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Honeywells are complying with DOE | Update

(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story failed to provide an…

  • Aug 29th, 2018

Washington State Ferries open houses in the San Juans

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Help shape the future of Washington State…

  • Aug 29th, 2018

Re-count update

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditor’s Office San Juan County has…

  • Aug 28th, 2018

Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor

For decades, when the county fair ends, Lopez and Orcas participants pack…

Forgetful ferry riders; troubled trespassers; MIP mishap | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Aug 27th, 2018

Sewer line testing in Friday Harbor

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

  • Aug 27th, 2018

San Juan County to receive temporary air quality monitor | Update

The San Juan Islands’ blue cloudless skies and unfiltered rays have been…

Local wastewater treatment plants win outstanding performance awards

Submitted by Department of Ecology Once the tap is turned on, most…

  • Aug 24th, 2018

Orcas man arrested for outstanding warrant and drug charges

Jordan Colin Lynn-Jefferson, 19, of Orcas Island, was arrested for an outstanding…

Town of Friday Harbor lodging tax applications deadline approaches

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor’s…

  • Aug 24th, 2018

Research shows Cypress net pen collapse released infected salmon

When more than 260,000 Atlantic salmon spilled from a failed net pen…

Comprehensive plan confronts climate change

The San Juan County Comprehensive Plan is slated to be updated by…

Nine vehicle break-ins reported in Eastsound

Staff report A prowler struck at least nine vehicles between the hours…

  • Aug 22nd, 2018

Power out for 10 hours after car accident on Lopez | Update

Submitted by OPALCO All of Orcas, Shaw, Blakely and some of Lopez…

  • Aug 22nd, 2018

Recreational shellfish harvesting re-opens in San Juan County | Update

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

Rep. Rick Larsen to visit San Juan County, Aug. 23

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office On Thursday, Aug. 23, Rep. Rick…

  • Aug 21st, 2018
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                                English Camp.

San Juan Island National Historical Park restricts fires

Submitted by SJI National Historical Park Due to very dry conditions and…

  • Aug 21st, 2018
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                                English Camp.

San Juan County burn ban in effect

Submitted by San Juan County A burn ban began at noon, Tuesday,…

  • Aug 21st, 2018

Senator Cantwell holds Orcas Island roundtable discussion on affordable housing

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…

Upcoming San Juan Island fire commissioners’ meetings

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

  • Aug 20th, 2018

Kelsey O’Day sentenced to 13 months for child rape

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

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

$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…

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

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

Bear remains found on Matia Island | Update

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

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

Man escapes custody on ferry, caught an hour later

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

Ferries flow smoothly as summer begins to ebb

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

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…

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

County-wide internet outage fixed | Update

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

  • Aug 9th, 2018

OPALCO completes first solar power project

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

  • Aug 9th, 2018

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
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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.

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

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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                                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.
Contributed image/Jacqueline Hansson

Vessel stranded southeast of San Juan Island

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

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
Contributed image/Jacqueline Hansson