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Lawmaker pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges

A proposed program could provide grants for community college students to learn…

Senate passes ban on invasive species Atlantic salmon net pens

The Washington state Senate passed Sen. Kevin Ranker’s, D-Orcas, legislation to permanently…

  • Feb 13th, 2018

Mainland transformer failure causes San Juan Islands power outage

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative The outage on Sunday, Feb.…

  • Feb 12th, 2018

Business burglary, funds fraud, disappearing daughter, harassed horses | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 10th, 2018

What is next for islands’ agriculture

The following was submitted by project organizers. We are at a critical…

  • Feb 8th, 2018

Lopez man charged with methamphetamine possession

Nicholas William Zoerb, 18, of Lopez Island was arrested on Jan. 20…

San Juan County addiction recovery house may be funded

The struggles to stop addiction can be heightened on the rural islands…

2018 dog licenses available now; security for just $15

A San Juan County resident traveled to Los Angeles with her dog.…

  • Feb 6th, 2018

Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape

The state Department of Ecology announced on Tuesday, Jan. 30, that Cooke…

San Juan employers learn how to apply new paid sick leave law

Correction: This story originally said that full-time employees can accrue a maximum…

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                                This chart shows the various outdoor recreation activities visitors said they participated in on the island.

Study explains what draws visitors to San Juan Islands

The results of one San Juan County visitor survey are in and…

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                                This chart shows the various outdoor recreation activities visitors said they participated in on the island.

3.1-magnitude earthquake hits San Juan Islands

The United States Geological Survey website reports that a 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck…

Purse paraphernalia, toppled trees and registration renegades | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 4th, 2018

Elusive state capital budget passes, county funds secured

The state legislature approved the allocation of nearly $4 billion for construction…

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                                This slice of an older cable, which once ran from Decatur to Blakely to Olga, shows three conductors and two fiber bundles.

OPALCO celebrates power cable replacement

A submarine power cable replacement, a decade in the making, was celebrated…

Staff photo/Hayley Day
                                This slice of an older cable, which once ran from Decatur to Blakely to Olga, shows three conductors and two fiber bundles.

Islanders wake to a tsunami alert | Guest column

Submitted by Dave Holloran If you are like me, you woke up…

  • Jan 31st, 2018

County emergency response vehicles collide

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue and the San Juan County Sheriff’s department…

  • Jan 29th, 2018

Woman dies driving off Anacortes Ferry Landing dock; ferry service to mainland resumes

An Everett woman, 30, died when she drove off the dock at…

EDC offers free Healthy Desk workshop

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council Working an office…

  • Jan 23rd, 2018
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How vessel noise affects killer whales

By slowing down just 3 knots, ships can reduce their noise pollution…

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Airplane accident, runaways recovered, costly car key kept | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 23rd, 2018

Forgery for food, pony problems and construction complaint | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 19th, 2018

Annual homeless count scheduled for Jan. 25

San Juan County’s 2018 point in time homeless count will be conducted…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

Ranker unveils ambitious plan to protect Salish Sea

By Taylor McAvoy WNPA Olympia News Bureau A far-reaching package of laws…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

Governor rolls out carbon tax proposal

By Josh Kelety WNPA Olympia News Bureau Governor Jay Inslee rolled out…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

Flu activity increasing in the islands

Flu activity and hospital visits for flu-like symptoms are rapidly increasing in…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

Getting ready to build? Request a Critical Area Review

If you are contemplating land development such as installation of a well,…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

Groups petition for removal of lower Snake River dams

Submitted by Center for Whale Research and DamSense.org Representatives from the Center…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

The Island Women’s March

Islanders say they are fired up and ready to go when it…

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                                This map from San Juan County shows the part of the MacKaye Harbor Road that a county feasibility study suggests moving to protect it from rising sea level projections. The section runs along the southern tip of the road, starting near Aleck Bay Road, past Barlow and Outer Bays and the Agate Beach County Park, to Seth Road.

County road to be relocated due to climate change predictions

This is the second story in a two-part series about the effects…

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                                This map from San Juan County shows the part of the MacKaye Harbor Road that a county feasibility study suggests moving to protect it from rising sea level projections. The section runs along the southern tip of the road, starting near Aleck Bay Road, past Barlow and Outer Bays and the Agate Beach County Park, to Seth Road.
Contributed photo/ Jeanne Hyde, of Spirit of Orca, and The Whale Museum’s Soundwatch
                                Staff from the Soundwatch Boater Education Program are on the water every day during the summer, educating recreational boaters on the least intrusive ways to watch whales in the wild and monitoring all vessel activity near the whales.

Vessel rules are a win for orcas and whale watch boaters

Regulations that force boaters to give local, endangered whales more space have…

Contributed photo/ Jeanne Hyde, of Spirit of Orca, and The Whale Museum’s Soundwatch
                                Staff from the Soundwatch Boater Education Program are on the water every day during the summer, educating recreational boaters on the least intrusive ways to watch whales in the wild and monitoring all vessel activity near the whales.

The Weekly’s 2017 year in review | Part II

#6 Agate beach parking expansion Places to leave your vehicle while you…

  • Jan 12th, 2018

County Council OKs Clure property purchase by San Juan County Land Bank

A once private beach on Lopez will soon be public, thanks to…

The Weekly’s 2017 year in review | Part 1

#1 UW Medicine takes over Lopez Medical Center It all began in…

  • Jan 10th, 2018

Probation problems, bike burglaries and pilfered parcel | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 10th, 2018

Lopez Island Senior Center 101

Submitted by Lopez Island Senior Center Our mission at our Lopez Island…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

San Juan County now accepting accessory dwelling unit applications

San Juan County Department of Community Development is now accepting eligibility applications…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

Vacancies for San Juan County boards and commissions

Submitted by San Juan County The San Juan County Council is searching…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

Computer carried off; stealing from good samaritan; running robber | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 6th, 2018

Friends appeals the Shoreline Master Program

Submitte by Friends of the San Juans On Dec. 22, the Friends…

  • Jan 5th, 2018