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Coast Guard and SJC Sheriff’s Office assist injured man on boat south of Lopez

Submitted by U.S. Coast Guard Coast Guard, locals and emergency response personnel…

  • Jun 8th, 2017

SeaDoc seeks World Oceans Day donations

Today is World Oceans Day, a global time for celebration and collaboration…

  • Jun 8th, 2017

Airport construction concludes

Construction at the Orcas Island Airport is nearing completion, at least for…

OASIS graduation is this weekend

The OASIS alternative school will graduates its students on Saturday, June 10…

  • Jun 6th, 2017

‘Peter Pan’ is spellbindingly imaginative

The National Theatre production of “Peter Pan” is broadcast live to Orcas…

  • Jun 6th, 2017

Friday Harbor Elementary employee allegedly discovered drinking at work

At around 11:30 a.m. on May 15, a deputy was dispatched to…

San Juan Islands National Monument awarded Gold Standard designation

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics today announced 10 public…

  • Jun 5th, 2017

Islander records black bear in yard

Over the weekend of June 3 and 4, an Orcas Island resident…

  • Jun 5th, 2017

Iceberg Point dig could locate artifacts, but harm native wildflowers

To dig or not to dig. That’s the question plaguing Lopezians at…

Witness tampering; dead rabbit hung on car; vehicle tires’ cut | Sheriff’s log

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

  • Jun 3rd, 2017

Attorney Steve Brandli Applies to Be San Juan County Superior Court Judge

Governor Jay Inslee posted a Notice of Judicial Vacancy, soliciting applications to…

  • Jun 2nd, 2017

UPDATE: Black bear on Orcas has been eluding authorities since mid-May | Sheriff planning to set trap

The black bear that arrived on Orcas over Memorial Day weekend has…

Regular flights between Friday Harbor and Canada now available

Regular travel to Canada will soon be easier for islanders. A roughly…

The Exchange meets fundraising goal earning $10k bonus from local supporter

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Orcas community, Orcas Recycling Services…

  • Jun 1st, 2017

Burn permit expansion

Submitted by San Juan County Fire Marshal RJ Myers Burn Permit holders…

  • Jun 1st, 2017

Shellfish areas show exceptional water quality

An annual evaluation of water quality found that all eight commercial harvesting…

  • May 31st, 2017

U.S. Customs Office opens in Friday Harbor

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 1 at…

  • May 30th, 2017

Vacation rental fee proposal

Every vacation rental owner in the county may need to pay an…

Phalan graduates Cum Laude from OSU

Keenan J. Phalan of Eastsound will graduate Cum Laude with a bachelor…

  • May 28th, 2017

Sunken Ship, parking problems and pipe in a pouch

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

  • May 27th, 2017

OICF hosts nonprofit workshop and webinars

The following was submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation. As part…

  • May 25th, 2017

Blood drives in the San Juans in June | Need for donations increases in summer months

Blood collections usually go down by about 15-20 percent during summer with…

  • May 24th, 2017

Auditions for ‘Willy Wonka’

Auditions for “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” will be held in…

  • May 24th, 2017

Community solar: giving all co-op members a chance to tap into sun power

The following was submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. OPALCO has…

  • May 23rd, 2017

Orcas Community Resource Center is moving to a new building

The Orcas Community Resource Center is moving to a new location: 374A…

  • May 23rd, 2017

Give Orcas 2017 achieves full funding

The following was submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation. For the…

  • May 22nd, 2017

Suffering in the San Juans: Homeless in paradise

Fifty-eight. That’s how many people were identified as homeless in San Juan…

Without a hospital district, Orcas will lose UW Medicine

This winter the Orcas Island community donated or pledged a staggering $1…

Vacation rental owners question proposed changes

When Barbara Defalco’s 100-year-old farmhouse needed repairs three years ago, she rented…

Special three-day candidate filing period

The following was submitted by the San Juan County Auditor’s Office. Whew!…

  • May 21st, 2017

Preservation trust looks for new ED

Submitted by the San Juan Preservation Trust. Tim Seifert, who has served…

  • May 20th, 2017

Supporting SAFE San Juans

by Tara Dobos Orcas High School Senior SAFE San Juans (Social Change,…

  • May 20th, 2017

Voices of the past, present and future: new exhibit at historical museum

A new exhibit at the Orcas Island Historical Museum showcases first-person stories…

Drum disposal, dangerous driving and dog domestic | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • May 19th, 2017

A little history at the OIEF auction

Just a reminder that the Orcas Island Education Foundation’s annual fundraiser is…

  • May 19th, 2017

National monument status in danger?

Is the San Juan Islands National Monument in danger of losing its…

Assistance to keep islanders in their homes lowers, but state bill could help

Islanders, who need help staying in their homes this year, may not…

Lower population predicted for San Juan County

San Juan County’s population is rising, but not as fast as the…

Trump executive order opposed by 325 bipartisan state legislators representing 44 states

A bipartisan group of 325 state legislators from 44 states sent a…

  • May 15th, 2017

Friday Harbor man charged with burglary, theft, forgery

Jerad Alan Grey, 34, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with residential…