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Stop sign scofflaws; sailboat swimmers; stolen seasonal spirit | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 23rd, 2018

OPALCO bills to go up in January

The following was submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. When OPALCO…

  • Dec 21st, 2018

Community Foundation recognized in national story

Submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation. The Orcas Island Community Foundation…

  • Dec 21st, 2018

Six million salmon lost in power outage

As many as 6.2 million juvenile Chinook salmon died last weekend when…

  • Dec 21st, 2018
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High-wind alert in the San Juan Islands

Staff report Extreme gusts are sweeping Western Washington. The Seattle/Tacoma office of…

  • Dec 20th, 2018
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Sea snails struggle in the Salish Sea

The Southern resident orcas aren’t the only species headed toward extinction in…

Salish Sea hatcheries to increase salmon stocks

When the demand for a product increases, a company will often raise…

Vessel exhaust’s impact on Southern resident killer whales

During the peak tourist season, fumes settle over the water like a…

  • Dec 19th, 2018

Chatty canine, suspicion search and goat gathering | Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 15th, 2018

OPALCO capital credit checks coming

In December, capital credit checks will be sent out to members who…

  • Dec 14th, 2018

Inslee calls for $1 billion to save orcas and salmon

Submitted by Governor Jay Inslee’s office. It’s difficult to imagine a Washington…

  • Dec 14th, 2018

San Juan County approves capital projects through 2024

San Juan County council has approved projects through 2024, including planning for…

Hughes to lead end of year community meeting

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes will be holding an end-of-the-year informational…

  • Dec 11th, 2018

County adopts Complete Streets ordinance

Walkers, cyclists and drivers are all critical to San Juan County road…

Chillin’ canines, abandoned autos, land bank loitering | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 10th, 2018

Espinoza found guilty of felony harassment

Paul Noah Espinoza, 30, of Friday Harbor, was found guilty of felony…

Contributed photo/Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research
                                J35 pushes her dead calf.

In Memoriam | 2018 Orcas

Three Southern resident killer whales were reported to be dead within four…

Contributed photo/Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research
                                J35 pushes her dead calf.

San Juan County vacation rental 411

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County staff has published a…

  • Dec 7th, 2018

Local voters upstage neighbors | SJC has highest turnout in state

San Juan County residents are the most active voters in the state.…

Rick Christmas is new fire commissioner

The Orcas Island Board of Fire Commissioners is pleased to announce the…

  • Dec 6th, 2018

There’s still time to apply for affordable insurance

Submitted by Washington Healthplanfinder As of Nov. 30, more than 195,000 customers…

  • Dec 6th, 2018

San Juan County to start Real Estate Excise Tax collection on Dec. 27

Submitted by SJ County In the Nov. 6 general election, San Juan…

  • Dec 5th, 2018

EDC to offer free ‘Plumbing Basics’ training course

The San Juan County Economic Development Council will offer free training in…

  • Dec 5th, 2018

Attack aspens, ferry line faceoff, pilfered parcel | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 3rd, 2018

Blood drives in December meet critical need

Submitted by Bloodworks Northwest. Thanksgiving marked the beginning of the holiday season,…

  • Dec 1st, 2018

San Juan County generates more state tax revenue than receives in state funds

County citizens and visitors are financing more services across Washington than the…

Ranker introduces statewide single-use plastic bag ban

Submitted by Environment Washington Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Strom…

  • Nov 29th, 2018

San Juan County certifies election results

In the Nov. 6 general election, the county prosecuting attorney and sheriff…

Vacation rental violations begin collecting fines

More than 40 people have paid nearly $58,000 in penalties since new…

Public invited to comment on new multimodal 4-year program of transportation projects

Submitted by WSDOT. Comments are now being accepted on a proposed four-year…

  • Nov 26th, 2018

Speeding citations, order offender and deer disposal | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Nov 25th, 2018
The surviving guinea pig, which died the following day.

Guinea pigs abandoned on animal shelter steps

Two guinea pigs were left on the Orcas Animal Shelter’s front steps…

The surviving guinea pig, which died the following day.

San Juan islanders conserve public land through private donations

When Rosa Blair noticed that 33 acres near her San Juan Island…

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                                Romaine lettuce.

CDC links E.Coli outbreak to romaine lettuce

Submitted by CDC The Centers for Disease Control staff are advising that…

  • Nov 21st, 2018
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                                Romaine lettuce.
Photo by Candice Emmons/NOAA Fisheries

Department of Natural Resources requests $90 million for orca, salmon habitat

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Commissioner of Public…

  • Nov 21st, 2018
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Port of Orcas approves 2019 budget

In 2019, the Port of Orcas is projecting to spend only 72…

Smooth sailing during Thanksgiving holiday requires planning and patience

It’s not just those awkward dinner table conversations that Thanksgiving travelers need…

  • Nov 20th, 2018
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                                Ryan Palmateer receives his quick title from San Juan County Auditor employees Oren Combs and Kira Sable.

‘Quick Title’ now offered in the county

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditor’s Office. Ever needed that car…

  • Nov 20th, 2018
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                                Ryan Palmateer receives his quick title from San Juan County Auditor employees Oren Combs and Kira Sable.

Car citations; stolen cell; picked-up passport | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 19th, 2018

Governor’s task force suggests temporary suspension to view Southern residents by boat

The local orca population is at a 30-year low, so a state…