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Friday Harbor man accused of assaulting a deputy

Mark Andrew MacDonald, 55, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

New pumpout facility serves recreational boaters in the San Juan Islands

Submitted by Washington State Parks A new sewage pumpout for recreational boaters…

  • Aug 7th, 2019

Body of drowning victim recovered from Mountain Lake | Update

The body of a 34-year-old man was recovered by Whatcom County Search…

  • Aug 6th, 2019
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                                McNarry Dam is one of the hydropower projects in the Columbia River Basin that could spill more water to help with juvenile salmon migration.

Proposed changes aim to help increase salmon migration in the Snake and Columbia rivers, support orca and salmon recovery

Submitted by Washington Department of Ecology Snake and Columbia river hydropower dams…

  • Aug 6th, 2019
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Contributed photo
                                McNarry Dam is one of the hydropower projects in the Columbia River Basin that could spill more water to help with juvenile salmon migration.

Ferry fare changes coming this fall

Submitted by Washington State Transportation Commission Ferry customers and other interested persons…

  • Aug 5th, 2019

MS Medical Program Director transition

Submitted by San Juan County EMS Council Dr. Michael Sullivan, emergency medical…

  • Aug 5th, 2019

No rabbits at the San Juan County Fair this year

Submitted by San Juan County Parks & Fair We are sad to…

  • Aug 3rd, 2019

Time to vote: What you need to know about Washington’s 2019 primary

Submitted by the office of the Washington Secretary of State Ballots began…

  • Aug 3rd, 2019

Abdon sentenced to 6.5 years for vehicular homicide

Tucker Samms Abdon, 34, of Eastsound, was sentenced by Judge Kathryn C.…

Council denies petition to put Decatur fire district on ballot

After two hours of testimony, the San Juan County Council voted unanimously…

Early morning San Juan wreck leads to vehicular assault arrest

Submitted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office At approximately 8:05 a.m.…

  • Jul 29th, 2019

Salmon and recovery efforts grow through natural shoreline restoration, land-based whale watching

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee toured three projects…

  • Jul 29th, 2019

“A Republic, if you can keep it”: Insights from David M. Kennedy, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University

Submitted by the San Juan County Democrats Join the San Juan County…

  • Jul 28th, 2019

Melendez-Lopez charged with burglary and assault

Humberto Melendez-Lopez, 41, of San Juan Island, has been charged with residential…

Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

State asks county landowners to allow hunting on property

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is working to thin San…

Island Marble butterfly (Thor Hanson/contributed photo)

Stop-sign sliders; noise nuisance; ferry fury | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 27th, 2019

AWOL inmate, errand-running elder, purloined pots | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 26th, 2019

Abdon changes plea to guilty in vehicular homicide case

Tucker Samms Abdon, 34, of Eastsound, changed his plea of not-guilty to…

Seniors request Mullis Center Operations Committee recall

More than 90 signatures have been collected on a petition to remove…

UW Medicine students practice residency on San Juan Island

Submitted by Dr. Jason Heiner, M.D. This summer marks the fifth year…

  • Jul 26th, 2019

Port of Friday Harbor addresses allegations

Following the receipt of a formal letter of complaint, the Port of…

Deadly rabbit disease confirmed in the San Juans

The bunnies of the San Juan Islands are in danger. A case…

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

State invests in Puget Sound salmon habitat

More than $45 million in grants were awarded to communities throughout Puget…

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Lopez awarded No Child Left Inside grant

Submitted by Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission More than 14,000 kids…

  • Jul 21st, 2019

Anonymous ammo, speeding spikes, blotto boaters | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jul 20th, 2019
Samish (WSF/contributed photo)

Samish experiences engine problems

After three days of delayed sailings because of an issue with the…

Samish (WSF/contributed photo)
Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

Lum family to lease Coffelt Farm Preserve

A longtime Orcas family is breathing life back into a beloved island…

Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

County agencies receive record retention funds

Nearly $100,000 in grants were awarded by Legislature to local government agencies…

AG Ferguson sues Navy over impact of expanded Growler jet operations

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit on July 9 against the…

  • Jul 17th, 2019

Community copes with child care costs

Access to child care is an issue that extends beyond the county…

Village of the Harbour fundraiser

Submitted by the Village at the Harbour The Village at the Harbour…

  • Jul 17th, 2019

State Attorney General is suing Navy over Growler expansion at NAS Whidbey

The state’s top lawyer is suing the Navy over the noise and…

Firefighters respond to Friday house fire

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue On the morning of…

  • Jul 15th, 2019

Tenant sends formal protest letter to Port of Friday Harbor

Update: An earlier version of this article had the headline of “Jensen…

  • Jul 15th, 2019

Banned burn, dead deer, stop sign sliders | Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. June 26…

  • Jul 13th, 2019

Scientists are looking for new lizards on Orcas and need the community’s help

Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientists are looking…

  • Jul 12th, 2019

State ferry Hyak has sailed into retirement

Submitted by Washington State Ferries After nearly 52 years in the Washington…

  • Jul 11th, 2019

Vacancies on county committees

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

  • Jul 9th, 2019

Whole-person care with Apple Health comes to San Juan County on July 1

The following is from the Washington State Health Care Authority. Beginning July…

  • Jul 8th, 2019

Chainsaw complaint; Mysterious male motorist; Cast-off carpet | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following. June 19…

  • Jul 6th, 2019