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Council denies petition to put Decatur fire district on ballot

After two hours of testimony, the San Juan County Council voted unanimously…

Orcas Animal Protection Society announces new director

Submitted by the Orcas Animal Shelter board. The Orcas Animal Protection Society…

  • Jul 29th, 2019

Melendez-Lopez charged with burglary and assault

Humberto Melendez-Lopez, 41, of San Juan Island, has been charged with residential…

Whale sanctuary project reveals two possible locations

In an effort to garner community input regarding a proposed whale sanctuary,…

  • Jul 28th, 2019

AWOL inmate, errand-running elder, purloined pots | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 27th, 2019

Abdon sentenced to 6.5 years for vehicular homicide

Tucker Samms Abdon, 34, of Eastsound, was sentenced by Judge Kathryn C.…

Lunch at Buck Bay with the Orcas Senior Center

Lunch at Buck Bay with the Orcas Senior Center nonprofit will be…

  • Jul 26th, 2019

No rabbits at the San Juan County Fair this year

Submitted by San Juan County Parks and Fair. To all Open Division…

  • Jul 24th, 2019

First community conversation on vacation rentals

Hundreds of citizens joined together to discuss vacation rentals and how they…

Stop-sign sliders; noise nuisance; ferry fury | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 23rd, 2019

Orcas Fire extinguishes car blaze in Moran

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

  • Jul 22nd, 2019

Seniors request Mullis Center Operations Committee recall

More than 90 signatures have been collected on a petition to remove…

Local speakers inspire action at local vigil protest of ICE detainment camps

Advocates and concerned citizens around the country protested the treatment of immigrants…

Deadly rabbit disease confirmed in the San Juans

The bunnies of the San Juan Islands are in danger. A case…

Lopez awarded No Child Left Inside grant

Submitted by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. More than 14,000 kids…

  • Jul 21st, 2019

Anonymous ammo, speeding spikes, blotto boaters | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 19th, 2019
Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

State asks county landowners to allow hunting on property

Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Washington Department of…

  • Jul 18th, 2019
Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

Port of Friday Harbor addresses allegations

Following the receipt of a formal letter of complaint, the Port of…

Unused medications drop-off | Letter to the editor

Submitted by Kyle Freeman, Berto Gandara, Emilie Gincig, Rick Hughes, Ron Krebs,…

  • Jul 17th, 2019

Jensen Marina tenant files formal letter with the Port of Friday Harbor

Submitted by Maurice Liebman. Local resident and long-time Jensen Marina tenant Maurice…

  • Jul 16th, 2019
Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

Lum family to lease Coffelt Farm Preserve

A longtime Orcas family is breathing life back into a beloved island…

Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

Abdon changes plea to guilty in vehicular homicide case

Tucker Samms Abdon, 34, of Eastsound, changed his plea of not-guilty to…

Taylor sentencing postponed

Sentencing for Kevin Patrick Taylor has been postponed to 1:30 p.m. on…

  • Jul 15th, 2019

Community copes with child care costs

Access to child care is an issue that extends beyond the county…

County agencies receive record retention funds

Nearly $100,000 in grants were awarded by Legislature to local government agencies…

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

State invests in Puget Sound salmon habitat

More than $45 million in grants were awarded to communities throughout Puget…

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Samish experiences engine problems

After three days of delayed sailings because of an issue with the…

State Attorney General is suing Navy over Growler expansion at NAS Whidbey

The state’s top lawyer is suing the Navy over the noise and…

County’s plan for wildfire protection

Fire season is in full swing as the warmer drier weather has…

Submit your comments on ferry fares

The Washington State Transportation Commission is looking for feedback on proposed fare…

  • Jul 11th, 2019

Scientists are looking for new lizards on Orcas and need the community’s help

Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Scientists are looking…

  • Jul 10th, 2019

AG Ferguson sues Navy over impact of expanded Growler jet operations

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit on July 9 against the…

  • Jul 9th, 2019
Contributed photos. Center for Whale Research

It’s a girl!

Submitted by the Center for Whale Research In the morning of July…

  • Jul 8th, 2019
Contributed photos. Center for Whale Research

Discarded fishing nets catch wildlife

Thousands of marine animals — from mammals to invertebrates — die each…

  • Jul 8th, 2019

Rep. Larsen helped Orcas resident appeal Medicare claim

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen, D-WA, 2nd District. One of the most…

  • Jul 6th, 2019

Southern Resident killer whales absent from the Salish Sea for the first June on record

Endangered Southern Resident killer whales absent from the Salish Sea for the first June on record

  • Jul 6th, 2019

State ferry Hyak has sailed into retirement

After nearly 52 years in the Washington State Ferries’ fleet, the Hyak…

  • Jul 5th, 2019

Interview with Port of Orcas Commissioner 1 and 2 candidates

An unprecedented four of the five four-year terms on the Port of…

  • Jul 4th, 2019

Suspicious note prompted bomb investigation | Update

A note stuck to the mirror in the women’s restroom on the…

  • Jul 3rd, 2019

WSF answers questions about ferry system

The Hyak is officially retired as of July 1, the Elwha is…