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The solar project on Decatur Island.

OPALCO’s community solar project is up and running on Decatur Island

The following was submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. OPALCO’s first…

  • Aug 7th, 2018
The solar project on Decatur Island.

Apple Health dental patients out of local options

With the closing of Dr. Steven Bailey’s practice, Orcas Island no longer…

School supply drives are stocking the classroom for success

The Orcas community is doing its part to ensure that kids and…

Buff bathers, mooring moochers, rock run in | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 5th, 2018

Sex ed class for adults

Our Whole Lives program is now being offered to adults. OWL is…

  • Aug 5th, 2018

Is Southern Resident killer whale J35 really mourning? The answer is yes

by Joe Gaydos Chief Scientist, SeaDoc Society For the last nine days,…

  • Aug 4th, 2018

Two dead after Lopez plane crash

Submitted by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 5 p.m., Thursday,…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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                                Eric A. Kulp and his attorney in San Juan County Superior Court on Aug. 3.

Eric Kulp changes plea to guilty in wife’s murder case

The Shaw Island man charged with the murder of his wife changed…

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                                Eric A. Kulp and his attorney in San Juan County Superior Court on Aug. 3.

NOAA looks at ways to save J pod orca, who is near death

Emergency response is underway for J50, a 4-year-old orca whale who is…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018

Ferries flow smoothly as summer begins to ebb

Ferry service in the San Juans should return to its regularly scheduled…

Orcas Island School District welcomes new teachers

Bill Alsdurf, Jr. 3rd/4th-grade teacher How would your elementary school or high…

  • Aug 2nd, 2018

DNR bans outdoor burning statewide

Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

As wildfires erupt across Washington, DNR utilizes National Guard

Fire season is stretching state resources thin. To date, the Department of…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

East Coast swing class in August

The next community dance class is Monday, Aug. 6, at the Odd…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

Pasma for 40th District | Letter

I am supporting Tom Pasma for 40th legislative district representative in the…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

Support for Alex Ramel | Letter

We write to support the candidacy of Alex Ramel for Representative from…

  • Aug 1st, 2018

Dingy discovery, purse problem, marina merrymaking | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 30th, 2018
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OIFR responds to residential fire on Sunset Road

Sunset Road in Eastsound was closed Sunday, July 29 at 9 a.m.…

  • Jul 29th, 2018
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Contributed photo/Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research. J35’s calf was female.

Southern resident orca loses calf shortly after birth

The orca mother pushed her deceased baby to the surface of the…

Contributed photo/Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research. J35’s calf was female.

Provide input for Moran interpretive center

What is your vision for the future Moran State Park Interpretive Center?…

  • Jul 26th, 2018

Fire Marshal’s office increases fire risk to high

The fire risk in San Juan County has gone from moderate to…

  • Jul 25th, 2018

Adult abuse continues to spike in Washington state

The elderly can be easy targets for financial and physical exploitation, and…

What you need to know about San Juan County primaries

The political season is upon us. Here’s what you need to know…

San Juan County health consortium helps create online resource guide, increase immunizations

Submitted by San Juan County Community Health Initiatives Consortium Local health and…

  • Jul 22nd, 2018

Primary candidates forum on San Juan Island

U.S. Congressional, Washington state Legislature hopefuls talk health care, taxes and more

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                                Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor originally pleaded not guilty to child rape in the third degree on Dec. 14, 2017.

Kelsey O’Day pleads guilty to child rape

Staff report Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to…

  • Jul 20th, 2018
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                                Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor originally pleaded not guilty to child rape in the third degree on Dec. 14, 2017.

Dogged deer; domestic disturbances; suspended SUVs | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 20th, 2018

Health district hires Anne Presson as superintendent

Each week the Orcas Island Health Care District commissioners inch closer to…

Port master plan prompts public outcry

The public comment period for Orcas Airport’s possible expansion has been extended…

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Navy releases favored plan to increase Whidbey Growlers

The U.S. Navy plans to increase jets at their Whidbey Island Naval…

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County Elections seeking people to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee

Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan…

  • Jul 17th, 2018

Porta Potty pranksters; vagrant visitors; colliding cars | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 15th, 2018

Emilie Gincig named Funhouse executive director

The Funhouse Commons Board of Directors has appointed Emilie Gincig as the…

  • Jul 13th, 2018

San Juan County environmental advocates urge voluntary ditch of plastic straws

San Juan County environmental advocates have a simple solution for people to…

Save salmon gut contents for science

Calling all salmon anglers. Local scientists need your Chinook salmon guts to…

  • Jul 13th, 2018

State revokes certification of former detective

Staff report The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission revoked the officer…

  • Jul 12th, 2018
Contributed photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi U.S. Coast Guard District 13
                                A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles transfers an unresponsive individual to local Emergency Medical Service personnel after recovering him the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca on July 10.

Cruise ship passenger falls overboard, dies near Strait of Juan de Fuca

Submitted by U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest A U.S. Coast…

  • Jul 11th, 2018
Contributed photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi U.S. Coast Guard District 13
                                A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles transfers an unresponsive individual to local Emergency Medical Service personnel after recovering him the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca on July 10.

Restraining order denied in San Juan County sign case

Two candidates running for prosecuting attorney are battling for freedom of speech…

Airport improvements to meet safety requirements and minimize community impact

Submitted by The Port of Orcas The Port of Orcas is currently…

  • Jul 11th, 2018

New York Times: ‘Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing’

The status of the endangered Southern resident killer whale population has gained…

  • Jul 10th, 2018