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Council hears testimony on marijuana moratorium

The marijuana moratorium in San Juan County remains in effect for now.…

Suicide rates spike in the spring

Submitted by the Community Health Plan of Washington. Spring is in the…

  • Jun 1st, 2019

Whale watchers oppose distance initiative

Four regional whale watching companies are suing an orca conservationist group and…

Quarterly review of San Juan County finances

by F. Milene Henley County Auditor As a child, I loved storms.…

  • May 30th, 2019

U.S. News and World Report: Why Washington is the best state in America

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Washington is the best state in…

  • May 29th, 2019

Vacation rental moratorium in Eastsound requested

The Eastsound Planning Review Committee has an idea about how to solve…

New measles cases in Washington State

Submitted by San Juan County. Washington state is experiencing a second measles…

  • May 28th, 2019

Visible vandalism; seat belt citations; malicious mischief | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. May 15…

  • May 27th, 2019

Orcas Fire Commission has opening

The Orcas Island Board of Fire Commissioners is currently accepting applications for…

  • May 24th, 2019

Tourism in the San Juans – a survey of residents and businesses

Submitted by San Juan County. Tourism helps support the San Juan Islands’…

  • May 24th, 2019
Richard Bell photo
                                The black bear spotted on San Juan Island.

Black bear on San Juan Island

Bear searches the islands for love

  • May 23rd, 2019
Richard Bell photo
                                The black bear spotted on San Juan Island.

Ferries’ plan for the future

Ferry patrons should expect the retirement of the Hyak in June, a…

The bear inspects a bird feeder on Orcas (Janice Williams/Contributed photo)

Bear island hops

The black bear that was last seen on Orcas Island, has now…

  • May 20th, 2019
The bear inspects a bird feeder on Orcas (Janice Williams/Contributed photo)

Dangerous dog, mangled mailboxes, power partners | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The SJC Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. May 8 • An…

  • May 20th, 2019

‘Walk Out’ day on June 4

Orcas resident Stephanie Wright is organizing a “Walk the F*** Out” day…

  • May 17th, 2019

‘Welcome to Medicare’ session

Is this your year to go on Medicare? There is a lot…

  • May 17th, 2019

Canvassing Board Meeting

Submitted by San Juan County. The San Juan County Canvassing Board will…

  • May 17th, 2019

Eastsound income survey in May

San Juan County is surveying Eastsound households in May to determine the…

  • May 15th, 2019

Black bear visits Orcas, again

As the second anniversary of the 2017 black bear visit neared, another…

Bunk bail beg, missing minor and people problems | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • May 13th, 2019

Sen. Liz Lovelett visits the San Juans

Sen. Liz Lovelett visited San Juan and Orcas islands for the first…

(Graphic courtesy of Be Whale Wise)

Inslee signs bill package to protect, aid, grow orca and salmon population in Salish Sea

Gov. Jay Inslee signed five crucial orca recovery bills into law that…

  • May 12th, 2019
(Graphic courtesy of Be Whale Wise)

San Juan County accepting project applications for Home Fund program

San Juan County Health & Community Services wishes to announce to all…

  • May 12th, 2019

New K-9 Capability in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. San Juan County Sheriff Ron…

  • May 10th, 2019

Possible case Lyme disease in San Juan County

With summer fast approaching, islanders and tourists will venture out into the…

County wins grants for pedestrian paths

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this article said that the $500,000…

Turn Point site temporarily closed for CERCLA action

Submitted by The Bureau of Land Management. The Bureau of Land Management…

  • May 6th, 2019

Sea stars return to Salish Sea

Slow and steady wins the race — especially in sea star restoration.…

Offensive overnight; absconded automobile; cell citation | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • May 5th, 2019

Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, new spending

by Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The Washington State Legislature adjourned…

  • May 3rd, 2019

Orcas Island Forest School closing

Submitted by Orcas Island Forest School Board of Directors After 3 years…

  • May 2nd, 2019

Personal objection will no longer exempt children from school vaccinations

by Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Both state legislative houses agreed…

  • May 1st, 2019

Coalition for Orcas Youth launches initiatives

by Meredith M. Griffith Sounder contributor The Coalition for Orcas Youth is…

  • Apr 30th, 2019

Candidate Filing Week is May 13-17

Submitted by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. If you have…

  • Apr 29th, 2019

Missing motorcyclist, dogs (not) in danger and explosive entertainment | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Department responded to the following calls. April…

  • Apr 27th, 2019

IOSA Oil Spill Meetings Attract a Crowd

Submitted by Islands’ Oil Spill Association. More than 100 islanders learned more…

  • Apr 26th, 2019

Washington State Ferries to host meeting on Orcas

This spring, Washington State Ferries will host a series of community meetings…

  • Apr 26th, 2019

Lean, green, ferry machines: Washington State Ferries releases action plan for sustainable ferry system

Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation In honor of Earth Day,…

  • Apr 23rd, 2019

OPALCO Hires Three Local Apprentices: The Future is Here!

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. OPALCO has hired three new…

  • Apr 23rd, 2019

County temporarily halts marijuana farm permits

A proposed marijuana farm on Lopez Island prompted action from the county…