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Orcas Fire unveils 9/11 memorial

A structural beam from the fallen towers of 9/11 has found its…

  • Sep 13th, 2019

 

Vacation rental workgroup meeting

Submitted by The Vacation Rental Work Group. Get ready for a second…

  • Sep 12th, 2019

 

The 2020 census is underway | Part One

by Brad Brown Special to the Sounder The federal government through the…

  • Sep 14th, 2019

 

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                                Orcas Island Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire utilizing 200 gallons of water

Lightning strike causes small wildfire near Eagle Lake

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire crews responded…

  • Sep 9th, 2019
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                                Orcas Island Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire utilizing 200 gallons of water
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                                House completely ablaze

Orcas Island home destroyed in intense blaze

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. At 3:27 p.m. on Friday,…

  • Sep 9th, 2019
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                                House completely ablaze

San Juan County studies potential protected foraging areas for Southern resident orcas

The Southern resident orcas are starving to death, and providing quiet areas…

Councilman Hughes talks ferries

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story listed the wrong initiative…

Deceitful driver; loose livestock; noise nuisance | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. Aug. 27…

  • Sep 7th, 2019

Drilling into the past at Hummel Lake

Submitted by Kwiaht. Kwiaht researchers and students have recovered a 30-foot long…

  • Sep 6th, 2019

September 11 memorial

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Sep 3rd, 2019
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                                Councilman Rick Hughes (black jacket) and Rep. Rick Larsen (gray jacket) discuss Prune Alley.

Larsen tours Eastsound projects

Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02) visited Eastsound on Aug. 23 to learn how…

  • Sep 3rd, 2019
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                                Councilman Rick Hughes (black jacket) and Rep. Rick Larsen (gray jacket) discuss Prune Alley.

Conservancy groups sue Trump administration for failing to protect the Southern residents

Submitted by the Wild Fish Conservancy. The Center for Biological Diversity and…

  • Sep 2nd, 2019

Warrant for arrest for Eastsound man who escaped work crew

Daniel Dawayne Hall, 31, of Eastsound was charged with escape in the…

Bogus Benjamin, Lopez landing, ferry feud | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Sep 1st, 2019

New videos show tsunami potential from Cascadia quake

Though the islands seem safely protected in Salish Sea from any tsunami…

Forest management solutions in the San Juans

Wildfires are an inconvenience that those living along the West Coast have…

Road project news from Councilman Hughes

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes cannot say enough about the efforts…

Three injured in early morning crash

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, a Subaru Outback with…

  • Aug 28th, 2019
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                                Dave Dunaway in the SAFE San Juans Eastsound office.

SAFE San Juans hires new executive director

Dave Dunaway cares about his team. After accepting the position as the…

  • Aug 26th, 2019
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                                Dave Dunaway in the SAFE San Juans Eastsound office.

Multiple cardiac calls, missing runner and fire alarm make for busy Friday at OIFR

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Aug 26th, 2019
All riders fo stand up paddleboards should wear a life jacket to save them from drowning should they fall in. (Contributed<em> photo)</em>

State Parks Boating Program reminds paddlers to be safe

Marine law enforcement agencies on Washington state’s marine and fresh waterways will…

  • Aug 25th, 2019
All riders fo stand up paddleboards should wear a life jacket to save them from drowning should they fall in. (Contributed<em> photo)</em>

Orcas Road renovation is complete

Drivers and pedestrians on Orcas Road can now enjoy safety improvements thanks…

Skagit/Islands Head Start receives five-year grant

Skagit Valley College Skagit/Islands Head Start is pleased to announce it has…

  • Aug 24th, 2019

Arrest warrant issued for Orcas man

A $5,000 warrant for the arrest of Michael Louis Bolster, 37, of…

Power tool pilfer, teen troubles and rejected RVs | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. Aug. 14…

  • Aug 23rd, 2019

OPALCO headquarters temporarily moves back to original 1930s office

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. The septic system for OPALCO’s…

  • Aug 23rd, 2019
Laura Kussman joins The Sounder team

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Laura Kussman moved to Orcas Island in the spring of 2018 after…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019
Laura Kussman joins The Sounder team
Paul Pineda and his son Nick at the start of the border wall on the Pacific coast

Locals share anecdotes from experiences at US-Mexico border

Orcas Island community members held an informational talk on personal experiences at…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019
Paul Pineda and his son Nick at the start of the border wall on the Pacific coast

State seeks to strengthen spill strategy

Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology. An oil spill could pose…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019

Meeting about protecting your business from break-ins

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is presenting a Business Essentials presentation,…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019

Larsen to tour April’s Grove, Prune Alley, visit Orcas Island Senior Center

On Friday, Aug. 23, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will tour April’s Grove…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019

Bathroom fire and the little extinguisher who could

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Aug 19th, 2019
As his wife, Heather, looks on, John Norman gets a hug from his daughter Amber Nelson and granddaughter Ashlee Nelson (right) after his replica of the Spirit of St. Louis flew for the first time from Arlington Municipal Airport on July 28. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lopez man builds Spirit of St. Louis replica plane

A plane like the one Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic logged its first flight in Arlington.

As his wife, Heather, looks on, John Norman gets a hug from his daughter Amber Nelson and granddaughter Ashlee Nelson (right) after his replica of the Spirit of St. Louis flew for the first time from Arlington Municipal Airport on July 28. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Worldwide fisheries experts gather in Seattle to save wild salmon

Submitted by The World Salmon Forum With many wild salmon populations on…

  • Aug 17th, 2019

Attorney Carla Higginson has been elected as the first San Juan County member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors

Long-time Friday Harbor attorney Carla J. Higginson has been elected as the…

  • Aug 17th, 2019

Sauntering sheep, cruising cows and canine chicken-killers | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 17th, 2019

Next State Parks ‘free day’ is Aug. 25

In recognition of the National Park System’s 103rd birthday, the Washington State…

  • Aug 16th, 2019

Two Orcas teens arrested for alcohol possession

Two intoxicated juveniles heading home from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island were…

Inter Island Healthcare Foundation’s long-term care survey

Long-term care needs continue to be studied and the Inter Island Healthcare…

  • Aug 14th, 2019

News from Orcas Senior Center

Orcas StoryFest Since the dawn of time, humans have loved telling and…

  • Aug 13th, 2019