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Wildfire contained off Beaverton Valley Road on San Juan | Update

A wildfire swept through about an acre of Dancing Seeds Farm near…

Boat, without passengers, sinks near Friday Harbor

Submitted by the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest The U.S. Coast Guard…

  • Sep 7th, 2018

San Juan County civic campus plan virtual open house and survey | Update

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County is exploring options to…

  • Sep 6th, 2018

Canadian Court of Appeals halts Trans Mountain Pipeline

Another legal roadblock was put in the path of the Trans Mountain…

Burn ban for campfires and barbecues lifted in San Juan County | Update

Submitted by San Juan County With the recent moist weather, recreational fires…

  • Sep 6th, 2018

Ferry writer in residence

Submitted by Iris Graville Recently, Washington State Ferries launched its first-ever “Writer-in-Residence”…

  • Sep 6th, 2018

OPALCO power line clearing work in progress

Submitted by OPALCO OPALCO tree trimming crews are at work throughout San…

  • Sep 6th, 2018

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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San Juan Island National Historical Park restricts fires

Submitted by SJI National Historical Park Due to very dry conditions and…

  • Aug 21st, 2018
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                                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…