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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
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                                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…

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                                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

Health and Community Services partners with Orcas School District for Back to School Clinic

San Juan County Health and Community Services will be providing free immunizations…

  • Sep 1st, 2018

Canadian Court of Appeals halts Trans Mountain pipeline

Another legal roadblock was put in the path of the Trans Mountain…

Christian Hogle arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) Eastound resident…

Be a part of the health care discussion

Join the Orcas Island Health Care District board of commissioners as they…

  • Aug 31st, 2018

Ridership soars as passengers flock to state ferries for holiday weekend

Nearly 8 million people have used the Washington State Ferries, more than…

  • Aug 30th, 2018

Weigh in on comp plan update

The Department of Community Development will hold community workshops to gather community…

  • Aug 30th, 2018

Samish sailing slower through the San Juans

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Samish ferry on the San Juan Islands…

  • Aug 29th, 2018

Limited licensing services, Aug. 26-Sept. 3

Online licensing services are unavailable from Sunday, Aug. 26, through Monday, Sept.…

  • Aug 28th, 2018
Contributed photo/ Julie Knight. Alwyn Jones and Steve Lillestol set oil containment boom around the MV Sanctuary in Judd Cove. IOSAs main response vessel, the Sea Goose, is in the background. Photo by

Help prevent oil spills | Guest column

Submitted by IOSA When hearing about an oil spill, people often wonder…

  • Aug 27th, 2018
Contributed photo/ Julie Knight. Alwyn Jones and Steve Lillestol set oil containment boom around the MV Sanctuary in Judd Cove. IOSAs main response vessel, the Sea Goose, is in the background. Photo by
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                                From left to right: Hunter Buffum (Lopez), Martha Lum (Orcas), Margot van Gelder (Orcas), Isabella Douglas (Orcas), Katelyn Minnis (Orcas), Allison Fleming (Friday Harbor), Erin Lean (Friday Harbor) and Dylan Roberson (Friday Harbor). Not pictured: Laura Brown.

Horse competitors qualify for state fair

A group of island 4-H horse competitors has qualified for the Washington…

  • Aug 27th, 2018
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                                From left to right: Hunter Buffum (Lopez), Martha Lum (Orcas), Margot van Gelder (Orcas), Isabella Douglas (Orcas), Katelyn Minnis (Orcas), Allison Fleming (Friday Harbor), Erin Lean (Friday Harbor) and Dylan Roberson (Friday Harbor). Not pictured: Laura Brown.

Intoxicated injuries; tasteless threats; canine complaints | SJC Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 27th, 2018

Weigh in on civic building

San Juan County is exploring options to centralize government operations in an…

  • Aug 27th, 2018

Weigh in on long-range planning for WSF

Submitted by WSF. Help shape the future of Washington State Ferries. Ferry…

  • Aug 24th, 2018

Power outage affects Orcas businesses

A power outage on Orcas Island isn’t an uncommon occurrence in winter.…

Nine vehicle break-ins reported in Eastsound

A prowler struck at least nine vehicles between the hours of 1:30…

  • Aug 21st, 2018

Power out for 10 hours after car accident on Lopez

The following was submitted by OPALCO. All of Orcas and some of…

  • Aug 21st, 2018
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                                Above: Some of the fair participants unloading their horses around midnight.

Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor

For decades, when the county fair ends, Lopez and Orcas participants pack…

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                                Above: Some of the fair participants unloading their horses around midnight.

Burn ban extended in San Juan County

A burn ban in San Juan County begins at noon on Tuesday,…

  • Aug 21st, 2018

Lopez, Orcas, Roche wastewater plants win performance awards

The following is from the Washington State Department of Ecology. Once the…

  • Aug 21st, 2018

Canadian fires cause bad air quality in the San Juans

More than 500 fires are burning in British Columbia and there are…

Orcas man faces arrested for outstanding warrant and drug charges

Jordan Colin Lynn-Jefferson, 19, of Orcas Island, was arrested for an outstanding…

Forgetful ferry riders; troubled trespassers; MIP mishap | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 19th, 2018

Senator Cantwell holds roundtable discussion on affordable housing

San Juan County is one of many communities in Washington state facing…

Items in short supply at the food bank

Submitted by the Orcas Island Food Bank Board. There are some items…

  • Aug 17th, 2018

$10,000 reward offered for information on the explosive device at Turtleback Mountain trail

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering up to…

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                                Kelsey O’Day at her sentencing on Aug. 14.

Kelsey O’Day sentenced to 13 months for child rape

A San Juan Island woman charged with child rape was sentenced on…

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                                Kelsey O’Day at her sentencing on Aug. 14.

Auditor seeks writers of arguments against two local measures

Voters in San Juan County will decide two local measures in the…

  • Aug 15th, 2018
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                                Smoke haze in the San Juans in 2017.

Air quality affected by wildfire smoke

The following was submitted by San Juan County. Air monitors in our…

  • Aug 15th, 2018
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                                Smoke haze in the San Juans in 2017.

Co-op gives $1,400 to Funhouse

Two years ago, Orcas Food Co-op launched a community shopping day program…

  • Aug 13th, 2018

Next state parks ‘free day’ is Aug. 25 | Special day celebrates the National Park System’s 102nd birthday

To celebrate the National Park System’s 102nd birthday, the Washington State Parks…

  • Aug 12th, 2018

Orcas Women’s Coalition to host summer quarterly meeting

The following was submitted by the Orcas Women’s Coalition. Orcas Women’s Coalition…

  • Aug 12th, 2018

New buses join the Orcas Island School District fleet

Thanks in part to a successful application written by Keith Whitaker for…

  • Aug 11th, 2018

Phone fraud; suspicious social; healthy horse | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 11th, 2018

August primary election 2018 results | Update

For full Aug. 7 top-two primary results and how island residents voted…

Bid to build pedestrian park at Orcas Landing accepted

With several major enhancements completed at the Orcas Ferry Landing in the…

Rock Island internet is back up

Update at 4 p.m.: Rock Island internet is back up and running.…

Man escapes custody on ferry, caught an hour later

A 28-year-old Orcas man escaped medical transport custody on a ferry heading…