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Elections Q and A with the San Juan County Auditor

Interest is high in this year’s general election.

  • Oct 10th, 2020
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Worn-out welcome, tipsy teens, rogue rental | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 10th, 2020
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An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)

Sound Defenders Alliance seeks to cease Navy encroachment

The Navy’s Growlers have been a bane of many Lopezians for nearly a decade.

An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)
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State to provide $300,000 in emergency grants to Washington shellfish growers

Departments of Commerce and Agriculture partner with Impact Washington to create Shellfish Seed Bank

  • Oct 7th, 2020
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Washington State Department of Health prepares to deploy new rapid COVID-19 tests

Washington State Department of Health to report antigen test results as well.

  • Oct 6th, 2020
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Assessor Change of Value notices mailed on Oct. 1

Determining value is the first part of a budget-based assessment process.

  • Oct 6th, 2020
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County Council Candidates Youth Forum

They will ask the county council candidates questions about the environment and climate change.

  • Oct 4th, 2020
“Smokey Still on Guard” by Rudy Wendelin

Burn permits go on sale Oct. 5

Fall is here and the time has come for burn permits to go on sale.

  • Oct 4th, 2020
“Smokey Still on Guard” by Rudy Wendelin
Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 3rd, 2020
Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock

Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock

This extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2016.

  • Oct 2nd, 2020
Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock
Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness

Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • Oct 1st, 2020
Islands to glow purple for domestic abuse awareness
Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting

Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting

Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance are hosting a Zoom gathering on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. for residents of the San Juan Islands.

  • Sep 30th, 2020
Quiet Skies and Sound Defense Alliance to host Zoom meeting
League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums

League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums

LWV will host three nights of online forums for local candidates in the Nov. 3 General Election.

  • Sep 30th, 2020
League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

“San Juan County is the safest in the state.”

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes
State parks announces free days for 2021

State parks announces free days for 2021

Agency sets 12 free day-use visits next year

  • Sep 28th, 2020
State parks announces free days for 2021
No-show fees resume on state ferries

No-show fees resume on state ferries

On Oct. 1, WSF will resume charging no-show fees to customers who do not cancel their reservations.

  • Sep 28th, 2020
No-show fees resume on state ferries
An update from the Port of Lopez

An update from the Port of Lopez

Submitted by The Port of Lopez Commissioners and Manager The Port of…

  • Sep 27th, 2020
An update from the Port of Lopez
Photograph of J57. (Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya’s Legacy and the Pacific Whale Watch Association/contributed photo)

New J Pod calf identified as a male

This feisty young boy was seen last evening, Sept. 22, near Point Roberts, Washington.

  • Sep 26th, 2020
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San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects

San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects

The Salmon Recovery Funding Board awarded $18 million in grants around the state.

  • Sep 25th, 2020
San Juan Islands receive $277,742 for salmon recovery projects
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Fall Take It Or Leave It reopening

Submitted by Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District…

  • Sep 23rd, 2020
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Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.

Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.

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

  • Sep 22nd, 2020
Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.
Special deliveries: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue joins partner agencies with two baby deliveries

Special deliveries: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue joins partner agencies with two baby deliveries

This time, it wasn’t the stork who made the middle of the night call to assist two pregnant mothers.

  • Sep 21st, 2020
Special deliveries: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue joins partner agencies with two baby deliveries
OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?

OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Safety is the primary objective…

  • Sep 20th, 2020
OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?
Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans

Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans

Pacific herring – also known as forage fish – play a key role in marine food webs as food for out-migrating juvenile salmon, seabirds, and even marine mammals.

  • Sep 19th, 2020
Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans
QFC pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot

Flu season officially starts Oct. 1, but shots are available now. Experts recommend not waiting.

  • Sep 18th, 2020
QFC pharmacist Becky Buerhaus administers a flu shot on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot

Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot

San Juan County voters have been receiving postcards from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the November 3 General Election. Unfortunately, two of the recommendations included in the postcards are not relevant to Washington voters.

  • Sep 17th, 2020
Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot
Steelhead. (NOAA Fisheries photo)

Ecology is accepting comments on draft permits for Cooke Aquaculture

Revisions proposed for Puget Sound net pens

  • Sep 16th, 2020
Steelhead. (NOAA Fisheries photo)
A very COVID Great Islands Clean Up

A very COVID Great Islands Clean Up

This year, the COVID pandemic shifted the Spring GICU to a do-it-yourself month-long effort.

  • Sep 15th, 2020
A very COVID Great Islands Clean Up
Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 14th, 2020
Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Round Towner now IslandRides

The response to the survey from San Juan Islands Shuttle Service is clear.

  • Sep 14th, 2020
Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

After two months and withstanding three vandalizations, the signs memorializing Black lives lost on Lopez are gone. In a ceremony of respect, community members gathered to remove the painted signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6.

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial
Register to vote at Lopez Village Market on Sept. 22

Register to vote at Lopez Village Market on Sept. 22

For the third year in a row, Huddle Lopez Island is sponsoring a voter registration drive.

  • Sep 12th, 2020
Register to vote at Lopez Village Market on Sept. 22
Temporary fire ban in San Juan County

Temporary fire ban in San Juan County

The San Juan County issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities Sept. 7-9.

  • Sep 12th, 2020
Temporary fire ban in San Juan County
Washington ranked No. 1 state to work

Washington ranked No. 1 state to work

Oxfam America study ranks Washington best state

  • Sep 11th, 2020
Washington ranked No. 1 state to work
San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance

San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance

The moratorium on marijuana production and processing will lift after being in place for a year and a half.

San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance
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Skagit/Islands Head Start, San Juan Island Community Foundation, and Skagit Valley College Foundation partner to expand Head Start access in Friday Harbor

Skagit/Islands Head Start, San Juan Island Community Foundation and Skagit Valley College Foundation are proud to announce that more Friday Harbor children and their families will have access to early learning education, resources and support this fall, thanks to their partnership that will bring a larger Head Start modular building to its new location at Friday Harbor Elementary.

  • Sep 11th, 2020
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Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Operating at 100 percent capacity is allowed immediately.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds
LSWDD’s Recycle Dogs win Recycler of the Year Award

LSWDD’s Recycle Dogs win Recycler of the Year Award

Dogs love the Dump, aka Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
LSWDD’s Recycle Dogs win Recycler of the Year Award
Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke

Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke

Due to easterly winds, smoke from fires in Eastern Washington is settling over Puget Sound.

  • Sep 9th, 2020
Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke
Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire

Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Sep 8th, 2020
Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire