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Whole-person care with Apple Health comes to San Juan County on July 1

Beginning July 1, 2019, Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients in San Juan…

  • Jun 29th, 2019

EMS Medical Program Director transition

Submitted by San Juan County EMS Council. EMS Medical Program Director for…

  • Jun 28th, 2019

The great Orcas emu rescue

Tish Knapp awoke on Thursday, June 27 to find her two 1-year-old…

State’s Kaiser investigation concludes

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner for Washington State released the results…

San Juan County Council talks radios and housing

San Juan County emergency services may be getting an upgrade to its…

Trampled transformer, dog diplomacy and a violated vehicle | Sheriff Log

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

  • Jun 23rd, 2019

Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

For residents of the San Juan Islands, the state-run ferry system is…

Orcas Island Maintains Fire Protection Class 6 Rating

Submitted by San Juan Fire Protection District #2. The Washington State Surveying…

  • Jun 22nd, 2019

Membership drive at Orcas Senior Center

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. The Orcas Senior Center is excited…

  • Jun 21st, 2019

Friday Harbor man charged with assault in the second degree – strangulation

Stuart Gray Piff, 35, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

Primary candidates at voter forum 

Submitted by Susan Dehlendorf and Eric Vittinghoff Voter forums for candidates on…

  • Jun 21st, 2019

Task force teams up with Canada for orca solutions

The United States and Canada are working together to save the endangered…

OPAL field day kickoff for special GiveOrcas campaign

Submitted by OPAL Community Land Trust. Starting with a field day on…

  • Jun 18th, 2019

Vehicle violators, explosive examiners, seat belt scofflaws | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 17th, 2019

Orcas Family Health Center in Partnership with Northwest Radiologists to offer Xrays

Submitted by Orcas Family Health Center. More extensive X-ray imaging will be…

  • Jun 17th, 2019
Fish and Wildlife/Contributed photo
                                A bear that visited several islands was captured and returned to the wilderness.

Island-hopping bear is caught and returned to wild

“The nicest bear” is back in the wilderness after a fruitless search…

Fish and Wildlife/Contributed photo
                                A bear that visited several islands was captured and returned to the wilderness.

Orcas couple sue online writer for defamation

An Orcas couple has sued an investigative writer for libel just months…

Participate in the first step of the land capacity analysis

Submitted by San Juan County. A draft web map for gross developable…

  • Jun 16th, 2019

Wildfire in Moran State Park

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Jun 15th, 2019
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                                <em>From left to right, Bill Watson, Linnea Anderson, Rick Hughes and Jamie Stephens.</em>

Bringing families back together

Due to abuse and neglect, more than 6,000 youths are removed from…

  • Jun 13th, 2019
<strong>Heather Spaulding/staff photo</strong>
                                <em>From left to right, Bill Watson, Linnea Anderson, Rick Hughes and Jamie Stephens.</em>

Fire officials warn of hot, dry weather

With hot and dry weather coming this week, the Washington State Department…

  • Jun 10th, 2019

Kaiser calls it quits in San Juan County

Questions began to fly as San Juan County residents were informed by…

Quick response to wildfire on Shaw

A wildfire on Shaw was caught just in time before it became…

Cruising cows, meandering mopeds and vanishing vehicles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 9th, 2019

Gov. Inslee meets with OPALCO to talk broadband, clean energy and electric ferries

Submitted by OPALCO. On Tuesday, May 28, leadership from OPALCO and T-Mobile…

  • Jun 9th, 2019

Fish and Wildlife Commission lists pinto abalone as endangered

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is working with federal and…

  • Jun 8th, 2019

County council to hold regular session on Orcas

The San Juan County Council will hold its regular meeting at the…

  • Jun 6th, 2019

Ferries talks fares in Friday Harbor

A proposed 5 percent rise in ferry fares over the next two…

Vote counting equipment testing in June

A logic and accuracy test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San…

  • Jun 6th, 2019

Tourism to San Juan Island NHP creates $19.3 million dollars Economic Benefits

Submitted by San Juan Island National Historical Park. A new National Park…

  • Jun 5th, 2019

Gov Inslee visits the San Juans

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inlsee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee stepped into a…

  • Jun 4th, 2019

Several speeders, disappeared dogs and business burglaries | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 4th, 2019

San Juan man found guilty for wife’s death

WARNING: The following story contains graphic details. A San Juan Island man…

OPALCO awarded $5.8 million to fund energy efficiency projects

Submitted by OPALCO. OPALCO is now offering on-bill financing for members who…

  • Jun 3rd, 2019

Council hears testimony on marijuana moratorium

The marijuana moratorium in San Juan County remains in effect for now.…

Suicide rates spike in the spring

Submitted by the Community Health Plan of Washington. Spring is in the…

  • Jun 1st, 2019

Whale watchers oppose distance initiative

Four regional whale watching companies are suing an orca conservationist group and…

Quarterly review of San Juan County finances

by F. Milene Henley County Auditor As a child, I loved storms.…

  • May 30th, 2019

U.S. News and World Report: Why Washington is the best state in America

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office. Washington is the best state in…

  • May 29th, 2019

Vacation rental moratorium in Eastsound requested

The Eastsound Planning Review Committee has an idea about how to solve…