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Power out for 10 hours after car accident on Lopez

Submitted by OPALCO All of Orcas and some of Lopez Island were…

  • Aug 20th, 2018

 

Upcoming San Juan Island fire commissioners’ meetings

Submitted by fire commission A special meeting for the San Juan County…

  • Aug 20th, 2018

 

Senator Cantwell holds roundtable discussion on affordable housing on Orcas Island

San Juan County is one of many communities in Washington state facing…

 

Canadian fires cause bad air quality in the San Juans

More than 500 fires are burning in British Columbia and there are…

Phone fraud; suspicious social; healthy horse | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 20th, 2018
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                                Aerial images of Southern Resident killer whale juvenile J50, taken in 2017 (left) and August 1st 2018 (right) for comparison. Note in the recent image she has lost body condition revealing a very thin profile, and noticeable loss of fat behind the head creating a “peanut head” appearance. Images obtained with an unmanned drone, piloted non-invasively 100ft above the whales under NMFS research permit #19091. SR3

Orca mother releases baby after 17 days, rescue efforts reach young whale | Videos and photos | Update

Federal agencies are working together to save a young orca, J50, and…

Contributed photo/Sealife Response, sealifer3.org .
                                Aerial images of Southern Resident killer whale juvenile J50, taken in 2017 (left) and August 1st 2018 (right) for comparison. Note in the recent image she has lost body condition revealing a very thin profile, and noticeable loss of fat behind the head creating a “peanut head” appearance. Images obtained with an unmanned drone, piloted non-invasively 100ft above the whales under NMFS research permit #19091. SR3

Town road construction updates for Friday, Aug. 17

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor Traffic will be disrupted from…

  • Aug 15th, 2018

Recreational shellfish harvesting re-opens in San Juan County

Temperatures are rising in the San Juans, and so is the possibility…

Kelsey O’Day sentenced to 13 months for child rape

A San Juan Island woman who pleaded guilty to child rape was…

British Columbia wildfire smoke causes ‘unhealthy’ air quality in the San Juans

Submitted by San Juan County Air monitors in the region on Tuesday,…

  • Aug 14th, 2018

Bear remains found on Matia Island | Update

For the second time in almost a year, a bear was found…

Man escapes custody on ferry, caught an hour later

A 28-year-old Orcas man escaped medical transport custody at the Anacortes ferry…

County-wide internet outage fixed | Update

Submitted by San Juan County The mainland fiber break in Anacortes has…

  • Aug 9th, 2018

Buff bathers, mooring moochers, rock run in | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 10th, 2018

OPALCO completes first solar power project

Submitted by OPALCO OPALCO’s first big community solar project was complete and…

  • Aug 9th, 2018

San Juan County, Town of Friday Harbor officials plan to reduce drug use, crimes

On Facebook, San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs can search his news…

Ferries flow smoothly as summer begins to ebb

Ferry service in the San Juans should return to its regularly scheduled…

Trump administration to be sued over lack of whale protection zone

Submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity On Aug. 1, conservation groups…

  • Aug 7th, 2018

August primary election 2018 results | Update

For full Aug. 7 top-two primary results and how island residents voted…

Dingy discovery, purse problem, marina merrymaking | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 6th, 2018

$10,000 reward offered for information on the explosive device at Turtleback Mountain trail | Update

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering up to…

State adds shooting ban to prevent fires on WDFW lands

Submitted by WDFW The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will add…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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Vessel stranded southeast of San Juan Island

Staff report On Friday, Aug. 3, Jacqueline Hansson reported to the Journal…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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Two locals perish in Lopez Island plane crash

Submitted by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office At approximately 5 p.m., Thursday,…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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                                Eric A. Kulp and his attorney in San Juan County Superior Court on Aug. 3.

Eric Kulp changes plea to guilty in wife’s murder case | Update

The Shaw Island man charged with the murder of his wife changed…

Staff photo/ Hayley Day
                                Eric A. Kulp and his attorney in San Juan County Superior Court on Aug. 3.
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                                J16 and J50 as calf in 2015.

NOAA looks at ways to save J pod orca, who is near death

Emergency response is underway for J50, a 4-year-old orca whale who is…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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                                J16 and J50 as calf in 2015.

Burn ban in effect throughout Washington state

Submitted by the Department of Natural Resources Effective Aug. 2, the Department…

  • Aug 2nd, 2018

Orca mother continues to carry deceased baby on 11th day

For 11 days, an orca mother has carried her deceased newborn on…

  • Aug 2nd, 2018

San Juan County Council lifts political sign limits

For the first time in 20 years, San Juan County code will…

Dogged deer; domestic disturbances; suspended SUVs | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 30th, 2018
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                                Staff from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office discovered that Facebook’s platform allowed advertisers to exclude African-American, Latinx and other ethnic affinities from seeing ads. Facebook did not offer exclusion options for Caucasians.

AG Ferguson’s investigation prompts Facebook to make nationwide advertising changes

Submitted by Washington State Attorney General’s Office Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced…

  • Jul 27th, 2018
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                                Staff from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office discovered that Facebook’s platform allowed advertisers to exclude African-American, Latinx and other ethnic affinities from seeing ads. Facebook did not offer exclusion options for Caucasians.

Fish and Wildlife staff reopen Chinook fishery in upper Columbia River

Submitted by WDFW Stronger-than-expected returns of summer chinook salmon moving past Priest…

  • Jul 27th, 2018
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                                Detour map.

State Route 9 opens near Mount Vernon | Update

Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation Crews from Interwest Construction Inc,.…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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                                Detour map.

County auditor answers why a race with two candidates is on primary ballots

By Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor This year’s primary election is…

  • Jul 27th, 2018

What you need to know about the San Juan County primaries

The political season is upon us. Here’s what you need to know…

San Juan County’s fire risk increases to high on July 24 | Update

Submitted by San Juan County At noon, July 24, the fire risk…

  • Jul 24th, 2018

San Juan County Public Hospital District meets July 25 | Update

Staff report The San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board…

  • Jul 24th, 2018

July 25 San Juan Island School District meeting

Staff report On Wednesday, July 25, the San Juan Island School District…

  • Jul 23rd, 2018

San Juan County pilots home share program

Submitted by San Juan County Local housing advocates are moving forward with…

  • Jul 23rd, 2018
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                                Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Federal judge grants AG Ferguson to expedite family separations suit

Submitted by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office A federal judge today…

  • Jul 23rd, 2018
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                                Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson