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Van Haalen arraignment, June 16

Former Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal Caspar van Haalen was charged with…

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First SJICN vacation rental forum focuses on discovery

The conversation regarding vacation rentals continues in San Juan County, with a…

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Town Council approves interim regulations allowing attached Accessory Dwelling Units

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor. On June 3, 2021, the…

  • Jun 13th, 2021
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Banned barbecue, surprised sleeper, face-covering fracas | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 12th, 2021
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Contributed photo/New owners Vicki Edwards and Paul Rudd with Huckleberry the dog, offer new food items and a big new attitude at the Blow Hole at Lime Kiln Point State Park.

The Blow Hole – Snacks with a porpoise – opens at Lime Kiln

Submitted by The Blow Hole. New owners, new food items, and a…

  • Jun 11th, 2021
Contributed photo/New owners Vicki Edwards and Paul Rudd with Huckleberry the dog, offer new food items and a big new attitude at the Blow Hole at Lime Kiln Point State Park.
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Charter Review Commission navigates choppy waters

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor Over the past few weeks, the San…

  • Jun 9th, 2021
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June hazardous waste round-up and year-round paint disposal

Submitted by San Juan County. Hazardous waste should always be brought in…

  • Jun 9th, 2021
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Prepare yourself for any emergency

Submitted by the League of Women Voters Join the League of Women…

  • Jun 8th, 2021
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The way forward in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County. As we move into a new (and…

  • Jun 7th, 2021
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Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution update

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

  • Jun 7th, 2021
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Forums to explore vacation rentals, create workable solutions

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Community Network. The number of vacation…

  • Jun 7th, 2021
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Pride flags stolen from residences around Lopez Island

Only a broken wooden pole remained where a rainbow flag once blew…

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WDFW confirms AHD in island deer

Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Wildlife managers confirmed…

  • Jun 6th, 2021
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Governor announces $4.5 million in grants to get kids outside

Submitted by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Getting kids outside to…

  • Jun 6th, 2021
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Lodging Tax grant funds available to promote 2022 tourism in Friday Harbor

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

  • Jun 6th, 2021
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Boaters encouraged to ‘Be Whale Wise’ for Orca Action Month

Submitted by San Juan County. After what felt like a very long…

  • Jun 4th, 2021
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Public health funding will improve service, outcomes in Washington state

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. Public health support and…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021
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Drifting dinghy, Click-it tickets, forgotten Fire | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 2nd, 2021
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Fatal head-on collision on San Juan

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s office. At approximately 5:15 p.m.…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021
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Contributed photo|Fire Marshall RJ Myers observes CCC conservation burn on Squaw Bay Road, Shaw Island.

OPALCO clears lines for fire prevention and forest health

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Are you ready for fire…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021
Contributed photo|Fire Marshall RJ Myers observes CCC conservation burn on Squaw Bay Road, Shaw Island.
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Fire at Turtleback Preserve

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank. Late afternoon Wednesday, May…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021
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Landlord facing charges had previous complaints against him

A Friday Harbor landlord recently charged with voyeurism and residential burglary was…

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San Juan County Veterans’ Assistance Fund disperses more than $53K during pandemic to county veterans in need

Submitted by the San Juan County Veterans’ Advisory Board Since January 2020,…

  • May 30th, 2021
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Suspicious skull, deserted dog, filched flag | San Juan County Sherrif’s Log

The San Juan Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. May 11…

  • May 28th, 2021
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Two new COVID cases over the past week brings county total to 189

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

  • May 27th, 2021
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Elementary school principal resigns amid allegations of misconduct aboard ferry

Friday Harbor Elementary Principal Casper van Haalen resigned amid an investigation into…

  • May 27th, 2021
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Trash collected by kayak on Henry Island.

Spring 2021 Great Islands Clean-up a success

Submitted by San Juan County One hundred thirty-eight miles of road and…

  • May 27th, 2021
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Trash collected by kayak on Henry Island.
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County announces an end to its COVID vaccine clinics

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Vaccine Team will…

  • May 26th, 2021
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CRC adopts additional recommendations

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor In four meetings held over the course…

  • May 25th, 2021
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Larsen, Payne: Investment in green ferries steers U.S. toward cleaner transportation future

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office The week of May 21, Reps.…

  • May 25th, 2021
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Join a ZOOM gathering with fellow islanders to discuss the noise generated by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s EA-18G Growler jets.

Zoom meeting regarding Growlers, May 26

Submitted by Sound Defense Alliance Join a ZOOM gathering with fellow islanders to…

  • May 24th, 2021
Join a ZOOM gathering with fellow islanders to discuss the noise generated by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s EA-18G Growler jets.
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COVID-19 trends moving in the right direction with the help of vaccination

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health The latest COVID-19 modeling…

  • May 24th, 2021
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A young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, in September 2017. Image obtained under NMFS permit #19091. Photograph by John Durban (NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center), Holly Fearnbach (SR3: SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute).

Cantwell questions NOAA Administrator nominee on salmon recovery

Cantwell: “Salmon are … crucial to the survival of our orca population”

  • May 24th, 2021
A young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, in September 2017. Image obtained under NMFS permit #19091. Photograph by John Durban (NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center), Holly Fearnbach (SR3: SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation and Research) and Lance Barrett-Lennard (Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute).
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Friday Harbor Town Administrator Duncan Wilson to retire next year

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor Duncan Wilson, the Town Administrator…

  • May 24th, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from the Washington State Department of Health

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

  • May 22nd, 2021
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Seven new cases of COVID on Orcas since last update

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

  • May 21st, 2021
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Up your energy game at OPALCO workshop, May 27

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Are you ready for the…

  • May 21st, 2021
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Washington State Ferries hosting virtual meetings May 25 and 26

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Ferry riders, commuters and terminal neighbors are…

  • May 21st, 2021
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Samish ferry out of service; handful of May 20 sailings canceled

Submitted by Washington State Ferries As of 10:20 a.m., on Thursday, May…

  • May 20th, 2021
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Rotting refuse, stuck truck, minor motorist | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • May 20th, 2021
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