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Canadian oil pipeline debate continues

The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is still in development following a decision…

Business disaster training

Is your business prepared for a disaster? The San Juan County Department…

  • Feb 29th, 2020

Compost Queens

It’s the first Community Composting Task Force Meeting and the topic of…

A common-sense local perspective on coronavirus

Submitted by San Juan County Health Officer Frank James, MD; San Juan…

  • Feb 28th, 2020

HPV Vaccine is also for Adults

Submitted by the Island Reproductive Health Initiative If you were born prior…

  • Feb 28th, 2020

Cat cruelty, click-it tickets and deer demise | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Feb 26th, 2020

Christian Hogle pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography

Warning: The following story contains graphic details. Christian Hogle, 54, formerly of…

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…

Washington’s Presidential Primary has moved to March

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

  • Feb 22nd, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some still seek vacation rental moratorium

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

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
Kim Kimple/contributed photo
                                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…

Kim Kimple/contributed photo
                                The sinkhole on Killebrew Lake Road on Orcas.

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

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

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…

Extreme risk protection order filed against San Juan woman

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

Premera and LifeWise fined by insurance commissioner

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

  • Feb 6th, 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)

San Juan County GOP announces caucus sites

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

  • Feb 5th, 2020

Rain causes widespread impacts

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

  • Feb 5th, 2020

Candidates named for OPALCO election

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

  • Feb 5th, 2020
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.

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…