicine. It is with mixed emotions that…

  • Aug 20th, 2021
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Lopez Island Clinic to start offering COVID vaccine

Submitted by UW Medicine. UW Medicine’s Lopez Island Neighborhood Clinic will be…

  • Aug 20th, 2021
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Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)

Regional transportation authority weighs passenger-only ferry options

A passenger-only ferry service from Bellingham to Friday Harbor may soon be…

Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.

Politics and plants | John Evans leaves behind a legacy

A passion for property rights led John Evans to serve three terms…

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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.
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2021 San Juan County Fair begins

Submitted by the San Juan County Fair. San Juan County Virtual Fair…

  • Aug 18th, 2021
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Septic sounds; crabbing calamity; scary stares | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 18th, 2021
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County to host vaccine clinics next week

Submitted by San Juan County. As COVID case numbers continue their dramatic…

  • Aug 17th, 2021
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Bipartisan bill hopes to improve rural veterans’ access to health care

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Cathy…

  • Aug 17th, 2021
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New enforcement laws cause confusion and frustration

Recently enacted laws are limiting law enforcement’s ability to properly respond to…

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Endangered orcas receive critical habitat protections

Expanded critical habitat signals much of West Coast contributes to recovery of endangered orcas

  • Aug 14th, 2021
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COVID case count increases by 24

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

  • Aug 13th, 2021
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Banner Bank gifts $10,000 to FLIP brings swim center closer to construction

Submitted by the Friends of the Lopez Island Pool. Thank you, Banner…

  • Aug 13th, 2021
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Wildfire smoke to impact coastal communities

More than one million acres burned in Pacific Northwest

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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County to reinstate mask mandate, Aug. 13

Submitted by San Juan County. Fourteen new COVID cases were reported in…

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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A community discussion about our local food system

An online presentation and a community discussion on measuring, and making change…

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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Auditor warns of incorrect letters regarding personalized license plates

Submitted by San Juan County. County Auditor Milene Henley is warning San…

  • Aug 11th, 2021
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Summer speeders, boat bangups | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 10th, 2021
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Larsen: American WINGS act gives high school students STEM skills to soar

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced legislation to help U.S. high school students…

  • Aug 8th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission minority presents its opinion

Not everyone in the San Juan County Charter Review Commission agreed with…

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Local wastewater treatment plants recognized for their performance in 2020

Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology. In 2020, wastewater treatment plant…

  • Aug 7th, 2021
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Kidney-busting canine, derelict dumping, missing makeup | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s responded to the following calls. July 28…

  • Aug 6th, 2021
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SJC COVID cases grow to 213 | An update on the Orcas case cluster

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

  • Aug 5th, 2021
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