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Orcas Peace Chorus is launching

The new Orcas Peace Chorus will have its first gathering on Monday,…

  • Sep 18th, 2018

NOAA holds an emotional public meeting

A missing adolescent orca has likely lost her fight against illness and…

  • Sep 17th, 2018

Task Force statement on the loss of J50

Statement from Les Purce and Stephanie Solien, co-chair members of Gov. Inslee’s…

  • Sep 17th, 2018
Contributed photo/NOAA Fisheries West Coast under permit 21368
                                 J50 beside her sister J42 in August.

Sick, young orca, J50, is presumed dead, while others continue search | Update

As of Sept. 13, some researchers presume that a missing adolescent orca…

Contributed photo/NOAA Fisheries West Coast under permit 21368
                                 J50 beside her sister J42 in August.

NOAA considers capturing J50 for treatment

Submitted by NOAA J50’s condition in recent weeks has underscored the urgency…

  • Sep 13th, 2018

Health Care District to hold second town hall meeting

The following was submitted by the Orcas Island Health Care District. The…

  • Sep 13th, 2018

Veteran Navigators are returning to Orcas

The following was submitted by the Orcas Family Resource Center. If you…

  • Sep 13th, 2018

September is ‘Preparedness Month’

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Emergency Management While emergency preparedness…

  • Sep 12th, 2018

Fatal car wreck under investigation

At about 11:39 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, a vehicle traveling on…

  • Sep 10th, 2018

County-wide planned power outages overnight

The following was submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. All of…

  • Sep 10th, 2018

Deserted drugs, confused canine, abandoned autos | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 10th, 2018

Island Leaders in Canada and US call on Prime Minister to abandon Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

The following was submitted by San Juan County. In light of the…

  • Sep 9th, 2018
Contributed photo/NOAA Fisheries West Coast under permit 21368 J50 beside her sister J42.

Sick young orca, J50, spotted after two-day disappearance

Staff report A thin, sick juvenile orca, who has been missing for…

  • Sep 6th, 2018
Contributed photo/NOAA Fisheries West Coast under permit 21368 J50 beside her sister J42.

San Juan County Civic Campus Plan survey deadline extended

Survey deadline extended thru Sept. 12.

  • Sep 5th, 2018

Airport Master Plan public open house

The Port of Orcas is currently preparing a master plan for Orcas…

  • Sep 5th, 2018

Task force to save orcas meets in Anacortes

With just 75 Southern resident orcas remaining, a group is taking action…

Emergency preparedness class at the senior center

by Tom Eversole and Vicki O’Keefe Orcas Senior Center Nonprofit September is…

  • Sep 4th, 2018

Power line clearing work in progress

OPALCO tree trimming crews are at work throughout San Juan County clearing…

  • Sep 4th, 2018

Letters left; delinquent drivers; permit problems | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 3rd, 2018
Contributed photo/OPALCO
                                OPALCO’s solar power project on Decatur.

Five facts about OPALCO’s solar power project

The sun shines brighter in the San Juans than most of Washington…

Contributed photo/OPALCO
                                OPALCO’s solar power project on Decatur.

Learn about the upcoming real estate tax measure

The public is invited to participate in a Sept. 8 meeting at…

  • Sep 2nd, 2018

Health and Community Services partners with Orcas School District for Back to School Clinic

San Juan County Health and Community Services will be providing free immunizations…

  • Sep 1st, 2018

Canadian Court of Appeals halts Trans Mountain pipeline

Another legal roadblock was put in the path of the Trans Mountain…

Christian Hogle arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) Eastound resident…

Be a part of the health care discussion

Join the Orcas Island Health Care District board of commissioners as they…

  • Aug 31st, 2018

Ridership soars as passengers flock to state ferries for holiday weekend

Nearly 8 million people have used the Washington State Ferries, more than…

  • Aug 30th, 2018

Weigh in on comp plan update

The Department of Community Development will hold community workshops to gather community…

  • Aug 30th, 2018

Samish sailing slower through the San Juans

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Samish ferry on the San Juan Islands…

  • Aug 29th, 2018

Limited licensing services, Aug. 26-Sept. 3

Online licensing services are unavailable from Sunday, Aug. 26, through Monday, Sept.…

  • Aug 28th, 2018
Contributed photo/ Julie Knight. Alwyn Jones and Steve Lillestol set oil containment boom around the MV Sanctuary in Judd Cove. IOSAs main response vessel, the Sea Goose, is in the background. Photo by

Help prevent oil spills | Guest column

Submitted by IOSA When hearing about an oil spill, people often wonder…

  • Aug 27th, 2018
Contributed photo/ Julie Knight. Alwyn Jones and Steve Lillestol set oil containment boom around the MV Sanctuary in Judd Cove. IOSAs main response vessel, the Sea Goose, is in the background. Photo by
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                                From left to right: Hunter Buffum (Lopez), Martha Lum (Orcas), Margot van Gelder (Orcas), Isabella Douglas (Orcas), Katelyn Minnis (Orcas), Allison Fleming (Friday Harbor), Erin Lean (Friday Harbor) and Dylan Roberson (Friday Harbor). Not pictured: Laura Brown.

Horse competitors qualify for state fair

A group of island 4-H horse competitors has qualified for the Washington…

  • Aug 27th, 2018
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                                From left to right: Hunter Buffum (Lopez), Martha Lum (Orcas), Margot van Gelder (Orcas), Isabella Douglas (Orcas), Katelyn Minnis (Orcas), Allison Fleming (Friday Harbor), Erin Lean (Friday Harbor) and Dylan Roberson (Friday Harbor). Not pictured: Laura Brown.

Intoxicated injuries; tasteless threats; canine complaints | SJC Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 27th, 2018

Weigh in on civic building

San Juan County is exploring options to centralize government operations in an…

  • Aug 27th, 2018

Weigh in on long-range planning for WSF

Submitted by WSF. Help shape the future of Washington State Ferries. Ferry…

  • Aug 24th, 2018

Power outage affects Orcas businesses

A power outage on Orcas Island isn’t an uncommon occurrence in winter.…

Nine vehicle break-ins reported in Eastsound

A prowler struck at least nine vehicles between the hours of 1:30…

  • Aug 21st, 2018

Power out for 10 hours after car accident on Lopez

The following was submitted by OPALCO. All of Orcas and some of…

  • Aug 21st, 2018
Angela Douglas photo
                                Above: Some of the fair participants unloading their horses around midnight.

Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor

For decades, when the county fair ends, Lopez and Orcas participants pack…

Angela Douglas photo
                                Above: Some of the fair participants unloading their horses around midnight.

Burn ban extended in San Juan County

A burn ban in San Juan County begins at noon on Tuesday,…

  • Aug 21st, 2018

Lopez, Orcas, Roche wastewater plants win performance awards

The following is from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Once the…

  • Aug 21st, 2018