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Coffelt Farm says critical infrastructure upgrades are needed to continue operations

by Meredith M. Griffith Contributor Coffelt Farm has proved profitable in its…

  • Mar 12th, 2019
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                                New deputy Bryce Peterson.

Orcas welcomes new deputy Bryce Peterson

Bryce Peterson still can’t believe his luck. Since Feb. 5, he has…

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                                New deputy Bryce Peterson.

Update from the Island’s Oil Spill Association

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Emergency Management. In Eastsound on…

  • Mar 10th, 2019

Tax time means increased risk for phone scams

Submitted by IRS Media Relations. As the April filing deadline approaches, the…

  • Mar 9th, 2019

School District Montessori on schedule for this fall

Submitted by Eric Webb, OISD Superintendent “Montessori is definitely happening this fall…

  • Mar 8th, 2019

Debate over proposed Lopez pot farm

by Miles Becker Sounder contributor The topic of growing industrial marijuana was…

  • Mar 6th, 2019

Home builders oppose legislation that increases housing costs

Submitted by the Building Industry Association of Washington Lawmakers arrived at the…

  • Mar 5th, 2019

Lopez man charged with burglary, imprisonment and malicious mischief

Darren Adam Hayes, 57, of Lopez, was charged in the San Juan…

Emergency error; tool theft; attitude adjustment | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 4th, 2019

Inslee launches 2020 presidential campaign

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee…

  • Mar 1st, 2019

Sean Hunter sentenced to 17 years for rape, assault

Sean Michael Hunter, 24 was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison…

Port of Orcas special meeting Feb. 28

The Port of Orcas will hold a special meeting on Thursday, Feb.…

  • Feb 28th, 2019

Busted burglary, violating vehicles, lifted logs | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 28th, 2019

Orcas man pleads guilty to domestic violence

Colt Lee Hausauer, 31, of Orcas Island, pleaded guilty in San Juan…

Discussions about Kaiser Permanente’s emergency flight policy continue

Madden Surbaugh sat with his wife at their Orcas Island home on…

Gov. Inslee highlights need to stop invasive species

Submitted by the San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Program. In partnership…

  • Feb 25th, 2019
Jesus Coro

Orcas resident Jesus Coro detained by ICE

by Diane Craig Staff reporter A longtime San Juan County resident was…

  • Feb 24th, 2019
Jesus Coro

Canada National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Submitted by the National Energy Board of Canada. The Canadian National Energy…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019

OPALCO candidate by petition disqualified

Submitted by OPALCO. An OPALCO member, Dwight Lewis of Lopez Island, completed…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019
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                                Dwight Guss

Dwight Guss named interim port manager

With the departure of airport manager Tony Simpson, a long-time pilot and…

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                                Dwight Guss

Law would eliminate personal objection to vaccines in Washington state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA — A proposed bill…

  • Feb 21st, 2019

San Juan County Superior Court implements pilot drug court | Guest column

Submitted by Judge Kathryn Loring In response to interest from the legal…

  • Feb 21st, 2019

UW Medicine error exposes nearly 1 million patient records

Submitted by UW Medicine On Dec. 26, 2018, UW Medicine became aware…

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Judge Eaton rules to release courtroom security video

Security camera footage that resulted in a case dismissal will be released…

Snow sliders, dueling dogs and transport thievery | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 19th, 2019

Fire chief talks disaster prep

The more prepared a community is for a disaster, the easier it…

Early resident camping reservations

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Parks & Fair is…

  • Feb 19th, 2019

Orcas man flown off-island for gunshot wound to his chest

Submitted by San Juan County Undersheriff Zac Reimer. Deputies on Orcas Island…

  • Feb 18th, 2019

Board of Health to discuss medical air transport

The San Juan County Board of Health will be discussing medical air…

  • Feb 18th, 2019

Navy MEDEVACs two patients from Orcas

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted…

  • Feb 18th, 2019

Friday Harbor man charged with domestic assault

Philip K. Traini, 38, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with burglary…

Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists…

  • Feb 17th, 2019

Man charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. William Yukluk, 29, of…

  • Feb 17th, 2019

Two Friday Harbor residents charged with impersonation and theft

Two Friday Harbor residents have been charged with stealing a car and…

Orcas Island School District closed for snow on Feb. 14

Submitted by Orcas Island School District Due to unsafe road conditions, all…

  • Feb 14th, 2019
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                                Stills from the San Juan County District Court security camera that were submitted as evidence.

Criminal case dismissed due to county employee misconduct

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated Sheriff Ron Krebs…

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                                Stills from the San Juan County District Court security camera that were submitted as evidence.
Stills from the security camera submitted as evidence

Camera controversy continues

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated Sheriff Ron Krebs…

Stills from the security camera submitted as evidence

Islanders prepare for disaster

With a fault-line capable of doing more damage to the islands than…

An evening of Flamenco | Venue change

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes brings her latest show, “Luz, an evening…

  • Feb 13th, 2019
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                                Graphic shows counties where law enforcement won’t actively enforce the gun control measure.

Some law enforcement officers shun state’s new gun control law

by RaeLynn Ricarte Statesman-Examiner The number of Washington law enforcement and government…

  • Feb 13th, 2019
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                                Graphic shows counties where law enforcement won’t actively enforce the gun control measure.