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County asks residents to not travel or host guests

As most are aware, several new variants of COVID are spreading rapidly across the world.

  • Feb 7th, 2021
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Bill would ban open-carry weapons at peaceful state capitol protests

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A proposed ban on open-carry weapons…

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Relief for renters, schools, public health…

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Washington on track to allow schools to waive graduation requirements

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Washington high school students wrestling with…

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Poached post, menacing male, drugged dog | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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DOH COVID vaccine update

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

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Charter review committee holds its second meeting

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Charter…

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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San Juan County vaccine update

The next round of appointment registration is at 5 p.m., Feb. 5.

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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County COVID case count rises by nine to 111

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

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.

Commission approves Navy’s 5-year plan for SEAL training in state parks

Washington State Park Commissioners voted on Jan. 28 to approve the U.S.…

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.
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State ferries to host February virtual community meetings

Topics include hybrid-electric vessels, service and COVID-19 response

  • Feb 4th, 2021
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$25.8 billion transportation plan hikes gas tax 18 cents

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Washington drivers will pay an extra…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Bill would establish office to investigate police use of force

Investigative panel would not include police and reports would go back to prosecutors, police for decision making

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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Weekly COVID update: County case count breaks 100; 53 residents in quarantine

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

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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New state report shows salmon still near brink of extinction

Submitted by State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office A new report…

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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County to release more vaccine appointments

Submitted by San Juan County Some key information islanders should be aware…

  • Jan 29th, 2021
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Tawdry text, concerning calls, burgled businesses | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 29th, 2021
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2021 docket for proposed amendments to the SJC Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations

The deadline for proposed amendments to the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A person who unlawfully summons the…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Washington COVID-19 vaccine distribution hits 500,000 total doses administered

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office On Jan. 25, Gov. Jay Inslee…

  • Jan 27th, 2021
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First cases of U.K. COVID-19 strain found in Washington state

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  • Jan 27th, 2021
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Washington’s Working Families Tax Credit gets bipartisan support

Submitted by the Washington State Budget and Policy Center Rep. My-Linh Thai,…

  • Jan 27th, 2021
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State Parks Commission to take action on Navy training proposal

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

  • Jan 27th, 2021
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Community virtual gathering: Stormwater projects in Lopez Village

Submitted by San Juan County Join the County’s Environmental Resources Division in…

  • Jan 26th, 2021
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Ferry ridership down nearly 10 million in 2020

Ridership aboard Washington State Ferries dropped 41 percent from the previous year…

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Signing of the Letter of Intent on Jan. 2. From left to right: Steve and Terri Mason, Jennifer Swanson and Learner Limbach.

Nonprofit aims to purchase the Shaw General Store

Submitted by the Save the Shaw Store Board of Directors Imagine the…

  • Jan 23rd, 2021
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Signing of the Letter of Intent on Jan. 2. From left to right: Steve and Terri Mason, Jennifer Swanson and Learner Limbach.
Empty desks await students at Friday Harbor Elementary School. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for…

  • Jan 22nd, 2021
Empty desks await students at Friday Harbor Elementary School. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)
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Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Dozens of business owners — from…

  • Jan 22nd, 2021
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Carousing calf, breached barrier, resolved ruckus | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Jan. 6 • A San Juan deputy responded to a request to…

  • Jan 21st, 2021
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State Parks Commission to hold special meeting on Jan. 21

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

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Roadmap to Recovery update: All regions staying in Phase 1 for now

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

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Body found on Lopez beach from Anacortes

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney/Coroner On Saturday Dec. 12, a…

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Hot topic #41: Vaccine FAQ 4.0

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Inslee centers inaugural speech on COVID-19 recovery

By Joseph Claypoole Washington State Journal Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his third…

  • Jan 19th, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee being sworn in for his third term with Chief Justice Steven González.. (Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office/Contibuted photo)
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State’s new two-phase plan and what it means for SJC

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Strong winds knock out power in all of San Juan County for more than 18 hours

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative In the early morning hours…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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California man missing from ferry route between Lopez Island and Anacortes

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office A man from California was…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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Compass Health joins peer providers to launch Fourfront Contributor

Fourfront Contributor is a behavioral health collective focused on strengthening health systems

  • Jan 17th, 2021
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A Chinook salmon pictured in Oregon's McKenzie River. This adult fish is shorter in length than its predecessors were.

Request for salmon recovery project proposals

Submitted by The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery The…

  • Jan 16th, 2021
A Chinook salmon pictured in Oregon's McKenzie River. This adult fish is shorter in length than its predecessors were.

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony at state Legislature

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A proposed ban on the use…

  • Jan 15th, 2021