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Tulalip Tribes/contributed photo                                 Pilchuck River Dam prior to removal.

A river reconnected: Removing the Pilchuck River Diversion Dam

NOAA and partners are working to reopen 37 miles of habitat to threatened salmon and steelhead.

  • Sep 21st, 2020
Tulalip Tribes/contributed photo                                 Pilchuck River Dam prior to removal.
Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot

Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot

Flu season officially starts Oct. 1, but shots are available now. Experts recommend not waiting.

  • Sep 20th, 2020
Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot
The orca Tahlequah and her new calf, designated J57. (Katie Jones / Center for Whale Research) 20200905

PWWA cautiously optimistic for new Jpod baby

Lack of critical prey remains a key concern

  • Sep 19th, 2020
The orca Tahlequah and her new calf, designated J57. (Katie Jones / Center for Whale Research) 20200905
Be a Superhero for Planet Earth! | Submitted by Friends of the San Juans.

Be a Superhero for Planet Earth! | Submitted by Friends of the San Juans.

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans We’re asking Superheroes of all…

  • Sep 18th, 2020
Be a Superhero for Planet Earth! | Submitted by Friends of the San Juans.
Department of Health focuses on suicide prevention during September

Department of Health focuses on suicide prevention during September

Everyone has a role in suicide prevention.

  • Sep 18th, 2020
Department of Health focuses on suicide prevention during September
NOAA Fisheries photo                                Steelhead.

Ecology is accepting comments on draft permits for Cooke Aquaculture

Revisions proposed for Puget Sound net pens

  • Sep 17th, 2020
NOAA Fisheries photo                                Steelhead.
Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans

Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans

Pacific herring – also known as forage fish – play a key role in marine food webs as food for out-migrating juvenile salmon, seabirds, and even marine mammals.

  • Sep 16th, 2020
Opportunity to help protect and restore eelgrass, herring and salmon in the San Juans
OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?

OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Safety is the primary objective…

  • Sep 16th, 2020
OPALCO is prepared for wildfire prevention – Are you?
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Island nonprofits expand Head Start access in Friday Harbor

Islands Head Start, SJI Community Foundation, and Skagit Valley College Foundation partner

  • Sep 16th, 2020
Image: Pixabay
2020 Census enumerations are coming

2020 Census enumerations are coming

Census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit your home.

  • Sep 15th, 2020
2020 Census enumerations are coming
Utility assistance during COVID-19 recovery

Utility assistance during COVID-19 recovery

The Town of Friday Harbor is adjusting its policies relating to utility billing and collection.

  • Sep 15th, 2020
Utility assistance during COVID-19 recovery
Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

After two months and withstanding three vandalizations, the memorial signs on Lopez are gone.

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial
A smoky view from atop Mount Grant. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)

Tips on staying safe when smoke fills the air

Here are some steps you can take to protect your health when the air quality is poor.

  • Sep 14th, 2020
A smoky view from atop Mount Grant. (Emillie Novak/staff photo)
Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 14th, 2020
Procrastinated parcel pilfering, ticketed tailgater, Moran marauding motorcycles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Temporary fire ban in San Juan County

Temporary fire ban in San Juan County

The San Juan County issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities Sept. 7-9.

  • Sep 12th, 2020
Temporary fire ban in San Juan County
Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks

Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will be offering two free days this month.

  • Sep 12th, 2020
Upcoming free days at Washington State Parks
Washington ranked No. 1 state to work

Washington ranked No. 1 state to work

Oxfam America study ranks Washington best state

  • Sep 12th, 2020
Washington ranked No. 1 state to work
Noxious weed disposal fund ends early

Noxious weed disposal fund ends early

San Juan County has provided funding over the last several years for noxious weed disposal.

  • Sep 11th, 2020
Noxious weed disposal fund ends early
Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Operating at 100 percent capacity is allowed immediately.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds
Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds

Operating at 100 percent capacity is allowed immediately.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Order lifts limits on lodging, camping and playgrounds
Soroptimists give $10,000 in educational awards

Soroptimists give $10,000 in educational awards

Soroptimist of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce its 2020 educational award winners.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Soroptimists give $10,000 in educational awards
Window wreckage, videoed vandals, seasonal speeders | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Window wreckage, videoed vandals, seasonal speeders | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Window wreckage, videoed vandals, seasonal speeders | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire

Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded to multiple reports of smoke on Aug. 24.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Fire team up with DNR for wildfire
Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke

Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke

Due to easterly winds, smoke from fires in Eastern Washington is currently settling over the region.

  • Sep 9th, 2020
Western Washington affected by wildfire smoke
State Parks prohibits campfires statewide

State Parks prohibits campfires statewide

Ban will be in effect at least through Sept. 15

  • Sep 9th, 2020
State Parks prohibits campfires statewide
San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance

San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance

The moratorium on cannabis permitting will lift after being in place for a year and a half.

San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance
Blacktail deer hunting season opens

Blacktail deer hunting season opens

Make some room in your freezer – deer hunting is open for early and general seasons.

  • Sep 7th, 2020
Blacktail deer hunting season opens
EDC announces two small business grants

EDC announces two small business grants

Two new grants aim to help small businesses in San Juan County survive COVID-19.

EDC announces two small business grants
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Friday Harbor

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Friday Harbor

September is significant for the estimated 3 million men in the U.S. with prostate cancer.

  • Sep 7th, 2020
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Friday Harbor
COVID-19 testing still advised for people with symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases

COVID-19 testing still advised for people with symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases

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

  • Sep 6th, 2020
COVID-19 testing still advised for people with symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases
Larsen announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Larsen announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge

Challenge open to all middle and high school students who live or attend school in second district

  • Sep 5th, 2020
Larsen announces 2020 Congressional App Challenge
Ewes askew; scam success; creamy conundrum | Sheriff’s Log

Ewes askew; scam success; creamy conundrum | Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s office recent calls

  • Sep 5th, 2020
Ewes askew; scam success; creamy conundrum | Sheriff’s Log
Washington’s child care crisis

Washington’s child care crisis

Eighty-six percent of San Juan County’s demand for child care is met…

Washington’s child care crisis
Addressing alcohol addiction amid a global pandemic

Addressing alcohol addiction amid a global pandemic

While many are coping with the stress of a pandemic and quarantines,…

Addressing alcohol addiction amid a global pandemic
Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend

Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend

Modified service on multiple routes due to COVID-19

  • Sep 2nd, 2020
Check schedules and expect waits for state ferries over Labor Day weekend
Reservation release postponed two weeks

Reservation release postponed two weeks

Submitted by the Washington State Ferries Because of an unplanned technical problem…

  • Sep 1st, 2020
Reservation release postponed two weeks
Yakima federal judge grants AG Ferguson’s motion to expedite discovery in USPS lawsuit

Yakima federal judge grants AG Ferguson’s motion to expedite discovery in USPS lawsuit

Submitted by the Washington State Office of Attorney General On Aug. 27,…

  • Sep 1st, 2020
Yakima federal judge grants AG Ferguson’s motion to expedite discovery in USPS lawsuit
San Juan County organization receives $750,000 grant for long-term care

San Juan County organization receives $750,000 grant for long-term care

Submitted by the San Juan County LTC Care Coordination Network The San…

  • Aug 31st, 2020
San Juan County organization receives $750,000 grant for long-term care
New statewide testing metric and methodology updates announced

New statewide testing metric and methodology updates announced

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

  • Aug 31st, 2020
New statewide testing metric and methodology updates announced
Southern resident orca with calf. (NOAA Fisheries)

Give pregnant orcas space to forage

Agencies and partners are calling for boaters to steer clear of the whales.

  • Aug 31st, 2020
Southern resident orca with calf. (NOAA Fisheries)