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Slideshow: 2019 Horse Games at the San Juan County Fair

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New voluntary slowdown for commercial ships aims to quiet the sound for Endangered Killer Whales

Human-caused underwater noise that affects endangered Southern Resident killer whales comes from a variety of sources. These include recreational boaters, whale watch vessels, and large commercial vessels that transit Puget Sound and the Salish Sea every day. Now, a new program called Quiet Sound aims to better understand and reduce the effects of large commercial vessels on the whales in Washington state. Quiet Sound has five active projects, one of which is a seasonal voluntary slowdown of large ships which started in October 2022.

  • Published in Whales

Eric Peter: Statement on the 2022 County Sheriff Election Results

My fellow San Juan County community members

I would first like to thank Sheriff Ron Krebs for the opportunity to work and live in San Juan County, for his service to our country in the U.S. Marines, and for his 16 years of service to San Juan County as a law enforcement officer. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to enrich our lives by living in the community my wife and I dreamed of living while visiting for many years. I wish Sheriff Krebs the best going forward and he will be welcomed for his valuable contributions to our community.

  • Published in Elections

Dec. 4: Dr. Giles presents: Leave No Trace and the Southern Resident Killer Whales

Dr. Deborah Giles of Wild Orca presents "Leave No Trace and the Southern Resident Killer Whales" from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, December 4 at the San Juan Island Grange.

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97422771980?pwd=UlMvUDJ6cVU2NnlFeW9haVAwTnRUUT09&fbclid=IwAR2-dBPt9r4_phdUG1IXQZYgn4LNYhEXTgX80_5RlOAfNVFws9pZcinRRAo#success

Listen to Dr. Deborah Giles, Science and Research Director of Wild Orca share whale tales of the Salish Sea and how LNT on the water is vitally important to our way of life in the San Juans. Learn about her particular twist on LNT practices to support Southern Resident killer whales.

The summer craze has crescendoed and is quickly transitioning into the calmer winter months. Islanders proclaim that the San Juans have been returned to them. So what are our obligations as we try to foster recovery of the land and animals that have been viewed so heavily in the summer months? How can we continue to protect our imperiled ecosystems with bounding visitation and a rising local population?

On Sacred Ground’s Leave No Trace Speaker Series touches on those topics as we cycle back to our 2014 voluntary commitment as a county to uphold Leave No Trace ethics. The LNT Speaker Series is funded by a Lodging Tax Advisory Committee grant from San Juan County.

  • Published in Information