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Inslee pushes state capital gains tax

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a…

  • Jan 27th, 2019

Creation of State Broadband Office focus for Gov. Inslee

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The creation of a Statewide…

  • Jan 26th, 2019

Nearly 25 million set sail on state ferries in 2018

Annual ridership up 10 percent from five years ago

  • Jan 24th, 2019

County campaigns investigated for violations

In the aftermath of the 2018 general election, San Juan County candidates…

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                                Bob Ferguson.

AG Ferguson to sue if Navy continues to pollute Puget Sound

Submitted by the office of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson In a…

  • Jan 23rd, 2019
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                                Bob Ferguson.

Sunken sailboats, happy hounds and haywire horses | Sheriff’s log

San Juan County Sheriff’s office responded to the following calls. Jan. 2…

  • Jan 23rd, 2019

WSF looks to reinvigorate San Juan ferries

Four of the five ferries that service the San Juan Islands are…

  • Jan 21st, 2019

Orca task force is briefed on state budget

Gov. Jay Inslee is committed to saving the Southern resident orca population…

Annual San Juan Islands homeless count starts Jan. 24

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County’s 2019 Point in…

  • Jan 20th, 2019
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                                Will Wallace, with the state department of ecology, trains another staff member Jenny Li to maintain the temporary monitor.

State installs temporary air quality monitor in Friday Harbor

San Juan islanders can breathe easier knowing the state is investigating local…

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                                Will Wallace, with the state department of ecology, trains another staff member Jenny Li to maintain the temporary monitor.

New year brings special sections

In the first quarter of the new year, your island papers are…

  • Jan 17th, 2019
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                                Flooding in Odlin County Park on Lopez.

Working with nature to safeguard against storm damage

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans As residents of a community…

  • Jan 16th, 2019
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                                Flooding in Odlin County Park on Lopez.

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 15th, 2019

Campsite reservations available for San Juan County residents

San Juan County Parks and Fair is offering advance camping reservations for…

  • Jan 15th, 2019

Sunken sailboats, happy hounds and haywire horses | Sheriff’s log

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

  • Jan 15th, 2019

Nordic Folk group SVER to perform at Lopez Center this Friday, January 18th at 7:30 pm.

SVER plays grand Norwegian folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark.…

  • Jan 15th, 2019

Sean Hunter pleads guilty to rape of a child

((Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated Hunter was sentenced…

San Juan islanders look to REET funds as affordable housing savior

Before Bridget Nyberg moved to a San Juan Community Home Trust neighborhood,…

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                                Atlantic Salmon.

State updates permits to regulate Atlantic salmon farming until 2022 ban

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

  • Jan 14th, 2019
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                                Atlantic Salmon.
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, resigns from his position amid allegations of sexual harassment

News outlets are reporting that Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, has…

  • Jan 13th, 2019
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Two Southern resident orcas nearing death

Grants available to help get kids outside

Washington state is accepting applications for the No Child Left Inside grant…

  • Jan 11th, 2019

San Juan County prepares for possible guesthouse lottery

Submitted by San Juan County The number of detached Accessory Dwelling Units…

  • Jan 10th, 2019

New state representative talks shop with San Juan officials

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

A look back at 2018 with councilmember Jamie Stephens

The Weekly questioned San Juan County Councilman Jamie Stephens about last year’s…

  • Jan 6th, 2019

Comment on your National Monument

Submitted by Kirm Taylor We succeeded in our acquisition of Lopez Hill…

  • Jan 4th, 2019

New non-profit forms to develop rental housing on Lopez

Submitted by Housing Lopez We’ve all heard stories or know people who…

  • Jan 4th, 2019

Six million salmon lost in power outage

As many as 6.2 million juvenile Chinook salmon died when a windstorm…

  • Jan 4th, 2019

Trespassing transgressors, drinking drivers and auto accidents | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Jan 4th, 2019

OPALCO bills to go up in January

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative When Orcas Power and Light…

  • Jan 3rd, 2019

Washington ranks in top 10 for the healthiest states in the U.S.

Washington ranks as the ninth healthiest state in the nation this year,…

  • Jan 2nd, 2019

CenturyLink outage disrupts 911 services

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

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Navy confronted over jet noise, historic sites

On Dec. 19, state and local officials publicly and directly challenged Navy…

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Spotlight on: Tom Cowan

Tom Cowan’s resumé reads like an alphabet soup of organizations, all sharing…

  • Dec 30th, 2018

San Juan County projects receive more than $120,000 for salmon recovery

Salmon recovery projects in San Juan County were awarded $277,742 from the…

  • Dec 29th, 2018

Carolyn Jewett to be sworn in

Everyone is welcome to attend the swearing-in ceremony and reception for the…

  • Dec 28th, 2018

Top five stories of 2018

Here at the Islands’ Weekly, we like to take a look back…

  • Dec 28th, 2018

State Parks offers two free days in January

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering two free days…

  • Dec 28th, 2018

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 28th, 2018
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                                Ranker with the senate energy, environment and telecommunications committee in 2015.

Sen. Kevin Ranker under investigation for allegations of sexual harassment

Staff report An Associated Press journalist reported on Dec. 17 that Washington…

  • Dec 27th, 2018
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                                Ranker with the senate energy, environment and telecommunications committee in 2015.