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Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

Women in Washington state will soon be relieved of paying sales tax…

Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to help with the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $200 million for emergency response. The bill signings was held with limited attendance while the public watched live video and media asked questions via teleconference. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Inslee signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to help with the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $200 million for emergency response. The bill signings was held with limited attendance while the public watched live video and media asked questions via teleconference. (Office of the Governor Photo)
Charter review commission to be elected in 2020

Charter review commission to be elected in 2020

Submitted by F. Milene Henley Over the first eight months of 2005,…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
Charter review commission to be elected in 2020
Coronavirus — national emergency and statewide school closures

Coronavirus — national emergency and statewide school closures

There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the San Juan…

Coronavirus — national emergency and statewide school closures
OPALCO closes offices to the public

OPALCO closes offices to the public

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

  • Mar 18th, 2020
OPALCO closes offices to the public

Sex education becomes a requirement for Washington state public schools

Public school students will soon have a greater understanding of their sexuality,…

View current San Juan County COVID-19 data online

View current San Juan County COVID-19 data online

Submitted by San Juan County COVID-19 Response Team While there are currently…

  • Mar 17th, 2020
View current San Juan County COVID-19 data online
Cited speeders, sauntering sheep, carousing canines | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Cited speeders, sauntering sheep, carousing canines | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 14th, 2020
Cited speeders, sauntering sheep, carousing canines | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Lopez Island School District closed for at least one week

Lopez Island School District closed for at least one week

Submitted by Lopez Island School District Lopez Island School District modified its…

  • Mar 13th, 2020
Lopez Island School District closed for at least one week
San Juan County to declare an emergency in response to COVID-19

San Juan County to declare an emergency in response to COVID-19

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Council will be…

  • Mar 12th, 2020
San Juan County to declare an emergency in response to COVID-19
Frequently asked questions for the islands about COVID-19 | Guest column

Frequently asked questions for the islands about COVID-19 | Guest column

By San Juan County Health and Community Services Health Officer Dr. Frank…

  • Mar 12th, 2020
Frequently asked questions for the islands about COVID-19 | Guest column
Navy conducts MEDEVAC from Lopez

Navy conducts MEDEVAC from Lopez

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island A search and rescue team from Naval…

  • Mar 10th, 2020
Navy conducts MEDEVAC from Lopez
State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

With at least a dozen people in the United States — most…

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak
Map misconduct, tardy transfers, detained driver | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Map misconduct, tardy transfers, detained driver | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 7th, 2020
Map misconduct, tardy transfers, detained driver | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Contributed Photo | Rick Larsen celebrates at the Olga Store, helps FOSB receive their tax-exempt status

Rick Larsen: Dad Joke King

A wide range of topics were covered by U.S. Rep Rick Larsen…

Contributed Photo | Rick Larsen celebrates at the Olga Store, helps FOSB receive their tax-exempt status
Lopez man charged with assault, meth possession, trespassing and resisting arrest

Lopez man charged with assault, meth possession, trespassing and resisting arrest

Shawn Loren Cook, 43, of Lopez Island, is awaiting sentencing in San…

Lopez man charged with assault, meth possession, trespassing and resisting arrest
Canadian oil pipeline debate continues

Canadian oil pipeline debate continues

The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is still in development following a decision…

Canadian oil pipeline debate continues

Lawmakers move to lower cost of insulin in state

Bringing down the cost of insulin for people with diabetes is the…

Cat cruelty, click-it tickets and deer demise | San Juan County Sherrif’s Log

Cat cruelty, click-it tickets and deer demise | San Juan County Sherrif’s Log

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

  • Feb 29th, 2020
Cat cruelty, click-it tickets and deer demise | San Juan County Sherrif’s Log
Washington’s Presidential Primary has moved to March

Washington’s Presidential Primary has moved to March

Submitted by San Juan County Just when you thought the election was…

  • Feb 28th, 2020
Washington’s Presidential Primary has moved to March
Senate passes bills to ensure health of natural waters

Senate passes bills to ensure health of natural waters

Submitted by Washington State Democrats A slate of bills passed out of…

  • Feb 27th, 2020
Senate passes bills to ensure health of natural waters
Youtube video focuses on public records in San Juan County

Youtube video focuses on public records in San Juan County

A YouTube video posted on Jan. 29 about the San Juan County…

Youtube video focuses on public records in San Juan County
Samish Indian Nation receives $760,000 federal grant to improve roads and safety

Samish Indian Nation receives $760,000 federal grant to improve roads and safety

Submitted by the Samish Indian Nation The Samish Indian Nation was awarded…

  • Feb 25th, 2020
Samish Indian Nation receives $760,000 federal grant to improve roads and safety

State lawmakers aim to protect immigrants from warrantless arrests at court

Undocumented immigrants in Washington state may no longer need to fear unexpected…

Economic growth adds money to state coffers, and Democratic lawmakers have uses for it

Democratic caucuses in the house and senate rolled out separate spending plans…

Resounding reunion, dashing dog, nighttime noise | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Resounding reunion, dashing dog, nighttime noise | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 22nd, 2020
Resounding reunion, dashing dog, nighttime noise | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Person in San Juan County under investigation for Novel Coronavirus

Person in San Juan County under investigation for Novel Coronavirus

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

  • Feb 19th, 2020
Person in San Juan County under investigation for Novel Coronavirus
Custody complaint, displaced dwelling, bar bounce | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Custody complaint, displaced dwelling, bar bounce | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 15th, 2020
Custody complaint, displaced dwelling, bar bounce | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Flooding results in county road closures

Flooding results in county road closures

Islanders woke up on Feb. 1 to find severe flooding had occurred…

Flooding results in county road closures
Comprehensive Plan draft transportation element and appendix now available

Comprehensive Plan draft transportation element and appendix now available

Submitted by San Juan County The first drafts of the proposed Comprehensive…

  • Feb 11th, 2020
Comprehensive Plan draft transportation element and appendix now available
Decatur dispute, scary scam, accessed account | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Decatur dispute, scary scam, accessed account | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 8th, 2020
Decatur dispute, scary scam, accessed account | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Gov. Inslee comments on monument plan

Gov. Inslee comments on monument plan

Inconsistencies in the Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the San Juan…

Gov. Inslee comments on monument plan
Rain causes widespread impacts

Rain causes widespread impacts

Recent intense rains caused widespread impacts across the islands due to erosion,…

  • Feb 4th, 2020
Rain causes widespread impacts

San Juan County GOP announces caucus sites

Submitted by Lynda Lee Gerpheide All San Juan Island Precincts, plus Turn…

  • Feb 4th, 2020
Candidates named for OPALCO election

Candidates named for OPALCO election

Submitted by OPALCO The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee has selected…

  • Feb 4th, 2020
Candidates named for OPALCO election
Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research/contributed photo                                Mega, L41, was last seen by the Center for Whale Research on Aug. 11, 2019.

L41, a prominent Southern resident killer whale, missing

Submitted by Ken Balcomb, Founder and Senior Scientist Center for Whale Research…

  • Feb 4th, 2020
Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research/contributed photo                                Mega, L41, was last seen by the Center for Whale Research on Aug. 11, 2019.
Land bank neighbor brings lawsuit over public access to shared property

Land bank neighbor brings lawsuit over public access to shared property

A Henry Island couple has brought a lawsuit against the San Juan…

Land bank neighbor brings lawsuit over public access to shared property
Fraud fail, rogue recording, fallen fences | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Fraud fail, rogue recording, fallen fences | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 1st, 2020
Fraud fail, rogue recording, fallen fences | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Measure to fund emergency radio upgrade on ballot

Measure to fund emergency radio upgrade on ballot

Voters have the chance to approve a sales tax increase to improve…

Measure to fund emergency radio upgrade on ballot
Five new lawmakers sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session

Five new lawmakers sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session

WNPA News Service Two state Senators and three new House of Representatives…

Five new lawmakers sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session