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April special elections expected to be canceled

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditors Office The long-awaited proposal to…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

New court procedures in response to COVID-19

San Juan County Superior and District Courts are taking immediate steps to…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Blood donation location changed to Orcas Center | Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood amid COVID-19 concerns

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department…

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Lyft grift; purloined petrol; bail bounder | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 18th, 2020

Senate and house dispute kills data privacy bill

Groundbreaking data privacy legislation designed to give consumers more access and control…

Coming together to stay apart — social distancing and daily life

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Gov. Jay Inslee announced…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

San Juan County next COVID-19 video update Thursday

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Emergency Management In order to…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

Orcas Physical Therapy temporarily closes

To our Orcas Island Community, In light of the current coronavirus pandemic,…

  • Mar 17th, 2020

COVID-19 spreads across the state leading to mass closures of public spaces

As COVID-19 inches toward the San Juan Islands, public health officials continue…

COVID-19 update from hospital district

by Anne Presson Superintendent of the Orcas and Lopez Public Hospital Districts…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

Washington state legislators make tampons tax-free

Women in Washington state will soon be relieved of paying sales tax…

Senior Center update

The health and safety of our community is a shared responsibility and…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

Ray’s Pharmacy staying open

Ray’s Pharmacy would like to inform the public that we will be…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

An update from Councilman Rick Hughes regarding coronaviru

by Rick Hughes San Juan County Council, District#2 I wanted to update…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

The Exchange To Close Temporarily

Following the lead of Governor Inslee and the Orcas School District, Orcas…

  • Mar 14th, 2020

Charter review commission to be elected in 2020

Submitted by F. Milene Henley. Over the first eight months of 2005,…

  • Mar 14th, 2020
The Grays Harbor County Corrections Facility has a smaller population Wednesday, March 11, 2020, since earlier this month when the sheriff limited the types of bookings into the Montesano, Washington, facility. The jail is located next to the county courthouse, seen here. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

Washington jails limiting inmate bookings over coronavirus concerns

By Michael Lang Grays Harbor News Group Across the state, some low…

  • Mar 14th, 2020
The Grays Harbor County Corrections Facility has a smaller population Wednesday, March 11, 2020, since earlier this month when the sheriff limited the types of bookings into the Montesano, Washington, facility. The jail is located next to the county courthouse, seen here. (Michael Lang | Grays Harbor News Group)

Orcas School District to close in response to coronavirus

by John Fleming, Ayn Carrillo Gailey, Linda Sheridan, Greg White Orcas Island…

  • Mar 13th, 2020

Orcas Island Community Foundation launches emergency response fund in wake of COVID-19

by Hilary Canty Executive Director, OICF The Orcas Island Community Foundation has…

  • Mar 13th, 2020

Update from Orcas School District

Submitted by Superintendent Eric Webb on Friday, March 13. The information surrounding…

  • Mar 13th, 2020

San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession

Martin Soto-Guillen, 47, of San Juan Island has been charged with three…

San Juan County to declare an emergency in response to COVID-19

Submitted by San Juan County. The San Juan County Council will be…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

WSF encourages passengers to give everyone a little more space when sailing

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. Washington State Ferries continues to monitor the…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

OPALCO closes offices to the public

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. Orcas Power and Light Cooperative…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

View current San Juan County COVID-19 data online

Submitted by San Juan County COVID-19 Response Team. While there are currently…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

Frequently asked questions for the islands about COVID-19 | Guest column

By San Juan County Health and Community Services Health Officer Dr. Frank…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses

Matthew Allen Cowell, 34, of Friday Harbor, was charged with multiple drug-related…

School district coronavirus update

Dear students, families, and community, Information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can at…

  • Mar 11th, 2020

San Juan County homeless count declines

Submitted by San Juan County. The 2020 San Juan County “Point-In-Time” homeless…

  • Mar 9th, 2020

State steps up response to coronavirus outbreak

With 19 people in the United States — 18 of whom were…

Cited speeders, sauntering sheep, carousing canines | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 9th, 2020
Contributed photo
                                At left: Jay Holt and Sucia.

Deputy Sucia, armed with a keen sense of smell

There is a new deputy in town, and she’s armed with a…

  • Mar 8th, 2020
Contributed photo
                                At left: Jay Holt and Sucia.

Lopez man charged with assault, meth possession, trespassing and resisting arrest

Shawn Loren Cook, 43, of Lopez Island, is awaiting sentencing in San…

Disaster Preparedness event cancelled

The Be Ready Orcas Disaster Preparedness event planned for Thursday, March 12…

  • Mar 4th, 2020
CNN Photo | Graph showing where the higher range 5G frequencies land on the electromagnetic spectrum

Part I | The hype about 5g

In the wake of the news that Verizon Wireless will begin installing…

CNN Photo | Graph showing where the higher range 5G frequencies land on the electromagnetic spectrum

San Juan man charged with burglary and assault

Omar Guillen, 19, of San Juan Island has been charged with two…

More than a hundred people gather in close proximity for the annual meeting aboard Washington State Ferries each spring as is evidenced by this file photo from 2016. (file photo)

Safety first! OPALCO cancels annual member meeting – elections continue

Submitted by Ocas Power and Light Cooperative The Orcas Power and Light…

  • Mar 3rd, 2020
More than a hundred people gather in close proximity for the annual meeting aboard Washington State Ferries each spring as is evidenced by this file photo from 2016. (file photo)

John Cunningham | Passages

John crossed the threshold to join forces with our unseen world early…

  • Mar 3rd, 2020

Map misconduct, tardy transfers, detained driver | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 2nd, 2020
Contributed Photo | Rick Larsen celebrates at the Olga Store, helps FOSB receive their tax-exempt status

Rick Larsen: Dad Joke King

A wide range of topics were covered by U.S. Rep Rick Larsen…

Contributed Photo | Rick Larsen celebrates at the Olga Store, helps FOSB receive their tax-exempt status