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Photo caption: Fish For Teeth sponsors a mobile dental van for dental clinics in the San Juan Islands, up to four times a year. (Contributed photo.)

Fish taco fundraiser this Friday

Submitted by Fish for Teeth Fish for Teeth is continuing its tooth-fixing…

  • Oct 14th, 2020
Photo caption: Fish For Teeth sponsors a mobile dental van for dental clinics in the San Juan Islands, up to four times a year. (Contributed photo.)
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Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program grantees announced

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

  • Oct 14th, 2020
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EDC, town, Anacortes study economic impacts from Sidney ferry

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

  • Oct 14th, 2020
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San Juan County extends CARES Small Business Relief Grant deadline and eligibility

Awards will range up to $5,000 for eligible San Juan County businesses

  • Oct 14th, 2020
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Tips for a safe and fun Halloween

Halloween will look and feel a little bit different this year because of COVID-19.

  • Oct 13th, 2020
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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 12th, 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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Salmon habitat restored on Sucia Island

On-the-ground work to restore habitat has come to fruition.

  • Oct 9th, 2020
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SJICF grants $15k for free flu shots

Supporting the health of our most vulnerable neighbors on San Juan Island during COVID-19.

  • Oct 8th, 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 7th, 2020
Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photoAn EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019.

Groups seek to cease Navy encroachment

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

Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photoAn EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019.
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San Juan Island Library to purchase Life Care Center as library’s future home

The San Juan Island Library District entered an agreement for a property for a future library site.

  • Oct 7th, 2020
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Owls attack people at English Camp

These encounters have been reported on English Camp’s Bell Point Loop Trail in recent weeks.

  • Oct 6th, 2020
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PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center’s 2020 Press Ganey awards. (Contributed photo)

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center earns two national awards

Emergency department recognized for excellence in patient experience

  • Oct 6th, 2020
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center’s 2020 Press Ganey awards. (Contributed photo)
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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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Elections equipment testing, Oct. 14

Logic and accuracy testing is performed prior to every election

  • Oct 5th, 2020
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Drought-stricken farmers, ranchers have more time to replace livestock

This extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2016.

  • Oct 5th, 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 5th, 2020
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Elections Q and A with the San Juan County Auditor

Elections Q and A with the San Juan County Auditor

Interest is high in this year’s general election.

  • Oct 5th, 2020
Elections Q and A with the San Juan County Auditor
State parks announces free days for 2021

State parks announces free days for 2021

Agency sets 12 free day-use visits next year

  • Oct 5th, 2020
State parks announces free days for 2021
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 4th, 2020
Manhandled mailboxes, chicken concerns, market misconduct | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
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
“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 3rd, 2020
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Pacasum sentenced to 54 months in prison

Pacasum sentenced to 54 months in prison

An Orcas teen who pleaded guilty to rape of a child has been sentenced.

Pacasum sentenced to 54 months in prison
COVID-19 transmission at a crossroads in Washington state going into fall

COVID-19 transmission at a crossroads in Washington state going into fall

The Washington Department of Health released the latest statewide situation report on Sept. 25.

  • Oct 2nd, 2020
COVID-19 transmission at a crossroads in Washington state going into fall
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 29th, 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 29th, 2020
League of Women Voters hosts online General Election candidate forums
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 29th, 2020
No-show fees resume on state ferries
A sea creature found on the beach at Ebey’s Landing may be a Haliphron atlanticus, or seven-armed octopus, scientists have theorized. Photo by Ron Newberry.

Possible rare ‘seven-armed octopus’ found on Whidbey beach

Scientists from across the nation believe it’s most likely a specimen of Haliphron atlanticus.

A sea creature found on the beach at Ebey’s Landing may be a Haliphron atlanticus, or seven-armed octopus, scientists have theorized. Photo by Ron Newberry.
April’s Grove residents are moving in

April’s Grove residents are moving in

A number of tenants had been couch surfing or were homeless.

April’s Grove residents are moving in
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 26th, 2020
Snug suspicion, banished bats; tagged tow-aways | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls.
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 25th, 2020
Photograph of J57. (Sara Hysong-Shimazu, Maya’s Legacy and the Pacific Whale Watch Association/contributed photo)
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
Port seeks to expand business opportunities for the community

Port seeks to expand business opportunities for the community

Big changes are coming to the Port of Friday Harbor over the next few years.

Port seeks to expand business opportunities for the community
Zylstra Lake Preserve opens for public access

Zylstra Lake Preserve opens for public access

On National Public Lands Day, Zylstra Lake Preserve officially opens for day-use public access.

  • Sep 23rd, 2020
Zylstra Lake Preserve opens for public access
Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses

Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses

Leadership San Juan Islands is pleased to announce the new LSJI dates for its 2021 session

  • Sep 23rd, 2020
Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual open houses
San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state

San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state

On Aug. 21, Inslee announced funds were to be awarded from the state’s federal stimulus funding.

San Juan County receives more CARES Act funds from the state
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 22nd, 2020
Registered voters do not need to request a mail-in ballot
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 22nd, 2020
Special deliveries: San Juan Island Fire & Rescue joins partner agencies with two baby deliveries