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Pacasum trial postponed until May

The trial for 18-year-old David Pacasum of Orcas Island has been continued…

 

Contributed Photo | Rick Larsen celebrates at the Olga Store, helps FOSB receive their tax-exempt status

Rick Larsen: Dad Joke King

A wide range of topics were covered by U.S. Rep Rick Larsen…

 

Former EMS chief cleared by department of health

Submitted by San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Former San…

  • Feb 25th, 2020

 

Washington’s Presidential Primary has moved to March

Submitted by San Juan County Just when you thought the election was…

  • Feb 25th, 2020

Parents and teachers express concerns over mandatory sex ed

Parents, students and educational professionals voiced their concerns in a public hearing…

Extension of tax exemption for private airplane work approved by Senate

The Washington state House of Representatives will consider a 10-year extension of…

Lawmakers move to lower cost of insulin in state

Bringing down the cost of insulin for people with diabetes is the…

Friday Harbor man charged with drug possession and harboring a minor

Stuart Gray Piff, 35, of Friday Harbor, was charged with two controlled…

Additional census worker information meetings

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the midst of peak hiring efforts…

  • Feb 20th, 2020

Samish Indian Nation receives $760,000 federal grant to improve roads and safety

Submitted by the Samish Indian Nation The Samish Indian Nation was awarded…

  • Feb 24th, 2020

Lovelett bill to boost fresh fruits and vegetables program passes Senate

A bill that would promote healthy foods and diets for those enrolled…

  • Feb 21st, 2020

Resounding reunion, dashing dog, nighttime noise | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 22nd, 2020

Youtube video focuses on public records in San Juan County

A YouTube video posted on Jan. 29 about the San Juan County…

Federal judge declines to dismiss constitutional claim against San Juan County, sheriff and former detective

Submitted by Nicholas Power In a ruling issued Feb. 13, United States…

  • Feb 16th, 2020

Person in San Juan County tests negative for Novel Coronavirus | Update

Submitted by San Juan County. San Juan County Health & Community Services…

  • Feb 15th, 2020

Comprehensive Plan draft transportation element and appendix now available

Submitted by San Juan County The first drafts of the proposed Comprehensive…

  • Feb 16th, 2020

Premera and LifeWise fined by insurance commissioner

Submitted by the Washington state Insurance Commissioner’s office Washington state Insurance Commissioner…

  • Feb 16th, 2020

Custody complaint, displaced dwelling, bar bounce | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 15th, 2020

Some still seek vacation rental moratorium

Eight months after making their initial request, some islanders are still asking…

Orcas Island’s Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months

A pilot program for those needing substance or mental health assistance is…

Eelgrass (Photo by Kristine Sowl, USFWS, Public Domain)

State proposes eelgrass restoration project in Westcott Bay

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

  • Feb 13th, 2020
Eelgrass (Photo by Kristine Sowl, USFWS, Public Domain)

Lawmakers consider a grow-your-own recreational marijuana bill

People may be allowed to grow up to six of their own…

Bailer Hill (pictured) was one of the roads most affected by flooding during the recent storm. (Heather Spaulding/staff photo)

Flooding results in county road closures

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that Killebrew Lake…

Bailer Hill (pictured) was one of the roads most affected by flooding during the recent storm. (Heather Spaulding/staff photo)

Radio sales tax and school levy renewal approved

Both the sales tax increase to improve emergency radio services in San…

  • Feb 11th, 2020

More drug offenders would be sentenced to treatment instead of prison under proposed law

Proposals moving through the Legislature would expand the eligibility of incarcerated people…

Decatur dispute, scary scam, accessed account | San Juan County Sheriff’s Office

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

  • Feb 8th, 2020

Legislature considers Lovelett levy bills

Submitted by Sen. Liz Lovelett’s office School districts could go to the…

  • Feb 8th, 2020

Gov. Inslee comments on monument plan

Inconsistencies in the Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the San Juan…

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease vaccine offered

Submitted by Islands Veterinary Clinic Dr. Sonja Webster-Hills is partnering with a…

  • Feb 5th, 2020
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San Juan County GOP announces caucus sites

Submitted by Lynda Lee Gerpheide San Juan County Republicans announced the upcoming…

  • Feb 6th, 2020

San Juan County Sheriff’s Guild supports Proposition 1

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Guild We, the membership of…

  • Feb 5th, 2020

Candidates named for OPALCO election

Submitted by OPALCO The volunteer member Elections & Governance Committee has selected…

  • Feb 5th, 2020
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                                Mega, L41, was last seen by the Center for Whale Research on Aug. 11, 2019.

L41, a prominent Southern resident killer whale, missing

by Ken Balcomb, founder and senior scientist Center for Whale Research My…

  • Feb 4th, 2020
Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research/contributed photo
                                Mega, L41, was last seen by the Center for Whale Research on Aug. 11, 2019.

Rain in the forecast could lead to more flooding

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Emergency Management Recent intense rains…

  • Feb 4th, 2020

Funding for studying harmful algal blooms

Submitted by John Burkhardt University of Washington Tacoma Alexandrium catenella is a…

  • Feb 3rd, 2020
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Land bank neighbor brings lawsuit over public access to shared property

A Henry Island couple has brought a lawsuit against the San Juan…

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Fraud fail, rogue recording, fallen fences | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 1st, 2020

School district seeks levy renewal

The San Juan Island School District is asking that the public renew…

  • Jan 31st, 2020

Learn more about radio measure, Feb. 2

Want to learn more about Proposition 1: Emergency Communication System on the…

  • Jan 31st, 2020

Measure to fund emergency radio upgrade on ballot

Voters have the chance to approve a sales tax increase to improve…