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San Juan County’s vacation rental discussion continues

San Juan County has issued permits for 1,002 vacation rentals, according to…

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Jennifer Johnston's third-grade class.

Island schools talk reopening strategies

For some island students, it’s been 11 months since they walked the…

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Jennifer Johnston's third-grade class.
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Don’t write-off the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, says San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County As most are aware, the Johnson &…

  • Mar 8th, 2021
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San Juan County goes two weeks without a COVID case

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

  • Mar 5th, 2021
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Roll out of COVID vaccine to date in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County As vaccine distribution efforts continue, it is…

  • Mar 5th, 2021
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OPALCO 2021 Board Candidates

As a cooperative, OPALCO holds elections for its board positions on an…

  • Mar 4th, 2021
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Ferry fracas, tree trouble, anonymous accidents | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 2nd, 2021
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SCAM ALERT: Someone is impersonating SJC Sheriff’s office to swindle money

Submitted by San Juan County Sheriff’s office San Juan County Sheriff’s office…

  • Feb 24th, 2021
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Inslee signs COVID-19 relief bill, allocating $2.2 billion in federal funding

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Additional relief in response to the…

  • Feb 24th, 2021
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A variety of spurge laurels to help identify the noxious plant.

Purge the spurge

Jason A. Ontjes, Program Coordinator San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Program…

  • Feb 24th, 2021
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A variety of spurge laurels to help identify the noxious plant.
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from the Washington State Department of Health

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

  • Feb 23rd, 2021
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Tony Parkin (center), the new executive director of the Islands’ Oil Spill Association, and family. (Contributed photo)

New Islands’ Oil Spill Association Executive Director

Submitted by Islands’ Oil Spill Association Tony Parkin has been hired as…

  • Feb 23rd, 2021
Tony Parkin (center), the new executive director of the Islands’ Oil Spill Association, and family. (Contributed photo)
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Charter Review Commission recap

by Minor Lile Sounder contributor The San Juan County Charter Review Commission…

  • Feb 22nd, 2021
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Invasive Species Awareness Week, Feb. 22-28

Submitted by Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Gov. Jay Inslee, in partnership…

  • Feb 22nd, 2021
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Snowy sliders, deer deception, wayward watch | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 22nd, 2021
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L125 pops its head out of the water as it swims alongside mother L86 on Feb. 17, 2021. (Center for Whale Research/Contributed photo)

Oh, baby! Southern residents welcome new calf to L Pod

Submitted by The Center for Whale Research The Center for Whale Research…

  • Feb 20th, 2021
L125 pops its head out of the water as it swims alongside mother L86 on Feb. 17, 2021. (Center for Whale Research/Contributed photo)
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Don’t register for the COVID vaccine if you’re not eligible, a plea from San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County Though the number of vaccine doses available…

  • Feb 19th, 2021
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Three new cases in San Juan County over the past week

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  • Feb 19th, 2021
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2018 grant cycle funded Mudd Bay/Sucia island habitat restoration project. Pocket beaches are a critical thing for juvenile salmon.

Washington State Department of Ecology now accepting grant applications for restoration projects

Ecology now accepting grant applications for restoration projects

  • Feb 18th, 2021
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2018 grant cycle funded Mudd Bay/Sucia island habitat restoration project. Pocket beaches are a critical thing for juvenile salmon.
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Shell refinery in Anacortes penalized by EPA

Company pays $191,000 penalty for 2015 event that sickened locals

  • Feb 18th, 2021
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Jailed jive, failed firewood-filch, speeder slowdowns | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 17th, 2021
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County’s COVID vaccine shipment delayed by bad weather

Submitted by San Juan County Affected vaccine clinics: • Wednesday 2/17 –…

  • Feb 16th, 2021
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Mandatory boater education for paddleboarders sinks in Legislature

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A bill that would have required…

  • Feb 16th, 2021
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Additional health officer recommendations regarding school reopening

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank…

  • Feb 13th, 2021
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Tremor event draws regional attention

Thousands of tremors rattled under Vancouver Island between Jan. 26 and Feb.…

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San Juan County case count update

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

  • Feb 12th, 2021
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Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution update

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

  • Feb 12th, 2021
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Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) speaks at a Housing Advocacy meeting in this file photo from her website.

Cantwell is first woman to chair the Senate committee on commerce, science, and transportation

Submitted by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. At a hearing today, U.S.…

  • Feb 12th, 2021
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) speaks at a Housing Advocacy meeting in this file photo from her website.
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Vaccine appointments available this afternoon, Feb. 12

Submitted by San Juan County For those who are eligible, a limited…

  • Feb 12th, 2021
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Inslee announces five regions to progress to Phase 2

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Feb.…

  • Feb 11th, 2021
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Inslee defends regional reopening plan

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan…

  • Feb 11th, 2021
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Candidates named for OPALCO election

Nominations by petition due Feb. 19

  • Feb 10th, 2021
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Lopez OPALCO employees test positive for COVID

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Three OPALCO employees have tested…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
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EAST GRANBY, Conn. - U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Flis, 103rd Medical Group nurse practitioner, draws Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from a vial into a syringe at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut, Dec. 30, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard began administering the vaccine in accordance with the Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with doses voluntarily administered to Soldiers and Airmen on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

National Guard to help San Juan County with vaccine distribution

Submitted by San Juan County In the good news department, a joint…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
EAST GRANBY, Conn. - U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Flis, 103rd Medical Group nurse practitioner, draws Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from a vial into a syringe at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut, Dec. 30, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard began administering the vaccine in accordance with the Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with doses voluntarily administered to Soldiers and Airmen on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
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COVID cases in San Juan County jump by 12

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

  • Feb 8th, 2021
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No SJC vaccine registration Feb. 8

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County did not receive any…

  • Feb 8th, 2021
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Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Brandon Peecook, University of Washington graduate student, show the size and placement of the fossil fragment compared to the cast of a Daspletosaurus femur in this photo from 2015. (The Burke Museum)

Elementary school class wants Suciasaurus named state dinosaur

Staff WNPA News Service Washington state may soon have a new state…

  • Feb 8th, 2021
Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Brandon Peecook, University of Washington graduate student, show the size and placement of the fossil fragment compared to the cast of a Daspletosaurus femur in this photo from 2015. (The Burke Museum)
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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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Washington State Capitol Building. (Photo by Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau)

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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