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Elusive state capital budget passes, county funds secured

The state legislature approved the allocation of nearly $4 billion for construction…

Candidate filing week for proposed Orcas Island Hospital District

The San Juan County Council has approved, based on petitions submitted last…

  • Jan 22nd, 2018

How vessel noise affects killer whales

By slowing down just 3 knots, ships can reduce their noise pollution…

Port of Orcas’ master plan progresses

The Port of Orcas began drafting its 20-year master plan in September…

Getting ready to build? Request a Critical Area Review

If you are contemplating land development such as installation of a well,…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

Sen. Ranker and fellow Dems seek to protect state from Trump

Senate Democrats are sponsoring bills to push back on the Trump administration’s…

  • Jan 17th, 2018

Sen. Ranker comments on carbon tax proposal

Senate Democrats heard the governor’s carbon tax proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 16,…

  • Jan 16th, 2018

OPALCO seeks board candidates for District 2

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Orcas Power and Light Cooperative…

  • Jan 15th, 2018

Annual homeless count scheduled for Jan. 25

San Juan County’s 2018 point in time homeless count will be conducted…

  • Jan 14th, 2018

Forgery for food; pony problems; construction complaint | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 14th, 2018

Flu activity increasing in the islands

Flu activity and hospital visits for flu-like symptoms are rapidly increasing in…

  • Jan 13th, 2018

Groups petition for removal of lower Snake River dams

Submitted by Center for Whale Research and DamSense.org Representatives from the Center…

  • Jan 13th, 2018

Lopez Island Senior Center 101

by the Lopez Senior Center Our mission at Lopez Island Senior Center…

  • Jan 12th, 2018

Water users association hosts rate increase meetings

Eastsound Water Users Association’s board is considering a new rate structure. The…

  • Jan 12th, 2018
Contributed image/San Juan County
                                This map shows the part of the MacKaye Harbor Road that a county feasibility study suggests moving to protect it from rising sea level projections. The section runs along the southern tip of the road, starting near Aleck BayRoad, past Barlow and Outer Bays and the Agate Beach County Park, to Seth Road.

County road to be relocated due to climate change predictions

This is the second story in a two-part series about the effects…

Contributed image/San Juan County
                                This map shows the part of the MacKaye Harbor Road that a county feasibility study suggests moving to protect it from rising sea level projections. The section runs along the southern tip of the road, starting near Aleck BayRoad, past Barlow and Outer Bays and the Agate Beach County Park, to Seth Road.
Contributed photo/The Whale Museum’s Soundwatch
                                Staff from the Soundwatch Boater Education Program are on the water every day during the summer, educating recreational boaters on the least intrusive ways to watch whales in the wild and monitoring all vessel activity near the whales.

Federal vessel rules are a win for orcas and whale watch boaters

NOAA reports on the outcomes of the first five years of their federal vessel regulations.

Contributed photo/The Whale Museum’s Soundwatch
                                Staff from the Soundwatch Boater Education Program are on the water every day during the summer, educating recreational boaters on the least intrusive ways to watch whales in the wild and monitoring all vessel activity near the whales.

Trump puts Washington coasts at risk from oil spill says Ranker

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement in response to…

  • Jan 10th, 2018

Governor rolls out carbon tax proposal

By Josh Kelety WNPA Olympia News Bureau Governor Jay Inslee rolled out…

  • Jan 10th, 2018

Sea-level rise estimates could affect local real estate

If scientists’ predictions are correct, hundreds of San Juan County’s most coveted…

Review committee prepares for productive 2018

San Juan County Public Works’ pathway along Lovers Lane from Main Street…

Salish Sea activists occupy the front steps of the state capitol

Legislative session off to a lively start

  • Jan 10th, 2018

San Juan County now accepting accessory dwelling unit applications

San Juan County Department of Community Development is now accepting eligibility applications…

  • Jan 10th, 2018

Ranker unveils ambitious plan to protect Salish Sea

By Taylor McAvoy WNPA Olympia News Bureau A far-reaching package of laws…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

Commissioner Franz statement on governor’s carbon proposal

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz issued the following statement on Jan.…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

Board of Natural Resources authorizes new parkland for San Juan County

At its monthly meeting today the state Board of Natural Resources gave…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

Funhouse and Novel Lab partner to seek grants

Novel Lab Kids, a non-profit version of Novel Lab’s adult writing workshops,…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

Dr. Fleming joins Orcas Family Health

Dr. David Shinstrom and Orcas Family Health Center are pleased to announce…

  • Jan 8th, 2018

The year ahead | A conversation with councilman Rick Hughes

San Juan County Council Councilman Rick Hughes says it’s been a significant…

Ranker makes protecting orcas and the Salish Sea a priority in the 2018

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, announced new legislation on Jan. 4 to…

  • Jan 8th, 2018

Probation problems, bike burglaries and pilfered parcel | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 7th, 2018

Top stories of 2017 | Part II

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

  • Jan 3rd, 2018

Vacancies for San Juan County boards and commissions

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Council is searching…

  • Jan 2nd, 2018

Computer carried off; stealing from good samaritan; running robber | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 29th, 2017

Con artist scams hopeful renters on Lopez Island

The rental house would be perfect for their family. Orcas Islanders Erin…

  • Dec 28th, 2017

Friends of the San Juans appeals shoreline master program for ‘failure to protect orca, salmon, forage fish and beaches’

The following was submitted by the Friends of the San Juans. On…

  • Dec 28th, 2017

Top stories of 2017 | Part I

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

  • Dec 27th, 2017

Tis the season to view orcas | Guest column

Tis the season for one of the best for shore-based viewing of orcas in the inland waters.

  • Dec 25th, 2017

Second public hospital district town hall held

The second town hall answered community questions and concerns regarding the proposed tax district.

Abducted Apple, abandoned auto and toppled tree | Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 23rd, 2017

UW Medicine names chief of Orcas-Lopez island clinics

UW Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael D. Alperin has…

  • Dec 21st, 2017