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Gov. Inslee says orcas are a priority

The Southern resident orcas are among Gov. Jay Inslee’s top priorities in…

Property owner files a legal complaint about vacation rentals

An Orcas man is intending to sue the county, a state agency…

Ferry town hall with Rick Hughes

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes will host a town hall meeting…

  • Jan 22nd, 2019

Jamie Stephens state-bound

Jamie Stephens, San Juan County Council member District 3 – Lopez, announced…

  • Jan 22nd, 2019

OPAL Rebids April’s Grove Townhome Project

OPAL is holding a full rebid of the April’s Grove townhome project…

  • Jan 22nd, 2019
Nick Power at an election forum on Orcas in 2019.

Inquiries into county candidate’s campaigns

The Public Disclosure Commission is looking into accusations that Nick Power violated…

Nick Power at an election forum on Orcas in 2019.

Discover the story behind ‘Mist-chi-mas’

The Orcas Island Historical Museum presents “Kanakas, Pickett, and the Royal Marines…

  • Jan 21st, 2019

Nearly 25 million set sail on state ferries in 2018

Annual ferry ridership up 10 percent from five years ago

  • Jan 20th, 2019

San Juan County partners with DOE to monitor air quality

The Washington State Department of Ecology installed a mobile air quality monitoring…

  • Jan 19th, 2019

State’s New Report Shows Salmon Still Declining: Recovery Projects Funded at Only 16 Percent of Estimated Need

From the Washington State Recreation and Conservation office. Despite two decades of…

  • Jan 18th, 2019

The Better Way to Shop for Medical Alert Devices

Joe Thoron, author of “Find the Right Alert” website, will present at…

  • Jan 17th, 2019

Thank you, Orcas | Letters

Right after Christmas, my appendix burst. I was rushed into emergency surgery…

  • Jan 16th, 2019

Orca task force is briefed on state budget

Gov. Jay Inslee is committed to saving the Southern resident orca population…

Sean Hunter pleads guilty rape of a child

((Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated Hunter was sentenced…

Longtime San Juan County District Court judge retires, replacement sworn in

A U.S. Founding Father’s quote on the importance of the justice system…

Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, resigns from his position amid allegations of sexual harassment

State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, has resigned from his position effective immediately.…

  • Jan 14th, 2019
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Sunken sailboats, happy hounds and haywire horses | Sheriff’s log

San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Jan. 2…

  • Jan 14th, 2019
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                                Jess Newley, Friends of the San Juans marine program assistant, surveys for Pacific sand lance on Shaw Island.

San Juans research finds new forage fish spawning beaches

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. Did you know that the…

  • Jan 13th, 2019
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                                Jess Newley, Friends of the San Juans marine program assistant, surveys for Pacific sand lance on Shaw Island.

Annual homeless count is Jan. 24

San Juan County’s 2019 “Point in Time Homeless Count” will be conducted…

  • Jan 11th, 2019

Attorney General Ferguson wants to hear from people impacted by 911 outage

Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to hear from Washingtonians impacted by last…

  • Jan 11th, 2019

San Juan islanders look to REET funds as affordable housing savior

Before Bridget Nyberg moved to a San Juan Community Home Trust neighborhood,…

Top 10 stories of 2018 | Part 1

At the end of the year, the Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

Top 10 stories of 2018 | Part 2

At the end of the year, The Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

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                                Flooding in Odlin County Park on Lopez.

Working with nature to safeguard against storm damage

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. As residents of a community…

  • Jan 8th, 2019
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                                Flooding in Odlin County Park on Lopez.

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Grants available to help get kids outside

Washington state is accepting applications for the No Child Left Inside grant…

  • Jan 7th, 2019

Detached accessory dwelling unit eligibility lottery

The number of detached accessory dwelling unit eligibility slots allowed in any…

  • Jan 5th, 2019

Orcas school district accepts construction bid

The Orcas Island School Board accepted a bid from Tiger Construction for…

  • Jan 4th, 2019

New state representative meets with San Juan officials

Voices 170 miles from the state capital can still be heard. The…

A sliding semi, kennelled canines and graffiti on the Green | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 4th, 2019

Campsite reservations available for San Juan County residents

San Juan County Parks and Fair is offering advance camping reservations for…

  • Jan 3rd, 2019

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…