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OPALCO update on redundancy, cable removal

The following is from OPALCO’s online newsletter. OPALCO has full redundancy to…

  • Aug 4th, 2017

The future of journalism: it depends on you

“We have always had slander bias and we have always had political…

Orcas School hires psychologist for students

The Orcas Island School District is welcoming Timothy Kopet, Ph.D as the…

  • Aug 3rd, 2017

Skagit Valley College San Juan Center seeks input for possible Orcas Island branch

The Skagit Valley College San Juan Center, in partnership with Orcas Island…

  • Aug 3rd, 2017

Islander tries to take his life in public

On Tuesday, July 25, a 70-year-old man with self-inflicted cuts was found…

Wrongful death lawsuit filed in carbon monoxide poisoning case

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the San Juan County Superior…

Heat wave coming: keep your pets safe

The following was submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. The…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

High fire danger leads to campfire restrictions in Northwest Washington

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is increasing the fire…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

Head-on collision on Orcas Road

Two cars were involved in a head-on collision on the morning of…

  • Jul 31st, 2017

August is child support awareness month

The following was submitted by the Washington State Department of Social and…

  • Jul 29th, 2017

Stealing on Sucia; crab condo crook; firecracker fracas | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 29th, 2017

State legislature fails to adopt capital budget, affordable housing at risk

Submitted by Lisa Byers, executive director, OPAL Community Land Trust The Washington…

  • Jul 28th, 2017

San Juan County adds immigration initiative to November election

Submitted by San Juan County A San Juan County citizen’s initiative concerning…

  • Jul 28th, 2017

Changes happening at the Community Church

The following was submitted by Orcas Island Community Church. Despite recent health…

  • Jul 28th, 2017

All about bach | Marianne Lewis concert

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish and the Music Committee will present its organist and…

  • Jul 27th, 2017

Ferry schedule to return to normal on Saturday

Beginning Saturday, July 29, the Chelan will join the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

Transportation commission sets new ferry fares, makes changes to original proposal

After hearing from ferry riders during local community meetings, reviewing hundreds of…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

Presentation on oil spill dispersants

As part of its regular meeting, the San Juan County Marine Resources…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

San Juan County scholars shine at regional co-op leadership camp

Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

Cabin and wildland fire extinguished

A major fire on Minnow Creek near Pinneo Road is now extinguished.…

Emergency ferry schedule in effect through end of month | Update

A new ferry schedule is released for the rest of July and possibly early August.

Former Orcas student studying dolphins for the summer

Lindsay Lancaster, who graduated from Orcas High School, is a junior at…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

State vows to “fully fund” education, but local schools may lose out

Washington’s recently passed budget adds billions to fund public K-12 education, but…

Immigration group celebrates success

A coalition of islanders is one step closer to protecting the rights…

Proposed propane tank prompts protests

The Seaview residential community is rising up to prevent the installation of…

Friday Harbor man found deceased

On Thursday, July 20, Jonathan Tapia-Rojas, who was in his mid-20s, was…

How I caught the bear who smelled like donuts

by Janice Williams Special to the Sounder All my life, I have…

  • Jul 24th, 2017

Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 22nd, 2017

Sen. Ranker reacts to Republicans’ block vote of capital budget

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released this statement today after Senate Republicans…

  • Jul 21st, 2017

Coffelt sentenced to 33 months incarceration

Sarah Coffelt was sentenced on July 20 to serve 33 months incarceration,…

  • Jul 20th, 2017

Detour at Orcas Hill Road during park and ride construction

Submitted by San Juan County Road work will begin on Orcas Hill…

  • Jul 19th, 2017

Planes, cars and more at annual Orcas Fly-in

Looking for something to do in early August? Come out to the…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

San Juan ferries on the fritz

Update: The Yakima is out of service until further notice due to…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

JP and OK Rhythm Boys to play in the Village Green

Home from their triumphant 2017 Idaho/Montana Tour, JP and the OK Rhythm…

  • Jul 16th, 2017

Turtleback wildland fire extinguished in less than 24 hours

Less than a day after it began, a wildland fire located at…

  • Jul 15th, 2017

Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib and Sen. Kevin Ranker speak in support of OPAL

The topic of affordable housing on Orcas is a large enough issue…

San Juan soccer coach pleads guilty to assault with sexual intent

This is the third case negatively affected by former San Juan County Detective Stephen Parker.

Special three-day filing period for Port of Orcas commissioner

The San Juan County Elections Office is opening a special three-day filing…

  • Jul 14th, 2017

Car caper; mooring mishaps; firework flagrancy | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 13th, 2017