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Subminimum wage for disabled workers called ‘unjust’

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service In what is being labeled a…

  • Feb 11th, 2021

Mandated homeless shelters draw criticism

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Homeless shelters would be located in…

  • Feb 11th, 2021

Inslee defends regional reopening plan

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan…

  • Feb 11th, 2021

Democrats push new tax on billionaires

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service House Democrats are rallying around a…

  • Feb 11th, 2021
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Additional health officer recommendations regarding school reopening

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank…

  • Feb 10th, 2021
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Charter review committee begins with suggestions

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor The Feb. 3 meeting of the Charter…

  • Feb 10th, 2021
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Candidates named for OPALCO election

Nominations by petition due Feb. 19

  • Feb 10th, 2021
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Lopez OPALCO employees test positive for COVID

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Three OPALCO employees have tested…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
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EAST GRANBY, Conn. - U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Flis, 103rd Medical Group nurse practitioner, draws Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from a vial into a syringe at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut, Dec. 30, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard began administering the vaccine in accordance with the Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with doses voluntarily administered to Soldiers and Airmen on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

National Guard to help San Juan County with vaccine distribution

Submitted by San Juan County In the good news department, a joint…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
EAST GRANBY, Conn. - U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Flis, 103rd Medical Group nurse practitioner, draws Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from a vial into a syringe at Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby, Connecticut, Dec. 30, 2020. The Connecticut National Guard began administering the vaccine in accordance with the Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with doses voluntarily administered to Soldiers and Airmen on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
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COVID cases in San Juan County jump by 12

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

  • Feb 8th, 2021
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No SJC vaccine registration Feb. 8

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County did not receive any…

  • Feb 8th, 2021
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Town annexation into fire district on upcoming ballot

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor On Feb. 4, the Friday…

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Brandon Peecook, University of Washington graduate student, show the size and placement of the fossil fragment compared to the cast of a Daspletosaurus femur in this photo from 2015.

Elementary school class wants Suciasaurus named state dinosaur

Staff WNPA News Service Washington state may soon have a new state…

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Dr. Christian Sidor, Burke Museum curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Brandon Peecook, University of Washington graduate student, show the size and placement of the fossil fragment compared to the cast of a Daspletosaurus femur in this photo from 2015.
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Poached post, menacing male, drugged dog | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Washington on track to allow schools to waive graduation requirements

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Washington high school students wrestling with…

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Vaccine registration postponed

Submitted by San Juan County Please visit the San Juan County COVID…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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County COVID case count rises by nine to 111

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

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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County asks residents to not travel or host guests

Submitted by San Juan County As was seen in the islands over…

  • Feb 4th, 2021
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Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.

Commission approves Navy’s 5-year plan for SEAL training in state parks

Washington State Park Commissioners voted on Jan. 28 to approve the U.S.…

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.
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Chief Collins declines cost of living increase

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue San Juan County Fire…

  • Feb 4th, 2021
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Charter review committee holds its second meeting

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor At its Jan. 28 meeting, the Charter…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service Relief for renters, schools, public health…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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$25.8 billion transportation plan hikes gas tax 18 cents

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Washington drivers will pay an extra…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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Washington State Capitol Building. (Photo by Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau)

Bill would ban open-carry weapons at peaceful state capitol protests

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A proposed ban on open-carry weapons…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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Bill would establish office to investigate police use of force

Investigative panel would not include police and reports would go back to prosecutors, police for decision making

  • Feb 1st, 2021
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

State ferries to host February virtual community meetings

Topics include hybrid-electric vessels, service and COVID-19 response

  • Jan 31st, 2021
The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Update from county council member Cindy Wolf

The Islands’ Sounder sat down with San Juan County Councilmember Cindy Wolf…

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Weekly COVID update: County case count breaks 100; 53 residents in quarantine

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

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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New solar-powered speed signs installed at town entrances

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor Friday Harbor has installed five…

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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Tawdry text, concerning calls, burgled businesses | The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 30th, 2021
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County to release more vaccine appointments

Submitted by San Juan County Some key information islanders should be aware…

  • Jan 29th, 2021
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Charter Review Commission holds its first meeting

By Minor Lile Sounder contributor The San Juan County Charter Review Commission…

  • Jan 28th, 2021

Capital gains tax receives a harsh reception

By Patric Haerle WNPA News Service A different take on Gov. Jay…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Hundreds debate fast-action bill to skip first phase of recovery plan

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Dozens of business owners — from…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Unlawful calls to police get scrutiny

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service A person who unlawfully summons the…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Bill promotes automatic right to vote for people released from prison

By Sydney Brown WNPA News Service Formerly incarcerated people would automatically regain…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Town of Friday Harbor seeks artists’ proposals for Blair Avenue mural project

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

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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MyPillow magnanimity | Letter

Editor’s note: MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell has repeatedly pushed debunked claims that…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Shoreline Master Program review completes

Changes are coming to the San Juan County Shoreline Master Program. With…

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‘Vaccine’ peddler who caused controversy in Friday Harbor charged

In April 2020, Johnny T. Stine was making plans with his long-time…

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