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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

High winds delay ferries services in the San Juans | Update

Submitted by WSF All ferry passengers should be prepared for possible service…

  • Dec 20th, 2018
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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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                                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

Commissioners look at San Juan Island EMS and fire merger pros, cons

Merging San Juan Island’s fire district and emergency medical services came closer…

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Inslee calls for $1 billion to save orcas and salmon

Editor’s note: The state Legislature will vote on the budgets this winter.…

  • Dec 17th, 2018
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Abandoned autos, resting Rover, land bank loiters | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The sheriff’s office responded to these calls: Nov. 28 • A Lopez…

  • Dec 17th, 2018

In Memoriam | 2018 Orcas

Each summer, visitors and locals, alike, anticipate viewing Southern resident killer whales.…

Vessel exhaust’s effect on Southern resident killer whales | Update

Editor’s note: In a previous version of this article, PAH chemicals were…

OPALCO sends capital credit checks

Submitted by OPALCO In December, some members of the local electrical co-operative…

  • Dec 15th, 2018

Washington state has higher fentanyl overdoses, ACA registrations; lower workers’ compensation

In Washington, there has been an increase in fentanyl deaths and health…

San Juan County approves capital projects through 2024

San Juan County Council has approved projects through 2024, including planning for…

Friday Harbor man sentenced to almost three years for assault, harassment

Paul Noah Espinoza, 30, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to seven counts…

Washington State Ferries prepares final long-range plan

Submitted by WSF The Washington State Ferries 2040 Draft Long Range Plan…

  • Dec 12th, 2018
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Free mentoring services for San Juan County entrepreneurs

Submitted by SCORE Starting up a business in the islands can be…

  • Dec 11th, 2018
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Apply to join board of electric co-op OPALCO

Submitted by OPALCO OPALCO is seeking nominations for board candidates from Districts…

  • Dec 11th, 2018

San Juan County has state’s highest voter turnout

San Juan islanders are the most active voters in the state. “We…

Attack aspens, ferry line faceoff, pilfered parcel | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 10th, 2018

State to adopt transportation plan, discuss autonomous vehicles

Submitted by Washington State Transportation Commission An updated statewide transportation policy plan…

  • Dec 9th, 2018

San Juan County vacation rental 411

Submitted by SJ County San Juan County staff has published a new…

  • Dec 9th, 2018

Fentanyl deaths increase in Washington state

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of…

  • Dec 9th, 2018

San Juan County Real Estate Excise Tax collection starts Dec. 27

Submitted by SJ County In the Nov. 6 general election, San Juan…

  • Dec 6th, 2018

Researchers use king tides to predict sea-level rise on San Juan

Photos of the high king tides may provide answers about rising sea…

Washington workers’ comp insurance makes biggest price drop in decade

Submitted by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries The price of…

  • Dec 5th, 2018

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner fines Kaiser insurance

Submitted by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner Washington State…

  • Dec 4th, 2018

San Juan County board vacancies

Submitted by the San Juan County Council The San Juan County Council…

  • Dec 4th, 2018

Sen. Ranker introduces statewide single-use plastic bag ban

Submitted by Environment Washington Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Strom…

  • Dec 4th, 2018

Tribes give spoken testimonies against Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Four Washington Native American tribes won’t let international borders stop their voices…

There’s still time to apply for affordable insurance

Submitted by Washington Healthplanfinder As of Nov. 30., more than 195,000 customers…

  • Dec 3rd, 2018

Speeding citations, order offender and deer disposal | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 3rd, 2018

San Juan County to consider cyclists, hikers in street designs

Walkers, cyclists and drivers are all critical to San Juan County road…

Lopez clinic relocates to Lopez Island Family Resource Center

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Health and Community Services…

  • Nov 30th, 2018

San Juan County generates more state tax revenue than receives in state funds

County citizens and visitors are financing more services across Washington than the…

San Juan County certifies election results

In the Nov. 6 general election, the county prosecuting attorney and sheriff…

Shortened enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance runs through Dec. 15

Submitted by Washington Health Benefit Exchange Residents can use Washington Healthplanfinder to…

  • Nov 28th, 2018

Vacation rental crack down in the San Juans

More than 40 people have paid nearly $58,000 in penalties since new…

Comment on Washington State Department of Transportation projects

Submitted by WSDOT Comments are now being accepted on a proposed four-year…

  • Nov 26th, 2018
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Department of Natural Resources requests $90 million for orca, salmon habitat

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Commissioner of Public…

  • Nov 26th, 2018
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Car citations, stolen cell, picked-up passport | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 26th, 2018