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Body found on Sucia Island

A boater discovered human remains on the shore of Sucia Island on…

Missing Orcas man found safe

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue An Orcas Island man who…

  • Jan 2nd, 2020

Top stories of 2019 | Part II

No. 9 Another black bear on Orcas In May, as spring love…

  • Jan 2nd, 2020

Lopez and Orcas Fire team up for rescue at Watmough Bay

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue In a truly collaborative feat,…

  • Jan 2nd, 2020

County seeks comment on housing assessment

Submitted by San Juan County The preliminary draft Housing Element and fourth…

  • Jan 1st, 2020

County accepting comprehensive plan amendments

Submitted by San Juan County The “Annual Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments”…

  • Dec 31st, 2019
A Washington state ferry takes passengers from Bainbridge Island to Seattle during summer 2019. WSF is using a new alert system that exchanges real-time information about whales in the Salish Sea. (Photo courtesy of Sam Holman)

Clean transportation advances with hybrid-electric ferries

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Washington is taking the first steps…

  • Dec 30th, 2019
A Washington state ferry takes passengers from Bainbridge Island to Seattle during summer 2019. WSF is using a new alert system that exchanges real-time information about whales in the Salish Sea. (Photo courtesy of Sam Holman)

Top stories of 2019 | Part I

At the end of the year, the Journal of the San Juans…

Emergency services looks back at last year

Submitted by San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services As we close out…

  • Dec 29th, 2019

Spent shells, meandering mutt, bagged bike | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 28th, 2019

County council approves first biennium budget

As the year comes to a close, San Juan County has completed…

Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection

Martin Soto-Guillen, 46, of San Juan Island, has been charged with two…

Videoed vandalism, generator grievance and trespasser tussle | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 21st, 2019

Friday Harbor yard waste pickup, Dec. 27

Submitted by the Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor…

  • Dec 20th, 2019

State supreme court overturns public records decision

The Supreme Court of the State of Washington has overturned part of…

(Jeff Clark, BLM/contributed photo)

Monument protest period closes soon

Submitted by Tom Reynolds Chair, San Juan Islands National Monument Advisory Committee…

  • Dec 17th, 2019
(Jeff Clark, BLM/contributed photo)

San Juan Island School District lockdown

San Juan Island School District practiced lockdown procedures on Monday, Dec. 9…

  • Dec 16th, 2019
The Chelan returned to service the international route in early December (WSF Twitter/contributed photo)

Ferries holds first-ever digital meetings

The 30-minute advance arrival rule isn’t going anywhere, there isn’t enough money…

The Chelan returned to service the international route in early December (WSF Twitter/contributed photo)
An EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Lancers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 lands during a Field Carrier Landing Practice at an outlying landing field attached to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)

Provision to monitor noise of naval operations to be included in National Defense Authorization Act

Submitted by Senator Maria Cantwell’s office U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and…

  • Dec 16th, 2019
An EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Lancers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 lands during a Field Carrier Landing Practice at an outlying landing field attached to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)

Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

Anthony Michael Kean, 32, of Eastsound has been charged in San Juan…

Pinched post, faulty footwork and a disobedient dog | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 14th, 2019

Man arrested after fight with deputy

Averell Rennie, 27, of Friday Harbor was charged with assault in the…

San Juan man charged with burglary and malicious mischief

Jacob S. Morehouse, 18, of San Juan Island was charged with burglary…

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…

(San Juan County/contributed photo)

County parks plans for the next two years

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

(San Juan County/contributed photo)
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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…

<em>Contributed photo</em>
                                <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