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Grant program for local businesses

The Journal of the San Juans, Islands’ Sounder and Islands’ Weekly has…

  • Dec 31st, 2020
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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.

Minney and Wolf are sworn in

San Juan County’s newly-elected County Counselors are ready to begin their tenure.…

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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.
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State approves rules for commercial viewing of Southern resident orcas

Originally published by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Washington…

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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Request for improvements to building trade safety protocols

Recent San Juan County COVID case investigations have revealed a trend of lax COVID safety protocols

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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A San Juan County nurse gives the first vaccine in the county on Dec. 30. Per state and federal guidelines, initial vaccine distribution is limited to healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents. (Contributed photo)

San Juan County distributes first COVID vaccines

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

  • Dec 30th, 2020
A San Juan County nurse gives the first vaccine in the county on Dec. 30. Per state and federal guidelines, initial vaccine distribution is limited to healthcare professionals, emergency responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents. (Contributed photo)
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Slowing speeders; missing mail; capsized craft | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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COVID recap with San Juan County

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

  • Dec 27th, 2020
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Inslee announces bold climate package for 2021–2023 biennium

Proposals would create a comprehensive climate program to ensure the state meets its climate goals

  • Dec 27th, 2020
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UWMC Pharmacy Manager Christine Meyer puts a tray of 975 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine into the deep freeze after the vaccine arrived at UW Medicine’s Montlake campus Monday morning, Dec. 14, 2020. These are among the first to be distributed in Washington state. A total of 3,900 doses arrived at the UW on on Dec. 14 that will be distributed among UW Medicine’s four hospital campuses. (WA DOH POOL/contributed photo)

COVID vaccine FAQ with San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County Understandably, there are a host of community…

  • Dec 25th, 2020
UWMC Pharmacy Manager Christine Meyer puts a tray of 975 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine into the deep freeze after the vaccine arrived at UW Medicine’s Montlake campus Monday morning, Dec. 14, 2020. These are among the first to be distributed in Washington state. A total of 3,900 doses arrived at the UW on on Dec. 14 that will be distributed among UW Medicine’s four hospital campuses. (WA DOH POOL/contributed photo)
San Juan County Health and Community Services Department staff opening the first shipment of COVID vaccine to arrive in the islands. (Contributed photo)

600 doses of COVID vaccine arrive in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Department of Health and…

  • Dec 24th, 2020
San Juan County Health and Community Services Department staff opening the first shipment of COVID vaccine to arrive in the islands. (Contributed photo)
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COVID protocols in the workplace

Submitted by San Juan County As cases rise, it is worth taking…

  • Dec 24th, 2020
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Missing meds, Map Corner mishaps, conifer collisions | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. Dec. 8…

  • Dec 22nd, 2020
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COVID-19 safety behaviors remain necessary, even as vaccinations begin

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health As the first COVID-19…

  • Dec 21st, 2020
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Impatient patient; misaddressed mail; abandoned auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 21st, 2020
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San Juan County’s COVID recap

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

  • Dec 20th, 2020
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Missing person cases solved with DNA genetic profiles from San Juan County

Submitted by the San Juan County Coroner’s office Three men discovered along…

  • Dec 19th, 2020
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Putting the ‘green’ in the holiday season

Submitted by Plastic Free Salish Sea What do fish sing during the…

  • Dec 18th, 2020
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update

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

  • Dec 17th, 2020
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DOH death rate as of Dec. 12, 2020

Department of Health improves how it reports COVID-19 deaths

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health To provide more accurate…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
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Employment in San Juan County is down nearly a quarter

Between September 2019 and September 2020, the number of employed people in…

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An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)

Cantwell, Larsen provision to extend growler noise monitoring passes House as part of final NDAA

Submitted by Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office A provision introduced by U.S. Senator…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)
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Inter-island ferry out of service

Submitted by Washington State Ferries The Tillikum inter-island vessel is out of…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
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An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)

New study finds EA-18G Growler noise goes deep

Study finds levels of underwater jet noise are higher than thresholds known to disturb orcas.

An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)
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Minimize the spread of COVID-19 this holiday season

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Given the high rates…

  • Dec 15th, 2020
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2021 Celebrity Canine Little Bit, receiving the first tag dressed as a snow monster.

2021 dog licenses now on sale

Submitted by San Juan County The dog licensing season has begun! It…

  • Dec 13th, 2020
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2021 Celebrity Canine Little Bit, receiving the first tag dressed as a snow monster.
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County COVID recap; case total increases to 71

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

  • Dec 11th, 2020
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Protecting the Salish Sea: Washington’s plastic bag ban goes into effect Jan. 1

Submitted by San Juan County On March 25, Gov. Jay Inslee signed…

  • Dec 11th, 2020
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EDC hosts listening session with State Rep. Alex Ramel, Dec. 10

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

  • Dec 9th, 2020
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COVID-19 case reporting reflects backlog, duplicates

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

  • Dec 9th, 2020
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Dump truck debris, pitched paraphernalia, hapless hound | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 9th, 2020
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Orcas East Precinct votes to be recounted | Update

San Juan County Elections will be conducting a recount of the votes…

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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Inslee announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool

WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology without collecting or revealing any personal info

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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New COVID case brings county total to 67

A new case of COVID-19 on Orcas Island was documented by San…

  • Dec 7th, 2020
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San Juan County Courts jury trial postponement

Submitted by San Juan County On Friday, November 20, 2020, San Juan…

  • Dec 7th, 2020
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Center for Whale Research buys a ranch to help save the Orcas

Submitted by Center for Whale Research In October 2020, the Center for…

  • Dec 6th, 2020
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Washington State Department of Health

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

  • Dec 5th, 2020
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Weekly COVID recap with San Juan County

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

  • Dec 4th, 2020
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Applications open for new round of state Working Washington business grants

Businesses encouraged to apply by Dec. 11

  • Dec 4th, 2020
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San Juan County COVID count grows to 65

A new case of COVID on Lopez was added to the San…

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Deer in distress, Christmas lights lifted, corralling cows | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 1st, 2020
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