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Abdon changes plea to guilty in vehicular homicide case

Tucker Samms Abdon, 34, of Eastsound, changed his plea of not-guilty to…

Taylor sentencing postponed

Sentencing for Kevin Patrick Taylor has been postponed to 1:30 p.m. on…

  • Jul 15th, 2019

Community copes with child care costs

Access to child care is an issue that extends beyond the county…

County agencies receive record retention funds

Nearly $100,000 in grants were awarded by Legislature to local government agencies…

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

State invests in Puget Sound salmon habitat

More than $45 million in grants were awarded to communities throughout Puget…

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Samish experiences engine problems

After three days of delayed sailings because of an issue with the…

State Attorney General is suing Navy over Growler expansion at NAS Whidbey

The state’s top lawyer is suing the Navy over the noise and…

County’s plan for wildfire protection

Fire season is in full swing as the warmer drier weather has…

Submit your comments on ferry fares

The Washington State Transportation Commission is looking for feedback on proposed fare…

  • Jul 11th, 2019

Scientists are looking for new lizards on Orcas and need the community’s help

Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Scientists are looking…

  • Jul 10th, 2019

AG Ferguson sues Navy over impact of expanded Growler jet operations

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit on July 9 against the…

  • Jul 9th, 2019
Contributed photos. Center for Whale Research

It’s a girl!

Submitted by the Center for Whale Research In the morning of July…

  • Jul 8th, 2019
Contributed photos. Center for Whale Research

Discarded fishing nets catch wildlife

Thousands of marine animals — from mammals to invertebrates — die each…

  • Jul 8th, 2019

Rep. Larsen helped Orcas resident appeal Medicare claim

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen, D-WA, 2nd District. One of the most…

  • Jul 6th, 2019

Southern Resident killer whales absent from the Salish Sea for the first June on record

Endangered Southern Resident killer whales absent from the Salish Sea for the first June on record

  • Jul 6th, 2019

State ferry Hyak has sailed into retirement

After nearly 52 years in the Washington State Ferries’ fleet, the Hyak…

  • Jul 5th, 2019

Interview with Port of Orcas Commissioner 1 and 2 candidates

An unprecedented four of the five four-year terms on the Port of…

  • Jul 4th, 2019

Suspicious note prompted bomb investigation | Update

A note stuck to the mirror in the women’s restroom on the…

  • Jul 3rd, 2019

WSF answers questions about ferry system

The Hyak is officially retired as of July 1, the Elwha is…

Jacob Hansen with his wife Lauren Wimmer and daughter Harper.

Jacob Hansen to undergo amputation; family in need of donations

A former Orcas resident is undergoing a leg amputation after sustaining an…

Jacob Hansen with his wife Lauren Wimmer and daughter Harper.

Ferries adds sailings for July 4 holiday

There will be unscheduled supplemental service through the San Juan Islands this…

  • Jul 2nd, 2019

Calendar of events for July 2-12

Wed, July 3 Lewis opens Brown Bag Emmanuel Episcopal Parish and the…

  • Jul 1st, 2019

Hogle trial postponed until November

The trial of an Orcas man accused of possessing and distributing child…

Chainsaw complaint; mysterious male motorist; cast-off carpet | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. June 19…

  • Jun 30th, 2019

Whole-person care with Apple Health comes to San Juan County on July 1

Beginning July 1, 2019, Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients in San Juan…

  • Jun 29th, 2019

EMS Medical Program Director transition

Submitted by San Juan County EMS Council. EMS Medical Program Director for…

  • Jun 28th, 2019

The great Orcas emu rescue

Tish Knapp awoke on Thursday, June 27 to find her two 1-year-old…

State’s Kaiser investigation concludes

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner for Washington State released the results…

San Juan County Council talks radios and housing

San Juan County emergency services may be getting an upgrade to its…

Trampled transformer, dog diplomacy and a violated vehicle | Sheriff Log

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

  • Jun 23rd, 2019

Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

For residents of the San Juan Islands, the state-run ferry system is…

Orcas Island Maintains Fire Protection Class 6 Rating

Submitted by San Juan Fire Protection District #2. The Washington State Surveying…

  • Jun 22nd, 2019

Membership drive at Orcas Senior Center

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. The Orcas Senior Center is excited…

  • Jun 21st, 2019

Friday Harbor man charged with assault in the second degree – strangulation

Stuart Gray Piff, 35, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

Primary candidates at voter forum 

Submitted by Susan Dehlendorf and Eric Vittinghoff Voter forums for candidates on…

  • Jun 21st, 2019

Task force teams up with Canada for orca solutions

The United States and Canada are working together to save the endangered…

OPAL field day kickoff for special GiveOrcas campaign

Submitted by OPAL Community Land Trust. Starting with a field day on…

  • Jun 18th, 2019

Vehicle violators, explosive examiners, seat belt scofflaws | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 17th, 2019

Orcas Family Health Center in Partnership with Northwest Radiologists to offer Xrays

Submitted by Orcas Family Health Center. More extensive X-ray imaging will be…

  • Jun 17th, 2019
Fish and Wildlife/Contributed photo
                                A bear that visited several islands was captured and returned to the wilderness.

Island-hopping bear is caught and returned to wild

“The nicest bear” is back in the wilderness after a fruitless search…

Fish and Wildlife/Contributed photo
                                A bear that visited several islands was captured and returned to the wilderness.