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Shoreline Master Program review progresses

With an $84,000 grant secured from the Washington Department of Ecology, the…

County considers marijuana grow options

San Juan County is still working toward drafting regulations for marijuana production…

Orcas teen pleads not guilty to sexual assault

David Pacasum, 18, of Orcas Island, who was charged with three counts…

  • Dec 11th, 2019

Sales tax increase for emergency radios could be in next election

San Juan County Manager Mike Thomas brought a draft resolution in front…

2020 dog licenses now on sale

Submitted by the San Juan Auditor’s office The dog licensing season was…

  • Dec 10th, 2019

Monument’s planning document outlines big changes

Camping on Indian Island could be an option in the future, but…

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County parks plans for the next two years

In an attempt to balance the San Juan County Parks budget, food…

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                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>

Orcas woman competes on upcoming season of ‘Project Runway’

Orcas Islander Melanie Trygg is making her television debut when the 18th…

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                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>

Grating generators, torturous trees and embezzling employee | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 7th, 2019

SJI EMS defends its air ambulance flights

San Juan Island Public Hospital District No. 1 responded to the September…

$606,363 committed to enhance quality of life at the end of life

Submitted by Hospice of the Northwest Foundation Hospice of the Northwest Foundation…

  • Dec 5th, 2019

OPALCO addresses Snake River dam resolution

While the region’s environmental groups work toward breaching the four lower Snake…

Handful of hit-and-runs and a misplaced passport | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 30th, 2019

Unemployment rate continues to drop in San Juan County

San Juan County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the…

Hospital district honors leaving commissioners

It was the last meeting for three of the San Juan Public…

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis)

Regional concerns continue to rise over the increase in Growler flight training over the Salish Sea

Growing local and regional concern regarding the recent increase of loud EA-18G…

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis)

Orcas teen charged with sexual assault

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) David S.…

  • Nov 27th, 2019

Brendan Brokes named WDFW North Puget Sound regional director

Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Washington Department of Fish…

  • Nov 27th, 2019

Washington State Ferries holiday travel alert

Submitted by Washington State Ferries With nearly 350,000 people expected to ride…

  • Nov 26th, 2019

Holiday travel prep is just as important as planning the big meal

Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation Just like shopping, prepping the…

  • Nov 26th, 2019

Propane tank building permit granted, appealed and allowed

Another attempt to stop the installation of a 30,000-gallon propane storage tank…

San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

San Juan County Council has elected to join a statewide lawsuit against…

Washington State Ferries hosts first-ever virtual community meetings

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Washington State Ferries is hosting a round…

  • Nov 25th, 2019

Dangerous dog, wayward walker, nonpaying patron | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 23rd, 2019

County awarded grant for wood energy project

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article said that OPALCO’s Community…

County sells Lopez land for affordable housing

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County completed the sale of…

  • Nov 16th, 2019

Found felon, cited speeders, furry fracas | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 16th, 2019

Hospital district elects to sign interlocal agreement

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners voted…

Hospital district receives four new commissioners

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

  • Nov 15th, 2019

NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts medevac From Orcas

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island A search and rescue team from Naval…

  • Nov 15th, 2019
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                                Crews work to replace and refit a water filter system aboard the Puyallup at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge on Oct. 31.

Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid fleet

It will be a literal sea change for the nation’s biggest system — and a technically ambitious one.

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                                Crews work to replace and refit a water filter system aboard the Puyallup at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge on Oct. 31.

Alternative sailings for ferries

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Sunday, Dec.…

  • Nov 14th, 2019

Public pleads to county council for vacation rental moratorium

Several Orcas islanders hopped on the ferry to give public comment about…

Friday Harbor Schools salute veterans

The Friday Harbor High School band was already playing as students filed…

WSF to honor veterans Monday with a moment of silence

Submitted by Washington State Ferries At 11:11 a.m. on Veterans Day, Nov.…

  • Nov 11th, 2019

Preliminary election results | $30 tabs fails in county, passes in state

Preliminary election results show that Liz Lovelett maintains her position in the…

Ditch driver, camping couple, meandering moos | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 9th, 2019

Vacation Rental Certificates of Compliance for 2019 are due Dec. 31

Submitted by San Juan County Every holder of a vacation rental permit…

  • Nov 8th, 2019

County makes headway on affordable housing

The San Juan County Council had a productive day in relation to…

Hospital district works toward merger amid seat changes

With an almost entirely new board of public hospital district commissioners, the…