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Ferchen charged with harassment to kill

Ezra John Ferchen, 33, of Lopez Island was charged with harassment to…

Court documents reveal more details in the death of Abigail Finney

The San Juan County Prosecutor’s office is preparing to file charges of…

Deadly rabbit disease inches toward the San Juan Islands

The bunnies of the San Juan Islands are in danger. Rabbit hemorrhagic…

Eric Kulp in custody following standoff in Marblemount | Update

Shaw Island resident Eric Kulp, wanted in connection with the death of…

Why it may take longer for your next hospital or clinic visit

Submitted by Island Hospital Island Hospital is implementing a new electronic medical…

  • Apr 16th, 2018
Erin Bennet photo

Island Aerial Acrobatics will be back at Orcas Center in 2019

A beloved island program will be back for another year. Island Aerial…

Erin Bennet photo

Celebrate Earth Day at the Great Islands Clean-Up

Hundreds of volunteers throughout the San Juan Islands will gather on Sunday,…

  • Apr 15th, 2018

Abandoned auto; moored at Mackaye; safety citations | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 12th, 2018

Medical provider roundtable

The Eastsound Fire Station meeting room was filled for a roundtable meeting…

Anticipated impacts of communications disruption

The following was submitted by the San Juan County Department of Emergency…

  • Apr 9th, 2018

Eastsound woman charged with theft

Kristina Marie Vongnatensky, 29, of Eastsound, has been charged with identity theft…

Justin Langworthy sentenced to 28 months for meth possession

A jury found Justin Travis Langworthy, 33, of Eastsound guilty of violating…

Fleeing Fido, crummy customer and Walla Walla warrant | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 6th, 2018

New Washington state laws to impact San Juan County

A quick state Legislative session brought fast results that will impact local…

Interviews with the public hospital candidates

On April 24, a special election will determine whether Orcas Island will…

Alaska woman charged in San Juan County with assault

Elizabeth A. Barrett, 32, of Juneau, Alaska, was charged in San Juan…

  • Apr 3rd, 2018

Pretend piece, bar brawl, dodgy drone and 15 Fidos on foot | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 2nd, 2018

Ocean acidification expert to receive Salish Sea Science Prize

Dr. Bednaršek will receive the prize for her work on the effects of ocean acidification on mollusks.

  • Apr 1st, 2018

Scientists document rare orca infanticide in Canadian waters

The Salish Sea made international news last week as word spread that…

Friday Harbor man charged with theft and forgery

Paul J. Guard, 29, of Friday Harbor, is charged with identity theft…

Anacortes man charged with domestic violence assault of Lopez woman

A 42-year-old man from Anacortes was charged with allegedly breaking into his…

Zero Waste Week comes to Orcas Island

Update: The kick-off event is now free for everyone. Zero Waste Week…

Overnight communications outage April 12-13

The islands will experience a county-wide communications outage from 9 p.m. on…

  • Mar 27th, 2018

Wyman says new elections laws improve voting access

Submitted by Erich R. Ebel, communications director for the Washington Office of…

  • Mar 27th, 2018

Friday Harbor man charged with harassment, assault of San Juan County deputies

A 30-year-old Friday Harbor man was charged with allegedly threatening to kill…

Explicit exchange, mad manager, consecutive seven collisions | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 25th, 2018

Orcas Christian School students participate in walk-out

by Kirk Haley OCS Principal On March 14, 2018, the students at…

  • Mar 24th, 2018

Larsen statement on President Trump’s tariffs against China

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the below statement on March 22 in…

  • Mar 22nd, 2018

San Juan County Council appoints county clerk

The San Juan County Council appointed Lisa Henderson as County Clerk at…

  • Mar 21st, 2018
Lummi Nation Chairman Jay Julius speaks at a Miami press conference.

Lummi demand release of captive orca

‘She must be reunited with her family’

Lummi Nation Chairman Jay Julius speaks at a Miami press conference.

San Juan County awarded clean water grants from Ecology

Communities across the state seeking funding for clean water projects are about…

  • Mar 20th, 2018

Man charged with possession of heroin

Brian Lynn Borquist, 41, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with possession…

Pre-sale for OPALCO’s Community Solar Project

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, Orcas Power and Light…

  • Mar 20th, 2018

San Juan County Undersheriff Brent Johnson retires

Being deputy isn’t for everyone. Those in uniform are surrounded daily by…

  • Mar 19th, 2018

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office faces staff changes

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has four vacancies leaving the remaining…

  • Mar 18th, 2018

Congressman Larsen advocates for school safety

Submitted by the office of Rep. Rick Larsen On March 14, Rep.…

  • Mar 17th, 2018

March For Our Lives: Orcas rallies to end gun violence March 24

Submitted by Leslie Hutchinson, Liane Olsan and Julia Turney Orcas Islanders will…

  • Mar 16th, 2018

Process delays after the loss of San Juan County Clerk Joan White

San Juan County can’t get along without its longtime County Clerk Joan…

Inslee signs executive order to protect orcas, Chinook salmon

Both species are iconic to Washington and a vital part of tourism, maritime industries

  • Mar 15th, 2018

County Civic Campus Plan Community Survey still available

San Juan County is exploring options to centralize and streamline government operations…

  • Mar 15th, 2018