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State Route 9 opens near Mount Vernon | Update

Submitted by Washington State Department of Transportation Crews from Interwest Construction Inc,.…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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Vessel stranded southeast of San Juan Island

Staff report On Friday, Aug. 3, Jacqueline Hansson reported to the Journal…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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Two locals perish in Lopez Island plane crash

Submitted by San Juan County Sheriff’s Office At approximately 5 p.m., Thursday,…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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                                J16 and J50 as calf in 2015.

NOAA looks at ways to save J pod orca, who is near death

Emergency response is underway for J50, a 4-year-old orca whale who is…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018
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                                J16 and J50 as calf in 2015.

Orca mother continues to carry deceased baby on 11th day

For 11 days, an orca mother has carried her deceased newborn on…

  • Aug 2nd, 2018

Burn ban in effect throughout Washington state

Submitted by the Department of Natural Resources Effective Aug. 2, the Department…

  • Aug 2nd, 2018

San Juan County Council lifts political sign limits

For the first time in 20 years, San Juan County code will…

Dogged deer; domestic disturbances; suspended SUVs | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 30th, 2018
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                                Staff from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office discovered that Facebook’s platform allowed advertisers to exclude African-American, Latinx and other ethnic affinities from seeing ads. Facebook did not offer exclusion options for Caucasians.

AG Ferguson’s investigation prompts Facebook to make nationwide advertising changes

Submitted by Washington State Attorney General’s Office Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced…

  • Jul 27th, 2018
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                                Staff from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office discovered that Facebook’s platform allowed advertisers to exclude African-American, Latinx and other ethnic affinities from seeing ads. Facebook did not offer exclusion options for Caucasians.

Fish and Wildlife staff reopen Chinook fishery in upper Columbia River

Submitted by WDFW Stronger-than-expected returns of summer chinook salmon moving past Priest…

  • Jul 27th, 2018

County auditor answers why a race with two candidates is on primary ballots

By Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor This year’s primary election is…

  • Jul 27th, 2018

San Juan County Public Hospital District meets July 25 | Update

Staff report The San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board…

  • Jul 24th, 2018

San Juan County’s fire risk increases to high on July 24 | Update

Submitted by San Juan County At noon, July 24, the fire risk…

  • Jul 24th, 2018

What you need to know about the San Juan County primaries

The political season is upon us. Here’s what you need to know…

July 25 San Juan Island School District meeting

Staff report On Wednesday, July 25, the San Juan Island School District…

  • Jul 23rd, 2018
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                                Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Federal judge grants AG Ferguson to expedite family separations suit

Submitted by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office A federal judge today…

  • Jul 23rd, 2018
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                                Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Porta Potty pranksters; vagrant visitors; colliding cars | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 23rd, 2018

San Juan County pilots home share program

Submitted by San Juan County Local housing advocates are moving forward with…

  • Jul 23rd, 2018

Washington State Attorney General cracks down on veterans’ charities misleading Washingtonians

Submitted by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office On July 19, Attorney…

  • Jul 22nd, 2018

Navy releases favored plan to increase Whidbey Growlers

The U.S. Navy plans to increase jets at their Whidbey Island Naval…

Prepare for wildfire smoke, unhealthy air quality

Submitted by Washington State Department of Health As wildfire season heats up,…

  • Jul 21st, 2018

San Juan County health consortium helps create online resource guide, increase immunizations

Submitted by San Juan County Community Health Initiatives Consortium Local health and…

  • Jul 21st, 2018

Washington counties offer free ballot return postage

Submitted by the Secretary of State Kim Wyman Registered voters throughout Washington…

  • Jul 20th, 2018
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                                Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor originally pleaded not guilty to child rape in the third degree on Dec. 14, 2017.

Kelsey O’Day pleads guilty to child rape

Staff report Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to…

  • Jul 20th, 2018
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                                Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor originally pleaded not guilty to child rape in the third degree on Dec. 14, 2017.

Primary candidates forum on San Juan Island

U.S. Congressional, Washington state Legislature hopefuls talk health care, taxes and more

San Juan Island Conservation District adds grant, new members

Submitted by SJIs Conservation District Grant award In furthering the work towards…

  • Jul 20th, 2018

Coast Guard aircrew medevacs injured woman on Sucia Island

Submitted by U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest A U.S. Coast…

  • Jul 19th, 2018

Trial set for Friday Harbor man charged with multiple felonies | Update

(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that items were…

  • Jul 19th, 2018

San Juan Island EMS chief reports alleged illegal recording to county sheriff’s office | Update

The chief of San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services accused a doctor…

San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney candidates fight for freedom of speech | Update

Two candidates running for prosecuting attorney are battling for freedom of speech…

San Juan County council to discuss sign code, comprehensive plan on July 20

Submitted by San Juan County At 9 a.m., July 20, there will…

  • Jul 18th, 2018

Disability advisory committee members needed for county elections

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Elections staff are looking…

  • Jul 18th, 2018

Trial set for Friday Harbor man charged with harassment, assault of San Juan County deputies | Update

A 30-year-old Friday Harbor man was charged with allegedly threatening to kill…

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Historic weapons demonstration ignites fire at American Camp | Update

Submitted by San Juan Island National Historical Park On Sunday, July 15,…

  • Jul 17th, 2018
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U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen blasts Trump-Putin summit

Submitted by Rep. Rick Larsen’s office Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, a senior…

  • Jul 17th, 2018

Boating couple, two kayakers rescued near San Juans, July 14, 15

Submitted by the U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest Over the…

  • Jul 16th, 2018

Wounded wildlife; several speeders; warrants and wrecks | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 15th, 2018

Former San Juan County Detective Parker charged with misconduct by the Criminal Justice Training Commission

A former county detective, who allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a…

San County County District Court judge dismisses citizen’s petition to file charges against former detective | Update

Staff report San Juan County District Court Judge Stewart Andrew has rejected…

  • Jul 12th, 2018
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                                A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles transfers an unresponsive individual to local Emergency Medical Service personnel after recovering him the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca on July 10.

Cruise ship passenger falls overboard, dies near Strait of Juan de Fuca

Submitted by U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Pacific Northwest A U.S. Coast…

  • Jul 11th, 2018
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                                A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew from Air Station Port Angeles transfers an unresponsive individual to local Emergency Medical Service personnel after recovering him the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca on July 10.