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Alternative sailings for ferries

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Dec.…

  • Nov 15th, 2019

 

Washington State Ferries hosts first-ever virtual community meetings

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Washington State Ferries is hosting a round…

  • Nov 19th, 2019

 

Dangerous dog, wayward walker, nonpaying patron | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 18th, 2019

 

Hospital district elects to sign interlocal agreement

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners voted…

Public pleads to county council for vacation rental moratorium

Several Orcas islanders hopped on the ferry to give public comment about…

County awarded grant for wood energy project

San Juan Islands Conservation District was granted $181,882 for wood energy projects…

NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts medevac From Orcas

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island. A search and rescue team from Naval…

  • Nov 8th, 2019

Found felon, cited speeders, furry fracas | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 13th, 2019

County sells Lopez land for affordable housing

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County completed the sale of…

  • Nov 9th, 2019
Crews work to replace and refit a water filter system aboard the Puyallup at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge on October 31, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid fleet

It will be a literal sea change for the nation’s biggest system — and a technically ambitious one.

Crews work to replace and refit a water filter system aboard the Puyallup at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge on October 31, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Coalition for Orcas Youth presents about opioid abuse

It all begins with just one step. One act of courage. One…

  • Nov 9th, 2019

County makes headway on affordable housing

The San Juan County Council had a productive day in relation to…

Vacation Rental Certificates of Compliance for 2019 are due Dec. 31

Submitted by San Juan County. Every holder of a vacation rental permit…

  • Nov 6th, 2019

Ditch driver, camping couple, meandering moos | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Nov 5th, 2019

$625,000 grant awarded to Coalition for Orcas Youth

On Oct. 30, Orcas Island became one of 150 communities awarded the…

  • Nov 5th, 2019

Preliminary election results updated

Preliminary election results show that Liz Lovelett maintains her position in the…

Port budget hearing

The Port of Orcas will hold a public hearing to consider and…

  • Nov 5th, 2019

County considers alternate radio upgrade funds

Voters may see a request for an increase in sales tax on…

(Life Flight Network/Contributed photo)

Life Flight joins county medevac providers

There’s a new air ambulance provider servicing the San Juan Islands —…

(Life Flight Network/Contributed photo)

DOT to remove tree in Moran State Park using explosives

Staff from the Washington State Department of Transportation are coming to Moran…

Unknown man being held in jail for San Juan Island burglary

An unidentified man was charged in San Juan County Superior Court on…

Flu clinics at OFHC

Submitted by the Orcas Family Health Center. Influenza - Flu - season…

  • Oct 28th, 2019

Orcas forum on Navy growler issue

On Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Emmanuel Parish Hall…

  • Nov 1st, 2019

Road-kill recourse, illegitimate extraction, vacillating victim | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 27th, 2019

Levy lift to keep several county programs alive

The future of a dozen community programs in San Juan County is…

Orcas High School celebrates homecoming

Orcas Island High School celebrated homecoming last week with sporting events, a…

Entries still accepted for butterfly land preservation

In an attempt to protect the Island Marble Butterfly, the Washington State…

  • Oct 30th, 2019

Lodging tax grants to fund island projects

Thanks to tourism dollars, San Juan County projects are receiving a financial…

Need help with Medicare?

There are a lot of changes for Medicare insurance holders this year.…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019

Christian Hogle trial moved to February 2020

The trial of an Orcas man accused of possessing and distributing child…

Litter loser, back-up blunder, school-zone speeder | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Oct. 9 • A deputy in Friday Harbor stopped to assist a…

  • Oct 22nd, 2019

Property taxes due Oct. 31; plan ahead and mail early

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Treasurer Rhonda Pederson would…

  • Oct 21st, 2019

Orcas Fire issues statement about Life Flight service to Orcas Island

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue understands that Life Flight has expanded its…

  • Oct 21st, 2019

Orcas man charged with attempting to bury a vehicle

Ryan Padgett, 25, of Orcas Island has been charged in San Juan…

  • Oct 28th, 2019

Port candidates answer questions at election forum

League of Women Voters Candidate Forum Orcas Island Attendees at the Oct.…

  • Oct 22nd, 2019

Man discovered dead in vehicle at Crescent Beach parking area

Editor’s note: The Islands’ Sounder does not report on suicides unless it…

  • Oct 16th, 2019

What’s next for Washington State Ferries

by Anna Marlis Burgard Contributor As Anacortes-San Juans ferry patrons sail into…

  • Oct 14th, 2019

Third vacation rental meeting scheduled

Submitted by the Vacation Rental Work Group. For the last few months…

  • Oct 14th, 2019

Car cover-up, kidnapped kayak, school-bus scofflaw | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 13th, 2019

San Juan Island EMS fined for Medicaid fraud

San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services has been fined $350,000 for Medicaid…