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San Juan County Council swear-in ceremony, Dec. 29

The two new San Juan County Councilmembers, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf,…

  • Dec 28th, 2020
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Request for improvements to building trade safety protocols

Recent San Juan County COVID case investigations have revealed a trend of lax COVID safety protocols

  • Dec 28th, 2020
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An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)

Navy begins noise monitoring initiative at NAS Whidbey Island

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island The Navy completed its first…

  • Dec 28th, 2020
An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)
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Grant program for local businesses

The Journal of the San Juans, Islands’ Sounder and Islands’ Weekly has…

  • Dec 28th, 2020
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Inslee announces bold climate package for 2021–2023 biennium

Proposals would create a comprehensive climate program to ensure the state meets its climate goals

  • Dec 27th, 2020
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Congressman Rick Larsen tests positive for COVID-19

The 2nd District Democrat said he isn’t experiencing any symptoms and is in quarantine.

COVID recap with San Juan County

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

  • Dec 27th, 2020
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Missing meds, Map Corner mishaps, conifer collisions | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. Dec. 8…

  • Dec 26th, 2020
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Inslee announces updated school guidance for in-person instruction

Inslee also announced $3 million from set aside funds for health and safety protocols in schools

  • Dec 24th, 2020
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Larsen: Pandemic relief is a down payment to protect Washingtonians’ health, economic security

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to…

  • Dec 22nd, 2020
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COVID-19 safety behaviors remain necessary, even as vaccinations begin

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health As the first COVID-19…

  • Dec 22nd, 2020
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State Parks offers two free days in January

Visitors won’t need a Discover Pass New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday holiday

  • Dec 21st, 2020
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San Juan County’s COVID recap

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

  • Dec 20th, 2020
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Impatient patient; misaddressed mail; abandoned auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 19th, 2020
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An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)

New study finds EA-18G Growler noise goes deep

Study finds levels of underwater jet noise are higher than thresholds known to disturb orcas.

An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)
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Public hospital district boards decide against potential purchase agreement for Hospice of the Northwest

Submitted by Skagit Regional Health The Boards of Commissioners of Public Hospital…

  • Dec 18th, 2020
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Putting the ‘green’ in the holiday season

Submitted by Plastic Free Salish Sea What do fish sing during the…

  • Dec 18th, 2020
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Inter-island ferry out of service

Submitted by Washington State Ferries The Tillikum inter-island vessel is out of…

  • Dec 17th, 2020
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UWMC Pharmacy Manager Christine Meyer puts a tray of 975 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine into the deep freeze after the vaccine arrived at UW Medicine’s Montlake campus Monday morning, Dec. 14, 2020. These are among the first to be distributed in Washington state. A total of 3,900 doses arrived at the UW on on Dec. 14 that will be distributed among UW Medicine’s four hospital campuses. (WA DOH POOL/contributed photo)

COVID vaccine FAQ with San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County This information expands and updates the initial…

  • Dec 16th, 2020
UWMC Pharmacy Manager Christine Meyer puts a tray of 975 doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine into the deep freeze after the vaccine arrived at UW Medicine’s Montlake campus Monday morning, Dec. 14, 2020. These are among the first to be distributed in Washington state. A total of 3,900 doses arrived at the UW on on Dec. 14 that will be distributed among UW Medicine’s four hospital campuses. (WA DOH POOL/contributed photo)
DOH death rate as of Dec. 12, 2020

Department of Health improves how it reports COVID-19 deaths

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health To provide more accurate…

  • Dec 16th, 2020
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San Juan Island EMS helps bring the holidays home

Submitted by San Juan Island EMS San Juan Island EMS Community Paramedic…

  • Dec 15th, 2020
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Vaccines arrive in Washington State, people in Phase 1a will begin to receive vaccinations this week

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

  • Dec 15th, 2020
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Half a million dollars committed to enhance quality of life at the end-of-life

Submitted by the Hospice of the Northwest Foundation The Trustees of the…

  • Dec 14th, 2020
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An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)

Cantwell, Larsen provision to extend growler noise monitoring passes House as part of final NDAA

Submitted by Sen. Maria Cantwell’s office A provision introduced by U.S. Senator…

  • Dec 12th, 2020
An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)
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Center for Whale Research buys a ranch to help save the Orcas

Submitted by Center for Whale Research In October, the Center for Whale…

  • Dec 12th, 2020
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Dump truck debris, pitched paraphernalia, hapless hound | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 12th, 2020
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Recount reaffirms Inslee’s win in Orcas East precinct

Submitted by San Juan County A recount of votes cast for governor…

  • Dec 12th, 2020
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County COVID recap; case total increases to 71

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

  • Dec 11th, 2020
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Inslee announces new economic supports and extension of restrictions

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

  • Dec 11th, 2020
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Larsen to host virtual COVID-19 vaccine info session

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office On Friday, Dec. 11, Rep. Rick…

  • Dec 11th, 2020
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The San Juan Preservation Trust acquires Reef Island

17-acre island near Deer Harbor with a mile of shoreline habitat is now permanently conserved

  • Dec 11th, 2020
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2021 dog licenses now on sale

Submitted by San Juan County The dog licensing season has begun! It…

  • Dec 10th, 2020
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2021 Celebrity Canine Little Bit, receiving the first tag dressed as a snow monster.
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COVID protocols in the workplace

Submitted by San Juan County As cases rise, it is worth taking…

  • Dec 10th, 2020
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EDC hosts listening session with State Rep. Alex Ramel, Dec. 10

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan…

  • Dec 9th, 2020
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Employment in San Juan County is down nearly a quarter

Between September 2019 and September 2020, the number of employed people in…

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Two new cases of COVID on San Juan

Two new cases of COVID-19 were documented by San Juan County’s case…

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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Orcas East Precinct votes to be recounted | Update

San Juan County Elections will be conducting a recount of the votes…

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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COVID-19 case reporting reflects backlog, duplicates

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

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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Town and utility customers donate $5,010 to food bank

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

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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Inslee announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool

WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology without collecting or revealing any personal info

  • Dec 8th, 2020
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