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Protecting the San Juans and Southern residents from oil spills

Thousands of vessels travel throughout the Salish Sea annually, either to pass…

Climate action starts with self

“It’s early morning in the Pacific. Soon the sun will rise on…

  • Sep 30th, 2019
Contributed photo. Looking down Prune Alley from North Beach Road in approximately 1914.

Prune Alley improvements slated for Sept 2020

The decades-long proposal for a Prune Alley improvement project is officially nearing…

Contributed photo. Looking down Prune Alley from North Beach Road in approximately 1914.
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                                School board president John Helding speaking during the Sept. 25 meeting.

Lopez community weighs in on harassment allegations against staff member

It was standing room only at the first Lopez Island School Board…

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                                School board president John Helding speaking during the Sept. 25 meeting.
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                                <strong>John Willis in 2014.</strong>

Life-long Orcas Island resident John Willis dies

John Willis passed away on Friday, Sept. 20. He was 79, and…

  • Sep 30th, 2019
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                                <strong>John Willis in 2014.</strong>

Chicken-killing canines, boundary-breaking bovines, lockbox lift | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 30th, 2019

An update on county programs

As the summer came to an abrupt end and fall took ahold…

County agencies stress urgency in upgrading radio system

San Juan County emergency services may be able to upgrade its radio…

New license plates to benefit San Juan Island stewardship available Oct. 1

Submitted by SJI Chamber of Commerce. Washington’s new San Juan Islands vehicle…

  • Sep 24th, 2019

Lessons from the front: What our trash is telling us

by Toby Cooper Special to the Sounder Ginger Moore peers out her…

  • Sep 23rd, 2019

BLM Monument Advisory Committee to meet on Lopez

Submitted by The Bureau of Land Management. The Bureau of Land Management…

  • Sep 22nd, 2019

Getting involved on National Public Lands Day

Submitted by San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. Public lands and visitors go…

  • Sep 22nd, 2019

Seat belt scofflaws, fender flares failure, mooring miscreant | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. Sept. 11…

  • Sep 22nd, 2019

Samish scientists seek to save struggling species

While the conservation spotlight is focused on the survival of the Southern…

Contributed photo by Corey Wiscomb.
                                “STOP CLIMATE CHANGE”

Students organize island strike for climate

Orcas Island youth participated in a global climate strike on Friday, Sept.…

  • Sep 20th, 2019
Contributed photo by Corey Wiscomb.
                                “STOP CLIMATE CHANGE”
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                                Orcas Food Co-Op Floorplan

What’s happening with The Olga Store Building?

Friends of the Olga Store Building, now a state registered nonprofit corporation…

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                                Orcas Food Co-Op Floorplan

Former Lopez Island secondary principal accused of sexual harassment

Warning: This story contains explicit details of alleged sexual harassment. Eight Lopez…

Man suffering sudden cardiac arrest successfully revived by CPR and AED

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Sep 16th, 2019

Missing meds, bizarre behavior, nasty neighbors | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 16th, 2019

The 2020 census is underway | Part One

by Brad Brown Special to the Sounder The federal government through the…

  • Sep 14th, 2019

Orcas Fire unveils 9/11 memorial

A structural beam from the fallen towers of 9/11 has found its…

  • Sep 13th, 2019

Vacation rental workgroup meeting

Submitted by The Vacation Rental Work Group. Get ready for a second…

  • Sep 12th, 2019

San Juan County studies potential protected foraging areas for Southern resident orcas

The Southern resident orcas are starving to death, and providing quiet areas…

Councilman Hughes talks ferries

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story listed the wrong initiative…

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                                Orcas Island Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire utilizing 200 gallons of water

Lightning strike causes small wildfire near Eagle Lake

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire crews responded…

  • Sep 9th, 2019
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                                Orcas Island Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire utilizing 200 gallons of water
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                                House completely ablaze

Orcas Island home destroyed in intense blaze

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. At 3:27 p.m. on Friday,…

  • Sep 9th, 2019
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                                House completely ablaze

Deceitful driver; loose livestock; noise nuisance | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. Aug. 27…

  • Sep 7th, 2019

Drilling into the past at Hummel Lake

Submitted by Kwiaht. Kwiaht researchers and students have recovered a 30-foot long…

  • Sep 6th, 2019
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                                Councilman Rick Hughes (black jacket) and Rep. Rick Larsen (gray jacket) discuss Prune Alley.

Larsen tours Eastsound projects

Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02) visited Eastsound on Aug. 23 to learn how…

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                                Councilman Rick Hughes (black jacket) and Rep. Rick Larsen (gray jacket) discuss Prune Alley.

September 11 memorial

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Sep 3rd, 2019

Conservancy groups sue Trump administration for failing to protect the Southern residents

Submitted by the Wild Fish Conservancy. The Center for Biological Diversity and…

  • Sep 2nd, 2019

Warrant for arrest for Eastsound man who escaped work crew

Daniel Dawayne Hall, 31, of Eastsound was charged with escape in the…

Bogus Benjamin, Lopez landing, ferry feud | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Sep 1st, 2019

New videos show tsunami potential from Cascadia quake

Though the islands seem safely protected in Salish Sea from any tsunami…

Road project news from Councilman Hughes

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes cannot say enough about the efforts…

Forest management solutions in the San Juans

Wildfires are an inconvenience that those living along the West Coast have…

Three injured in early morning crash

At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, a Subaru Outback with…

  • Aug 28th, 2019

Multiple cardiac calls, missing runner and fire alarm make for busy Friday at OIFR

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. Orcas Island Fire and Rescue…

  • Aug 26th, 2019
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                                Dave Dunaway in the SAFE San Juans Eastsound office.

SAFE San Juans hires new executive director

Dave Dunaway cares about his team. After accepting the position as the…

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                                Dave Dunaway in the SAFE San Juans Eastsound office.

Orcas Road renovation is complete

Drivers and pedestrians on Orcas Road can now enjoy safety improvements thanks…