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Fourth confirmed COVID case is on San Juan

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

  • Mar 29th, 2020

Coming together to stay apart – social distancing and daily life

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Gov. Jay Inslee announced…

  • Mar 28th, 2020

Diseased deer; boat battle; water catchment wreckage | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 28th, 2020

Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis

Never before have so many readers thanked us for providing critical information…

Third positive COVID-19 test result is on Lopez

Submitted by San Juan County The third confirmed positive COVID-19 test result…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood amid COVID-19 concerns

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

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Shoreline Master Program ordinance official comment period

Submitted by San Juan County The Washington Department of Ecology and San…

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Orcas man in critical care following Monday night shooting

Jonathan D. Wilkins, 44, of Eastsound, appeared in front of San Juan…

San Juan County Health Officer issues order to prevent spread of COVID-19

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

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Transition Lopez Island launches Fossil Free by ‘33 Campaign

Submitted by Transition Lopez Island In 2019, after the shocking Intergovernmental Panel…

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Local resident tests negative for novel coronavirus

Editor’s note: The original version of this article said that the 1…

Last feral cat on Lopez finds a home

Submitted by Ruthie Thompson-Klein Lopez Animal Protection Society If that headline were…

  • Mar 25th, 2020

Addressing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment

A critical part of our state’s effort to contain and mitigate the…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

OPALCO suspends late fees and disconnection during COVID-19

Submitted by Ocas Power and Light Co-op The Ocas Power and Light…

  • Mar 24th, 2020

Washington State Parks and wildlife areas to close

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

  • Mar 24th, 2020

Start of state ferry service to Canada suspended until April 26

Domestic San Juan Islands routes will not be affected

  • Mar 22nd, 2020

Governor signs bill to expand access to nutritious foods program

Submitted by Washington State Democrats Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today…

  • Mar 22nd, 2020

Lyft grift; purloined petrol; bail bounder | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 21st, 2020
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils an economic relief package to help workers, businesses, tenants, families and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other state and municipal leaders, as well as journalists, also participated remotely to accommodate social distancing. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters and more in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office On March 18, Washington Gov. Jay…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils an economic relief package to help workers, businesses, tenants, families and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other state and municipal leaders, as well as journalists, also participated remotely to accommodate social distancing. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Orcas resident first person diagnosed with COVID-19 in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County An Orcas Island resident has tested positive…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Leave some for your neighbor

Submitted by the State Department of Health Welcome to today’s update on…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Washington submits request seeking Medicaid flexibility for COVID-19 response

Washington State Healthcare Authority Washington State has submitted a request to the…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Beware of Medicare coronavirus scams

Submitted by Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner Medicare beneficiaries are…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
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Larsen: Federal Disaster Relief Available for Small Businesses Suffering from COVID-19 Impact

Submitted by Joseph Tutino Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
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AG and Secretary of State warn donors to be wary of charity scams during COVID-19

Submitted by the Washington State Office of Attorney General Attorney General Bob…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Trash pick-ups to continue

Submitted by San Juan Sanitation We at San Juan Sanitation are monitoring…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center suspends visitor access

Submitted by PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center In order to protect its…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Washington state Legislature bans single-use plastic bags

By Leona Vaughn Consumers will need to remember to bring their own…

WSF encourages passengers to give everyone a little more space when sailing

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Washington State Ferries continues to monitor the…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Legislature passes tax exemption extension for private plane alteration and repair work

State lawmakers passed legislation to extend tax breaks and exemptions intended to…

Senate and house dispute kills data privacy bill

Groundbreaking data privacy legislation designed to give consumers more access and control…

EDC launches survey to assess business impacts from COVID-19

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

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

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

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Coronavirus — national emergency and statewide school closures

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

OPALCO closes offices to the public

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

  • Mar 18th, 2020

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

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

  • Mar 17th, 2020

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