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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

Suspicious sale, stolen street signs and substance supplies at school | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 26th, 2018

Washington state moves closer to bump stock ban

A bill that would ban bump stocks, a device that increases a…

Friday Harbor woman charged with furnishing liquor to a minor and witness tampering

Kathryn Trinity Root has been charged with furnishing liquor to a minor,…

The ‘Andromeda Strain’ of the wildlife world

Dr. Joe Gaydos describes the ‘Andromeda Strain’ of the wildlife world

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                                Left to right: Charlie Janeway (Lopez), Nancy Ewert (Lopez), Tom Rawson (Eastsound), Senator Kevin Ranker, Necia Quast (Friday Harbor), Ron Metcalf (Lopez), Stoney Bird (Bellingham) and Emily Metcalf (Lopez)

Island Quakers meet with Olympia lawmakers

Quakers from the 40th Legislative District met with Senator Kevin Ranker on…

  • Feb 23rd, 2018
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                                Left to right: Charlie Janeway (Lopez), Nancy Ewert (Lopez), Tom Rawson (Eastsound), Senator Kevin Ranker, Necia Quast (Friday Harbor), Ron Metcalf (Lopez), Stoney Bird (Bellingham) and Emily Metcalf (Lopez)

San Juan County’s Civic Campus Planning Project

Over the years, the County has been looking toward a new Civic…

  • Feb 22nd, 2018

State Senate votes to ban net pens

Raising invasive salmon in Washington state waters is one step closer to…

Larsen statement on the 2018 budget deal

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the following statement ahead of voting for…

  • Feb 21st, 2018

Water user association introduces new rate structure

Half of Eastsound Water Users Association members could see an increase in…

San Juan Islanders support bills in state Legislature

Washington state lawmakers are meeting for a short, two-month regular session, ending…

Abandoned auto, password-protected phone and locked out lady | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 18th, 2018

Anacortes construction expected to cause delays to ferry terminal

Construction in and around Anacortes this spring is expected to cause delays…

Reflections on Carnegie Hall

Pamela Wright, Director of Strings at Orcas Island High School, and violinist…

  • Feb 16th, 2018

Commissioner Franz calls on Trump Administration to withdraw its offshore drilling proposal

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz sent a letter to the Secretary…

  • Feb 15th, 2018

Larsen makes statement on infrastructure plan

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s…

  • Feb 15th, 2018

New arts nonprofit to hold auction and jazz fundraiser

by Mary Noesen, Norm Stamper and Rachel Newcombe Special to the Sounder…

  • Feb 15th, 2018

A call for PHD Commissioner candidate questions

To make the best use of the time at the Candidates for…

  • Feb 14th, 2018

San Juan Islands visitor study presentations

Local, state and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in…

  • Feb 14th, 2018

Counterfeit cash; trailer tipping; pig problems | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Jan. 31 • A…

  • Feb 10th, 2018

Senate passes ban on invasive species Atlantic salmon net pens

The Washington state Senate passed Sen. Kevin Ranker’s, D-Orcas, legislation to permanently…

  • Feb 9th, 2018

Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape

The state Department of Ecology announced on Tuesday, Jan. 30 that Cooke…

Hospital district commissioner candidates to speak at town hall meeting

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

  • Feb 7th, 2018

Lopez man charged with methamphetamine possession

Nicholas William Zoerb, 18, of Lopez Island was arrested on Jan. 20…

Mainland transformer failure causes San Juan Islands power outage

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative The outage on Sunday, Feb.…

  • Feb 5th, 2018

3.1-magnitude earthquake hits San Juan Islands

The United States Geological Survey website reports that a 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck…

Business burglary, funds fraud, disappearing daughter, harassed horses | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 4th, 2018

Department of social and health services truck returns

The mobile Washington State Department of Social and Health Services truck is…

  • Jan 31st, 2018

San Juan County addiction recovery house may be funded

The struggles to stop addiction can be heightened on the rural islands…

How to keep The Sounder visible on your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

  • Jan 30th, 2018

State investigation finds Cooke’s negligence was primary cause of Atlantic Salmon net pen collapse

News release by the Washington Department of Natural Resources State investigators have…

  • Jan 30th, 2018

San Juan employers learn how to apply new paid sick leave law

San Juan County employees are guaranteed sick leave, starting this year, thanks…

Woman, 30, dies driving off Anacortes dock

An Everett woman, 30, died when she drove off the dock at…

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                                The interior of the Hyak is virtually unchanged since it was first built, 51 years ago.

A ferry tale ending | The Hyak may be decommissioned in 2018

After roughly half a century of service, one of Washington State Ferries’…

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                                The interior of the Hyak is virtually unchanged since it was first built, 51 years ago.

Purse paraphernalia, toppled trees and registration renegades | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 27th, 2018

What is next for islands’ agriculture

The following was submitted by project organizers. We are at a critical…

  • Jan 27th, 2018
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                                This chart shows the various outdoor recreation activities visitors said they participated in on the island.

Study explains what draws visitors to San Juan Islands

The results of one San Juan County visitor survey are in and…

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                                This chart shows the various outdoor recreation activities visitors said they participated in on the island.

Thank you, Orcas, for finding my dogs | Letter

To Orcas Pets Search and Rescue, OIFD, and all pet lovers: I…

  • Jan 24th, 2018

Islanders wake to a tsunami alert | Guest column

Submitted by Dave Holloran If you are like me, you woke up…

  • Jan 23rd, 2018