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                                A map of areas that have reported cases of novel coronavirus.

Local resident tests negative for novel coronavirus

Concern over a potential case of novel coronavirus caused a public health…

 

Washington’s Presidential Primary has moved to March

Submitted by San Juan County. Just when you thought the election was…

  • Feb 22nd, 2020

 

Senate passes bills to ensure health of natural waters

Submitted by Washington State Democrats A slate of bills passed out of…

  • Feb 21st, 2020

 

Vacation Rental Working Group listens to San Juan voices

Submitted by Vacation Rental Working Group. On Saturday, Feb. 29 the Vacation…

  • Feb 21st, 2020

Lovelett bill to boost fresh fruits and vegetables program passes Senate

A bill that would promote healthy foods and diets for those enrolled…

  • Feb 19th, 2020

Pacasum trial postponed until May

The trial for 18-year-old David Pacasum of Orcas Island has been continued…

Youtube video focuses on public records in San Juan County

A YouTube video posted on Jan. 29 about the San Juan County…

Friday Harbor man charged with drug possession and harboring a minor

Stuart Gray Piff, 35, of Friday Harbor, was charged with two controlled…

  • Feb 21st, 2020

Samish Indian Nation receives $760,000 federal grant to improve roads and safety

Submitted by the Samish Indian Nation. The Samish Indian Nation was awarded…

  • Feb 21st, 2020

Federal judge declines to dismiss constitutional claim against San Juan County, sheriff and former detective

Submitted by Nicholas Power In a ruling issued Feb. 13, United States…

  • Feb 17th, 2020

Resounding reunion, dashing dog, nighttime noise | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 18th, 2020

State proposes eelgrass restoration project in Westcott Bay

Submitted by Washington State Department of Ecology. The Washington State Department of…

  • Feb 16th, 2020

Person in San Juan County tests negative for Novel Coronavirus | Update

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Health & Community Services…

  • Feb 15th, 2020

Point Lawrence Road down to single lane

Submitted by San Juan County Public Works. San Juan County Public Works…

  • Feb 12th, 2020

Radio sales tax approved

The sales tax increase to improve emergency radio services in San Juan…

  • Feb 11th, 2020

Some still seek vacation rental moratorium

Eight months after making their initial request, some islanders are still asking…

Custody complaint, displaced dwelling, bar bounce | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 10th, 2020

Killebrew Lake Road reopens

Killebrew Lake Road is now open to all traffic. Please be advised…

  • Feb 10th, 2020
Contributed Photo | The Olga Store building dressed in white during snow days 2020

Olga Store is now community-owned

For the first time in a decade, the 100-year-old, Orcas Island milled,…

Contributed Photo | The Olga Store building dressed in white during snow days 2020

Gov. Inslee comments on monument plan

Inconsistencies in the Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the San Juan…

Presidential Primary Vote counting equipment testing

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditors Office A “Logic and Accuracy”…

  • Feb 8th, 2020

An easy, meant-to-be love | The Spinogattis

It all began with a chance encounter at a tropical resort. Native…

Premera and LifeWise fined by insurance commissioner

Submitted by the Washington state Insurance Commissioner’s office Washington state Insurance Commissioner…

  • Feb 6th, 2020

Extreme risk protection order filed against San Juan woman

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has requested an extreme risk protection…

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                                The sinkhole on Killebrew Lake Road on Orcas.

Flooding results in county road closures

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that Killebrew Lake…

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                                The sinkhole on Killebrew Lake Road on Orcas.
Contributed photo | Killebrew Lake Rd east of Laporte Rd.

Heavy rains cause sinkholes and road closures

There have been a number of reports of island roads being impacted…

  • Feb 5th, 2020
Contributed photo | Killebrew Lake Rd east of Laporte Rd.

Candidates named for OPALCO election

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

  • Feb 5th, 2020

Rain causes widespread impacts

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Emergency Management. Recent intense rains…

  • Feb 5th, 2020

San Juan County GOP announces caucus sites

Submitted by Lynda Lee Gerpheide. All San Juan Island Precincts, plus Turn…

  • Feb 5th, 2020
Mega, L41, was last seen by the Center for Whale Research on Aug. 11, 2019. (Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research/contributed photo)

L41, a prominent Southern resident killer whale, missing

by Ken Balcomb, Founder and Senior Scientist Center for Whale Research My…

  • Feb 5th, 2020
Mega, L41, was last seen by the Center for Whale Research on Aug. 11, 2019. (Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research/contributed photo)

Decatur dispute, scary scam, accessed account | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 3rd, 2020
Contributed photo | Killebrew Lake Rd. east of Laporte Rd.
Contributed photo | Killebrew Lake Rd. east of Laporte Rd.

A fight over property rights on Henry Island

A Henry Island couple has brought a lawsuit against the San Juan…

Measure to fund emergency radio upgrade on ballot

Voters have the chance to approve a sales tax increase to improve…

Pacasum trial postponed

After requesting and being granted $1,500 by the court to fund an…

Fraud fail, rogue recording, fallen fences | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 25th, 2020

OPALCO board rescinds dam resolution in favor of collaboration with membership

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. At the Jan. 23 board…

  • Jan 24th, 2020

Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months

A pilot program for those needing substance or mental health assistance is…

Three so far in the race for county council

Two Orcas residents are challenging incumbent Rick Hughes for the District 2…

New 4g LTE antenna on roof of Napa

Verizon Wireless has been issued a permit from the San Juan County…