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San Juan Island firefighters respond to two separate house fires

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire & Rescue On Tuesday, Feb. 26,…

  • Mar 4th, 2019

Upcoming blood drives in the islands

February was a tough month. With the snowstorm that hit the region,…

  • Mar 4th, 2019

State senators aim to eliminate personal objection to vaccines in Washington

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposed bill would eliminate…

  • Mar 2nd, 2019

Orcas resident Jesus Cora detained by ICE

By Diane Craig Journal contributor A long-time San Juan County resident was…

  • Mar 1st, 2019

OPALCO candidate by petition disqualified

Submitted by OPALCO An OPALCO member, Dwight Lewis of Lopez Island, completed…

  • Feb 28th, 2019

San Juan County homeless count holds steady

Submitted by San Juan County The 2019 San Juan County “Point-In Time”…

  • Feb 27th, 2019
Contributed photo/https://www.nwcb.wa.gov/weeds/scotch-broom
                                Invasive plant, Scotch Broom.

Gov. Inslee Highlights Need to Stop Invasive Species with Awareness Week

Submitted by the San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Program In partnership…

  • Feb 27th, 2019
Contributed photo/https://www.nwcb.wa.gov/weeds/scotch-broom
                                Invasive plant, Scotch Broom.

Judge imposes state’s recommendations in Hunter sentencing

Sean Michael Hunter, 24, was sentenced in San Juan County Superior Court…

Connector road project planning continues

San Juan County Engineer Colin Huntemer will return to the drawing board…

State ferry system and economy need new ferries | Guest column

Submitted by Rick Hughes San Juan County Council Washington State Ferries’ new…

  • Feb 24th, 2019

Canada National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Submitted by the National Energy Board of Canada The Canadian National Energy…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019

Medical air transport problems persist

Madden Surbaugh sat with his wife at their Orcas Island home on…

Hospital district meeting, Feb. 27

San Juan County Public Hospital Board No. 1 will be holding its…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019

San Juan County Superior Court implements pilot drug court | Guest column

Submitted by Judge Kathryn Loring In response to interest from the legal…

  • Feb 21st, 2019

UW Medicine error exposes nearly 1 million patient records

Submitted by UW Medicine On Dec. 26, 2018, UW Medicine became aware…

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Security video to be released

Security camera footage that resulted in a case dismissal will be released…

Caregiver-owned homecare cooperative

Submitted by Deborah Craig Recently, caregivers on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez…

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Navy MEDEVACs two patients from Orcas

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island A Search and Rescue team from Naval…

  • Feb 20th, 2019

House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau A package of bills aimed…

  • Feb 19th, 2019

NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts early morning MEDEVAC from Friday Harbor

NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts early morning MEDEVAC from Friday Harbor

  • Feb 19th, 2019

Local firefighters climb for Leukemia and Lymphoma awareness

Submitted by San Juan Island Fire and Rescue On Saturday, Feb. 23,…

  • Feb 19th, 2019

Orcas man flown off-island for gunshot wound to his chest

Submitted by San Juan County Undersheriff Zac Reimer. Deputies on Orcas Island…

  • Feb 18th, 2019

Snow sliders, dueling dogs and transport thievery | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 18th, 2019
Contributed photo/Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com
                                Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, who use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit
                                for vessels approaching the endangered species.

Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists…

  • Feb 17th, 2019
Contributed photo/Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com
                                Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, who use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit
                                for vessels approaching the endangered species.

Board of Health to discuss medical air transport

The San Juan County Board of Health will be discussing medical air…

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Two-h0ur delayed start for San Juan Island School District

Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m.…

  • Feb 14th, 2019

San Juan Island School District on late start

Due to extreme weather, San Juan Island School District school buses are…

  • Feb 14th, 2019

San Juan Island EMS Chief Jerry Martin to retire in April

After three years of working as chief of San Juan Island Emergency…

Stills from the security camera submitted as evidence

Camera controversy continues

San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs wasn’t present at a hearing regarding…

Stills from the security camera submitted as evidence

Bill would exempt some misconduct claims from public disclosure

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bipartisan group of 34…

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Friday Harbor man charged with domestic assault

Philip K. Traini, 38, of Friday Harbor, has been charged in San…

Two Friday Harbor residents charged with impersonation and theft

Two Friday Harbor residents have been charged with stealing a car and…

Wolverines boys battle the Braves

By Tate Thomson Reporter The boys basketball team took on tough competitors,…

  • Feb 13th, 2019

Reunited runaway; stray storm sailor; bogus bribe | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 12th, 2019

Fire commissioner meeting rescheduled

The Board of Fire Commissioners meeting that was scheduled for 3 p.m.…

  • Feb 12th, 2019

Court ruling clears hurdle toward lasting protections for Puget Sound shorelines

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans A federal judge rejected an…

  • Feb 12th, 2019
Contributed photo/San Juan County Sheriff’s Office
                                Sean Michael Hunter.

Sean Hunter pleads guilty to four counts including rape of a child | Update

Sean Michael Hunter, 24, pleaded guilty to four counts on Dec. 31.…

Contributed photo/San Juan County Sheriff’s Office
                                Sean Michael Hunter.

Friday Harbor woman charged with animal cruelty

(Editor’s note: This article contains information about sexual acts with animals.) Stephanie…

Stills from the security camera submitted as evidence

Criminal case dismissed due to county employee misconduct

A zooming camera resulted in a case being thrown out in the…

Stills from the security camera submitted as evidence