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Larsen to tour April’s Grove, Prune Alley, visit Orcas Island Senior Center

On Friday, Aug. 23, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will tour April’s Grove…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019

Meeting about protecting your business from break-ins

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce is presenting a Business Essentials presentation,…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019

State seeks to strengthen spill strategy

Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology. An oil spill could pose…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019
Laura Kussman joins The Sounder team

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Laura Kussman moved to Orcas Island in the spring of 2018 after…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019
Laura Kussman joins The Sounder team
Paul Pineda and his son Nick at the start of the border wall on the Pacific coast

Locals share anecdotes from experiences at US-Mexico border

Orcas Island community members held an informational talk on personal experiences at…

Paul Pineda and his son Nick at the start of the border wall on the Pacific coast

Bathroom fire and the little extinguisher who could

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

  • Aug 19th, 2019
As his wife, Heather, looks on, John Norman gets a hug from his daughter Amber Nelson and granddaughter Ashlee Nelson (right) after his replica of the Spirit of St. Louis flew for the first time from Arlington Municipal Airport on July 28. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lopez man builds Spirit of St. Louis replica plane

A plane like the one Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic logged its first flight in Arlington.

As his wife, Heather, looks on, John Norman gets a hug from his daughter Amber Nelson and granddaughter Ashlee Nelson (right) after his replica of the Spirit of St. Louis flew for the first time from Arlington Municipal Airport on July 28. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Attorney Carla Higginson has been elected as the first San Juan County member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors

Long-time Friday Harbor attorney Carla J. Higginson has been elected as the…

  • Aug 17th, 2019

Sauntering sheep, cruising cows and canine chicken-killers | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 17th, 2019

Worldwide fisheries experts gather in Seattle to save wild salmon

Submitted by The World Salmon Forum With many wild salmon populations on…

  • Aug 17th, 2019

Two Orcas teens arrested for alcohol possession

Two intoxicated juveniles heading home from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island were…

Next State Parks ‘free day’ is Aug. 25

In recognition of the National Park System’s 103rd birthday, the Washington State…

  • Aug 16th, 2019

Inter Island Healthcare Foundation’s long-term care survey

Long-term care needs continue to be studied and the Inter Island Healthcare…

  • Aug 14th, 2019

Auditor looking for writers to pen arguments against seven local measures

Submitted by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor Do you love…

  • Aug 13th, 2019

News from Orcas Senior Center

Orcas StoryFest Since the dawn of time, humans have loved telling and…

  • Aug 13th, 2019

Orcas Fire and Rescue handles increased call volume during summer season

In a 48-hour shift last week at Orcas Fire and Rescue, responders…

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
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                                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