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Lopezians gathered to honor Black lives lost as they respectfully removed memorial signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6, 2020. (Robert S. Harrison/contributed photo)

Lewis found guilty of reckless endangerment and malicious mischief

A Lopez Island man who said he attempted to destroy a Black…

  • Sep 20th, 2021 9:24am
Lopezians gathered to honor Black lives lost as they respectfully removed memorial signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6, 2020. (Robert S. Harrison/contributed photo)
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Forecasted ferry disruptions begin

A week after rumors of a coordinated ‘sickout’ by Washington State Ferries…

  • Sep 11th, 2021 4:15pm
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Back to school in the era of COVID | Editorial

For some parents, it’s a blessing and for some kids, it’s a…

  • Sep 9th, 2021 1:30am
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Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)

Ferry service disruption expected over holiday weekend

Whispers of ferry service disruptions turned to a roar on Aug. 31,…

  • Sep 1st, 2021 2:29pm
Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)
Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)

Regional transportation authority weighs passenger-only ferry options

A passenger-only ferry service from Bellingham to Friday Harbor may soon be…

  • Aug 18th, 2021 1:30am
Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)
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New enforcement laws cause confusion and frustration

Recently enacted laws are limiting law enforcement’s ability to properly respond to…

  • Aug 12th, 2021 1:30am
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Four Charter Review commissioners present opposition to recommendations

Not everyone in the San Juan County Charter Review Commission agreed with…

  • Jul 30th, 2021 1:30am
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Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues

The moratorium on new vacation rental permits in San Juan County continues.…

  • Jul 20th, 2021 1:30am
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Van Haalen pleads guilty and receives deferred sentence

Former Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal Caspar van Haalen pleaded guilty to…

  • Jul 14th, 2021 1:30am
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San Juan County recognizes Plastic Free July

During its regular meeting on June 28, San Juan County Council approved…

  • Jul 9th, 2021 1:30am
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Council to hold vacation rental moratorium public hearing

San Juan County Council will hold a public hearing to consider the…

  • Jul 6th, 2021 1:30am
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Vacation rentals alone aren’t causing the affordable housing crisis | Editorial

Six months ago — when the vacation rental permit moratorium began —…

  • Jun 29th, 2021 1:30am
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Emergency preparedness in the San Juan Islands

The wildfires that raged across the Pacific Northwest in summer 2020 were…

  • Jun 25th, 2021 1:30am
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First SJICN vacation rental forum focuses on discovery

The conversation regarding vacation rentals continues in San Juan County, with a…

  • Jun 14th, 2021 2:05pm
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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month | Editorial

Happy Pride Month! The celebration of Pride Month in June began in…

  • Jun 12th, 2021 1:30am
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Pride flags stolen from residences around Lopez Island

Only a broken wooden pole remained where a rainbow flag once blew…

  • Jun 8th, 2021 1:30am
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Landlord facing charges had previous complaints against him

A Friday Harbor landlord recently charged with voyeurism and residential burglary was…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021 1:30am
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Minding your mental health in May | Editorial

There is no denying that for most people around the world 2020…

  • May 23rd, 2021 12:49pm
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Friday Harbor landlord charged with burglary and voyeurism

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office is seeking information from former tenants…

  • May 16th, 2021 8:06pm
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San Juan County is best in state for small business; and an economic update

San Juan County earned the honors of best county in Washington state…

  • Apr 19th, 2021 1:30am
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Celebrating Mother Earth | Editorial

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article had incorrect information regarding…

  • Apr 15th, 2021 1:30am
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Catching up with the ferries

Though ferry ridership in the San Juans has nearly returned to its…

  • Mar 31st, 2021 1:30am
The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
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Talking about organic waste in San Juan County

More than 40 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills…

  • Mar 30th, 2021 1:30am
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County Council amends vacation rental moratorium to cover only select land use designations on Orcas and Lopez

Recognizing that vacation rentals aren’t as significant of a problem in some…

  • Mar 16th, 2021 3:00pm
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Some changes around the Journal office | Editorial

Change has become second nature amid the COVID-19 pandemic. About a year…

  • Mar 13th, 2021 1:30am
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Jennifer Johnston’s third-grade class at Orcas Island Elementary School. (Colleen Smith/staff photo)

Island schools talk reopening strategies

For some island students, it’s been 11 months since they walked the…

  • Mar 7th, 2021 1:30am
Jennifer Johnston’s third-grade class at Orcas Island Elementary School. (Colleen Smith/staff photo)
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Reflecting on schools reopening

Hallways that sat empty for many months are starting to refill. Within…

  • Mar 4th, 2021 1:30am
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San Juan County’s vacation rental discussion continues

San Juan County has issued permits for 1,002 vacation rentals, according to…

  • Mar 4th, 2021 1:30am
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It takes a village to rescue a beloved lost pooch

As the tidewaters rose, rescuers knew they didn’t have long to save…

  • Feb 18th, 2021 1:30am
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Tremor event draws regional attention

Thousands of tremors rattled under Vancouver Island between Jan. 26 and Feb.…

  • Feb 16th, 2021 1:30am
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s shake map screenshot from the afternoon of Feb. 8.
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What love means to me | Editorial

Readers may recall that in July 2020 I wrote about being separated…

  • Feb 11th, 2021 1:30am
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Your trust in us is valued | Editorial

One of the most disheartening things I’ve witnessed since I began this…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021 1:30am
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‘Vaccine’ peddler who caused controversy in Friday Harbor charged

In April 2020, Johnny T. Stine was making plans with his long-time…

  • Jan 27th, 2021 1:30am
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San Juan County’s COVID success — keep it up!

The United States hit a very grim milestone on Jan. 19, reaching…

  • Jan 27th, 2021 1:30am
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Shoreline Master Program review completes

Changes are coming to the San Juan County Shoreline Master Program. With…

  • Jan 27th, 2021 1:30am
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San Juan County Council places moratorium on new vacation rental permits

As of 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 13, San Juan County has a…

  • Jan 19th, 2021 3:00pm
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Upper left: Jamie Stephens. Upper right: Mike Thomas. Lower left: Cindy Wolf. Lower right: Christine Minney.

Council hosts first meeting of 2021

The two newest San Juan County Council Members were introduced to their…

  • Jan 16th, 2021 1:30am
Upper left: Jamie Stephens. Upper right: Mike Thomas. Lower left: Cindy Wolf. Lower right: Christine Minney.
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2020 wasn’t all terrible: The best news of the year | Editorial

The year 2020 will likely go down in history books as one…

  • Jan 5th, 2021 1:30am
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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.

Minney and Wolf are sworn in

San Juan County’s newly-elected County Counselors are ready to begin their tenure.…

  • Jan 3rd, 2021 1:30am
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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.
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‘The land we stand on’ with Russel Barsh

The islands may be marketed as pristine and untouched by human hands,…

  • Dec 28th, 2020 1:30am
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