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Sen. Liz Lovelett visits the San Juans

Sen. Liz Lovelett visited San Juan and Orcas islands for the first…

(Graphic courtesy of Be Whale Wise)

Inslee signs bill package to protect, aid, grow orca and salmon population in Salish Sea

Gov. Jay Inslee signed five crucial orca recovery bills into law that…

  • May 12th, 2019
(Graphic courtesy of Be Whale Wise)

San Juan County accepting project applications for Home Fund program

San Juan County Health & Community Services wishes to announce to all…

  • May 12th, 2019

New K-9 Capability in San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. San Juan County Sheriff Ron…

  • May 10th, 2019

Possible case Lyme disease in San Juan County

With summer fast approaching, islanders and tourists will venture out into the…

County wins grants for pedestrian paths

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this article said that the $500,000…

Turn Point site temporarily closed for CERCLA action

Submitted by The Bureau of Land Management. The Bureau of Land Management…

  • May 6th, 2019

Sea stars return to Salish Sea

Slow and steady wins the race — especially in sea star restoration.…

Offensive overnight; absconded automobile; cell citation | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • May 5th, 2019

Legislature adjourns on time with new budget, new spending

by Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The Washington State Legislature adjourned…

  • May 3rd, 2019

Orcas Island Forest School closing

Submitted by Orcas Island Forest School Board of Directors After 3 years…

  • May 2nd, 2019

Personal objection will no longer exempt children from school vaccinations

by Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Both state legislative houses agreed…

  • May 1st, 2019

Coalition for Orcas Youth launches initiatives

by Meredith M. Griffith Sounder contributor The Coalition for Orcas Youth is…

  • Apr 30th, 2019

Candidate Filing Week is May 13-17

Submitted by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. If you have…

  • Apr 29th, 2019

Missing motorcyclist, dogs (not) in danger and explosive entertainment | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 27th, 2019

IOSA Oil Spill Meetings Attract a Crowd

Submitted by Islands’ Oil Spill Association. More than 100 islanders learned more…

  • Apr 26th, 2019

Washington State Ferries to host meeting on Orcas

This spring, Washington State Ferries will host a series of community meetings…

  • Apr 26th, 2019

Lean, green, ferry machines: Washington State Ferries releases action plan for sustainable ferry system

Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation In honor of Earth Day,…

  • Apr 23rd, 2019

OPALCO Hires Three Local Apprentices: The Future is Here!

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. OPALCO has hired three new…

  • Apr 23rd, 2019

County temporarily halts marijuana farm permits

A proposed marijuana farm on Lopez Island prompted action from the county…

Contributed photo/OPALCO
                                2019 OPALCO Board of Directors.

Silverstein, Garlock and Whitfield retain OPALCO board seats

Submitted by OPALCO. On Saturday, April 13, The results of OPALCO’s Board…

  • Apr 22nd, 2019
Contributed photo/OPALCO
                                2019 OPALCO Board of Directors.

Gallivanting goats, wandering wallets and beached boats | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 19th, 2019

Recovery in Community hopes to decrease the barriers to social services

Those who grapple with mental health issues or addiction can feel overwhelmed…

Happenings at the Orcas Senior Center

Zumba classes on Tuesdays Zumba Gold is a Latin-inspired dance fitness class…

  • Apr 17th, 2019

County welcomes new deputy prosecuting attorney

When Lindsey Callahan gave birth to her son Graham two years ago,…

Tree not trash, deer dodging dogs and turning troubles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 14th, 2019

Pick up litter during Great Island Clean Up

Join fellow Earth enthusiasts in a day dedicated to making the islands…

Click-it ticket, tool theft, predawn prowler | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 9th, 2019
Dan Heims

Container crazy and plants for small gardens

The Orcas Island Garden Club welcomes Dan Heims, president of Terra Nova…

  • Apr 7th, 2019
Dan Heims

April Community Meetings on Oil Spill Response in San Juan County

Submitted by Islands Oil Spill Association. The Islands’ Oil Spill Association is…

  • Apr 6th, 2019

Accidental drowning claims the life of an Orcas resident

Submitted by the San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney/Coroner. At mid-afternoon on Sunday,…

  • Apr 3rd, 2019

Baby announcement | Evelyn Harvey

Raymond and Katie Harvey of Eastsound, Washington welcomed daughter Evelyn Harvey on…

  • Apr 3rd, 2019

Protest over Mueller report

Activists on Orcas Island are joining more than 200 groups around the…

  • Apr 2nd, 2019

Eastsound Water Users Association explains new rate structure

by Corbin LaMont Sounder contributor Eastsound Water Users Association has unveiled a…

  • Apr 2nd, 2019

Friday Harbor man dies in traffic accident

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. At 5:30 a.m. on…

  • Apr 1st, 2019

Bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 heads to governor to sign into law

by Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The legal age to purchase…

  • Mar 31st, 2019

Spring speeders; assault allegations; nagging neighbors | Sheriff’s Log

The SJC Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. March 20 • An…

  • Mar 29th, 2019

Reduced vehicle capacity on ferries

Submitted by Washington State Ferries There will be reduced vehicle capacity on…

  • Mar 28th, 2019

Climate advocate training, March 30

Hope, optimism and effective climate action; these are the themes of the…

  • Mar 28th, 2019