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Could you be eligible for services from Island Reproductive Health Initiative?

What is IRHI, you ask? It stands for: Island Reproductive Health Initiative.…

  • Oct 1st, 2018
Contributed photo/Center for Whale Research photo by Dave Ellifrit
                                J50 is tossed by J42 in 2015. J50 was presumed to be dead in September.

Governor’s task force releases draft plan to save local orcas

A state organization dedicated to protecting the area’s endangered orcas is one…

Contributed photo/Center for Whale Research photo by Dave Ellifrit
                                J50 is tossed by J42 in 2015. J50 was presumed to be dead in September.

Homeless man wanted for alleged child rape | Update: suspect apprehended

Sean Michael Hunter, 24, was picked up for two counts of rape…

Port master plan progresses

The Port of Orcas’ master plan is approximately two-thirds of the way…

Cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks to Orcas Christian School students

Lance Armstrong believes in always moving forward – whether he’s facing a…

OPALCO pole replacement for Orcas Road re-alignment

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Orcas Power and Light Cooperative…

  • Sep 28th, 2018

Secretary Wyman encourages Washington participation in National Voter Registration Day

Secretary of State Kim Wyman has organized a series of events to…

  • Sep 28th, 2018
Contributed photos/Image in 2016 by NOAA/SWFSC and Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute and in 2018 by NOAA/SWFSC and SR3, obtained using an unmanned drone piloted noninvasively 100ft above the whales under NMFS research permit 19091.
                                Aerial images of K25, taken in September 2016 (left) and September 2018 (right). The recent image shows him in poorer condition with a noticeably thinner body profile.

Research shows another Southern resident orca ailing, others pregnant

Submitted by NOAA Photographs from drones indicate that another endangered orca is…

  • Sep 27th, 2018
Contributed photos/Image in 2016 by NOAA/SWFSC and Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute and in 2018 by NOAA/SWFSC and SR3, obtained using an unmanned drone piloted noninvasively 100ft above the whales under NMFS research permit 19091.
                                Aerial images of K25, taken in September 2016 (left) and September 2018 (right). The recent image shows him in poorer condition with a noticeably thinner body profile.

Fish and Wildlife Agencies Seek Help Conserving the Island Marble Butterfly

Here are some contact(s) that could be helpful, and an excerpt from…

  • Sep 26th, 2018

Draft report on potential actions to Recover southern resident orcas open for comment

Submitted by Puget Sound Partnership Gov. Jay Inslee’s Southern Resident Orca Task…

  • Sep 26th, 2018

County Council hears plans for Orcas roads

While roads were the most discussed topic at the San Juan County…

Canada expands orca research and recovery efforts

The Canadian federal government is taking steps to save the endangered Southern…

Prescribed fire scheduled at San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge: Flower Island

San Juan Island National Wildlife Refuge is preparing to conduct a prescribed…

  • Sep 24th, 2018

Eric Kulp to serve just under 16 years for murder of wife on Shaw Island

A Shaw Island man, who pleaded guilty to the murder of his…

Card fraud; dock disturbance; custody challenge | San Juan County Sheriff”s Log

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

  • Sep 24th, 2018

Individual state health plans approved; San Juan has one provider for health, dental

Submitted by Washington Healthplanfinder. On Sept. 13, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange…

  • Sep 23rd, 2018

Ulanah McCoy | Passages

Ulanah McCoy passed away peacefully on Sept. 16. An obituary will follow…

  • Sep 20th, 2018

Health care district works on 2019 budget

As the November deadline for a budget and levy rate nears, the…

Burgled businesses, cunning campers, excessive emails | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 18th, 2018

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