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Ferry ticket refunds

Submitted by the Washinton State Ferry Service While Washington state ferries cannot…

  • Mar 22nd, 2020

Start of state ferry service to Canada suspended until April 26

Domestic San Juan Islands routes will not be affected

  • Mar 22nd, 2020

Governor signs bill to expand access to nutritious foods program

Submitted by Washington State Democrats Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today…

  • Mar 21st, 2020

Lyft grift; purloined petrol; bail bounder | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 21st, 2020

Testing for COVID-19 and today’s FAQ

Submitted by Washington Department of Health Yesterday, we got 8,000 more test…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

OPALCO suspends late fees and disconnection during COVID-19

Submitted by Ocas Power and Light Co-op The Ocas Power and Light…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Coming together to stay apart – social distancing and daily life

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Gov. Jay Inslee announced…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Washington state seeking to address personal protective equipment shortage

Submitted by Washington Department of Health A critical part of our state’s…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood amid COVID-19 concerns

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

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Food Bank hours

Submitted by the Friday Harbor Food Bank The Friday Harbor Food Bank…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
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Larsen: Federal Disaster Relief Available for Small Businesses Suffering from COVID-19 Impact

Submitted by Joseph Tutino The U.S. Small Business Administration announced on March…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils an economic relief package to help workers, businesses, tenants, families and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other state and municipal leaders, as well as journalists, also participated remotely to accommodate social distancing. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters and more in response to COVID-19 outbreak

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office On March 18, Washington Gov. Jay…

  • Mar 20th, 2020
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveils an economic relief package to help workers, businesses, tenants, families and more in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other state and municipal leaders, as well as journalists, also participated remotely to accommodate social distancing. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Orcas man in critical care following Monday night shooting

Jonathan D. Wilkins, 44, of Eastsound, appeared in front of San Juan…

Beware of Medicare coronavirus scams

Submitted by Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner Medicare beneficiaries are…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Childcare, gargling and toilet paper

Submitted by the Washington Department of Health Child Care Many parents are…

  • Mar 20th, 2020

Washington receives 8,000 additional COVID-19 test kits

Submitted by Washington Department of Health Responding to requests for more COVID-19…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Larsen votes to boost federal Response to COVID-19, provide relief to families

Submitted by the Office of Rick Larson Last night PST, Rep. Rick…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

County receives emergency housing grant

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

  • Mar 19th, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to help with the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $200 million for emergency response. The bill signings was held with limited attendance while the public watched live video and media asked questions via teleconference. (Office of the Governor Photo)

Inslee signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package…

  • Mar 19th, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee signs legislation to help with the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including $200 million for emergency response. The bill signings was held with limited attendance while the public watched live video and media asked questions via teleconference. (Office of the Governor Photo)

San Juan Sanitation continues working

Submitted by San Juan Sanitation We at San Juan Sanitation are monitoring…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Volunteering: Islanders unite

Submitted by San Juan County We are greatly heartened, though not at…

  • Mar 19th, 2020

Island Rec. program closures

Submitted by San Juan Island Park and Recreation The San Juan Island…

  • Mar 18th, 2020
The Grays Harbor County Corrections Facility has a smaller population Wednesday, March 11, 2020, since earlier this month when the sheriff limited the types of bookings into the Montesano, Washington, facility. The jail is located next to the county courthouse, seen here. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

Washington jails limit new bookings over coronavirus concerns

By Michael Lang Grays Harbor News Group Across the state, some low…

  • Mar 18th, 2020
The Grays Harbor County Corrections Facility has a smaller population Wednesday, March 11, 2020, since earlier this month when the sheriff limited the types of bookings into the Montesano, Washington, facility. The jail is located next to the county courthouse, seen here. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

Islanders, if it’s not an emergency, please stay put

Submitted by San Juan County Council San Juan County’s COVID-19 response team…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Charter review commission to be elected in 2020

Submitted by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor Over the first…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

COVID-19 spreads across the state leading to mass closures of public spaces

As COVID-19 inches toward the San Juan Islands, public health officials continue…

Legislature passes tax exemption extension for private plane alteration and repair work

State lawmakers passed legislation to extend tax breaks and exemptions intended to…

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center suspends visitor access

Submitted by PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center In order to protect its…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Senate and house dispute kills data privacy bill

Groundbreaking data privacy legislation designed to give consumers more access and control…

Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

Women in Washington state will soon be relieved of paying sales tax…

Washington state Legislature bans single-use plastic bags

Consumers will need to remember to bring their own reusable shopping bags…

March 20 Land Bank meeting canceled

Submitted by San Juan County Land Bank Due to concern for public…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

Visitors bureau suggests travelers postpone San Juan Islands trips

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau The safety of our…

  • Mar 17th, 2020
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THURSDAY: Community Video Update on COVID-19 Response

Submitted by San Juan County In order to help directly answer community…

  • Mar 17th, 2020
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View current San Juan County COVID-19 data online

Submitted by San Juan County COVID-19 Response Team While there are currently…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

Testing and rumor control | Guest column

Submitted by San Juan County A lot of people have questions about…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

Sex education becomes a requirement for Washington state public schools

Public school students will soon have a greater understanding of their sexuality,…

OPALCO closes offices to the public

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Orcas Power and Light Cooperative…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue stations temporarily closed to public

Submitted By San Juan Fire and Rescue As a precaution during the…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

Tele-schooling begins Friday, March 20 | Guest column

Submitted by Kari McVeigh San Juan Island School District Superintendent Though there…

  • Mar 14th, 2020