News

Bedell and Sutton face off in fire commission race

Ed Sutton is running against incumbent Barbara Bedell for San Juan County…

Hearing Examiner denies Inter-Island Propane’s tank request

After months of deliberation, San Juan County Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice has…

San Juan County lawsuit updates

County settles four lawsuits in 2017; another case heads to state Supreme Court

  • Nov 10th, 2017

Goat gang, property prowler and burgled boat | Sheriff Log

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

  • Nov 10th, 2017

Orcas Family Health Clinic seeks donations to keep its doors open | Guest column

Submitted by Aimee Johnson, Orcas Family Health Center Our Board at Orcas…

  • Nov 9th, 2017

Moment of silence on ferries Saturday to honor veterans

In a salute to the men and women who have served in…

  • Nov 9th, 2017

Annual community Thanksgiving for all

Once again the Odd Fellows will be holding a traditional Community Thanksgiving…

  • Nov 9th, 2017

SeaDoc wins environmental grant from Patagonia

Thanks to the recommendation of world-famous kayakers Shawna Franklin and Leon Sommes…

  • Nov 8th, 2017

SHIBA helps sign up patients for Medicare

Orcas Island residents who are covered by Medicare and need assistance choosing…

  • Nov 8th, 2017

State Parks considering long-term boundary revisions for two Orcas Island parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process…

  • Nov 8th, 2017

School bond and levy pass | SJC Election results

An overwhelming number of voters approved the Orcas School bond and levy…

  • Nov 7th, 2017

Insurance issue, camera kidnap and capsized kayaker | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 6th, 2017

UW Medicine hosts open house

Though the clinic saw its first patient at 8:30 a.m. on Sept.…

Veteran’s Day 2017 activities on Orcas

On Saturday, Nov. 11, the American Legion Post 93 in Eastsound will…

  • Nov 6th, 2017

Don’t forget to turn in your ballot

Submitted by San Juan County Prosecutor Randall Gaylord About 13,000 ballots were…

  • Nov 3rd, 2017

Environmental groups protest Anacortes refinery

Community activists and representatives from many environmental organizations including Stand.earth, RE Sources…

  • Nov 2nd, 2017

Future of Indian Island to be discussed Nov. 16

Kwiaht and community scientists of the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory invite…

  • Nov 2nd, 2017

News briefs

Donate computers United Way SJC has donated over 25 computers to people…

  • Nov 1st, 2017

Sounder and Journal win WNPA awards

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association announced its winners for the 2017 Washington…

  • Nov 1st, 2017

Halloween in Eatsound

Islanders of all ages hit the streets on Halloween to trick or…

OPALCO Board Member Jim Lett to retire

Orcas Power and Light Cooperative board member Jim Lett has announced his…

  • Oct 31st, 2017

Stolen signs, drug delinquencies and walking worries | Sheriff Log

The sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Oct 18 • Deputies…

  • Oct 30th, 2017

Chamber annual meeting coverage; community awards presented

Rosario Resort’s Beach House was filled to the brim with island businesspeople…

Have you heard about the Orcas Community Resource Center?

by Steven Jung Special to the Sounder Although it opened in 1995,…

  • Oct 27th, 2017

County Democrats support single-payer health care

During a meeting on Oct. 14, the San Juan County Democratic Party…

  • Oct 27th, 2017

Corralling cows, more mooring mistakes and bus bypass | Sheriff’s Log

The sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Oct. 11 • A…

  • Oct 25th, 2017

Department of Ecology approves Shoreline Master Program

On Monday, Oct. 16, Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) announced official approval…

  • Oct 20th, 2017

One county health insurer remains for individual plans

The uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) at the federal level…

Petition for public hospital district to go before council

The petition to place the formation of a Public Hospital District for…

  • Oct 16th, 2017

Fear of fumes; vessels in violation; kite-flying kids | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The sheriff’s office responded to these calls. • A Lopez deputy investigating…

  • Oct 15th, 2017

Preliminary 2018 budget

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditors Office The 2018 Preliminary Budget…

  • Oct 14th, 2017

Three school board members retiring; three new ones joining

Three of the five positions on the Orcas Island School District school…

Orcas skatepark under repair

The Scott Stamnes Memorial Skatepark at Buck Park is currently under scheduled…

  • Oct 12th, 2017

House move to cause traffic delays

Submitted by Dimitri Stankevich Director at YMCA Camp Orkila On Friday, Oct.…

  • Oct 11th, 2017

Port Townsend man charged with assaulting Orcas Island park ranger

Richard R. Terry, 54, of Port Townsend, is charged with assault in…

  • Oct 9th, 2017

Syringe spotted; tyke in traffic; Friday Harbor fight | Sheriff’s Log

The sheriff’s office responded to the following calls: Sept. 27 • A…

  • Oct 8th, 2017

October is National Co-op Month

Co-ops in the San Juan Islands are teaming up to celebrate National…

  • Oct 7th, 2017

Shakeout in the San Juan Islands

It’s just two weeks until the 2017 Great Washington Shakeout drill on…

  • Oct 7th, 2017

Children’s House still shines today thanks to Sandra Starr | Guest Column

Submitted by Children’s House Children’s House exists today in no small part…

  • Oct 6th, 2017

Extra Anacortes to Orcas sailings added for film festival

In anticipation of the Orcas Island Film Festival this weekend, Washington State…

  • Oct 5th, 2017