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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.

Elementary school class wants Suciasaurus named state dinosaur

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

  • Feb 6th, 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.
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Poached post, menacing male, drugged dog | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Washington on track to allow schools to waive graduation requirements

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Washington high school students wrestling with…

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Vaccine registration postponed

Submitted by San Juan County Please visit the San Juan County COVID…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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County COVID case count rises by nine to 111

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

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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County asks residents to not travel or host guests

Submitted by San Juan County As was seen in the islands over…

  • Feb 4th, 2021
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Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.

Commission approves Navy’s 5-year plan for SEAL training in state parks

Washington State Park Commissioners voted on Jan. 28 to approve the U.S.…

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.
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Chief Collins declines cost of living increase

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue San Juan County Fire…

  • Feb 4th, 2021
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Charter review committee holds its second meeting

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Charter…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Relief for renters, schools, public health…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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$25.8 billion transportation plan hikes gas tax 18 cents

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Washington drivers will pay an extra…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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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 2nd, 2021
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Bill would establish office to investigate police use of force

Investigative panel would not include police and reports would go back to prosecutors, police for decision making

  • Feb 1st, 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)

State ferries to host February virtual community meetings

Topics include hybrid-electric vessels, service and COVID-19 response

  • Jan 31st, 2021
The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Update from county council member Cindy Wolf

The Islands’ Sounder sat down with San Juan County Councilmember Cindy Wolf…

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Weekly COVID update: County case count breaks 100; 53 residents in quarantine

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

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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New solar-powered speed signs installed at town entrances

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor Friday Harbor has installed five…

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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Tawdry text, concerning calls, burgled businesses | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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County to release more vaccine appointments

Submitted by San Juan County Some key information islanders should be aware…

  • Jan 29th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission holds its first meeting

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

  • Jan 28th, 2021

Capital gains tax receives a harsh reception

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service A different take on Gov. Jay…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Dozens of business owners — from…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A person who unlawfully summons the…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Bill promotes automatic right to vote for people released from prison

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Formerly incarcerated people would automatically regain…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Town of Friday Harbor seeks artists’ proposals for Blair Avenue mural project

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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MyPillow magnanimity | Letter

Editor’s note: MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell has repeatedly pushed debunked claims that…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Shoreline Master Program review completes

Changes are coming to the San Juan County Shoreline Master Program. With…

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‘Vaccine’ peddler who caused controversy in Friday Harbor charged

In April 2020, Johnny T. Stine was making plans with his long-time…

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Washington’s Working Families Tax Credit gets bipartisan support

Submitted by the Washington State Budget and Policy Center Rep. My-Linh Thai,…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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COVID vaccine approval at Eventide

Submitted by William F. House, M.D. Eventide Health has received approval from…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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San Juan School District: ‘We are here to help during COVID-19’

“Hang in there” are the words of encouragement San Juan Island School…

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New state report shows salmon still near brink of extinction

Submitted by State of Washington Recreation and Conservation Office A new report…

  • Jan 24th, 2021
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Carousing calf, breached barrier, resolved ruckus | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 23rd, 2021
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Navy airlifts a second patient from Orcas

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island A search and rescue team…

  • Jan 22nd, 2021
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Compass Health joins peer providers to launch Fourfront Contributor

Fourfront Contributor is a behavioral health collective focused on strengthening health systems

  • Jan 22nd, 2021
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2021 docket for proposed amendments to the SJC Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations

Submitted by San Juan County The deadline for proposed amendments to the…

  • Jan 22nd, 2021
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County COVID case count grows by one

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

  • Jan 22nd, 2021
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San Juan County Council places moratorium on new vacation rental permits

As of 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 13, San Juan County has a…

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Hot topic #41: Vaccine FAQ 4.0

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders

  • Jan 21st, 2021
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A Chinook salmon pictured in Oregon's McKenzie River. This adult fish is shorter in length than its predecessors were.

Request for salmon recovery project proposals

Submitted by The San Juan County Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery The…

  • Jan 20th, 2021
A Chinook salmon pictured in Oregon's McKenzie River. This adult fish is shorter in length than its predecessors were.