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Ferry Advisory Committee meeting on Orcas Aug. 9

The San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee will hold its regular meeting…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

WSF returns to four-boat schedule due to Samish engine failure | Aug. 8 Update

Update: As of Tuesday, Aug. 8, there is a new four-boat alternative…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

Construction on Mount Constitution continues

The construction of new restroom facilities at the summit of Mount Constitution…

What does the new state budget mean for Orcas Island public schools?

The following was submitted by the Orcas Island School District. You have…

  • Aug 7th, 2017

Smoke in the air

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, the Northwest Washington state was inundated by a…

UW Medicine presence will not affect island EMS services

UW Medicine taking over the Orcas Medical Center will not affect Orcas…

A drop in ferries means a drop in island sales

When the ferries lag, business on the islands does too. “Schedules are…

Islanders fully fund dog trap for missing Golden Retriever

Editor’s note: The dog trap was fully funded as of Aug. 4.…

  • Aug 7th, 2017

Auditor seeks writers of arguments against four local measures

Fast forward to October: You’re flipping through your Voters’ Pamphlet, eager to…

  • Aug 5th, 2017

Distracted driving, lost loot and speeding citations | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 5th, 2017

Mary Blevins pleads guilty to theft in the first degree for embezzlement

Mary Kasperson Blevins, 69, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to theft in…

Lopez man charged with possession of methamphetamines

On May 10, John Gardener Fox, 46, of Lopez, was arrested for…

OPALCO update on redundancy, cable removal

The following is from OPALCO’s online newsletter. OPALCO has full redundancy to…

  • Aug 4th, 2017

The future of journalism: it depends on you

“We have always had slander bias and we have always had political…

Orcas School hires psychologist for students

The Orcas Island School District is welcoming Timothy Kopet, Ph.D as the…

  • Aug 3rd, 2017

Skagit Valley College San Juan Center seeks input for possible Orcas Island branch

The Skagit Valley College San Juan Center, in partnership with Orcas Island…

  • Aug 3rd, 2017

Islander tries to take his life in public

On Tuesday, July 25, a 70-year-old man with self-inflicted cuts was found…

Wrongful death lawsuit filed in carbon monoxide poisoning case

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the San Juan County Superior…

Heat wave coming: keep your pets safe

The following was submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. The…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

High fire danger leads to campfire restrictions in Northwest Washington

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is increasing the fire…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

Head-on collision on Orcas Road

Two cars were involved in a head-on collision on the morning of…

  • Jul 31st, 2017

August is child support awareness month

The following was submitted by the Washington State Department of Social and…

  • Jul 29th, 2017

Stealing on Sucia; crab condo crook; firecracker fracas | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 29th, 2017

State legislature fails to adopt capital budget, affordable housing at risk

Submitted by Lisa Byers, executive director, OPAL Community Land Trust The Washington…

  • Jul 28th, 2017

San Juan County adds immigration initiative to November election

Submitted by San Juan County A San Juan County citizen’s initiative concerning…

  • Jul 28th, 2017

Changes happening at the Community Church

The following was submitted by Orcas Island Community Church. Despite recent health…

  • Jul 28th, 2017

All about bach | Marianne Lewis concert

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish and the Music Committee will present its organist and…

  • Jul 27th, 2017

Ferry schedule to return to normal on Saturday

Beginning Saturday, July 29, the Chelan will join the Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

Transportation commission sets new ferry fares, makes changes to original proposal

After hearing from ferry riders during local community meetings, reviewing hundreds of…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

Presentation on oil spill dispersants

As part of its regular meeting, the San Juan County Marine Resources…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

San Juan County scholars shine at regional co-op leadership camp

Six San Juan County high-school students attended the Co-op Youth Rally at…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

Cabin and wildland fire extinguished

A major fire on Minnow Creek near Pinneo Road is now extinguished.…

Emergency ferry schedule in effect through end of month | Update

A new ferry schedule is released for the rest of July and possibly early August.

Former Orcas student studying dolphins for the summer

Lindsay Lancaster, who graduated from Orcas High School, is a junior at…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

State vows to “fully fund” education, but local schools may lose out

Washington’s recently passed budget adds billions to fund public K-12 education, but…

Immigration group celebrates success

A coalition of islanders is one step closer to protecting the rights…

Proposed propane tank prompts protests

The Seaview residential community is rising up to prevent the installation of…

Friday Harbor man found deceased

On Thursday, July 20, Jonathan Tapia-Rojas, who was in his mid-20s, was…

How I caught the bear who smelled like donuts

by Janice Williams Special to the Sounder All my life, I have…

  • Jul 24th, 2017

Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 22nd, 2017