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County’s plan for wildfire protection

Fire season is in full swing as the warmer drier weather has…

Ferries adds sailings for July 4 holiday

There will be unscheduled supplemental service through the San Juan Islands this…

  • Jul 2nd, 2019

More facts from ferries

The Hyak is officially retired as of July 1, the Elwha is…

Hogle trial postponed until November

The trial of an Orcas man accused of possessing and distributing child…

Elwha cleared of bomb threat | Suspicious note prompted investigation

On July 1, at 1:32 p.m. the San Juan County Sheriff’s office…

  • Jul 1st, 2019

The great Orcas emu rescue

Tish Knapp awoke on Thursday, June 27 to find her two 1-year-old…

Friday Harbor man charged with assault in the second degree – strangulation

Stuart Gray Piff, 35, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

For residents of the San Juan Islands, the state-run ferry system is…

Trampled transformer, dog diplomacy and a violated vehicle | Sheriff Log

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

  • Jun 29th, 2019

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center awarded for excellence

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Washington, was recognized with…

  • Jun 28th, 2019

Council talks radios and housing

San Juan County emergency services may be getting an upgrade to its…

(UW Medicine/contributed photo)

State’s Kaiser investigation concludes

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner for Washington State released the results…

(UW Medicine/contributed photo)

Vehicle violators, explosive examiners, seat belt scofflaws | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 22nd, 2019

Ferry advisory commission discusses ferry suggestions

An impending increase in ferry fares, the dependability of the islands’ vessels…

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                                A bear that visited several islands was captured and returned to the wilderness.

Island-hopping bear is caught and returned to wild

“The nicest bear” is back in the wilderness after a fruitless search…

Fish and Wildlife/Contributed photo
                                A bear that visited several islands was captured and returned to the wilderness.
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                                Pinto abalone.

Fish and Wildlife Commission lists pinto abalone as endangered

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is working with federal and…

  • Jun 20th, 2019
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                                Pinto abalone.
House Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rep. Larsen introduces a defense bill that includes Growler mitigation

Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, a senior member of the House Armed Services…

  • Jun 19th, 2019
House Transportation Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
J26 (brother) with J16 (mother) breaching. (Photo: Katy Foster)

Task force teams up with Canada for orca solutions

The United States and Canada are working together to save the endangered…

J26 (brother) with J16 (mother) breaching. (Photo: Katy Foster)

Graduating band students receive $3,000 in scholarships

Submitted by the Friday Harbor Friends of Music Members of the One…

  • Jun 17th, 2019

Cruising cows, meandering mopeds and vanishing vehicles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 15th, 2019

Gov. Inslee meets with OPALCO to talk broadband, clean energy and electric ferries

Submitted by OPALCO On Tuesday, May 28, leadership from Orcas Power and…

  • Jun 13th, 2019

Participate in the first step of the land capacity analysis

Submitted by San Juan County A draft web map for gross developable…

  • Jun 13th, 2019

A storm is coming, maybe; a quarterly review of county finances

Submitted by County Auditor F. Milene Henley As a child, I loved…

  • Jun 11th, 2019

Coffelt farm update

Submitted by San Juan County Land Bank The land bank is taking…

  • Jun 10th, 2019

Ferries talks fares in Friday Harbor

A proposed 5 percent rise in ferry fares over the next two…

Several speeders, disappeared dogs and business burglaries | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jun 8th, 2019
NPS Photo

Tourism to San Juan Island NHP creates $19.3 million dollars Economic Benefits

Submitted by San Juan Island National Historical Park A new National Park…

  • Jun 8th, 2019
NPS Photo

Vote counting equipment testing in June

A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San…

  • Jun 7th, 2019

Kaiser calls it quits in San Juan County

Questions began to fly as San Juan County residents were informed by…

Contributed photo/OPALCO
                                Ductless heat pump unit in a living room.

OPALCO awarded $5.8 million to fund energy efficiency projects

Submitted by OPALCO Orcas Power and Light Cooperative is now offering on-bill…

  • Jun 6th, 2019
Contributed photo/OPALCO
                                Ductless heat pump unit in a living room.

Gov Inslee visits the San Juans

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inlsee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee stepped into a…

  • Jun 6th, 2019

Suicide rates spike in the spring

Submitted by the Community Health Plan of Washington Spring is in the…

  • Jun 5th, 2019

San Juan man found guilty for wife’s death

[WARNING: The following story contains graphic details.] A San Juan Island man…

Visible vandalism; seat belt citations; malicious mischief | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. May 15…

  • Jun 1st, 2019

Whale watchers oppose distance initiative

Four regional whale watching companies are suing an orca conservationist group and…

Council hears testimony on marijuana moratorium

The marijuana moratorium in San Juan County remains in effect for now.…

Vacation rental moratorium in Eastsound requested

The Eastsound Planning Review Committee has an idea about how to solve…

New measles cases in Washington State

Submitted by San Juan County Washington state is experiencing a second measles…

  • May 29th, 2019

Canvassing Board Meeting

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Canvassing Board will…

  • May 26th, 2019

Dangerous dog, mangled mailboxes, power partners | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • May 25th, 2019