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Sean Hunter pleads guilty to four counts including rape of a child

((Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated Hunter was sentenced…

 

Baby born to endangered Southern resident orca

Submitted by Center for Whale Research On Jan. 10, 2019, TV stations…

  • Jan 14th, 2019

 

Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, resigns from his position amid allegations of sexual harassment | Update

State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, has resigned from his position effective immediately.…

 

Washington State Ferries looks to reinvigorate San Juan ferries

By Miles Becker Journal contributor Four of the five ferries that service…

  • Jan 14th, 2019

San Juan School board starts new superintendent search

Approachable, collaborative, knowledgable in finances and familiar with the island. These are…

San Juan County District Court judge retires, replacement sworn in

A U.S. Founding Father’s quote hangs above the door of the San…

Annual San Juan Islands homeless count starts Jan. 24

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County’s 2019 Point in…

  • Jan 13th, 2019
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                                Jess Newley, Friends of the San Juans marine program assistant, surveys for Pacific sand lance on Shaw Island.

San Juans research finds new forage fish spawning beaches

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans Did you know that the…

  • Jan 12th, 2019
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                                Jess Newley, Friends of the San Juans marine program assistant, surveys for Pacific sand lance on Shaw Island.

Man pleads guilty to series of 2017 burglaries at Friday Harbor businesses

After almost a year, a series of thefts at San Juan Island…

A look at the year behind and ahead with San Juan County Councilman Bill Watson

Staff report As the new year begins, the Journal contacted the San…

  • Jan 17th, 2019

State installs temporary air quality monitor in Friday Harbor

San Juan islanders can breathe easier knowing the state is investigating local…

Washington Gov. Inslee announces public health care option legislation

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Jan.…

  • Jan 8th, 2019

San Juan islanders look to REET funds as affordable housing savior

Before Bridget Nyberg moved to a San Juan Community Home Trust neighborhood,…

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Sliding semi, kennelled canines, graffiti on the Green | San Juan County Sheriff’s log

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

  • Jan 14th, 2019

San Juan Island Rotarians help to end polio worldwide

For Mike Griffin, his cousin’s polio has always been a part of…

State investigates complaints against San Juan Island EMS chief

Two anonymous complaints were filed against San Juan Island Emergency Management Services…

San Juan County prepares for possible guesthouse lottery

Submitted by SJ County The number of detached Accessory Dwelling Units available…

  • Jan 4th, 2019

Christmas day accident leaves Jeep upside down on San Juan

Kind gesture leaves AJ Kind without a vehicle

Trespassing transgressors, drinking drivers, auto accidents | San Juan County Sheriff’s log

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

  • Jan 8th, 2019

New state representative meets with San Juan officials

Voices almost 170 miles from the state capital can still be heard.…

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                                A driver makes his way through Friday Harbor’s painted roundabout after it first opened in May.

San Juan Island’s top ten stories of 2018 | Part II

At the end of the year, the Journal takes a look at…

  • Jan 3rd, 2019
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                                A driver makes his way through Friday Harbor’s painted roundabout after it first opened in May.

Washington State Ferries calls for new vessels in long-range plan

Submitted by WSF More than half of Washington State Ferries’ 23-vessel fleet…

  • Jan 3rd, 2019

Learn about Washington State Ferries long-range plan on Jan. 9

Submitted by WSF Join Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton and…

  • Jan 2nd, 2019

National funding source for public lands in question

The funding source that secured Mitchell Hill as part of San Juan…

Stop sign scofflaws; sailboat swimmers; stolen seasonal spirit | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 31st, 2018

State updates permits to regulate Atlantic salmon farming until 2022 ban

Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology The Department of Ecology is…

  • Dec 30th, 2018

San Juan County receives almost $277K for salmon recovery

Submitted by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Recreation and Conservation…

  • Dec 29th, 2018

San Juan County 911 service restored | Update

Communities across the nation were without the ability to call 911 due…

San Juan Island School District Board to discuss superintendent search

Staff report Help the San Juan Island School District select the attributes…

  • Dec 28th, 2018

Washington ranks in top 10 for the healthiest states

Submitted by Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications Washington ranks as the ninth healthiest…

  • Dec 25th, 2018

San Juan Island’s top 10 stories of 2018 | Part I

Another year has ended and with it came reports from the somber…

  • Dec 28th, 2018

Chatty canine, suspicion search and goat gathering | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 24th, 2018

Salish Sea hatcheries to increase salmon stocks

When more buyers want a product, a company will often raise production…

Updated flood maps alter insurance requirements for San Juan islanders

When David Sutherlin checked his mortgage statement last summer, he noticed that…

OPALCO bills to increase about $9.50 | Update

Submitted by OPALCO OPALCO members will see a rate increase on their…

  • Dec 21st, 2018

Prepare for busy holiday travel on Washington State Ferries

Submitted by WSF Hundreds of thousands of people will be dashing through…

  • Dec 21st, 2018
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                                Captive abalone from Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes

Sea snails struggle in the Salish Sea

The Southern resident killer whales aren’t the only species headed toward extinction…

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                                Captive abalone from Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes
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                                An equestrian rides at the county fairgrounds.

Draft San Juan County Fairgrounds Master Plan ready for review

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Fairgrounds Master Plan…

  • Dec 21st, 2018
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                                An equestrian rides at the county fairgrounds.
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High-wind alert in the San Juan Islands

Staff report Extreme gusts are sweeping Western Washington. The Seattle/Tacoma office of…

  • Dec 20th, 2018
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