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Sean Hunter pleads guilty rape of a child

((Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated Hunter was sentenced…

Longtime San Juan County District Court judge retires, replacement sworn in

A U.S. Founding Father’s quote on the importance of the justice system…

Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, resigns from his position amid allegations of sexual harassment

State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, has resigned from his position effective immediately.…

  • Jan 14th, 2019
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Sunken sailboats, happy hounds and haywire horses | Sheriff’s log

San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Jan. 2…

  • Jan 14th, 2019
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                                Jess Newley, Friends of the San Juans marine program assistant, surveys for Pacific sand lance on Shaw Island.

San Juans research finds new forage fish spawning beaches

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. Did you know that the…

  • Jan 13th, 2019
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                                Jess Newley, Friends of the San Juans marine program assistant, surveys for Pacific sand lance on Shaw Island.

Annual homeless count is Jan. 24

San Juan County’s 2019 “Point in Time Homeless Count” will be conducted…

  • Jan 11th, 2019

Attorney General Ferguson wants to hear from people impacted by 911 outage

Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to hear from Washingtonians impacted by last…

  • Jan 11th, 2019

San Juan islanders look to REET funds as affordable housing savior

Before Bridget Nyberg moved to a San Juan Community Home Trust neighborhood,…

Top 10 stories of 2018 | Part 1

At the end of the year, the Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

Top 10 stories of 2018 | Part 2

At the end of the year, The Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

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                                Flooding in Odlin County Park on Lopez.

Working with nature to safeguard against storm damage

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. As residents of a community…

  • Jan 8th, 2019
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                                Flooding in Odlin County Park on Lopez.

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Grants available to help get kids outside

Washington state is accepting applications for the No Child Left Inside grant…

  • Jan 7th, 2019

Detached accessory dwelling unit eligibility lottery

The number of detached accessory dwelling unit eligibility slots allowed in any…

  • Jan 5th, 2019

Orcas school district accepts construction bid

The Orcas Island School Board accepted a bid from Tiger Construction for…

  • Jan 4th, 2019

New state representative meets with San Juan officials

Voices 170 miles from the state capital can still be heard. The…

A sliding semi, kennelled canines and graffiti on the Green | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 4th, 2019

Campsite reservations available for San Juan County residents

San Juan County Parks and Fair is offering advance camping reservations for…

  • Jan 3rd, 2019

Ferries warns of windy weather service impacts

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for San Juan…

  • Jan 2nd, 2019
The retaining wall at the Orcas ferry landing was extended to provide a protected pathway to the future pedestrian park.

Councilmember Rick Hughes year-end review

Update: A previous version of this article (including the one in print)…

The retaining wall at the Orcas ferry landing was extended to provide a protected pathway to the future pedestrian park.

Trespassing transgressors, drinking drivers and auto accidents | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 29th, 2018

CenturyLink outage disrupts 911 services

Communities across the nation were without the ability to call 911 due…

Committee helps plan transition for public school Montessori classroom

Submitted by the Orcas Island School District. At the Dec. 18 meeting…

  • Dec 28th, 2018
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                                Ranker with the senate energy, environment and telecommunications committee in 2015.

Sen. Kevin Ranker under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment

Staff report An Associated Press journalist reports that Washington state Sen. Kevin…

  • Dec 27th, 2018
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                                Ranker with the senate energy, environment and telecommunications committee in 2015.

Carolyn Jewett to be sworn in

Everyone is welcome to attend the swearing-in ceremony and reception for the…

  • Dec 27th, 2018

San Juan County projects receive more than $277K for salmon recovery

Salmon recovery projects in San Juan County were awarded $277,742 from the…

  • Dec 27th, 2018

Area tribes address Canadian officials about oil pipeline expansion

Four Washington Native American tribes won’t let international borders stop their voices…

State Parks offers two free days in January

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days…

  • Dec 25th, 2018

Washington ranks in top 10 for the healthiest states in the U.S.

Washington ranks as the ninth healthiest state in the nation this year,…

  • Dec 25th, 2018

Friday Harbor man sentenced to almost three years for assault, harassment

Paul Noah Espinoza, 30, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to seven counts…

Updated flood maps alter insurance requirements for San Juan Islanders

When David Sutherlin checked his mortgage statement last summer, he noticed that…

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