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K21 Cappuccino in July 2020 during one of his last visits to the Salish Sea. (Monika Wieland Shields/ Orca Behavior Institute photo)

Visit from the Southern residents dampened by sad news of iconic male K21

Submitted by the Orca Behavior Institute. One hundred and eight days after…

  • Jul 31st, 2021
K21 Cappuccino in July 2020 during one of his last visits to the Salish Sea. (Monika Wieland Shields/ Orca Behavior Institute photo)
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Endangered orcas receive critical habitat protections

Expanded critical habitat signals much of West Coast contributes to recovery of endangered orcas

  • Jul 30th, 2021
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San Juan County complete burn ban effective July 30

Submitted by San Juan County fire districts. With continuing dry weather conditions,…

  • Jul 30th, 2021
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Blakely climber death ruled an accident

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 5:17 p.m.…

  • Jul 30th, 2021
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Fast action stops San Juan Island wildfire

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue. On Thursday, July 29,…

  • Jul 30th, 2021
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Hospital district announces intent to acquire the Village at the Harbor

Submitted by the San Juan County Hospital District No. 1. The skilled…

  • Jul 30th, 2021
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SJC, Salmon Nation to collect and share fish stories

Submitted by San Juan County Public Works. San Juan County’s Environmental Stewardship…

  • Jul 29th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission minority presents its opinion

Not everyone in the San Juan County Charter Review Commission agreed with…

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Public comment for in-town attached accessory dwelling units

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor. The Town Planning Commission is…

  • Jul 27th, 2021
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J-Pod in San Juan Channel on their last visit to the Salish Sea on April 10. (Orca Behavior Institute photo)

J-pod not seen in Salish Sea for 100 days

Submitted by the Orca Behavior Institute. May through September used to be…

  • Jul 27th, 2021
J-Pod in San Juan Channel on their last visit to the Salish Sea on April 10. (Orca Behavior Institute photo)
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High heat, low tide likely triggering spike in shellfish-linked infections

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health. An outbreak of vibriosis…

  • Jul 27th, 2021
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San Juan County Health Officer joins regional effort to curb rising infection rates – masks recommended indoors for all

Submitted by San Juan County. As a part of a regional effort…

  • Jul 26th, 2021
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EPA and Environment Canada issue report on health of Salish Sea

Health indicators reflect some troubling data and hopeful signs

  • Jul 26th, 2021
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Larsen: Expanded Child tax credit puts money in pockets of northwest Washington’s working families

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) is encouraging…

  • Jul 25th, 2021
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2020 Tesla Roadster, a sporty EV.

Prepare to jam at the Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree

Submitted by Orcas Power & Light Cooperative. On Aug. 5 at 4:30…

  • Jul 24th, 2021
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Receiving Order of Dismissal of Superior Court case Jordan Lynn-Jefferson and Judge Kathryn Loring, Superior Court Judge. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

County Drug Court celebrates its first graduate

Submitted by Jane Severin, Drug Court Coordinator. The San Juan County Adult…

  • Jul 23rd, 2021
Receiving Order of Dismissal of Superior Court case Jordan Lynn-Jefferson and Judge Kathryn Loring, Superior Court Judge. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)
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SHIBA volunteers for Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Front row: Holly Henry, Pat VanSkyhawk and Patti Bjarnason, all of San Juan Island. Back row: Mac Langford of Lopez and Pegi Groundwater and Michael Moss of Orcas.

SHIBA welcomes partnership with Inter Island Healthcare Foundation

Submitted by the Inter Island Healthcare Foundation. Effective July 1, Inter Island…

  • Jul 23rd, 2021
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SHIBA volunteers for Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands. Front row: Holly Henry, Pat VanSkyhawk and Patti Bjarnason, all of San Juan Island. Back row: Mac Langford of Lopez and Pegi Groundwater and Michael Moss of Orcas.
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County’s COVID case count returns

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

  • Jul 22nd, 2021
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Skatepark scrawlings, confined canine, steamed shopper | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 22nd, 2021
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Charter amendments proposed to the county council | Voters to weigh in during election

by Minor Lile Contributor After nearly six months of work, the San…

  • Jul 21st, 2021
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Town sewer system put at risk by contaminants and nondegradable trash

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

  • Jul 20th, 2021
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Three new cases of COVID in the islands are vaccine breakthroughs

Submitted by San Juan County. After more than a month of no…

  • Jul 20th, 2021
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Ecology declares drought emergency

Record-breaking heat wave exacerbates already dry conditions across state

  • Jul 20th, 2021
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Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues

The moratorium on new vacation rental permits in San Juan County continues.…

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An introduction to Friday Harbor’s Transportation Benefit District

With the new roundabout inserted, the days of waiting for minutes on…

  • Jul 18th, 2021
The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Ferry fares set to increase in October

Amid cancellations due to limited vessels and staff as well as a…

The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
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Adverse advances, speeding scofflaws, prohibited pyro | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 17th, 2021
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Reward for helping catch Pride flag thief

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s office. A reward of $1,000…

  • Jul 17th, 2021
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Interisland sailings canceled due to crew shortage

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Several interisland sailings will be canceled on…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
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Good news and bad news about Primary Election

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County has three issues in…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
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Continued Canadian border closure affects island harbors

The pandemic has not been smooth sailing and many U.S. and Canadian…

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Leah Bosman, clinic manager, stands in one of the new echocardiography spaces. (Contributed photo)

Expanded cardiology services in the heart of Anacortes

Submitted by PeaceHealth. Two months into the re-opening of the PeaceHealth Medical…

  • Jul 16th, 2021
Leah Bosman, clinic manager, stands in one of the new echocardiography spaces. (Contributed photo)
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Van Haalen pleads guilty and receives deferred sentence

Former Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal Caspar van Haalen pleaded guilty to…

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Rep. Larsen visits San Juan Island

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office. Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will meet…

  • Jul 14th, 2021
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Friday Harbor Fourth of July Parade returns

Friday Harbor was buzzing with excitement as the town received last-minute approval…

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State Parks to begin mooring buoy repair project throughout Puget Sound

Boaters should check project schedule before they plan an overnight trip

  • Jul 13th, 2021
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San Juan County fire districts urge safety

Submitted by San Juan County fire districts. Dear Residents and visitors of…

  • Jul 12th, 2021
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Residential fire in Friday Harbor

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue. At approximately 2:10 a.m.…

  • Jul 11th, 2021
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Rental assistance available for San Juan County tenants and landlords

Submitted by San Juan County. Are you a San Juan County tenant…

  • Jul 11th, 2021
Washington Trail Association workers pose on a trail they are refurbishing in Moran State Park. (Contributed photo)

Islands receive more than $2 million in recreation grants

Submitted by the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office. On June 30, the…

  • Jul 11th, 2021
Washington Trail Association workers pose on a trail they are refurbishing in Moran State Park. (Contributed photo)