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County purchases Lopez Hill from state

The San Juan County Land Bank permanently added 400 acres of forested…

John Michael (Mickey) Odell

Orcas man who died in Vietnam to be honored

Former Orcas Island resident John Michael (Mickey) Odell, who was killed in…

  • May 5th, 2018
John Michael (Mickey) Odell

Check your mail – some OPALCO bills delivered late

This month there was a service disruption with the postal service that…

  • May 4th, 2018
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                                Carolyn Jewett.

Jewett announces candidacy for San Juan County District Court Judge

Submitted by Carolyn Jewett Carolyn Jewett has announced she will run for…

  • May 3rd, 2018
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                                Carolyn Jewett.

Island business owners learn about paid sick leave

Island business owners learn about paid sick leave

Share ideas at Washington State Ferries local open houses May 2

Submitted by the San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee Washington State Ferries…

  • May 1st, 2018

Family fun planned for ‘Exchange at The Grange’ swap meet

Orcas Recycling Services/The Exchange is putting on its third-annual “Exchange at The…

  • Apr 29th, 2018

San Juan County Sheriff’s Log | April 18-24

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following: April 18•…

  • Apr 28th, 2018

Lisa Henderson to run for County Clerk

In mid-March Lisa Henderson was appointed by the San Juan County Council…

  • Apr 27th, 2018

OPALCO’s new phone system improves outage info

If you’ve called OPALCO lately, you’ve noticed the new phone system. Like…

  • Apr 27th, 2018

Yakima returns, regular schedule resumes | Update

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Repairs to the Washington State Ferries’ Yakima…

  • Apr 26th, 2018

Property taxes due April 30

San Juan County Treasurer Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property…

  • Apr 25th, 2018

Voters approve hospital district

The creation of the Orcas Public Hospital District was approved by 1,451…

  • Apr 25th, 2018

Teens take ‘crash’ course on reckless driving

Local firefighters, EMTs and deputies stormed the Friday Harbor High School on…

San Juan County Sheriff’s log

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. April 11…

  • Apr 21st, 2018

Ferchen charged with harassment to kill

Ezra John Ferchen, 33, of Lopez Island was charged with harassment to…

Court documents reveal more details in the death of Abigail Finney

The San Juan County Prosecutor’s office is preparing to file charges of…

Deadly rabbit disease inches toward the San Juan Islands

The bunnies of the San Juan Islands are in danger. Rabbit hemorrhagic…

Eric Kulp in custody following standoff in Marblemount | Update

Shaw Island resident Eric Kulp, wanted in connection with the death of…

Why it may take longer for your next hospital or clinic visit

Submitted by Island Hospital Island Hospital is implementing a new electronic medical…

  • Apr 16th, 2018
Erin Bennet photo

Island Aerial Acrobatics will be back at Orcas Center in 2019

A beloved island program will be back for another year. Island Aerial…

Erin Bennet photo

Celebrate Earth Day at the Great Islands Clean-Up

Hundreds of volunteers throughout the San Juan Islands will gather on Sunday,…

  • Apr 15th, 2018

Abandoned auto; moored at Mackaye; safety citations | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 12th, 2018

Medical provider roundtable

The Eastsound Fire Station meeting room was filled for a roundtable meeting…

Anticipated impacts of communications disruption

The following was submitted by the San Juan County Department of Emergency…

  • Apr 9th, 2018

Eastsound woman charged with theft

Kristina Marie Vongnatensky, 29, of Eastsound, has been charged with identity theft…

Justin Langworthy sentenced to 28 months for meth possession

A jury found Justin Travis Langworthy, 33, of Eastsound guilty of violating…

Fleeing Fido, crummy customer and Walla Walla warrant | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 6th, 2018

New Washington state laws to impact San Juan County

A quick state Legislative session brought fast results that will impact local…

Interviews with the public hospital candidates

On April 24, a special election will determine whether Orcas Island will…

Alaska woman charged in San Juan County with assault

Elizabeth A. Barrett, 32, of Juneau, Alaska, was charged in San Juan…

  • Apr 3rd, 2018

Pretend piece, bar brawl, dodgy drone and 15 Fidos on foot | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Apr 2nd, 2018

Ocean acidification expert to receive Salish Sea Science Prize

Dr. Bednaršek will receive the prize for her work on the effects of ocean acidification on mollusks.

  • Apr 1st, 2018

Scientists document rare orca infanticide in Canadian waters

The Salish Sea made international news last week as word spread that…

Friday Harbor man charged with theft and forgery

Paul J. Guard, 29, of Friday Harbor, is charged with identity theft…

Anacortes man charged with domestic violence assault of Lopez woman

A 42-year-old man from Anacortes was charged with allegedly breaking into his…

Zero Waste Week comes to Orcas Island

Update: The kick-off event is now free for everyone. Zero Waste Week…

Overnight communications outage April 12-13

The islands will experience a county-wide communications outage from 9 p.m. on…

  • Mar 27th, 2018

Wyman says new elections laws improve voting access

Submitted by Erich R. Ebel, communications director for the Washington Office of…

  • Mar 27th, 2018

Friday Harbor man charged with harassment, assault of San Juan County deputies

A 30-year-old Friday Harbor man was charged with allegedly threatening to kill…