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AG Ferguson: Foreclosure moratorium ended July 31, free counseling available statewide for at-risk homeowners

Housing counselors will explain new federal protections for homeowners that start Aug. 31

  • Aug 25th, 2021
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Childhood immunization data concern public health officials

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

  • Aug 25th, 2021
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Third dose of COVID-19 vaccine recommended for certain immunocompromised individuals

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. Health care providers can…

  • Aug 25th, 2021

Senior services to hold elections this fall

Submitted by the Mullis Center District Committee. A Summary Judgment was made…

  • Aug 25th, 2021
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English language students inspire new learning strategies for the classroom

English language learners are a growing and vital component of the American…

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San Juan County Charter amendment discussion

Did you know that out of 39 counties in the state of…

  • Aug 24th, 2021
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San Juan County COVID case update

Note: Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case…

  • Aug 22nd, 2021
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Statewide updated mask order goes into effect Monday, Aug. 23

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health. On Aug. 18, Washington State…

  • Aug 21st, 2021
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Septic sounds, scooter snatch, scary stares | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 20th, 2021
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Meet virtually with Friends of the San Juans at the county fair

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. We are all ready for…

  • Aug 18th, 2021
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.

Politics and plants | John Evans leaves behind a legacy

A passion for property rights led John Evans to serve three terms…

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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.
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2021 San Juan County Fair begins

Submitted by the San Juan County Fair. San Juan County Virtual Fair…

  • Aug 18th, 2021
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Bipartisan bill hopes to improve rural veterans’ access to health care

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Cathy…

  • Aug 18th, 2021
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County to host vaccine clinics next week

Submitted by San Juan County. As COVID case numbers continue their dramatic…

  • Aug 17th, 2021
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Inslee announces vaccination requirement for most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Aug.…

  • Aug 15th, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference in Seattle Monday announcing a new vaccine requirement. (Office of the Governor photo)
Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)

Regional transportation authorities consider passenger-only ferry options

A passenger-only ferry service from Bellingham to Friday Harbor may soon be…

Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)
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COVID case count increases by 24

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

  • Aug 13th, 2021
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County to reinstate mask mandate, Aug. 13

Submitted by San Juan County. Fourteen new COVID cases were reported in…

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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Wildfire smoke to impact coastal communities

More than one million acres burned in Pacific Northwest

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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A community discussion about our local food system

Submitted by the San Juan County WSU Extension office. An online presentation…

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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Kidney-busting canine, derelict dumping, missing makeup | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s responded to the following calls. July 28…

  • Aug 12th, 2021
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Auditor warns of incorrect letters regarding personalized license plates

Submitted by San Juan County. County Auditor Milene Henley is warning San…

  • Aug 11th, 2021
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Cantwell outlines big wins for Washington state’s infrastructure, salmon, economy

Submitted by Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office. On Aug. 10, U.S. Senator Maria…

  • Aug 10th, 2021
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Masks required for all K-12 students and staff heading back to the classroom

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. Safely returning to the…

  • Aug 10th, 2021
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Vaccines are still the best protection against COVID-19

Submitted by San Juan County. We’re over a year and a half…

  • Aug 8th, 2021
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Summer speeders, boat bangups | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 8th, 2021
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San Juan Island EMS Signs agreement with fire district regarding integration

Submitted by San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. The hospital…

  • Aug 6th, 2021
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SJC COVID cases grow to 213 | An update on the Orcas case cluster

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

  • Aug 5th, 2021
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Oprah sells her Orcas Island estate for $14 million

Oprah Winfrey has sold her Orcas Island estate for $14 million after…

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Janice Otto, Victoria Compton and Rep. Rick Larsen talk at Alphabet Soup on July 14.

Island’s childcare crisis continues

The island has long struggled with a childcare shortage — coming out…

Janice Otto, Victoria Compton and Rep. Rick Larsen talk at Alphabet Soup on July 14.
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Auditor seeks writers for voter’s pamphlet pros and cons

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditor’s office. The San Juan County…

  • Aug 4th, 2021
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PeaceHealth requires COVID-19 vaccination of caregivers

Unvaccinated caregivers with qualifying medical exemptions are subject to advanced protocols.

  • Aug 4th, 2021
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. San Juan Island, Washington.
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Delta variant drives sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Officials urge vaccination immediately to combat the variant’s spread

  • Aug 3rd, 2021
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San Juan County COVID case cluster investigation underway

Submitted by San Juan County. Since Friday’s Weekly Case Update, San Juan…

  • Aug 3rd, 2021
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New enforcement laws cause confusion and frustration

Recently enacted laws are limiting law enforcement’s ability to properly respond to…

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Mayor proposes financial assistance package to support family resource center programs

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor. Town of Friday Harbor Mayor…

  • Aug 2nd, 2021
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Larsen: American WINGS act gives high school students STEM skills to soar

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced legislation…

  • Aug 2nd, 2021
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Single-use plastic bag ban begins Oct. 1 in Washington state

Ban on single-use plastic bags begins Oct. 1, after a 9-month delay due to the COVID-19 emergency.

  • Aug 2nd, 2021
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Weekly COVID case count

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

  • Aug 1st, 2021
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Party puncher, crafty canine, trespassing trail | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 1st, 2021
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