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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
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                                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

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