An Orcas Island man, asleep on the library lawn in mid-October with methamphetamine in his pocket, was ordered to serve 48 days in jail on the heels of a second felony conviction in a little over a year.
Deputies and a dive team assisted the U.S. Coast Guard with a search for a missing boater. A boat was found crashed onto rocks near Cape Saint Mary, Lopez Island. The boat operator, a 50-year-old Bremerton man, is missing.
According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service’s active listing report of residential and condominium units for San Juan County, there were a total of 25 new listings for October compared to 27 in 2013. New listings so far for the entire year were 510 in October, which is 41 more than last year.
The amount of noise emanating from Whidbey Island's fleet of navy jets may be muffled to a significant degree if navy officials heed a request of two senior members of the Washington state's congressional delegation.
Twenty-eight creosote pilings were removed from the waters of Thatcher Bay on Blakely Island to improve water quality for fish and other marine organisms.
A Lopez Island woman that kept a set of keys after losing a job at the post office, and later used them in the theft of several pieces of jewelry – including a diamond ring – will spend four months in jail or on work crew for felony theft.
Nearly 50 islanders gathered at the Eastsound fire hall on Dec. 10 to discuss a rash of vehicle break-ins on and around Thanksgiving weekend. County Council Chairman Rick Hughes, Sheriff Rob Nou, Deputies Doug Maya and Ray Harvey and Michael Jennings of the county juvenile court answered queries that ranged from “Do you have a suspect yet?” to “What is being done to address the homeless camps on Orcas?”
This past weekend, county employees represented by AFSCME, Local 1849, AFL-CIO, voted to reject a tentative agreement with San Juan County on a new three-year contract.
“Honk if you like quiet skies” was written in bright letters and posted outside of the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts where the Navy held its first ever scoping meeting on Lopez on Dec. 3. Just a few feet down the road, dressed in down jackets Stanley and Kip Greenthal passed out blue papers labeled “Growler EIS Scoping Meeting.”
Vehicle reservations for Jan. 5 through Mar. 21 are now available on the San Juan County routes. Currently, thirty percent of standard vehicle space is available to reserve on each sailing.
Nov. 20: Lopez deputies assisted fire department at scene of a residential structure fire. • Investigation of a commercial burglary of an Eastsound business.
As sure as the ebb and flow of the tides, budget season comes every year. Orcas Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien says the 2015 numbers for the fire department have zero surprises.
The San Juan County Council will hold two public meetings in the new year - Jan. 12 and 26 in the council chambers starting at 9:15 am, to solicit public comment regarding the merits of possible regulation of state approved marijuana businesses in San Juan County.
San Juan County Council Chairman Rick Hughes will be holding a town hall meeting at the Orcas Island Fire & Rescue Station (Eastsound) on Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m. to facilitate a discussion regarding the recent crime spree affecting Orcas Island residents and property.
The ghosts travel through time on a journey to show one man his past mistakes and his dismal future.
The death of J-32, also known as Rhapsody, stands as the second loss for the "endangered" population in about a month, and the fourth in 2014. Equally alarming for many killer whale advocates is that the Southern residents have not had a newborn in more than two years that has survived for more than two months.
At their meeting of Nov. 25, the Orcas Island School Board accepted the resignation of Board Member, Greg White (At Large Position #5 previously held by Jim Sullivan). The appointment would remain effective until the November 2015 election barring any unforeseen circumstance.
State regulatory staff on Tuesday, Dec. 2 released an investigation report on the six-hour 911 outage that occurred earlier this year, recommending the company be penalized up to $2.9 million and make improvements to ensure network reliability.
Every so often, Washington state’s smallest county ends up under the gaze of its highest court: jet skis, recorded telephone conversations, identity of political campaign donors.
The students of Orcas Island High School thought they were attending another run-of-the-mill spirit assembly as they filed into the gym on the morning of Nov. 25.