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Local speakers inspire action at local vigil protest of ICE detainment camps

Advocates and concerned citizens around the country protested the treatment of immigrants…

  • Jul 22nd, 2019

Deadly rabbit disease confirmed in the San Juans

The bunnies of the San Juan Islands are in danger. A case…

Lopez awarded No Child Left Inside grant

Submitted by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. More than 14,000 kids…

  • Jul 21st, 2019

Anonymous ammo, speeding spikes, blotto boaters | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 19th, 2019
Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

State asks county landowners to allow hunting on property

Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Washington Department of…

  • Jul 18th, 2019
Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

Port of Friday Harbor addresses allegations

Following the receipt of a formal letter of complaint, the Port of…

Unused medications drop-off | Letter to the editor

Submitted by Kyle Freeman, Berto Gandara, Emilie Gincig, Rick Hughes, Ron Krebs,…

  • Jul 17th, 2019

Jensen Marina tenant files formal letter with the Port of Friday Harbor

Submitted by Maurice Liebman. Local resident and long-time Jensen Marina tenant Maurice…

  • Jul 16th, 2019
Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

Lum family to lease Coffelt Farm Preserve

A longtime Orcas family is breathing life back into a beloved island…

Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

Abdon changes plea to guilty in vehicular homicide case

Tucker Samms Abdon, 34, of Eastsound, changed his plea of not-guilty to…

Taylor sentencing postponed

Sentencing for Kevin Patrick Taylor has been postponed to 1:30 p.m. on…

  • Jul 15th, 2019

Community copes with child care costs

Access to child care is an issue that extends beyond the county…

County agencies receive record retention funds

Nearly $100,000 in grants were awarded by Legislature to local government agencies…

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

State invests in Puget Sound salmon habitat

More than $45 million in grants were awarded to communities throughout Puget…

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Samish experiences engine problems

After three days of delayed sailings because of an issue with the…

State Attorney General is suing Navy over Growler expansion at NAS Whidbey

The state’s top lawyer is suing the Navy over the noise and…

County’s plan for wildfire protection

Fire season is in full swing as the warmer drier weather has…

Submit your comments on ferry fares

The Washington State Transportation Commission is looking for feedback on proposed fare…

  • Jul 11th, 2019

Scientists are looking for new lizards on Orcas and need the community’s help

Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Scientists are looking…

  • Jul 10th, 2019

AG Ferguson sues Navy over impact of expanded Growler jet operations

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit on July 9 against the…

  • Jul 9th, 2019
Contributed photos. Center for Whale Research

It’s a girl!

Submitted by the Center for Whale Research In the morning of July…

  • Jul 8th, 2019
Contributed photos. Center for Whale Research

Discarded fishing nets catch wildlife

Thousands of marine animals — from mammals to invertebrates — die each…

  • Jul 8th, 2019

Rep. Larsen helped Orcas resident appeal Medicare claim

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen, D-WA, 2nd District. One of the most…

  • Jul 6th, 2019

Southern Resident killer whales absent from the Salish Sea for the first June on record

Endangered Southern Resident killer whales absent from the Salish Sea for the first June on record

  • Jul 6th, 2019

State ferry Hyak has sailed into retirement

After nearly 52 years in the Washington State Ferries’ fleet, the Hyak…

  • Jul 5th, 2019

Interview with Port of Orcas Commissioner 1 and 2 candidates

An unprecedented four of the five four-year terms on the Port of…

  • Jul 4th, 2019

Suspicious note prompted bomb investigation | Update

A note stuck to the mirror in the women’s restroom on the…

  • Jul 3rd, 2019

WSF answers questions about ferry system

The Hyak is officially retired as of July 1, the Elwha is…

Jacob Hansen with his wife Lauren Wimmer and daughter Harper.

Jacob Hansen to undergo amputation; family in need of donations

A former Orcas resident is undergoing a leg amputation after sustaining an…

Jacob Hansen with his wife Lauren Wimmer and daughter Harper.

Ferries adds sailings for July 4 holiday

There will be unscheduled supplemental service through the San Juan Islands this…

  • Jul 2nd, 2019

Calendar of events for July 2-12

Wed, July 3 Lewis opens Brown Bag Emmanuel Episcopal Parish and the…

  • Jul 1st, 2019

Hogle trial postponed until November

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

Chainsaw complaint; mysterious male motorist; cast-off carpet | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. June 19…

  • Jun 30th, 2019

Whole-person care with Apple Health comes to San Juan County on July 1

Beginning July 1, 2019, Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients in San Juan…

  • Jun 29th, 2019

EMS Medical Program Director transition

Submitted by San Juan County EMS Council. EMS Medical Program Director for…

  • Jun 28th, 2019

The great Orcas emu rescue

Tish Knapp awoke on Thursday, June 27 to find her two 1-year-old…

State’s Kaiser investigation concludes

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner for Washington State released the results…

San Juan County Council talks radios and housing

San Juan County emergency services may be getting an upgrade to its…

Trampled transformer, dog diplomacy and a violated vehicle | Sheriff Log

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

  • Jun 23rd, 2019

Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

For residents of the San Juan Islands, the state-run ferry system is…