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San Juan, Canadian islands team up against pipeline expansion

Submitted by San Juan County In light of the Canadian Government’s purchase…

  • Sep 5th, 2018

Inter Island Medical Center property remains on the market

For the second time in about three months, an offer to purchase…

Intoxicated injuries, tasteless threats, canine complaints | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Sep 5th, 2018

Friday Harbor smoke test causes false-alarm fire call

They say where there’s smoke, there’s fire, but not when town officials…

Peace Island Medical Center loses $5 million over six months | Update

Staff report The island’s only hospital is continuing to report in the…

  • Sep 4th, 2018

Task force to save orcas meets in Anacortes

With just 75 Southern resident orcas remaining, a group is taking action…

Five facts about OPALCO’s solar power project

The sun shines brighter in the San Juans than most of Washington…

What will it take to save the Chinook?

Once weighing approximately 120 pounds, Chinook salmon reach only half that size…

Ridership soars as passengers flock to state ferries for holiday weekend

Nearly 8 million people have used the Washington State Ferries, more than…

  • Aug 30th, 2018

Orcas man accused of distributing child pornography

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) Eastound resident…

Shoreline Master Program needs updates to protect marine habitat

It’s back to the drawing board for San Juan County’s Shoreline Master…

Samish sailing slower through the San Juans

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Samish ferry on the San Juan Islands…

  • Aug 29th, 2018

San Juan County residents drink more than their neighbors | UW Medicine program releases health data

San Juan County residents outdrink the rest of the state by more…

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
Contributed photo
                                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…