News

Orcas students honor Parkland shooting victims

Orcas Island high school and middle school students participated in the nationwide…

  • Mar 14th, 2018

Anti-gun violence march and local Democrats’ convention

by David Turnoy Special to the Sounder The San Juan County Democrats…

  • Mar 14th, 2018

Opposition writers needed for April Special Election

According to state law, every district that places a measure on the…

  • Mar 13th, 2018

County Clerk Joan White passes away

Joan White, who has been the San Juan County Clerk since 2006,…

  • Mar 11th, 2018

Two possible heroin overdoses in last week

San Juan County Coroner Randy Gaylord is alerting the public about a…

Taylor McAvoy photo

State Legislature passes last-minute budget deal and property tax cut

The plan includes $1 billion for public education and $400 million in tax cuts for property owners

Taylor McAvoy photo

Orcas students to participate in National Walk Out

In memoriam of the victims who lost their lives in the Stoneman…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

First hospital district commissioner candidate forum

Less than two months remain before Orcas residents vote whether or not…

Orcas family to visit Africa | Jewelry supplies needed

In a few weeks, Edee Kulper and her two sons, Evan (12)…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

Package pilfer; mailbox malice; mouthy motorist | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Feb.…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

State Democrats propose major property tax cut

Senate Democrats have passed Senate Bill 6614 to reduce property taxes by…

  • Mar 8th, 2018

Medical roundtable with local providers

The Orcas Island Community Foundation presents a “Medical Providers Roundtable” on Thursday,…

  • Mar 8th, 2018

State Parks commission considers Moran and Obstruction Pass expansions

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 9 a.m.…

  • Mar 8th, 2018
Contributed photo/SeaDoc Society
                                Tufted Puffins are known for their bright orange bill.

Wait is over for tufted puffin

SeaDoc helps state save local endangered species

Contributed photo/SeaDoc Society
                                Tufted Puffins are known for their bright orange bill.

Washington state expands abortion coverage

After five years in the making, the Reproductive Parity Act passed both…

Student newspapers gain new free speech protections

A bill expanding free speech for high school and college newspapers passed…

Photo by Lisa Boyd

Orcas Fire responds to blaze in Printshop

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at Printshop…

Photo by Lisa Boyd

Meet the public hospital commissioners again

The Coalition for Orcas Health Care is pleased to announce its fifth…

  • Mar 7th, 2018

Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks

A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into…

Taylor McAvoy photo
                                Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.”

Washington students urge lawmakers to pass gun regulations

More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied…

Taylor McAvoy photo
                                Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.”

Senate passes orca whale protection act, oil transportation safety act

The Senate on March 3 passed significant legislation to protect Washington state’s…

  • Mar 6th, 2018

SAFE San Juans shares #SJItoo

It may be your sister, your aunt, your daughter or your brother,…

Second annual International Women’s Day Celebration is March 8

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It…

  • Mar 5th, 2018

Friday Harbor man charged with heroin possession

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

San Juan man charged with harassment to kill

Jefferey Irving McGriff has been charged with harassment to kill, a class…

Governor vetoes controversial public records bill

Behind-the-scenes deal negotiated by the governor’s office between lawmakers and media organizations

Governor’s carbon tax proposal is dead in the state Legislature

An amended version of Governor Jay Inslee’s proposal to tax carbon emissions…

Cold collision, dog dash and fence fracture | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 2nd, 2018

Take the San Juan County Civic Campus Plan community survey

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

  • Mar 2nd, 2018

Orcas Center executive director resigns

The Board of Trustees of Orcas Center announced on March 1 that…

  • Mar 1st, 2018

Major need for blood donors

Bloodworks Northwest is asking for your help! Due to the icy conditions,…

Lawmakers introduce a provision to allow concealed firearms on school campuses

Republican lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow school administrators, and in…

Helping those in crisis in San Juan County

The phone rang at 6 a.m. The voice on the other line…

Washington Lawmakers introduce new gun legislation late in session

With less than two weeks left in the session, state lawmakers introduced…

State forecast projects additional tax revenue

State economists project that over a billion dollars in additional tax revenue…

Lawmakers go into damage control with backlash over public records bill

Legislators try to frame bill as a win for open government, opponents hope for veto

Open house about school bond and levy plans

The Orcas Island School District will have pre-planning and scheduling updates for…

  • Feb 27th, 2018

State legislators rewrite statute to exempt their records from public disclosure

In votes with veto-proof wide margins, state Legislators made themselves exempt from…

How Orcas Island fits into the #metoo conversation

SAFE San Juans and Stand Up Men are holding a town hall…

  • Feb 27th, 2018

It is ‘Invasive Species Awareness Week’

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee declared the week of February 25 through…

  • Feb 27th, 2018