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Larsen shapes and supports House Defense Bill

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. On Sept. 23, Rep. Rick Larsen…

  • Sep 27th, 2021
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Bogus burgle, condo creeper, window watcher | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 27th, 2021
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Cooling options now available for low-income households

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Commerce. This past June, Washington…

  • Sep 26th, 2021
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Need a Washington State Boating Education Card? Sign up for an upcoming, online U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary course

This fall, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Bellingham and San Juan Islands…

  • Sep 25th, 2021
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San Juan County’s total COVID cases reach 300

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Sept.…

  • Sep 24th, 2021
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Firewood fracas, financial fraud, empathetic ending| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 23rd, 2021
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National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 28

Secretary of State Kim Wyman encourages all eligible Washingtonians to register to vote

  • Sep 22nd, 2021
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Island students return to in-person learning

After more than a year of students attending school mostly remotely, the…

  • Sep 22nd, 2021
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Vote for Ghatan | Letter

Who has done more for affordable housing? Farhad is the only person…

  • Sep 22nd, 2021
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Lopezians gathered to honor Black lives lost as they respectfully removed memorial signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6, 2020. (Robert S. Harrison/contributed photo)

Lewis found guilty of reckless endangerment and malicious mischief

A Lopez Island man who said he attempted to destroy a Black…

Lopezians gathered to honor Black lives lost as they respectfully removed memorial signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6, 2020. (Robert S. Harrison/contributed photo)
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New curriculum from NOAA inspires the next generation of marine mammal stewards

Originally published by NOAA West Coast Fisheries. Endangered Southern resident killer whales…

  • Sep 18th, 2021
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Town Lodging Tax grant application deadline, Sept. 27

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor. The Town of Friday Harbor’s…

  • Sep 18th, 2021
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Four new ‘confirmed or probable’ COVID cases added to county’s count

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Sept.…

  • Sep 17th, 2021
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Plane makes Orcas crash-land

Contributed by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021,…

  • Sep 16th, 2021
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Greener grazing, litter load, window watcher | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 16th, 2021
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Williams’ new book shares the stories that have transformed the Sound

There are plenty of us who care deeply about the environment. We…

  • Sep 15th, 2021
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Island Hospital hosts COVID community briefing

With school starting and flu season right around the corner, Island Hospital…

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Islands’ Oil Spill Association hosts training in October

Submitted by the Islands’ Oil Spill Association. The Islands’ Oil Spill Association…

  • Sep 12th, 2021
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Forecasted ferry disruptions begin

A week after rumors of a coordinated ‘sickout’ by Washington State Ferries…

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Twenty-two new COVID cases in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Sept.…

  • Sep 11th, 2021
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Recreational fires allowed in San Juan County

Submitted by the San Juan County fire districts. With changing weather conditions,…

  • Sep 11th, 2021
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Getting a COVID test on San Juan Island

COVID-19 cases have steadily been increasing this summer. While there may have…

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National Historical Park seeks public input on draft Accessibility Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan

Submitted by the National Park Service. San Juan Island National Historical Park…

  • Sep 10th, 2021
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Island Hospital to host community briefing on COVID-19

Island Hospital will host a virtual community briefing Thursday, Sept. 9 at…

  • Sep 8th, 2021
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Community remembrance scheduled commemorating Sept. 11 anniversary

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor. A community memorial will be…

  • Sep 8th, 2021
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‘Solar on farmland’ online course

Submitted by WSU Extension San Juan County. In the face of climate…

  • Sep 8th, 2021
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Saved sailboat, bogus bobcat, dozing driver | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 8th, 2021
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Some WSF employees threaten ‘sickout’ over busy sailing weekend

On the eve of one of the islands’ busiest weekends, ferry-goers braced…

The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
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Black-tail deer Hunting season opens at Lopez Hill and Mount Grant Preserves

Submitted by San Juan County Land Bank. Make some room in your…

  • Sep 6th, 2021
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Holly Fearnbach from SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research (SR3), John Durban, formerly with NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and Lance Barrett-Lennard from the Ocean Wise Research Institute. Research authorized by NMFS permit #19091.
Photograph of a group of Southern resident killer whales chasing a salmon, collected during health research with a drone flying non-invasively at greater than 100 feet.

Body condition of endangered killer whales reflects salmon numbers and odds of survival

Originally published by NOAA Fisheries. The body condition of endangered Southern Resident…

  • Sep 6th, 2021
Holly Fearnbach from SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research (SR3), John Durban, formerly with NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and Lance Barrett-Lennard from the Ocean Wise Research Institute. Research authorized by NMFS permit #19091.
Photograph of a group of Southern resident killer whales chasing a salmon, collected during health research with a drone flying non-invasively at greater than 100 feet.
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Fire department seeks new boat for off-island rescues

A dispute between the San Juan Fire Department and Sam Juan Police…

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San Juan County COVID cases rise by 16

Submitted by San Juan County. Since the last update on Friday, Aug.…

  • Sep 3rd, 2021
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San Juan District Committee nominations and election update

Submitted by the 2021 Nominating Committee - Mullis Community Senior Center. The…

  • Sep 1st, 2021
Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)

Ferry service disruption expected over holiday weekend

Whispers of ferry service disruptions turned to a roar on Aug. 31,…

Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)
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Boaters are critical to protection of endangered whales

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Environmental Stewardship. Labor Day weekend…

  • Aug 31st, 2021
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Ferry faux pas, complaint confusion, smelly septic | San Juan County Sheriffs Log

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

  • Aug 30th, 2021
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San Juan County COVID count increases by 6 and decreases by 17

Submitted by San Juan County. IMPORTANT NOTE: A total of 17 previous…

  • Aug 27th, 2021
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Moped mishap, bawdy boater, pot-pulling paddler| San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Aug. 11…

  • Aug 27th, 2021
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Washington State Ferries’ staffing shortage faces a new foe — vaccine mandates

Washington State Ferries is feeling the pressure this year as COVID spreads…

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Navy concludes fourth round of Growler noise monitoring

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island. The Navy completed its fourth week of…

  • Aug 25th, 2021