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                                OPALCO linemen worked about 20 hours to restore power outages on Sunday, Nov. 26 after 55 mph winds hit San Juan County.

OPALCO linemen work roughly 20 hours to restore power on Nov. 26.

Submitted by OPLACO Sunday, Nov. 26 was a long day for OPALCO…

  • Nov 27th, 2017
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                                OPALCO linemen worked about 20 hours to restore power outages on Sunday, Nov. 26 after 55 mph winds hit San Juan County.
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                                Anna Maria de Freitas and David Pass stand on the covered deck of a tiny house they will rent out in Friday Harbor. Each house comes with a 90-square-foot covered deck in the front.

Tiny houses add to low housing stock in Friday Harbor

As the owner of local businesses, it’s easy for Anna Maria de…

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                                Anna Maria de Freitas and David Pass stand on the covered deck of a tiny house they will rent out in Friday Harbor. Each house comes with a 90-square-foot covered deck in the front.

San Juan County residents lean towards maintaining state tax hikes

Unlike the rest of the state, San Juan County residents voted to…

Walk-in business drops at Spring Street Landing

At the Port of Friday Harbor Commissioners’ meeting on Nov. 8, business…

San Juan County residents face property tax increase, mostly from state

San Juan County property owners will see significantly higher property tax bills…

OPALCO members to receive capital credit checks

Submitted by OPALCO In December, capital credit checks will be sent out…

  • Nov 22nd, 2017

San Juan County boards and commissions vacancies

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Council is searching…

  • Nov 22nd, 2017

San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 meeting

The next San Juan Island Public Hospital District 1 regular board meeting…

  • Nov 21st, 2017

Alleged car theft, wallet theft and business break-in on Orcas

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is following up on three crimes…

Friday Harbor re-establishes collection of commingled recyclables

The recycling company noted the town’s high quality of the recycling as justification.

  • Nov 20th, 2017

Debates on lodging tax distributions at San Juan County Council

San Juan County Councilmen are questioning the purpose of a longtime local…

Disappeared dinghy, lifted lighter and wind wreck | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 18th, 2017

Social services help coming to Friday Harbor

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services The…

  • Nov 18th, 2017
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                                The refinery, formally called Tesoro, in Anacortes.

San Juan Islanders testify at Anacortes Refinery hearing

The Skagit County Hearing Examiner will make a decision in early December…

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                                The refinery, formally called Tesoro, in Anacortes.
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Graham Black sworn in as Port of Friday Harbor commissioner

Nov. 8, at the 4 p.m. regular Port of Friday Harbor meeting,…

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High winds sweep through San Juan County | Update

Staff report High winds swept San Juan County on Monday, Nov. 13.…

  • Nov 18th, 2017

Medevac mission on Friday Harbor

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey A Search and Rescue team from…

  • Nov 16th, 2017
Staff photo/Heather Spaulding Entrepreneurs after the lunch.

Local business owners win in “Launch San Juan Islands”

Louisa Winkler of Ferry Boat Seeds took home first place in the…

Staff photo/Heather Spaulding Entrepreneurs after the lunch.

Katie Loring appointed judge for San Juan County Superior Court | Update

Last week Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Friday Harbor-based attorney…

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Washington’s exchange for ACA plans shows increased traffic during first week of enrollment

Submitted by Washington Healthplanfinder The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reporting a…

  • Nov 14th, 2017
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                                About 92 workshop attendees discussed county solutions to orca protection on Oct. 27.

New study shows looming orca extinction without big local changes

San Juan County staff and residents are brainstorming local ways to protect…

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                                About 92 workshop attendees discussed county solutions to orca protection on Oct. 27.

Washington State Ferries honor veterans

All vessels sailing at 11:11 a.m. to also blow their whistles in unison

  • Nov 12th, 2017

County topics addressed at San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau membership meeting

Local business and government representatives heard updates on issues affecting their livelihoods…

Goat gang, property prowler and burgled boat | Sheriff Log

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

  • Nov 10th, 2017
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                                Councilman Jamie Stephens, WSF Terminal Engineering Director Nicole McIntosh, County
                                Engineer Colin Huntermer, Councilman Rick Hughes, County Manager Mike Thomas, Councilman
                                Bill Watson, Public Works Director Russ Harvey and Project Engineer Jesse Douglas-Seitz.

Orcas Park and Ride opens

The park and ride at the Orcas Ferry Landing hit a few…

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                                Councilman Jamie Stephens, WSF Terminal Engineering Director Nicole McIntosh, County
                                Engineer Colin Huntermer, Councilman Rick Hughes, County Manager Mike Thomas, Councilman
                                Bill Watson, Public Works Director Russ Harvey and Project Engineer Jesse Douglas-Seitz.

November General Election results | Update

This year’s November General Election had a full lineup of races. It…

Take survey to help county planning | Comprehensive Plan

Submitted by San Juan County Tell the local government your thoughts on…

  • Nov 9th, 2017

Insurance issue, camera kidnap and capsized kayaker | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 7th, 2017

Inslee names Loring as San Juan County Superior Court Judge

Submitted by the office of Gov. Jay Inslee Gov. Jay Inslee announced…

  • Nov 6th, 2017

Stolen signs, drug delinquencies and walking worries | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 6th, 2017

National park to apply herbicides in butterfly habitat restoration efforts

Submitted by the San Juan Island National Historical Park Ten new test…

  • Nov 5th, 2017

Friday Harbor apartments to remain affordable

Submitted by the Opportunity Council Twenty apartments in Friday Harbor will remain…

  • Nov 4th, 2017

Life Care Center employees search for jobs after branch closure

After about eight years with the Life Care Center of the San…

San Juan Island teen airlifted after car accident

A San Juan Island teen was airlifted to receive medical care after…

EDC to offer free construction basics training

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

  • Nov 2nd, 2017

Signs missing in Friday Harbor mayoral race

On Oct. 27, San Juan County Undersheriff Brent Johnson told the Journal…

Rep. Larsen encourages signing up for health insurance as ACA enrollment begins

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, announced the…

  • Nov 1st, 2017

San Juan Transfer Station to recycle mixed paper starting Nov. 3

San Juan Transfer Station to recycle mixed paper starting Friday, Nov. 3.…

Almost half of the population cannot afford to live in most island homes | Comprehensive Plan

There’s a housing crisis in San Juan County and county staff has…

Halloween in Eatsound

Islanders of all ages hit the streets on Halloween to trick or…