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Without a hospital district, Orcas will lose UW Medicine

This winter the Orcas Island community donated or pledged a staggering $1…

  • Dec 21st, 2017

SHIBA helps sign up patients for Medicare

Orcas Island residents who are covered by Medicare and need assistance choosing…

  • Dec 21st, 2017

County awarded $10,000 in public records lawsuit

Edward Kilduff of Lopez Island was ordered to pay San Juan County…

Lopez public hospital district hires Orcas resident to be superintendent

At its regular board meeting on Dec. 14, the Board of Commissioners…

  • Dec 20th, 2017

School board welcomes new directors

John Fleming, Josh Culp and Diane Boerstler will serve four-year terms.

  • Dec 20th, 2017
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Another supermoon on the way

In two months, Orcas Island will have witnessed three supermoons

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Start the new year off right with a First Day Hike

Washington State Parks invites the public to start the new year off…

  • Dec 20th, 2017

Judge Eaton retires from San Juan County Superior Court

When Judge Donald Eaton moved to San Juan Island, almost 40 years…

Crews battle structure fire

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to a reported structure fire in…

  • Dec 19th, 2017

State looking to protect net neutrality after repeal

San Juan County, as well as Washington state, may be immune to…

Elementary events, pilfered petrol and sign swiped | Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls.

  • Dec 18th, 2017

OPALCO bills go up in January – average of $7

The following was submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperatve. When Orcas…

  • Dec 16th, 2017

Open house to discuss airport master plan

The Orcas Island Airport is conducting a public open house to discuss its master plan.

  • Dec 14th, 2017
Staff photo/Hayley Day
                                Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor pleads not-guilty to three counts of child rape in the third degree on Dec. 14.

Friday Harbor woman pleads not guilty to child rape in the third degree

A San Juan Island woman pleaded not guilty to child rape with…

Staff photo/Hayley Day
                                Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor pleads not-guilty to three counts of child rape in the third degree on Dec. 14.

Friday Harbor woman pleads not guilty to child rape in the third degree

A San Juan Island woman pleaded not guilty to child rape with…

EPRC receives visioning survey results

More than 350 community members completed the survey.

Angela Anderson named new executive director at San Juan Preservation Trust

The board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, a nonprofit…

  • Dec 13th, 2017

San Juan County’s unique broadband option to maintain net neutrality

San Juan County has become a leading example of how to provide…

State Parks talks expansion

Washington State Parks considers purchasing three adjacent properties to two Orcas parks.

Orcas Public Hospital District town hall no. 2, Dec. 18

Residents are invited to hear more information and voice questions about the proposed district.

  • Dec 8th, 2017

Coalition presents first public hospital district town hall

First of four meetings prior to the island voting on the formation of a public hospital district.

Purloined prescriptions; vehicle vandalized; bold bull | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 7th, 2017

San Juan Island woman charged with rape of a child

Editor’s note: The accused is not named in this article to protect…

Local girls may be allowed to join Cub Scouts

Lifting a century-old tradition could breathe new life into San Juan County’s…

Wanted walker, vacant vehicles and Thanksgiving thefts

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Nov.…

  • Dec 4th, 2017

Assistance for enrolling in health insurance

Our Revolution of San Juan County is sponsoring assistance with enrolling in…

  • Dec 3rd, 2017

OPALCO members get year-end money back

Colder temperatures in 2017 brought in greater revenue than projected and, as…

  • Dec 1st, 2017

Second wrongful death lawsuit filed in carbon monoxide poisoning case

Troy Sullivan and Kelli Ashcraft were discovered dead in a home outside of Friday Harbor.

County board and commission vacancies

The San Juan County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens…

  • Nov 29th, 2017

Strong winds lead to island power outages

After nearly 20 hours without power on Sunday, Nov. 26, it was…

OPALCO linemen work dark to dark to bring back the light

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Co-op Sunday, Nov. 26 was a…

  • Nov 27th, 2017

Tree lighting and Santa visit

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Tree Lighting…

  • Nov 27th, 2017

Joyful reunion just around the corner for Lopez woman and beloved dog

When Nancy Ewert adopted Black Lab Bella in late April, she knew…

  • Nov 26th, 2017

Brazen burglars, crashed cars and vehicle vandal | Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Nov.…

  • Nov 24th, 2017

Capital credit checks coming from OPALCO – plus a little extra

In December, capital credit checks will be sent out to members who…

  • Nov 23rd, 2017

Orcas woman arrested for allegedly hiding a fugitive and possessing drug paraphernalia

Kami Philbrook, 29, was arrested by San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies on…

OIFR contains Nov. 19 Swan Road fire

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue crews were released from the scene of…

  • Nov 21st, 2017

Task force formed to look at elder care options

Over the last few weeks, islanders have shown concern about the limited…

  • Nov 19th, 2017

San Juan County residents face property tax increase, mostly from state

San Juan County property owners will see significantly higher property tax bills…

Alleged car theft, wallet theft and business break-in on Orcas

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is following up on three crimes…