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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)
It’s time for the talk: How to get together safely

It’s time for the talk: How to get together safely

No one wants to get sick or to get someone else sick.

  • Aug 30th, 2020
It’s time for the talk: How to get together safely
NWFSC/contributed photo                                NOAA researchers collecting fecal samples. Photo taken under federal research permit.

Researchers probe orca poop for microplastics

You might worry about your toddler chewing on a plastic toy with toxic chemicals.

  • Aug 30th, 2020
NWFSC/contributed photo                                NOAA researchers collecting fecal samples. Photo taken under federal research permit.
Grants benefit orca and salmon recovery

Grants benefit orca and salmon recovery

State receives more than $11 million in federal grants to benefit SRKW and Chinook recovery

  • Aug 29th, 2020
Grants benefit orca and salmon recovery
Vandalized views, bee bumble, unattended auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Vandalized views, bee bumble, unattended auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 28th, 2020
Vandalized views, bee bumble, unattended auto | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Skagit STEM Network expands to San Juans

Skagit STEM Network expands to NW Washington STEM Network to San Juan County

  • Aug 27th, 2020

A conversation with local elected officials

Four of the islands’ elected officials held a meeting to discuss the state of the islands.

(Washington State Ferries Twitter/Contributed photo)

EDC survey on Sidney ferry privatization

The EDC and its partners would like to hear opinions from users of the Sidney ferry and stakeholders

  • Aug 27th, 2020
(Washington State Ferries Twitter/Contributed photo)
Congress acts to stop USPS service reductions

Congress acts to stop USPS service reductions

As the 2020 General Election nears, new concerns regarding mail-in voting have…

Congress acts to stop USPS service reductions
OPALCO extends COVID-19 bill pay assistance

OPALCO extends COVID-19 bill pay assistance

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Members who are struggling to…

  • Aug 25th, 2020
OPALCO extends COVID-19 bill pay assistance
Why am I coughing? What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Why am I coughing? What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Out of nowhere, you…

  • Aug 24th, 2020
Why am I coughing? What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms
Sucia assists in drug bust

Sucia assists in drug bust

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office At approximately 8:30 p.m.…

  • Aug 24th, 2020
Sucia assists in drug bust
Tips and tricks for wearing cloth face coverings

Tips and tricks for wearing cloth face coverings

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Covering your face while…

  • Aug 24th, 2020
Tips and tricks for wearing cloth face coverings
Summary of recent cases in San Juan County

Summary of recent cases in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County There was one new confirmed positive test…

  • Aug 22nd, 2020
Summary of recent cases in San Juan County
Ferguson brings lawsuit to protect the United States Postal Service and mail-in voting

Ferguson brings lawsuit to protect the United States Postal Service and mail-in voting

Submitted by the Office of the Washingtons State Attorney General Washington State…

  • Aug 22nd, 2020
Ferguson brings lawsuit to protect the United States Postal Service and mail-in voting
Pinched paddle, bickering brothers, appropriated anchor | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Pinched paddle, bickering brothers, appropriated anchor | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 22nd, 2020
Pinched paddle, bickering brothers, appropriated anchor | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log
Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)

Ferry delays likely to remain for now

The ferries occasionally running behind in the summer is something islanders are…

Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)
The COVID-19 Farmworker Study

The COVID-19 Farmworker Study

Another step toward evidence-based public health practice in Washington

  • Aug 21st, 2020
The COVID-19 Farmworker Study
Secretary of State says USPS will maintain excellent delivery standards during general election

Secretary of State says USPS will maintain excellent delivery standards during general election

Submitted by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office The U.S. Postal…

  • Aug 20th, 2020
Secretary of State says USPS will maintain excellent delivery standards during general election
County council news briefs

County council news briefs

County to apply for COVID housing grant The county will hold a…

County council news briefs
Rhea Miller/contributed photos                                The community-created Black Lives Matter memorial signs were destroyed for a third time the night of Aug. 13 (Rhea Miller/contributed photo)

Lopez Black Lives Matter signs vandalized a third time

Submitted by Rhea Miller In the late evening of Aug. 14, yet…

  • Aug 19th, 2020
Rhea Miller/contributed photos                                The community-created Black Lives Matter memorial signs were destroyed for a third time the night of Aug. 13 (Rhea Miller/contributed photo)
Lopez man arrested for vandalizing Black Lives Matter memorial signs

Lopez man arrested for vandalizing Black Lives Matter memorial signs

A Lopez Island man said he attempted to destroy a Black Lives…

Lopez man arrested for vandalizing Black Lives Matter memorial signs
New report highlights COVID-19 cases are plateauing

New report highlights COVID-19 cases are plateauing

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

  • Aug 19th, 2020
New report highlights COVID-19 cases are plateauing