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Explicit exchange, mad manager, consecutive seven collisions | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 25th, 2018

Orcas Christian School students participate in walk-out

by Kirk Haley OCS Principal On March 14, 2018, the students at…

  • Mar 24th, 2018

Larsen statement on President Trump’s tariffs against China

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the below statement on March 22 in…

  • Mar 22nd, 2018

San Juan County Council appoints county clerk

The San Juan County Council appointed Lisa Henderson as County Clerk at…

  • Mar 21st, 2018
Lummi Nation Chairman Jay Julius speaks at a Miami press conference.

Lummi demand release of captive orca

‘She must be reunited with her family’

Lummi Nation Chairman Jay Julius speaks at a Miami press conference.

San Juan County awarded clean water grants from Ecology

Communities across the state seeking funding for clean water projects are about…

  • Mar 20th, 2018

Man charged with possession of heroin

Brian Lynn Borquist, 41, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with possession…

Pre-sale for OPALCO’s Community Solar Project

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, Orcas Power and Light…

  • Mar 20th, 2018

San Juan County Undersheriff Brent Johnson retires

Being deputy isn’t for everyone. Those in uniform are surrounded daily by…

  • Mar 19th, 2018

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office faces staff changes

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has four vacancies leaving the remaining…

  • Mar 18th, 2018

Congressman Larsen advocates for school safety

Submitted by the office of Rep. Rick Larsen On March 14, Rep.…

  • Mar 17th, 2018

March For Our Lives: Orcas rallies to end gun violence March 24

Submitted by Leslie Hutchinson, Liane Olsan and Julia Turney Orcas Islanders will…

  • Mar 16th, 2018

Process delays after the loss of San Juan County Clerk Joan White

San Juan County can’t get along without its longtime County Clerk Joan…

Inslee signs executive order to protect orcas, Chinook salmon

Both species are iconic to Washington and a vital part of tourism, maritime industries

  • Mar 15th, 2018

County Civic Campus Plan Community Survey still available

San Juan County is exploring options to centralize and streamline government operations…

  • Mar 15th, 2018

Islanders working to create a prevention coalition

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Orcas Island…

Orcas prepares for “the big one”

As islanders, it is imperative for residents to have food, water and…

Orcas students honor Parkland shooting victims

Orcas Island high school and middle school students participated in the nationwide…

  • Mar 14th, 2018

Anti-gun violence march and local Democrats’ convention

by David Turnoy Special to the Sounder The San Juan County Democrats…

  • Mar 14th, 2018

Opposition writers needed for April Special Election

According to state law, every district that places a measure on the…

  • Mar 13th, 2018

County Clerk Joan White passes away

Joan White, who has been the San Juan County Clerk since 2006,…

  • Mar 11th, 2018

Two possible heroin overdoses in last week

San Juan County Coroner Randy Gaylord is alerting the public about a…

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State Legislature passes last-minute budget deal and property tax cut

The plan includes $1 billion for public education and $400 million in tax cuts for property owners

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Orcas students to participate in National Walk Out

In memoriam of the victims who lost their lives in the Stoneman…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

First hospital district commissioner candidate forum

Less than two months remain before Orcas residents vote whether or not…

Orcas family to visit Africa | Jewelry supplies needed

In a few weeks, Edee Kulper and her two sons, Evan (12)…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

Package pilfer; mailbox malice; mouthy motorist | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 9th, 2018

State Democrats propose major property tax cut

Senate Democrats have passed Senate Bill 6614 to reduce property taxes by…

  • Mar 8th, 2018

Medical roundtable with local providers

The Orcas Island Community Foundation presents a “Medical Providers Roundtable” on Thursday,…

  • Mar 8th, 2018

State Parks commission considers Moran and Obstruction Pass expansions

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 9 a.m.…

  • Mar 8th, 2018
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                                Tufted Puffins are known for their bright orange bill.

Wait is over for tufted puffin

SeaDoc helps state save local endangered species

Contributed photo/SeaDoc Society
                                Tufted Puffins are known for their bright orange bill.

Washington state expands abortion coverage

After five years in the making, the Reproductive Parity Act passed both…

Student newspapers gain new free speech protections

A bill expanding free speech for high school and college newspapers passed…

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Orcas Fire responds to blaze in Printshop

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at Printshop…

Photo by Lisa Boyd

Meet the public hospital commissioners again

The Coalition for Orcas Health Care is pleased to announce its fifth…

  • Mar 7th, 2018

Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks

A controversial gun control bill to ban bump stocks was signed into…

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                                Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.”

Washington students urge lawmakers to pass gun regulations

More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area high schools rallied…

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                                Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.”

Senate passes orca whale protection act, oil transportation safety act

The Senate on March 3 passed significant legislation to protect Washington state’s…

  • Mar 6th, 2018

SAFE San Juans shares #SJItoo

It may be your sister, your aunt, your daughter or your brother,…

Second annual International Women’s Day Celebration is March 8

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It…

  • Mar 5th, 2018