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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…

The M/V Samish undergoes sea trials on April 8, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Photograph by Stuart Isett/Vigor Industrial 2014 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.

Ferry ridership declines in 2019

Submitted by Washington State Ferries. For the first time in seven years,…

  • Jan 19th, 2020
The M/V Samish undergoes sea trials on April 8, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Photograph by Stuart Isett/Vigor Industrial 2014 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.

Coming soon to the county fairgrounds

Submitted by San Juan County Fairground New year, new San Juan County…

  • Jan 18th, 2020

Insecure infant, pilfered package and displaced dogs | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Jan 18th, 2020

Lovelett sworn in as senator for 40th Legislative District

Submitted by Sen. Liz Lovelett’s office. Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) was sworn…

  • Jan 18th, 2020

Bill Watson will not seek re-election

San Juan County Councilmember for San Juan Island Bill Watson announced on…

  • Jan 17th, 2020

Navy airlifts patient during Orcas snowstorm

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. A search and rescue team…

  • Jan 17th, 2020

Republicans aim to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hang-up

As Initiative 976 — the car tabs measure approved by voters in…

Ferries initiates severe weather schedule

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Washington State Ferries will operate on an…

  • Jan 15th, 2020
Reps. Debra Lekanoff and Alex Ramel (Contributed photo)

Alex Ramel replaces Jeff Morris as 40th District representative

Following Rep. Jeff Morris’ November 2019 resignation from his position in Washington’s…

Reps. Debra Lekanoff and Alex Ramel (Contributed photo)

Sucia body is John Doe

The person whose body washed ashore on Sucia Island last month is…

Annual homeless count is Jan. 23

San Juan County’s 2020 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted…

  • Jan 10th, 2020

Severe weather shelter for those in need

The severe weather shelter will be open Sunday, Jan. 12 through Sunday,…

  • Jan 10th, 2020

Nasty neighbors, ferry line failure, check shenanigans | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 10th, 2020

San Juan County Parks early camping registration for residents

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Parks and Fair is…

  • Jan 8th, 2020

Guerilla gardening, troubling tab, adrift again | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 7th, 2020

County accepting applications for detached accessory dwelling units

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Department of Community Development…

  • Jan 6th, 2020

Seniors bring lawsuit against senior center nonprofit

Four members of the Senior Services Council of San Juan County brought…

The Anacortes Marathon oil refinery with Mt. Baker in the background. (Walter Siegmund, CC BY 2.5/contributed photo)

Environmentalists stop Anacortes xylene proposal

Xylene will not be produced and transported through local waters thanks to…

The Anacortes Marathon oil refinery with Mt. Baker in the background. (Walter Siegmund, CC BY 2.5/contributed photo)

Body found on Sucia Island

A boater discovered human remains on the shore of Sucia Island on…

Orcas Island man found after missing 18 hours | Update

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. An Orcas Island man who…

  • Jan 2nd, 2020

OPALCO board listens to member concerns – reconsiders resolution on Snake River dams

Submitted by OPALCO. At the December board meeting in Friday Harbor, 18…

  • Jan 1st, 2020

Missing Orcas man found safe

Missing Orcas Island resident James Keyes, 67, was found by searchers at…

  • Dec 31st, 2019

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…