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Lopez, Orcas, Roche wastewater plants win performance awards

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

  • Aug 21st, 2018

Canadian fires cause bad air quality in the San Juans

More than 500 fires are burning in British Columbia and there are…

Orcas man faces arrested for outstanding warrant and drug charges

Jordan Colin Lynn-Jefferson, 19, of Orcas Island, was arrested for an outstanding…

Forgetful ferry riders; troubled trespassers; MIP mishap | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 19th, 2018

Senator Cantwell holds roundtable discussion on affordable housing

San Juan County is one of many communities in Washington state facing…

Items in short supply at the food bank

Submitted by the Orcas Island Food Bank Board. There are some items…

  • Aug 17th, 2018

$10,000 reward offered for information on the explosive device at Turtleback Mountain trail

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering up to…

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                                Kelsey O’Day at her sentencing on Aug. 14.

Kelsey O’Day sentenced to 13 months for child rape

A San Juan Island woman charged with child rape was sentenced on…

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                                Kelsey O’Day at her sentencing on Aug. 14.

Auditor seeks writers of arguments against two local measures

Voters in San Juan County will decide two local measures in the…

  • Aug 15th, 2018
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                                Smoke haze in the San Juans in 2017.

Air quality affected by wildfire smoke

The following was submitted by San Juan County. Air monitors in our…

  • Aug 15th, 2018
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                                Smoke haze in the San Juans in 2017.

Co-op gives $1,400 to Funhouse

Two years ago, Orcas Food Co-op launched a community shopping day program…

  • Aug 13th, 2018

Next state parks ‘free day’ is Aug. 25 | Special day celebrates the National Park System’s 102nd birthday

To celebrate the National Park System’s 102nd birthday, the Washington State Parks…

  • Aug 12th, 2018

Orcas Women’s Coalition to host summer quarterly meeting

The following was submitted by the Orcas Women’s Coalition. Orcas Women’s Coalition…

  • Aug 12th, 2018

New buses join the Orcas Island School District fleet

Thanks in part to a successful application written by Keith Whitaker for…

  • Aug 11th, 2018

Phone fraud; suspicious social; healthy horse | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 11th, 2018

August primary election 2018 results | Update

For full Aug. 7 top-two primary results and how island residents voted…

Bid to build pedestrian park at Orcas Landing accepted

With several major enhancements completed at the Orcas Ferry Landing in the…

Rock Island internet is back up

Update at 4 p.m.: Rock Island internet is back up and running.…

Man escapes custody on ferry, caught an hour later

A 28-year-old Orcas man escaped medical transport custody on a ferry heading…

Illegal signs in Eastsound to be removed in next 30 days

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes is warning islanders that illegal sandwich…

Recycling costs rising; ORS/Exchange announces ‘Recycle 2.0’

The nationwide crisis in the recycling industry has hit home. Recycling prices…

  • Aug 8th, 2018

San Juan County, Town of Friday Harbor officials plan to reduce drug use, crimes

On Facebook, San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs can search his news…

The solar project on Decatur Island.

OPALCO’s community solar project is up and running on Decatur Island

The following was submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. OPALCO’s first…

  • Aug 7th, 2018
The solar project on Decatur Island.

Apple Health dental patients out of local options

With the closing of Dr. Steven Bailey’s practice, Orcas Island no longer…

School supply drives are stocking the classroom for success

The Orcas community is doing its part to ensure that kids and…

Buff bathers, mooring moochers, rock run in | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 5th, 2018

Sex ed class for adults

Our Whole Lives program is now being offered to adults. OWL is…

  • Aug 5th, 2018

Is Southern Resident killer whale J35 really mourning? The answer is yes

by Joe Gaydos Chief Scientist, SeaDoc Society For the last nine days,…

  • Aug 4th, 2018

Two dead after Lopez plane crash

Submitted by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 5 p.m., Thursday,…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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                                Eric A. Kulp and his attorney in San Juan County Superior Court on Aug. 3.

Eric Kulp changes plea to guilty in wife’s murder case

The Shaw Island man charged with the murder of his wife changed…

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                                Eric A. Kulp and his attorney in San Juan County Superior Court on Aug. 3.

NOAA looks at ways to save J pod orca, who is near death

Emergency response is underway for J50, a 4-year-old orca whale who is…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018

Ferries flow smoothly as summer begins to ebb

Ferry service in the San Juans should return to its regularly scheduled…

Orcas Island School District welcomes new teachers

Bill Alsdurf, Jr. 3rd/4th-grade teacher How would your elementary school or high…

  • Aug 2nd, 2018

DNR bans outdoor burning statewide

Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

As wildfires erupt across Washington, DNR utilizes National Guard

Fire season is stretching state resources thin. To date, the Department of…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

East Coast swing class in August

The next community dance class is Monday, Aug. 6, at the Odd…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

Pasma for 40th District | Letter

I am supporting Tom Pasma for 40th legislative district representative in the…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

Support for Alex Ramel | Letter

We write to support the candidacy of Alex Ramel for Representative from…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

Dingy discovery, purse problem, marina merrymaking | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 30th, 2018
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OIFR responds to residential fire on Sunset Road

Sunset Road in Eastsound was closed Sunday, July 29 at 9 a.m.…

  • Jul 29th, 2018
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