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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…

(Life Flight Network/Contributed photo)

Life Flight joins county medevac providers

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

(Life Flight Network/Contributed photo)

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…

San Juan County dispatchers recognized for exemplary performance

On July 4, 2018, San Juan County 911 received a report of…

  • Oct 7th, 2019

Woman charged for hitting flagger with vehicle in 2018

Brook Elizabeth Radcliffe, 24, of Bellingham, has been charged with reckless endangerment…

<em>(Canadian Journal of Zoology 2. Craig Matkin/North Gulf Oceanic Society)</em>

Southern resident orcas and oil spills

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Senior Biologist Gary Shigenaka gave a lecture on…

<em>(Canadian Journal of Zoology 2. Craig Matkin/North Gulf Oceanic Society)</em>

Chicken-killing canines, boundary-breaking bovines, lockbox lift | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Oct 5th, 2019

Hughes says county has been ahead of the pack in environmental policy

Councilmember Rick Hughes says San Juan County has long been at the…

Open seats in county boards and committees

The county council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill…

  • Oct 4th, 2019

Special hospital district meeting, Oct. 4

Submitted by the San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 San Juan…

  • Oct 3rd, 2019
Lopez Island School Board Chairman John Helding speaks to a full room during the Sept. 25 school board meeting <em>(Mandi Johnson/staff photo)</em>

Lopez community weighs in on harassment allegations against staff member

It was standing room only at the first Lopez Island School Board…

Lopez Island School Board Chairman John Helding speaks to a full room during the Sept. 25 school board meeting <em>(Mandi Johnson/staff photo)</em>
Conceptual design drawing for the proposed new American Camp Visitor Center. Image provided by OTAK, Inc.

Park announces closure of American Camp Visitor Center

Submitted by National Historical Parks San Juan Island National Historical Park announces…

  • Oct 3rd, 2019
Conceptual design drawing for the proposed new American Camp Visitor Center. Image provided by OTAK, Inc.

New midwifery services in Friday Harbor

Submitted by Greenbank Birth Center With the closing this year of Island…

  • Oct 2nd, 2019

OPALCO stands with our whales and supports our hydro system

Submitted by the Orcas Power and Light Cooperative At the September board…

  • Sep 30th, 2019

New license plates to benefit San Juan Island stewardship available Oct. 1

Submitted by San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Washington’s new San Juan…

  • Sep 29th, 2019

County agencies stress urgency in upgrading radio system

San Juan County emergency services may be able to upgrade its radio…