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Top stories of 2019 | Part II

At the end of the year, the Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

Risky recovery; beached boat; confiscated cars | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 30th, 2019

County accepting comprehensive plan amendments

Submitted by San Juan County The “Annual Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments”…

  • Dec 26th, 2019

Top stories of 2019 | Part One

At the end of the year, the Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

Clean transportation advances with hybrid-electric ferries

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Washington is taking the first steps…

  • Dec 24th, 2019

Spent shells, meandering mutt, bagged bike | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 24th, 2019

Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection

Martin Soto-Guillen, 46, of San Juan Island, has been charged with two…

Contributed photo | Excavators remove material at the intersection of West Beach and Enchanted Forest roads

West Beach Culvert replacement project completed

It’s a brisk December afternoon, but the rain is withholding. Members of…

Contributed photo | Excavators remove material at the intersection of West Beach and Enchanted Forest roads

County seeks comment on housing assessment

Submitted by San Juan County. The preliminary draft Housing Element and fourth…

  • Dec 19th, 2019

Ferries holds first-ever digital meetings

The 30-minute advance arrival rule isn’t going anywhere, there isn’t enough money…

Torrential rains caused flooding in downtown Friday Harbor in September 2015. (Journal file photo)

Heavy rain in the forecast for later this week

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Emergency Management While flood impacts…

  • Dec 17th, 2019
Torrential rains caused flooding in downtown Friday Harbor in September 2015. (Journal file photo)

State supreme court overturns public records decision

The Supreme Court of the State of Washington has overturned part of…

An EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Lancers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 lands during a Field Carrier Landing Practice at an outlying landing field attached to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)

Provision to monitor noise of naval operations to be included in National Defense Authorization Act

Submitted by Senator Maria Cantwell’s office. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and…

  • Dec 17th, 2019
An EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Lancers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 lands during a Field Carrier Landing Practice at an outlying landing field attached to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)

Our Revolution San Juan County to hold impeachment event

Submitted by David Turnoy. Our Revolution San Juan County will be holding…

  • Dec 16th, 2019

County council approves first biennium budget

As the year comes to a close, San Juan County has completed…

Videoed vandalism, generator grievance and trespasser tussle | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 15th, 2019

County considers marijuana grow options

San Juan County is still working toward drafting regulations for marijuana production…

Man arrested after fight with deputy

Averell Rennie, 27, of Friday Harbor was charged with assault in the…

Monument protest period closes soon

by Tom Reynolds Chair, San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee Last…

  • Dec 13th, 2019

Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

Anthony Michael Kean, 32, of Eastsound has been charged in San Juan…

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Road briefly closed due to water break

San Juan County Public Works closed Crescent Beach Dr. on Dec. 10…

  • Dec 12th, 2019
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Sales tax increase for emergency radios could be in next election

San Juan County Manager Mike Thomas brought a draft resolution in front…

Shoreline Master Program review progresses

With an $84,000 grant secured from the Washington Department of Ecology, the…

San Juan Island School District lockdown

San Juan Island School District will be practicing lockdown procedures on Tuesday…

  • Dec 10th, 2019
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                                 On the porch: Board members Selby Lighthill, Gay Peresky, Colleen Stewart, Debbie Durand, Oshen Schiweck. Not present: Bizzy Riley and Frank Martin. Bottom: Joe Symons, Natalie Menacho, Cal Rogers, Chelsea Thorpe, Ritambhara Tyson, Shawna Hanan, Lorna Rhodes, Learner Limbach, Grace Chung, Dan Gottlieb.

Friends of the Olga Store make an offer

After a month of pledge-gathering, Friends of the Olga Store Building put…

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                                 On the porch: Board members Selby Lighthill, Gay Peresky, Colleen Stewart, Debbie Durand, Oshen Schiweck. Not present: Bizzy Riley and Frank Martin. Bottom: Joe Symons, Natalie Menacho, Cal Rogers, Chelsea Thorpe, Ritambhara Tyson, Shawna Hanan, Lorna Rhodes, Learner Limbach, Grace Chung, Dan Gottlieb.

Orcas teen pleads not guilty to sexual assault

David Pacasum, 18, of Orcas Island, who was charged with three counts…

  • Dec 9th, 2019

San Juan man charged with burglary and malicious mischief

Jacob S. Morehouse, 18, of San Juan Island was charged with burglary…

Pinched post, faulty footwork and a disobedient dog | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 8th, 2019

2020 dog licenses now on sale

Submitted by the San Juan Auditor’s office. The dog licensing season was…

  • Dec 7th, 2019

Grating generators, torturous trees and embezzling employee | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 6th, 2019

County parks plans for the next two years

In an attempt to balance the San Juan County Parks budget, food…

OPALCO addresses Snake River dam resolution

While the region’s environmental groups work toward breaching the four lower Snake…

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                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>

Orcas woman competes on upcoming season of ‘Project Runway’

Orcas Islander Melanie Trygg is making her television debut when the 18th…

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                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>

$606,363 committed to enhance quality of life at the end of life

Submitted by Hospice of the Northwest Foundation. The Trustees of the Hospice…

  • Dec 1st, 2019
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Monument’s planning document outlines big changes

Camping on Indian Island could be an option in the future, but…

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San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

San Juan County Council has elected to join a statewide lawsuit against…

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis

Islanders talk about Growlers

Growing local and regional concern regarding the recent increase of loud EA-18G…

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis

Orcas teen charged with sexual assault

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) David S.…

  • Nov 27th, 2019

Brendan Brokes named WDFW North Puget Sound Region director

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind has named Brendan…

  • Nov 27th, 2019

Propane tank building permit granted, appealed and allowed

Another attempt to stop the installation of a 30,000-gallon propane storage tank…