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Man pleads guilty to series of 2017 burglaries at Friday Harbor businesses

After almost a year, a series of thefts at San Juan Island…

San Juan Island Rotarians help to end polio worldwide

For Mike Griffin, his cousin’s polio has always been a part of…

The case for required volunteering at Friday Harbor High School

Instead of watching movies or playing videos games, 16-year-olds Emmett Carrier and…

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Washington Gov. Inslee announces public health care option legislation

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Jan.…

  • Jan 8th, 2019

Trespassing transgressors, drinking drivers, auto accidents | San Juan County Sheriff’s log

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

  • Jan 8th, 2019

State investigates complaints against San Juan Island EMS chief

Two anonymous complaints were filed against San Juan Island Emergency Management Services…

Christmas day accident leaves Jeep upside down on San Juan

Kind gesture leaves AJ Kind without a vehicle

New state representative meets with San Juan officials

Voices almost 170 miles from the state capital can still be heard.…

San Juan County prepares for possible guesthouse lottery

Submitted by SJ County The number of detached Accessory Dwelling Units available…

  • Jan 4th, 2019

Washington State Ferries calls for new vessels in long-range plan

Submitted by WSF More than half of Washington State Ferries’ 23-vessel fleet…

  • Jan 3rd, 2019
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                                A driver makes his way through Friday Harbor’s painted roundabout after it first opened in May.

San Juan Island’s top ten stories of 2018 | Part II

At the end of the year, the Journal takes a look at…

  • Jan 3rd, 2019
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                                A driver makes his way through Friday Harbor’s painted roundabout after it first opened in May.

Learn about Washington State Ferries long-range plan on Jan. 9

Submitted by WSF Join Washington State Ferries Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton and…

  • Jan 2nd, 2019

National funding source for public lands in question

The funding source that secured Mitchell Hill as part of San Juan…

Stop sign scofflaws; sailboat swimmers; stolen seasonal spirit | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 31st, 2018

State updates permits to regulate Atlantic salmon farming until 2022 ban

Submitted by the Washington Department of Ecology The Department of Ecology is…

  • Dec 30th, 2018

San Juan County receives almost $277K for salmon recovery

Submitted by the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Recreation and Conservation…

  • Dec 29th, 2018

San Juan Island’s top 10 stories of 2018 | Part I

Another year has ended and with it came reports from the somber…

  • Dec 28th, 2018

San Juan Island School District Board to discuss superintendent search

Staff report Help the San Juan Island School District select the attributes…

  • Dec 28th, 2018

San Juan County 911 service restored | Update

Communities across the nation were without the ability to call 911 due…

Washington ranks in top 10 for the healthiest states

Submitted by Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications Washington ranks as the ninth healthiest…

  • Dec 25th, 2018

Chatty canine, suspicion search and goat gathering | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 24th, 2018

Updated flood maps alter insurance requirements for San Juan islanders

When David Sutherlin checked his mortgage statement last summer, he noticed that…

Salish Sea hatcheries to increase salmon stocks

When more buyers want a product, a company will often raise production…

Associated Press reports of alleged sexual harassment against Sen. Kevin Ranker

Staff report An Associated Press journalist reports that Washington state Sen. Kevin…

  • Dec 22nd, 2018
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                                An equestrian rides at the county fairgrounds.

Draft San Juan County Fairgrounds Master Plan ready for review

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Fairgrounds Master Plan…

  • Dec 21st, 2018
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                                An equestrian rides at the county fairgrounds.

OPALCO bills to increase about $9.50 | Update

Submitted by OPALCO OPALCO members will see a rate increase on their…

  • Dec 21st, 2018

Prepare for busy holiday travel on Washington State Ferries

Submitted by WSF Hundreds of thousands of people will be dashing through…

  • Dec 21st, 2018

High winds delay ferries services in the San Juans | Update

Submitted by WSF All ferry passengers should be prepared for possible service…

  • Dec 20th, 2018
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High-wind alert in the San Juan Islands

Staff report Extreme gusts are sweeping Western Washington. The Seattle/Tacoma office of…

  • Dec 20th, 2018
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                                Captive abalone from Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes

Sea snails struggle in the Salish Sea

The Southern resident killer whales aren’t the only species headed toward extinction…

Contributed photo/Washington Department of Fish Wildlife 
                                Captive abalone from Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes

Commissioners look at San Juan Island EMS and fire merger pros, cons

Merging San Juan Island’s fire district and emergency medical services came closer…

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Inslee calls for $1 billion to save orcas and salmon

Editor’s note: The state Legislature will vote on the budgets this winter.…

  • Dec 17th, 2018
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Abandoned autos, resting Rover, land bank loiters | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

The sheriff’s office responded to these calls: Nov. 28 • A Lopez…

  • Dec 17th, 2018

In Memoriam | 2018 Orcas

Each summer, visitors and locals, alike, anticipate viewing Southern resident killer whales.…

Vessel exhaust’s effect on Southern resident killer whales | Update

Editor’s note: In a previous version of this article, PAH chemicals were…

OPALCO sends capital credit checks

Submitted by OPALCO In December, some members of the local electrical co-operative…

  • Dec 15th, 2018

Washington state has higher fentanyl overdoses, ACA registrations; lower workers’ compensation

In Washington, there has been an increase in fentanyl deaths and health…

San Juan County approves capital projects through 2024

San Juan County Council has approved projects through 2024, including planning for…

Friday Harbor man sentenced to almost three years for assault, harassment

Paul Noah Espinoza, 30, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to seven counts…