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Islanders join Women’s March in Friday Harbor

During a weekend full of power outages, wind and rain, approximately 1,000…

 

Tree damages car after windstorm

Josh Boland, of Friday Harbor, woke on Sunday, Jan. 21, to a…

 

Women’s March 2018 | Photos

Staff report According to contributor Liza Michaelson, close to 1,000 participants marched…

  • Jan 21st, 2018

 

Forgery for food, pony problems, construction complaint | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 21st, 2018

Elusive state capital budget passes, county funds secured

The state legislature approved the allocation of nearly $4 billion for construction…

San Juan employers learn how to apply new paid sick leave law

Correction: Originally, this story said that full-time employees can accrue a maximum…

Annual ferry ridership up by 250,000 to 15-year high

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Transportation A surge in boardings…

  • Jan 22nd, 2018

Legislature takes important step toward resolving capital budget issue

By Alex Visser WNPA Olympia News Bureau Washington state’s elusive capital budget…

  • Jan 17th, 2018

Salmon recovery project proposals for San Juan County

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Lead Entity for…

  • Jan 21st, 2018

How vessel noise affects killer whales

By slowing down just 3 knots, ships can reduce their noise pollution…

Probation problems, bike burglaries and pilfered parcel | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 15th, 2018

OPALCO seeks board candidates for District 2

Submitted by OPALCO Nominations are open for the 2018 OPALCO Board of…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

Food and non-alcoholic drinks sold on Elwha and Yakima

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Galley service on the upper decks of…

  • Jan 12th, 2018

Washington Affordable Care Act plan deadline is Monday, Jan. 15

Submitted by Washington HealthPlanFinder The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is urging customers…

  • Jan 12th, 2018

The state supports Medicaid clients in finding and keeping jobs

Submitted by the Washington State Health Care Authority During the week of…

  • Jan 17th, 2018

New bill could put Washington salmon farms in jeopardy

By Alex Visser WNPA Olympia News Bureau A Senate committee is considering…

  • Jan 15th, 2018

County staff to perform annual homeless count

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County’s 2018 Point in Time…

  • Jan 19th, 2018

Mayor appoints Oakes and Umierski to town arts commission

Submitted by Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor Mayor…

  • Jan 18th, 2018
Photo credit/ Astrid van Ginneken, Ph.D., for Center For Whale Research
                                A Southern resident killer whale feeding on salmon.

Killer whale campaign on Washington State Ferries

Submitted by Lodie Budwill The Center For Whale Research is taking action…

  • Jan 21st, 2018
Photo credit/ Astrid van Ginneken, Ph.D., for Center For Whale Research
                                A Southern resident killer whale feeding on salmon.

Governor rolls out carbon tax proposal

By Josh Kelety WNPA Olympia News Bureau Governor Jay Inslee rolled out…

  • Jan 14th, 2018

San Juan Island School Board meeting

Submitted by San Juan Island School Board On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

Salish Sea activists occupy the front steps of the state capitol

Legislative session off to a lively start

  • Jan 12th, 2018

Public hospital district appoints interim chief, against EMS staff recommendations

The new year has brought changes to San Juan Island Public Hospital…

County road may be relocated due to climate change predictions

This is the second article in a two-part series about the effects…

Six alleged theft reports at San Juan Island businesses

During the last two months of 2017, six thefts were reported from…

The year ahead | A conversation with Councilman Rick Hughes

San Juan County Council Councilman Rick Hughes says it’s been a significant…

New restrictions to plastics recycling

Submitted by the Lopez Solid Waste District The Lopez Solid Waste District…

  • Jan 11th, 2018

San Juan County Natural Resource Lands analysis

Staff report Interested in how much farm income is generated in San…

  • Jan 10th, 2018

Trump puts Washington coasts at risk from oil spill says Ranker

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the following statement in response to…

  • Jan 10th, 2018

Fire commissioners’ altered meeting schedule

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue The regularly scheduled San…

  • Jan 14th, 2018

Washington joins 46 other states imposing penalties on mortgage corporation

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions The Washington State…

  • Jan 16th, 2018

NOAA says vessel rules are a win for orcas and whale watch boaters

Correction: In a previous version of this article, it stated that in…

Top stories of 2017 | Part II

Correction: Originally this article stated that 14,000 protesters joined the Women’s March…

  • Jan 21st, 2018

Ranker makes protecting orcas and the Salish Sea a priority in the 2018

Submitted by Dave Pringle Senate Democratic Communications Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island,…

  • Jan 8th, 2018

OPALCO benefits by teaming up with regional generating co-op

Submitted by OPALCO OPALCO staff are looking for options after the electrical…

  • Jan 7th, 2018
Contributed photo/San Juan County Land Bank

San Juan County Land Bank secures over 280 acres in San Juan Valley

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank This year looks like…

  • Jan 9th, 2018
Contributed photo/San Juan County Land Bank

Town offers Christmas tree recycling

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor The town will collect Christmas…

  • Jan 5th, 2018
Contributed photo/woodmenhall.org
                                The Lopez Island Senior Center is located in Woodmen Hall.

Lopez Island Senior Center 101

Submitted by Lopez Island Senior Center The mission at the Lopez Island…

  • Jan 5th, 2018
Contributed photo/woodmenhall.org
                                The Lopez Island Senior Center is located in Woodmen Hall.

Washington DOH adds a third option to birth certificates

Submitted by the Washington Department of Health The Department of Health announced…

  • Jan 4th, 2018

Vacancies for San Juan County boards and commissions

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Council is searching…

  • Jan 4th, 2018