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Friday Harbor man pleads guilty to no-contact order violation

John Mitsoyianis, 58, of Friday Harbor, was sentenced to 20 days electronic…

 

Washington Attorney General sues three Fortune 15 companies for negligently fueling opioid epidemic

“Distributors ignored red flags while pouring staggering amounts of opioids into Washington”

  • Mar 23rd, 2019

 

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (July 17, 2013) Sailors assigned Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue (SAR) descend in a MH-60 Knighthawk to perform a training rescue during their annual Search and Rescue Evaluation. The SAR evaluation benefits the command and the local community by evaluating SAR swimmers and to train them on updated procedures. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings/Released)

NAS Whidbey SAR Conducts MEDEVAC from Lopez Island

Submitted by NAS Whidbey A search and rescue team from Naval Air…

  • Mar 21st, 2019

 

Friday Harbor man charged for assault against a deputy

Antonio Prieto-Sanchez, 56, of Roche Harbor, was charged in the San Juan…

Tax time phone scams

Submitted by IRS Media Relations As the April filing deadline approaches, the…

  • Mar 18th, 2019

AG Ferguson responds to questions about gun control initiative

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Attorney General Bob Ferguson released…

  • Mar 15th, 2019

Building lobby opposes legislation

Submitted by the Building Industry Association of Washington Lawmakers arrived at the…

  • Mar 15th, 2019
Navy photo
                                A total of 36 additional EA-18G Growlers will be coming to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Navy announces decision on Growlers

Under a decision announced today, the Navy will add 36 EA-18G Growler…

Navy photo
                                A total of 36 additional EA-18G Growlers will be coming to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
An EA-18G Growler pilot practices aircraft carrier landings at Outlying Field near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy)
                                An EA-18G Growler pilot practices aircraft carrier landings at Outlying Field near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. / U.S. Navy photo

Navy chooses to add 36 Growlers to NAS Whidbey Island

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island After carefully weighing the strategic, operational, and…

  • Mar 13th, 2019
An EA-18G Growler pilot practices aircraft carrier landings at Outlying Field near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy)
                                An EA-18G Growler pilot practices aircraft carrier landings at Outlying Field near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. / U.S. Navy photo

Abandoned autos, dangerous drivers and violated vehicles | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 13th, 2019

Update from the Islands’ Oil Spill Association

Submitted by SJC DEM In Eastsound on Feb. 26, nearly 30 people…

  • Mar 12th, 2019

Orcas man convicted for domestic violence

Colt Lee Hausauer, 31, of Orcas Island, was convicted in San Juan…

Inslee launches 2020 presidential campaign

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Gov. Jay Inslee announced he…

  • Mar 12th, 2019

Emergency error; tool theft; attitude adjustment | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 8th, 2019

Law would eliminate personal objection to vaccines

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

  • Mar 7th, 2019

Funding to encourage thoughtful online behavior

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Media literacy and digital citizenship…

  • Mar 6th, 2019

Judge imposes state’s recommendations in Hunter sentencing

Sean Michael Hunter, 24, was sentenced to nearly 17 years in prison…

Legislators seek to reduce pollution by limiting plastic bag use

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers aim to reduce pollution…

  • Mar 11th, 2019

Lopez man charged with burglary, imprisonment and malicious mischief

Darren Adam Hayes, 57, of Lopez, was charged in the San Juan…

51st state movement highlights cultural divide in Washington State

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Robert Brown is a resident…

  • Mar 4th, 2019
Jesus Cora

Orcas resident Jesus Cora detained by ICE

by Diane Craig Sounder contributor A long-time San Juan County resident was…

  • Feb 28th, 2019
Jesus Cora

OPALCO candidate by petition disqualified

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

  • Mar 4th, 2019

House passes bill to raise age limit for tobacco sales

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposed law to raise…

  • Mar 4th, 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 Olympia – Lawmakers, whale watchers…

  • Feb 25th, 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.
Contributed photo

Proposed legislation would make tiny-home zoning easier

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Tiny houses are a trendy…

  • Feb 24th, 2019
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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 22nd, 2019

Canada government approves Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

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

  • Feb 22nd, 2019

Orcas Food Co-op announces $10,000 available for this year’s FARM fund grants

By Susannah Weaver The San Juan County FARM Fund is a grant…

  • Feb 21st, 2019

Security video to be released

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

Journalists criticize proposal giving the legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Media organization representatives from across…

  • Feb 20th, 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

UW Medicine error exposes nearly 1 million patient records

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

  • Mar 4th, 2019

Continued resistance against gun control initiative; Attorney General defends law

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau The state attorney general has…

  • Feb 24th, 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

San Juan County Superior Court implements pilot drug court

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

  • Feb 17th, 2019

Board of Health to discuss medical air transport

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

  • Feb 17th, 2019

Some law enforcement officers shun state’s new gun control law

By RaeLynn Ricarte Statesman-Examiner The number of Washington law enforcement and government…

  • Feb 15th, 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 14th, 2019
Stills from the security camera submitted as evidence

Camera controversy continues

(Editor’s note: A previous version of this article stated Sheriff Ron Krebs…

Stills from the security camera submitted as evidence