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Use of police force elicits emotional testimony at state Legislature

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A proposed ban on the use…

  • Jan 20th, 2021
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Top: Signing of the Letter of Intent on Jan. 2. From left to right: Steve and Terri Mason, Jennifer Swanson and Learner Limbach.
Bottom: Shaw Store front.

Nonprofit aims to purchase the Shaw General Store

Submitted by the Save the Shaw Store Board of Directors Imagine the…

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Top: Signing of the Letter of Intent on Jan. 2. From left to right: Steve and Terri Mason, Jennifer Swanson and Learner Limbach.
Bottom: Shaw Store front.
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Inslee announces expanded eligibility for COVID vaccine

Submitted by San Juan County On Monday, Jan. 18, Gov. Jay Inslee…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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COVID-19 data shows high activity and signs of a recent uptick

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

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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Empty desks await students at Friday Harbor Elementary School. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
Empty desks await students at Friday Harbor Elementary School. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)
National Guard members march near a perimeter fence Sunday at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Session begins with social distancing, heightened security

An Everett man arrested as lawmakers prepared for the session, which will focus on the pandemic.

  • Jan 18th, 2021
National Guard members march near a perimeter fence Sunday at the Capitol in Olympia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Ferry ridership down nearly 10 million in 2020

Ridership aboard Washington State Ferries dropped 41 percent from the previous year…

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Policing, racial injustice, governor’s power on Legislative agenda

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service This year’s legislature won’t just be…

  • Jan 17th, 2021
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Google gaffe, missing mystery, ruckus reachout | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. Dec. 30…

  • Jan 17th, 2021
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State’s new two-phase plan and what it means for SJC

Submitted by San Juan County The week before last, Gov. Jay Inslee…

  • Jan 17th, 2021
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COVID-related relief tops state budget priority list

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Desperately needed COVID-19 relief is a…

  • Jan 16th, 2021
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California man missing from ferry route between Lopez Island and Anacortes

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office A man from California was…

  • Jan 16th, 2021
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Increased participation might be ‘silver lining’ in online state legislative session

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service This might be the most accessible…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Roadmap to Recovery update: All regions staying in Phase 1 for now

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

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Strong winds knock out power in all of San Juan County for more than 18 hours

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative In the early morning hours…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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San Juan County COVID case recap

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

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Body found on Lopez beach from Anacortes

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney/Coroner A beach walker found the…

  • Jan 14th, 2021
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HOT TOPIC #39: Vaccine FAQ 3.0

Submitted by San Juan County This information expands on and updates the…

  • Jan 14th, 2021
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San Juan County Council met via Zoom on Jan.5 for the first meeting with the new council members elected in November 2020. Meeting participants included Councilmember Jamie Stephens, top left; County Manager Mike Thomas, top right; Councilmember Cindy Wolf bottom left; and Councilmember Christine Minney.

Council hosts first meeting of 2021

The two newest San Juan County Council Members were introduced to their…

San Juan County Council met via Zoom on Jan.5 for the first meeting with the new council members elected in November 2020. Meeting participants included Councilmember Jamie Stephens, top left; County Manager Mike Thomas, top right; Councilmember Cindy Wolf bottom left; and Councilmember Christine Minney.
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Run for the OPALCO Board: help shape our energy future

Submitted by OPALCO Now is your chance for a seat at the…

  • Jan 14th, 2021
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Paycheck Protection Program presentation Jan. 14

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

  • Jan 12th, 2021
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Dog rescue mission on San Juan Island

Submitted by the Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor The Animal Protection…

  • Jan 11th, 2021
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SAR Conducts First MEDEVAC of the Year From Orcas Island

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island A Search and Rescue team…

  • Jan 10th, 2021
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Abandoned ammo; departed deer; gratuitous graffiti

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

  • Jan 9th, 2021
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San Juan County’s weekly COVID update

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

  • Jan 8th, 2021
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Gov. Inslee extends ban on indoor dining, other restrictions

An updated reopening plan for stores, restaurants and gatherings will be released next week.

  • Jan 7th, 2021
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Local art-related nonprofits benefit from CARES Act funding

Submitted by San Juan Islands Museum of Art The Coronavirus Aid, Relief,…

  • Jan 7th, 2021
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Top stories of 2020 | Part 2

At the end of the year, the Journal of the San Juans…

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Inslee announces ‘Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery’

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee announced “Healthy Washington…

  • Jan 6th, 2021
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Town flushing hydrants, Jan. 7 and 8

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

  • Jan 5th, 2021
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COVID case update from San Juan County

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

  • Jan 3rd, 2021
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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.…

  • Jan 2nd, 2021
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(L to R) Cindy Wolf, San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring and Christine Minney after the swear-in on Dec. 29.

Minney and Wolf are sworn in

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

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(L to R) Cindy Wolf, San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring and Christine Minney after the swear-in on Dec. 29.
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Parks staff releases environmental determination of U.S. Navy training permit application

Submitted by Washington State Parks On Dec. 22, staff of the Washington…

  • Dec 31st, 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)
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 30th, 2020
San Juan County Health and Community Services Department staff opening the first shipment of COVID vaccine to arrive in the islands. (Contributed photo)

Skagit Valley College receives more than $185,000 in CARES Act funding

Submitted by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges The…

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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Top stories of 2020 | Part 1

At the end of the year, the Journal of the San Juans…

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Town offers Christmas tree recycling pickup

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

  • Dec 30th, 2020
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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 29th, 2020
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