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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…

(Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group)

Navy confronted over jet noise, historic sites

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

(Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group)

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.
Contributed photo/Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research
                                J35 pushes her dead calf.

In Memoriam | 2018 Orcas

Three Southern resident killer whales were reported to be dead within four…

Contributed photo/Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research
                                J35 pushes her dead calf.

Chatty canine, suspicion search and goat gathering | Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 26th, 2018
Caption: The Lopez Chamber and Youth Orchestra performed at the Gathering Place at the Hamlet House on ___________. From left to right: Tom Jeffries, trumpet; Juniper Blomberg, violin; Oliver Henderson, violin; Kai Di Bona, violin; Caden Hein, violin and cello; Shannon Wilbur, violin and cello; David Johnson, viola and violin; Julia Mira, violin; Rebecca Berge, violin; Monya Hein, violin; and Celia Rosenberger, director and first violin (center, with flowers).

Local musicians entertain community

There are many wonderful and talented musicians living on Lopez Island. Among…

  • Dec 26th, 2018
Caption: The Lopez Chamber and Youth Orchestra performed at the Gathering Place at the Hamlet House on ___________. From left to right: Tom Jeffries, trumpet; Juniper Blomberg, violin; Oliver Henderson, violin; Kai Di Bona, violin; Caden Hein, violin and cello; Shannon Wilbur, violin and cello; David Johnson, viola and violin; Julia Mira, violin; Rebecca Berge, violin; Monya Hein, violin; and Celia Rosenberger, director and first violin (center, with flowers).

Lopez community rallies around Taproot Kitchen

Submitted by Taproot Kitchen The dream of creating a shared-use commercial processing…

  • Dec 22nd, 2018

Salish Sea hatcheries to increase salmon stocks

When the demand for a product increases, a company will often raise…

Vessel exhaust’s impact on Southern resident killer whales

During the peak tourist season, fumes settle over the water like a…

  • Dec 20th, 2018

Sea snails struggle in the Salish Sea

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

Inslee calls for $1 billion to save resident orcas and salmon

Submitted by Gov. Jay Inslee’s office It’s difficult to imagine a Washington…

  • Dec 17th, 2018

San Juan County vacation rental 411

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County staff has published a…

  • Dec 15th, 2018

Chillin’ canines, abandoned autos, land bank loitering | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 14th, 2018

San Juan County approves capital projects through 2024

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

County adopts Complete Streets ordinance

Walkers, cyclists and drivers are all critical to San Juan County road…

A Winter Solstice Concert with SeaMuse

Celebrate the winter solstice with traditional Celtic and Balkan tunes, seasonal songs…

  • Dec 11th, 2018

Local voters upstage neighbors

San Juan islanders are the most active voters in the state. “We…

Navy ends talks on historical impacts

Many of the people involved in negotiating mitigation measures on the impact…

San Juan County certifies election results

In the Nov. 6 general election, the county prosecuting attorney and sheriff…

Attack aspens, ferry line faceoff, pilfered parcel | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 10th, 2018

San Juan County Health & Community Services Lopez Clinic moves to new location

Submitted by San Juan County Health and Community Services San Juan County…

  • Dec 10th, 2018

Vacation rental crack down in the San Juans

More than 40 people have paid nearly $58,000 in penalties since new…

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                                U.S. tribes enter the conference room at the National Energy Board reconsideration in Canada on Nov. 27.

Area tribes address Canadian officials about oil pipeline expansion

Four Washington Native American tribes won’t let international borders stop their voices…

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                                U.S. tribes enter the conference room at the National Energy Board reconsideration in Canada on Nov. 27.

Ranker introduces statewide single-use plastic bag ban

Submitted by Environment Washington Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) and Rep. Strom…

  • Dec 5th, 2018

Heather and Robert S. Harrison Photography Opening this Friday

Heather and Robert S. Harrison will be displaying a selection of fine…

  • Dec 4th, 2018

San Juan islanders conserve public land through private donations

When Rosa Blair noticed that 33 acres near her San Juan Island…

Shortened enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance runs through Dec. 15

Submitted by Washington Health Benefit Exchange Residents can use Washington Healthplanfinder to…

  • Dec 3rd, 2018