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Governor Inslee declares ‘Invasive Species Awareness Week’

Submitted by Jason Ontjes San Juan County Noxious Weed Program Coordinator Washington…

  • Mar 2nd, 2018

FH Woman charged with giving liquor to minor

Kathryn Trinity Root has been charged with furnishing liquor to a minor,…

  • Mar 2nd, 2018

Suspicious sale, stolen street signs and substance supplies at school | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Mar 1st, 2018

Lawmakers go into damage control with backlash over public records bill

Legislators try to frame bill as a win for open government, opponents hope for veto

State legislators rewrite statute to exempt their records from public disclosure

In votes with veto-proof wide margins, state Legislators made themselves exempt from…

Friday Harbor man charged with escape

Ricardo Zanabria-Vargas, 25, of Friday Harbor, is charged with escaping in the…

Abandoned auto, password-protected phone and locked out lady | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 26th, 2018

Anacortes construction expected to cause delays to ferry terminal

Construction in and around Anacortes this spring is expected to cause delays…

Kelsey O’Day trial rescheduled

The trial for Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor, has been…

Larsen makes statement on infrastructure plan

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s…

  • Feb 22nd, 2018

State Senate votes to ban net pens

Raising invasive salmon in Washington state waters is one step closer to…

EDC to offer free electrical basics training

Submitted by the EDC The San Juan County Economic Development Council will…

  • Feb 20th, 2018

San Juan County initiatives for clean water

Cleaning the precipitation that drains into water sources accessible to humans, marine…

  • Feb 19th, 2018

Inslee pushes back against offshore drilling

Gov. Jay Inslee announced his intention to resist any Trump Administration plan…

San Juan County Land Bank holds public hearing

The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold a public nearing…

  • Feb 16th, 2018

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate

A tax on carbon emissions proposed by Governor Jay Inslee has taken…

Counterfeit cash, trailer tipping and pig problems | Sheriff Log

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls. Jan. 31 • A…

  • Feb 16th, 2018

San Juan Islands visitor study presentations

Local, state and federal agencies that manage lands or recreation facilities in…

  • Feb 16th, 2018

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…

Contributed image/San Juan County
                                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…

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.

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