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OIHS students speak with science teacher aboard Nautilus

Though technical difficulties caused a delay in the interview, Orcas High School students were still able to speak with Timothy Dwyer aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus on Wednesday, May 18.

Orcas Fire and Rescue staff stars in nearly nude calendar

Orcas Fire and Rescue staff stars in nearly nude calendar

EWUA postpones rate increase

The Eastsound Water Users Association board decided to put a six-month hold on the rate increase at their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 17. The hold will allow board to begin working group discussions with the members most impacted by the change in the rate structure.

Common Sense Alliance takes case to U.S. Supreme Court

Common Sense Alliance has taken its objections to San Juan County’s Critical Area Ordinance to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Senator Ranker visits with Lions Sunrise Volunteers

Senator Kevin Ranker shared breakfast and state budget news with a cafe full of attendees on Friday, April 22.

Williams appointed acting Fire Chief

Scott Williams has been appointed acting Fire Chief, with Chad Kimple acting as Assistant Fire Chief.

County council adopts Shoreline Master Plan

by Mandi Johnson

Ranker and Habib talk budget and community

Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib and State Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, held a…

Park and ride progresses

Construction of the Orcas Ferry Landing Park and Ride is nearing its…

League of Women Voters starts comp plan program

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) announces a…

  • Aug 31st, 2017

Coalition for Orcas Health Care petitions for public hospital district

Submitted by the Coalition for Orcas Health Care Volunteers for the Coalition…

  • Aug 31st, 2017

Smaller ferry fills in while Hyak is out of service

Ferry service in the San Juan Islands has hit another speed bump…

  • Aug 30th, 2017

Ghiglione retires, new fire chief hired

Lopez Island Fire and EMS Fire Chief Jim Ghiglione submitted his letter…

  • Aug 30th, 2017

Propane tank permit postponed

Inter-Island Propane’s request to install a 30,000-gallon propane storage tank in an…

Immigration initiative passes without citizens’ vote Spanish translation | La iniciativa de inmigración pasa sin el voto de los ciudadanos

Translated by Wendy Vallejos Los inmigrantes podrán sentirse más seguros bajo un…

New providers for home health care in the San Juans

Home health care in the San Juan Islands is changing hands from…

A show of gratitude from Island Reproductive Health Initiative to community foundation

The following was submitted by Island Reproductive Health Initiative. We write this…

  • Aug 26th, 2017

Kayak crime; business burglary; disappearing dinghy | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 26th, 2017

Update on salmon escape in the San Juans

The Lummi Nation has declared a state of emergency after thousands of…

Hyak scheduled maintenance

Anyone who has had issues with their vehicle’s coolant system knows it…

  • Aug 23rd, 2017

A $500 reward being offered for recovery of stolen toolbox

A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery…

  • Aug 23rd, 2017

Time for back-to-school immunizations

Submitted by San Juan County Dept. of Health and Community Services The…

  • Aug 23rd, 2017

Immigration initiative passes without citizens’ vote

Immigrants may feel safer under a new county code, but it may…

Popeye, the harbor seal, bites a tourist | Update

Usually, visitors feed Popeye, the harbor seal who frequents the Port of…

Seattle Times: solar eclipse’s tides cause broken net; up to 305,000 Atlantic salmon dumped into waters near San Juans

The Seattle Times is reporting that thousands of 10-pound Atlantic salmon were…

  • Aug 22nd, 2017

Dump truck crashes into house

A Richard Lawson dump truck was traveling down Olga Road when the…

  • Aug 21st, 2017

Billfold on ballot box, bicycle burglary and minor with marijuana | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 20th, 2017

Stressful summer for state ferry system

Instead of a rarity, ferry breakdowns are becoming the norm – at…

School district taps ‘rainy day’ fund for school-year budget

The following was submitted by Orcas Island School District. The Orcas Island…

  • Aug 17th, 2017

Around Town | San Juan County Council updates

Over the last month, the San Juan County Council has discussed issues…

Back to school | First-day dates for San Juan, Orcas and Lopez

School’s been out all summer, but not forever. Below are the dates…

Possible delays as OPAL house arrives

A house from Seattle is scheduled to arrive by barge on the…

  • Aug 16th, 2017

Elwha is back in service

After experiencing extreme vibration on the M/V Elwha, divers discovered a significant…

  • Aug 16th, 2017

Crab capers continue; Shark Reef spat; Playing card predicament | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Log responded to the following calls: Aug.…

  • Aug 12th, 2017

Medical fund for Kurt Thorson

The following was submitted by Kurt Thorson. In early 2016 I received…

  • Aug 11th, 2017

Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race affects ferry traffic

The San Juan Island Yacht Club is hosting the 47th annual Shaw…

  • Aug 11th, 2017

It’s tansy ragwort season

by Judy Jackson and Rich Lee San Juan County Noxious Weed Program…

  • Aug 11th, 2017

School hires new nurse and special education teacher

Orcas Island School District has hired a new nurse, Cindy Sapp. Sapp…

  • Aug 10th, 2017

Regular summer ferry schedule resumes | Yakima returns to San Juans’ route

The Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Anacortes/Sidney ferry routes will resume their regular…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

Remembering a man of many passions | Guest Column

by Hilary Canty Orcas Island Community Foundation Looking around Orcas this summer,…

  • Aug 8th, 2017