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Eastsound Nature Play Area

by Miles Becker Sounder contributor The Village Green in Eastsound could be…

  • Feb 3rd, 2019

Lawmakers aim to ‘ditch the switch’ on daylight saving

by Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers are pushing for a…

  • Feb 2nd, 2019

Orcas Community Foundation calls for proposals

Orcas Island Community Foundation is calling for proposals for the 2019 GiveOrcas…

  • Feb 2nd, 2019

Investigation finds former Sen. Ranker harassed employee

An independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by former Sen. Kevin…

Orcas Island severe weather shelter to open

With sub-freezing overnight temperatures in the forecast, the Orcas severe weather shelter…

  • Feb 1st, 2019

County artists exhibit at SJIMA

Submitted by San Juan Islands Museum of Art Talent and imagination describe…

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Measles outbreak spreads across Washington

A highly contagious infectious disease is slowly making its way through the…

Orcas Fire and Rescue receive perfect results in state financial audit

The following was submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. The residents…

  • Jan 31st, 2019

Kaiser Permanente denies airlift services

Kaiser Permanente denied 20 air ambulance flights from the San Juan Islands…

Brian Schmitz.

Islanders win big at American Legion derby

A total of 88 anglers entered the 40th Annual American Legion Salmon…

  • Jan 29th, 2019
Brian Schmitz.

Candidates Named for OPALCO Election;Nominations by Petition Due Feb. 13

Submitted by OPALCO. The volunteer member Elections and Governance Committee has selected…

  • Jan 28th, 2019

Cat-sitting conflicts, Lopez littering and dog disturbances | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Jan 28th, 2019

San Juan County Arts Council and Funhouse Commons launch arts-focused mentor program

by Ali Walker Mentor Program Assistant, Funhouse Commons An arts-focused mentor program…

  • Jan 28th, 2019

Local explorer to attempt trek never been done before

by Heather Wallace Special to the Sounder This summer, Karl Kruger will…

  • Jan 27th, 2019

Tony Simpson to leave the Port of Orcas

by Miles Becker Sounder contributor Airport Manager Tony Simpson’s experience with the…

  • Jan 26th, 2019

Welcome to Medicare

Turning 65? Been on Social Security Disability for two years? Then you…

  • Jan 25th, 2019

‘Protect What You Love’ – Orca presentations

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. During Valentine’s week, Friends of…

  • Jan 25th, 2019

Grilled Cheese Showdown

Submitted by OIEF. The Orcas Island Education Foundation invites you to the…

  • Jan 25th, 2019

OIYC 2019 Commodore, Ben McLeod

The Orcas Island Yacht Club would like to introduce the 2019 Commodore…

  • Jan 24th, 2019

Orcas Christian School students earn energy award

The middle school students at Orcas Christian School recently participated in and…

  • Jan 24th, 2019

Transitions at Orcas Senior Center nonprofit

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. The year 2019 will be one…

  • Jan 24th, 2019

Gov. Inslee says orcas are a priority

The Southern resident orcas are among Gov. Jay Inslee’s top priorities in…

Property owner files a legal complaint about vacation rentals

An Orcas man is intending to sue the county, a state agency…

Ferry town hall with Rick Hughes

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes will host a town hall meeting…

  • Jan 22nd, 2019

Jamie Stephens state-bound

Jamie Stephens, San Juan County Council member District 3 – Lopez, announced…

  • Jan 22nd, 2019

OPAL Rebids April’s Grove Townhome Project

OPAL is holding a full rebid of the April’s Grove townhome project…

  • Jan 22nd, 2019
Nick Power at an election forum on Orcas in 2019.

Inquiries into county candidate’s campaigns

The Public Disclosure Commission is looking into accusations that Nick Power violated…

Nick Power at an election forum on Orcas in 2019.

Discover the story behind ‘Mist-chi-mas’

The Orcas Island Historical Museum presents “Kanakas, Pickett, and the Royal Marines…

  • Jan 21st, 2019

Nearly 25 million set sail on state ferries in 2018

Annual ferry ridership up 10 percent from five years ago

  • Jan 20th, 2019

San Juan County partners with DOE to monitor air quality

The Washington State Department of Ecology installed a mobile air quality monitoring…

  • Jan 19th, 2019

State’s New Report Shows Salmon Still Declining: Recovery Projects Funded at Only 16 Percent of Estimated Need

From the Washington State Recreation and Conservation office. Despite two decades of…

  • Jan 18th, 2019

The Better Way to Shop for Medical Alert Devices

Joe Thoron, author of “Find the Right Alert” website, will present at…

  • Jan 17th, 2019

Thank you, Orcas | Letters

Right after Christmas, my appendix burst. I was rushed into emergency surgery…

  • Jan 16th, 2019

Orca task force is briefed on state budget

Gov. Jay Inslee is committed to saving the Southern resident orca population…

Sean Hunter pleads guilty rape of a child

((Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated Hunter was sentenced…

Longtime San Juan County District Court judge retires, replacement sworn in

A U.S. Founding Father’s quote on the importance of the justice system…

Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, resigns from his position amid allegations of sexual harassment

State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, has resigned from his position effective immediately.…

  • Jan 14th, 2019
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Sunken sailboats, happy hounds and haywire horses | Sheriff’s log

San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Jan. 2…

  • Jan 14th, 2019
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                                Jess Newley, Friends of the San Juans marine program assistant, surveys for Pacific sand lance on Shaw Island.

San Juans research finds new forage fish spawning beaches

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans. Did you know that the…

  • Jan 13th, 2019
Contributed photo
                                Jess Newley, Friends of the San Juans marine program assistant, surveys for Pacific sand lance on Shaw Island.

Annual homeless count is Jan. 24

San Juan County’s 2019 “Point in Time Homeless Count” will be conducted…

  • Jan 11th, 2019