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Unknown man being held in jail for San Juan Island burglary

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

Entries still accepted for butterfly land preservation

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

  • Oct 30th, 2019

DOT to remove tree in Moran State Park using explosives

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

Flu clinics at OFHC

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

  • Oct 28th, 2019

Orcas man charged with attempting to bury a vehicle

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

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

Orcas High School celebrates homecoming

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

Levy lift to keep several county programs alive

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

Christian Hogle trial moved to February 2020

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

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

Port candidates answer questions at election forum

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

  • Oct 22nd, 2019

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

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

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

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

PCBs found in Mountain Lake are ubiquitous

The kokanee salmon stocked in Mountain Lake more than 30 years ago…

Third vacation rental meeting scheduled

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

  • Oct 14th, 2019

What’s next for Washington State Ferries

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

  • 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…

Prune Alley Street improvements discussion

San Juan County Council Member Rick Hughes and staff from public works…

  • Oct 11th, 2019

Lopez students sent home early over security threat

Following a tip that there may be a weapon hidden on campus,…

Marijuana moratorium extended another six months

It may be another year before another marijuana production or processing permit…

Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                David Affolter, new executive director of YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife Tobin and daughter Dalton.

New director at the helm of Camp Orkila

The San Juan Islands have been in David Affolter’s heart since he…

Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                David Affolter, new executive director of YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife Tobin and daughter Dalton.

Stuart Piff faces four charges in district court and two charges in superior court

San Juan County District Court has filed four charges against Stuart Gray…

Abandoned abode; badly-behaved bikers; goats gone | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 7th, 2019

Woman charged for hitting flagger with vehicle in 2018

Brook Elizabeth Radcliffe, 24, of Bellingham, has been charged with reckless endangerment…

Ballot tabulating equipment testing Oct. 18

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditors Office. A “Logic and Accuracy”…

  • Oct 6th, 2019
Orcas Fire and Rescue photo.

San Juan County Fire Districts awarded regional FEMA grant

Submitted by Orcas Fire and Rescue. The four fire districts of San…

  • Oct 5th, 2019
Orcas Fire and Rescue photo.

Lopez man found guilty of burglary and mischief

Darren Adam Hayes, 57, of Lopez, was found guilty in the San…

San Juan County dispatchers recognized for exemplary performance

On July 4, 2018, San Juan County 911 received a report of…

  • Oct 4th, 2019

Hughes says county has been ahead of the pack in environmental policy

Councilmember Rick Hughes says San Juan County has long been at the…

Second community conversation on vacation rentals

The community conversation surrounding vacation rentals continues. The second meeting, held by…

Open seats in county boards and committees

The county council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill…

  • Oct 2nd, 2019

Protecting the San Juans and Southern residents from oil spills

Thousands of vessels travel throughout the Salish Sea annually, either to pass…

Climate action starts with self

“It’s early morning in the Pacific. Soon the sun will rise on…

  • Sep 30th, 2019
Contributed photo. Looking down Prune Alley from North Beach Road in approximately 1914.

Prune Alley improvements slated for Sept 2020

The decades-long proposal for a Prune Alley improvement project is officially nearing…

Contributed photo. Looking down Prune Alley from North Beach Road in approximately 1914.
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                                School board president John Helding speaking during the Sept. 25 meeting.

Lopez community weighs in on harassment allegations against staff member

It was standing room only at the first Lopez Island School Board…

Mandi Johnson/staff photo
                                School board president John Helding speaking during the Sept. 25 meeting.
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                                <strong>John Willis in 2014.</strong>

Life-long Orcas Island resident John Willis dies

John Willis passed away on Friday, Sept. 20. He was 79, and…

  • Sep 30th, 2019
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                                <strong>John Willis in 2014.</strong>