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Washington Attorney General sues three Fortune 15 companies for negligently fueling opioid epidemic

“Distributors ignored red flags while pouring staggering amounts of opioids into Washington”

  • Mar 13th, 2019

Airport master plan nears completion

Within the next two decades, the Friday Harbor Airport is looking at…

Building lobby oppose legislation | Guest column

Submitted by the Building Industry Association of Washington Lawmakers arrived at the…

  • Mar 13th, 2019

Update from the Islands’ Oil Spill Association

Submitted by San Juan County Department of Emergency Management In Eastsound on…

  • Mar 12th, 2019

Fire destroys Friday Harbor commercial building

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire Department On Thursday afternoon, March 7,…

  • Mar 8th, 2019
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Vehicle fire spreads to office supply store | Photos

Office Supplies Plus caught fire when a motorhome parked next to it…

  • Mar 7th, 2019
John Stimpson photo

Debate over proposed Lopez pot farm

By Miles Becker Sounder contributor The topic of growing industrial marijuana was…

  • Mar 7th, 2019

Emergency error; tool theft; attitude adjustment | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

Feb. 20 • A deputy arrested an individual in Friday Harbor for…

  • Mar 7th, 2019
Photo courtesy of Spirit of Orcas Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours

The Canadian Energy Board’s Flawed Decision | Guest column

Submitted by Janet Alderton and Michael Riordan Despite overwhelming opposition from British…

  • Mar 6th, 2019
Photo courtesy of Spirit of Orcas Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours

Orcas man convicted for domestic violence

Colt Lee Hausauer, 31, of Orcas Island, pleaded guilty in San Juan…

Inslee launches 2020 presidential campaign

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Gov. Jay Inslee announced he…

  • Mar 5th, 2019

Lopez man charged with burglary, imprisonment and malicious mischief

Darren Adam Hayes, 57, of Lopez, was charged in the San Juan…

Open seats in county committees

The San Juan County Council is searching for citizens to fill current…

  • Mar 4th, 2019

San Juan Island firefighters respond to two separate house fires

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire & Rescue On Tuesday, Feb. 26,…

  • Mar 4th, 2019

Upcoming blood drives in the islands

February was a tough month. With the snowstorm that hit the region,…

  • Mar 4th, 2019

State senators aim to eliminate personal objection to vaccines in Washington

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposed bill would eliminate…

  • Mar 2nd, 2019

Orcas resident Jesus Cora detained by ICE

By Diane Craig Journal contributor A long-time San Juan County resident was…

  • Mar 1st, 2019

OPALCO candidate by petition disqualified

Submitted by OPALCO An OPALCO member, Dwight Lewis of Lopez Island, completed…

  • Feb 28th, 2019

San Juan County homeless count holds steady

Submitted by San Juan County The 2019 San Juan County “Point-In Time”…

  • Feb 27th, 2019
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                                Invasive plant, Scotch Broom.

Gov. Inslee Highlights Need to Stop Invasive Species with Awareness Week

Submitted by the San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Program In partnership…

  • Feb 27th, 2019
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                                Invasive plant, Scotch Broom.

Judge imposes state’s recommendations in Hunter sentencing

Sean Michael Hunter, 24, was sentenced in San Juan County Superior Court…

Connector road project planning continues

San Juan County Engineer Colin Huntemer will return to the drawing board…

State ferry system and economy need new ferries | Guest column

Submitted by Rick Hughes San Juan County Council Washington State Ferries’ new…

  • Feb 24th, 2019

Canada National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Submitted by the National Energy Board of Canada The Canadian National Energy…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019

Medical air transport problems persist

Madden Surbaugh sat with his wife at their Orcas Island home on…

Hospital district meeting, Feb. 27

San Juan County Public Hospital Board No. 1 will be holding its…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019

San Juan County Superior Court implements pilot drug court | Guest column

Submitted by Judge Kathryn Loring In response to interest from the legal…

  • Feb 21st, 2019

UW Medicine error exposes nearly 1 million patient records

Submitted by UW Medicine On Dec. 26, 2018, UW Medicine became aware…

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Security video to be released

Security camera footage that resulted in a case dismissal will be released…

Caregiver-owned homecare cooperative

Submitted by Deborah Craig Recently, caregivers on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez…

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Navy MEDEVACs two patients from Orcas

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island A Search and Rescue team from Naval…

  • Feb 20th, 2019

House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau A package of bills aimed…

  • Feb 19th, 2019

NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts early morning MEDEVAC from Friday Harbor

NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts early morning MEDEVAC from Friday Harbor

  • Feb 19th, 2019

Local firefighters climb for Leukemia and Lymphoma awareness

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue On Saturday, Feb. 23,…

  • Feb 19th, 2019

Orcas man flown off-island for gunshot wound to his chest

Submitted by San Juan County Undersheriff Zac Reimer. Deputies on Orcas Island…

  • Feb 18th, 2019

Snow sliders, dueling dogs and transport thievery | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 18th, 2019
Contributed photo/Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com
                                Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, who use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit
                                for vessels approaching the endangered species.

Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists…

  • Feb 17th, 2019
Contributed photo/Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com
                                Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, who use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit
                                for vessels approaching the endangered species.

Board of Health to discuss medical air transport

The San Juan County Board of Health will be discussing medical air…

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Two-h0ur delayed start for San Juan Island School District

Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m.…

  • Feb 14th, 2019