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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…

Public Hospital District special meeting, Nov. 12

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 announced it will have…

  • Nov 7th, 2019
The Anacortes Marathon Oil refinery with Mt. Baker in the background. (Walter Siegmund, CC BY 2.5/contributed photo)

Neighboring oil refineries eyeing expansions

Two oil refineries neighboring San Juan County are proposing expansion projects. Phillips…

The Anacortes Marathon Oil refinery with Mt. Baker in the background. (Walter Siegmund, CC BY 2.5/contributed photo)

Road-kill recourse, illegitimate extraction, vacillating victim | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 2nd, 2019

Unknown man being held in jail on burglary charge

An unidentified man was charged in San Juan County Superior Court on…

County considers alternate radio upgrade funds

Voters may see a request for an increase in sales tax on…

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Life Flight joins county medevac providers

There’s a new air ambulance provider servicing the San Juan Islands —…

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San Juan firefighters travel to California to help battle wildfires

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Four San Juan Island…

  • Oct 29th, 2019

EDC and Visitors’ Bureau present workshop entitled Marketing 101

Submitted by San Juan County Economic Development Council Marketing is changing at…

  • Oct 28th, 2019
An orca breaches as a Washington state ferry passes close by. (Photo courtesy of WSF)

Protecting orcas starts with tech

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office While protecting Southern resident orcas will…

  • Oct 28th, 2019
An orca breaches as a Washington state ferry passes close by. (Photo courtesy of WSF)

Levy lift to keep several county programs alive

The future of a dozen community programs in San Juan County is…

Litter loser, back-up blunder, school-zone speeder | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 26th, 2019

Lovelett and Miller answer the public’s questions

With the election just weeks away, the two candidates for District 40…

  • Oct 25th, 2019

Orcas man charged with attempting to bury a vehicle

Ryan Padgett, 25, of Orcas Island has been charged in San Juan…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019
Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

Entries still accepted for butterfly land preservation

In an attempt to protect the Island Marble Butterfly, the Washington State…

Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

Lodging tax grants to fund island projects

Thanks to tourism dollars, San Juan County projects are receiving a financial…

Property taxes due Oct. 31; plan ahead and mail early

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Treasurer Rhonda Pederson would…

  • Oct 21st, 2019

Car cover-up, kidnapped kayak, school-bus scofflaw | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 19th, 2019

Fire district to hold special integration meeting

Submitted by San Juan County Fire District No. 3 The Board of…

  • Oct 17th, 2019

A Fall ferry update

By Anna Marlis Burgard Journal contributor As Anacortes-San Juans ferry patrons sail…

  • Oct 16th, 2019

Flu clinics scheduled

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Health and Community Services…

  • Oct 15th, 2019

Abandoned abode; badly-behaved bikers; goats gone | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 12th, 2019

San Juan Island EMS fined for Medicaid fraud

San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services has been fined $350,000 for Medicaid…

PCBs found in Mountain Lake are ubiquitous

The kokanee salmon stocked in Mountain Lake more than 30 years ago…

  • Oct 11th, 2019

Lopez students sent home early over security threat

Following a tip that there may be a weapon hidden on campus,…

Ferries implement Whale Report Alert System

Submitted by Washington State Ferries Washington State Ferries has initiated the use…

  • Oct 10th, 2019

Stuart Piff faces four charges in district court and two charges in superior court

San Juan County District Court has filed four charges against Stuart Gray…

Lopez man found guilty for burglary and mischief

Darren Adam Hayes, 57, of Lopez, was found guilty in the San…

Marijuana moratorium extended another six months

It may be another year before another marijuana production or processing permit…