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Creation of State Broadband Office focus for Gov. Inslee

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The creation of a Statewide…

  • Jan 27th, 2019

Rock Island expands fiber-optic internet to Town of Friday Harbor

Submitted by OPALCO OPALCO’s wholly owned subsidiary, Rock Island Communications, announced this…

  • Jan 24th, 2019

Nearly 25 million set sail on state ferries in 2018

Annual ridership up 10 percent from five years ago

  • Jan 24th, 2019

Gov. Inslee says orcas are a priority

The Southern resident orcas are among Gov. Jay Inslee’s top priorities in…

Nick Power accused of campaign finance violations; cleared of two complaints

In the aftermath of the 2018 general election, San Juan County candidates…

Property owner files a legal complaint about vacation rentals

An Orcas man is intending to sue the county, a state agency…

Port of Friday Harbor plans for new revenue streams, amenities, increases liveaboard fees

The new year brings changes at the Port of Friday Harbor. In…

  • Jan 22nd, 2019

OPAL Rebids April’s Grove Townhome Project

Submitted by OPAL Community Land Trust OPAL is holding a full rebid…

  • Jan 21st, 2019

Sunken sailboats, happy hounds and haywire horses | San Juan County Sheriff’s log

San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Jan. 2…

  • Jan 21st, 2019

Orca task force is briefed on Washington state budget

Gov. Jay Inslee is committed to saving the Southern resident orca population…

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

San Juan School board starts new superintendent search

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

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 Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

San Juan County District Court judge retires, replacement sworn in

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

San Juan islanders look to REET funds as affordable housing savior

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

Washington State Ferries looks to reinvigorate San Juan ferries

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

  • Jan 14th, 2019

Baby born to endangered Southern resident orca

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

  • Jan 14th, 2019

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

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

State installs temporary air quality monitor in Friday Harbor

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

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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…

San Juan Island Rotarians help to end polio worldwide

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

The case for required volunteering at Friday Harbor High School

Instead of watching movies or playing videos games, 16-year-olds Emmett Carrier and…

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

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

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

State investigates complaints against San Juan Island EMS chief

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

Christmas day accident leaves Jeep upside down on San Juan

Kind gesture leaves AJ Kind without a vehicle

New state representative meets with San Juan officials

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

San Juan County prepares for possible guesthouse lottery

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

  • Jan 4th, 2019

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
Staff photo/Hayley Day
                                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
Staff photo/Hayley Day
                                A driver makes his way through Friday Harbor’s painted roundabout after it first opened in May.

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 Island’s top 10 stories of 2018 | Part I

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

  • Dec 28th, 2018

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