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Three Southern resident orcas missing, presumed dead

From 76 to 73, the Southern resident orca population officially dropped by…

Special three-day candidate filing period

Submitted by SJC Elections Office. Whew! You almost missed your chance to…

  • Aug 11th, 2019

Funiture fiasco, noisy neighbors and missing mud flaps | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 10th, 2019

Body of drowning victim Cresundo Whitaker recovered from Mountain Lake | Update

The body of a 34-year-old Atlanta, Georgia, man was recovered by Whatcom…

SJC wastewater plants win awards

Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology. Wastewater treatment plant operators play…

  • Aug 9th, 2019
San Juan Island is the only place in the world that the Island Marble Butterfly is known to exist. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services/contributed photo)

State and federal agencies work to save endangered butterfly

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is announcing the start…

  • Aug 9th, 2019
San Juan Island is the only place in the world that the Island Marble Butterfly is known to exist. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services/contributed photo)

WSF adds extra sailing to meet increased traffic demands from Doe Bay Fest

There will be an additional late night sailing from Orcas to Anacortes…

  • Aug 8th, 2019

Ferry fare changes coming this fall

Submitted by The Washington State Transportation Commission. The Washington State Transportation Commission…

  • Aug 8th, 2019
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Contributed photo
                                McNarry Dam is one of the hydropower projects in the Columbia River Basin that could spill more water to help with juvenile salmon migration.

Proposed changes aim to help increase salmon migration in the Snake and Columbia rivers, support orca and salmon recovery

Submitted by Washington Department of Ecology. Snake and Columbia river hydropower dams…

  • Aug 8th, 2019
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Contributed photo
                                McNarry Dam is one of the hydropower projects in the Columbia River Basin that could spill more water to help with juvenile salmon migration.

Lovelett wins senate seat; other primary results

San Juan County voters were in line with the rest of the…

Kaleidoscope to offer full-time Forest School

Submitted by Amber Paulsen. Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center is excited…

  • Aug 6th, 2019

Friday Harbor man accused of assaulting a deputy

Mark Andrew MacDonald, 55, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

Quite the sight as Elwha sails into Seattle’s Lake Union

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Ferry fans lined Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship…

  • Aug 5th, 2019

Affordable rental housing project coming to Lopez Village

Submitted by Housing Lopez. A new affordable rental housing project is coming…

  • Aug 4th, 2019

New pumpout facility serves recreational boaters in the San Juan Islands

Submitted by Washington State Parks. A new sewage pumpout for recreational boaters…

  • Aug 3rd, 2019

Ferry fare changes coming this fall

Submitted by Washington State Transportation Commission Ferry customers and other interested persons…

  • Aug 1st, 2019
Contributed photo
                                Dr. Joshua Corsa is the new EMS director.

EMS Medical Program Director transition

Submitted by San Juan County EMS Council. Dr. Michael Sullivan, EMS Medical…

  • Aug 1st, 2019
Contributed photo
                                Dr. Joshua Corsa is the new EMS director.

Time to vote: What you need to know about Washington’s 2019 primary

Ballots began arriving in mailboxes across the state this week for the…

  • Jul 30th, 2019

Early morning San Juan wreck leads to vehicular assault arrest

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office At approximately 8:05 a.m.…

  • Jul 29th, 2019

Council denies petition to put Decatur fire district on ballot

After two hours of testimony, the San Juan County Council voted unanimously…

Orcas Animal Protection Society announces new director

Submitted by the Orcas Animal Shelter board. The Orcas Animal Protection Society…

  • Jul 29th, 2019

Melendez-Lopez charged with burglary and assault

Humberto Melendez-Lopez, 41, of San Juan Island, has been charged with residential…

Whale sanctuary project reveals two possible locations

In an effort to garner community input regarding a proposed whale sanctuary,…

  • Jul 28th, 2019

AWOL inmate, errand-running elder, purloined pots | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 27th, 2019

Abdon sentenced to 6.5 years for vehicular homicide

Tucker Samms Abdon, 34, of Eastsound, was sentenced by Judge Kathryn C.…

Lunch at Buck Bay with the Orcas Senior Center

Lunch at Buck Bay with the Orcas Senior Center nonprofit will be…

  • Jul 26th, 2019

No rabbits at the San Juan County Fair this year

Submitted by San Juan County Parks and Fair. To all Open Division…

  • Jul 24th, 2019

First community conversation on vacation rentals

Hundreds of citizens joined together to discuss vacation rentals and how they…

  • Jul 24th, 2019

Stop-sign sliders; noise nuisance; ferry fury | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 23rd, 2019

Orcas Fire extinguishes car blaze in Moran

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Jul 22nd, 2019

Seniors request Mullis Center Operations Committee recall

More than 90 signatures have been collected on a petition to remove…

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).