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Ferries warns of windy weather service impacts

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for San Juan…

  • Jan 2nd, 2019
The retaining wall at the Orcas ferry landing was extended to provide a protected pathway to the future pedestrian park.

Councilmember Rick Hughes year-end review

Update: A previous version of this article (including the one in print)…

The retaining wall at the Orcas ferry landing was extended to provide a protected pathway to the future pedestrian park.

Trespassing transgressors, drinking drivers and auto accidents | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 29th, 2018

CenturyLink outage disrupts 911 services

Communities across the nation were without the ability to call 911 due…

Committee helps plan transition for public school Montessori classroom

Submitted by the Orcas Island School District. At the Dec. 18 meeting…

  • Dec 28th, 2018
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                                Ranker with the senate energy, environment and telecommunications committee in 2015.

Sen. Kevin Ranker under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment

Staff report An Associated Press journalist reports that Washington state Sen. Kevin…

  • Dec 27th, 2018
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                                Ranker with the senate energy, environment and telecommunications committee in 2015.

Carolyn Jewett to be sworn in

Everyone is welcome to attend the swearing-in ceremony and reception for the…

  • Dec 27th, 2018

San Juan County projects receive more than $277K for salmon recovery

Salmon recovery projects in San Juan County were awarded $277,742 from the…

  • Dec 27th, 2018

Area tribes address Canadian officials about oil pipeline expansion

Four Washington Native American tribes won’t let international borders stop their voices…

State Parks offers two free days in January

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days…

  • Dec 25th, 2018

Washington ranks in top 10 for the healthiest states in the U.S.

Washington ranks as the ninth healthiest state in the nation this year,…

  • Dec 25th, 2018

Friday Harbor man sentenced to almost three years for assault, harassment

Paul Noah Espinoza, 30, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to seven counts…

Updated flood maps alter insurance requirements for San Juan Islanders

When David Sutherlin checked his mortgage statement last summer, he noticed that…

Stop sign scofflaws; sailboat swimmers; stolen seasonal spirit | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 23rd, 2018

OPALCO bills to go up in January

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

  • Dec 21st, 2018

Community Foundation recognized in national story

Submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation. The Orcas Island Community Foundation…

  • Dec 21st, 2018

Six million salmon lost in power outage

As many as 6.2 million juvenile Chinook salmon died last weekend when…

  • Dec 21st, 2018
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High-wind alert in the San Juan Islands

Staff report Extreme gusts are sweeping Western Washington. The Seattle/Tacoma office of…

  • Dec 20th, 2018
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Sea snails struggle in the Salish Sea

The Southern resident orcas aren’t the only species headed toward extinction in…

Salish Sea hatcheries to increase salmon stocks

When the demand for a product increases, a company will often raise…

Vessel exhaust’s impact on Southern resident killer whales

During the peak tourist season, fumes settle over the water like a…

  • Dec 19th, 2018

Chatty canine, suspicion search and goat gathering | Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 15th, 2018

OPALCO capital credit checks coming

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

  • Dec 14th, 2018

Inslee calls for $1 billion to save orcas and salmon

Submitted by Governor Jay Inslee’s office. It’s difficult to imagine a Washington…

  • Dec 14th, 2018

San Juan County approves capital projects through 2024

San Juan County council has approved projects through 2024, including planning for…

Hughes to lead end of year community meeting

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes will be holding an end-of-the-year informational…

  • Dec 11th, 2018

County adopts Complete Streets ordinance

Walkers, cyclists and drivers are all critical to San Juan County road…

Chillin’ canines, abandoned autos, land bank loitering | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 10th, 2018

Espinoza found guilty of felony harassment

Paul Noah Espinoza, 30, of Friday Harbor, was found guilty of felony…

Contributed photo/Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research
                                J35 pushes her dead calf.

In Memoriam | 2018 Orcas

Three Southern resident killer whales were reported to be dead within four…

Contributed photo/Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research
                                J35 pushes her dead calf.

San Juan County vacation rental 411

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County staff has published a…

  • Dec 7th, 2018

Local voters upstage neighbors | SJC has highest turnout in state

San Juan County residents are the most active voters in the state.…

Rick Christmas is new fire commissioner

The Orcas Island Board of Fire Commissioners is pleased to announce the…

  • Dec 6th, 2018

There’s still time to apply for affordable insurance

Submitted by Washington Healthplanfinder As of Nov. 30, more than 195,000 customers…

  • Dec 6th, 2018

San Juan County to start Real Estate Excise Tax collection on Dec. 27

Submitted by SJ County In the Nov. 6 general election, San Juan…

  • Dec 5th, 2018

EDC to offer free ‘Plumbing Basics’ training course

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will offer free training in…

  • Dec 5th, 2018

Attack aspens, ferry line faceoff, pilfered parcel | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 3rd, 2018

Blood drives in December meet critical need

Submitted by Bloodworks Northwest. Thanksgiving marked the beginning of the holiday season,…

  • Dec 1st, 2018

San Juan County generates more state tax revenue than receives in state funds

County citizens and visitors are financing more services across Washington than the…

Ranker introduces statewide single-use plastic bag ban

Submitted by Environment Washington Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Strom…

  • Nov 29th, 2018