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Friends appeals the Shoreline Master Program

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

  • Jan 5th, 2018

NAS Whidbey Island SAR transports heart patient

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island A search and rescue (SAR) team of…

  • Dec 28th, 2017

Sea-level rise estimates could affect local real estate

If scientists’ predictions are correct, hundreds of San Juan County’s most coveted…

Abducted Apple, abandoned auto and toppled tree | Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 27th, 2017

Influenza on the rise in Washington

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Influenza illnesses are increasing…

  • Dec 26th, 2017

Lopez public hospital district hires Orcas resident to be superintendent

At its regular board meeting on Dec. 14, the Board of Commissioners…

  • Dec 25th, 2017
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                                Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor pleads not-guilty to three counts of child rape in the third degree on Dec. 14.

Friday Harbor woman pleads not guilty to child rape in the third degree

A San Juan Island woman pleaded not guilty to child rape with…

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                                Kelsey Lee O’Day, 27, of Friday Harbor pleads not-guilty to three counts of child rape in the third degree on Dec. 14.

Environmental groups appeal permit decision on petrochemical expansion

More than 100 people attended a public hearing on the permit in November 2017.

  • Dec 24th, 2017

Angela Anderson named new executive director at San Juan Preservation Trust

The board of trustees of the San Juan Preservation Trust, a nonprofit…

  • Dec 23rd, 2017
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                                Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Supermoon hat trick

In two months, Orcas Island will have witnessed three supermoons

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                                Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

County board and commission vacancies

Submitted by the San Juan County Council The San Juan County Council…

  • Dec 21st, 2017

Cooke Aquaculture fined for water quality violations at net pen facility

The farmed fish company previously came under scrutiny for a net pen failure earlier this year.

  • Dec 20th, 2017

Judge Eaton retires from San Juan County Superior Court

When Judge Donald Eaton moved to San Juan Island, almost 40 years…

State terminates Cooke’s Port Angeles net pen operations

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced the termination of Cooke Aquaculture Pacific’s Port Angeles net pen lease on Dec. 17. Cooke Aquaculture Pacific (Cooke) raises Atlantic salmon at this site.

  • Dec 18th, 2017

Coalition presents first public hospital district town hall

First of four meetings prior to the island voting on the formation of a public hospital district.

Board of Natural Resources authorizes new parkland for San Juan County

Submitted by Washington State Department of Natural Resources At its monthly meeting…

  • Dec 12th, 2017

San Juan Island woman charged with rape of a child

Editor’s note: The accused is not named to protect the identity of…

Purloined prescriptions; vehicle vandalized; bold bull | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 11th, 2017

When disaster strikes, work together

After recovering from 50 mph winds on Nov. 26 and 27, causing…

  • Dec 7th, 2017

Wanted walker, vacant vehicles and Thanksgiving thefts

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

  • Dec 6th, 2017

Assistance for enrolling in health insurance

Our Revolution of San Juan County is sponsoring assistance with enrolling in…

  • Dec 5th, 2017

OPALCO linemen work from dark to dark to bring back the light

Sunday, Nov. 26 was a long day for OPALCO linemen, engineers and…

  • Dec 5th, 2017
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                                Islander Rob Ewers explains U.S. history to attendees.

Locals take U.S. citizenship class at San Juan Island Library

Quenia attends the library’s bi-weekly U.S. citizenship class to someday have the…

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                                Islander Rob Ewers explains U.S. history to attendees.

Orcas woman arrested for allegedly hiding a fugitive and possessing drug paraphernalia

Kami Philbrook, 29, was arrested by San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies on…

Second wrongful death lawsuit filed in carbon monoxide poisoning case

Troy Sullivan and Kelli Ashcraft were discovered dead in a home outside of Friday Harbor.

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Strong winds lead to island power outages

After nearly 20 hours without power on Sunday, Nov. 26, it was…

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County board and commission vacancies

The San Juan County Council is searching for residents to fill vacancies…

  • Nov 28th, 2017

Growler pilot draws graffiti in the sky

By Jessie Stensland jstensland@whidbeynewsgroup.com It was something one might expect to see…

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Washington’s exchange for ACA plans shows increased traffic during first week of enrollment

Submitted by Washington Healthplanfinder The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reporting a…

  • Nov 28th, 2017
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Disappeared dinghy, lifted lighter and wind wreck| Letters

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

  • Nov 28th, 2017

San Juan County residents face property tax increase, mostly from state

San Juan County property owners will see significantly higher property tax bills…

Navy medevacs Friday Harbor patient

Submitted by NAS Whidbey Island A search and rescue (SAR) team from…

  • Nov 21st, 2017

Goat gang, property prowler and burgled boat | Sheriff Log

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

  • Nov 14th, 2017

Insurance issue, camera kidnap and capsized kayaker | Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Nov 11th, 2017

Moment of silence on ferries Saturday to honor veterans

In a salute to the men and women who have served in…

  • Nov 9th, 2017

San Juan County election results

Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Proposition No. 1, an excess levy for…

  • Nov 9th, 2017
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                                About 92 workshop attendees discussed county solutions to orca protection on Oct. 27.

New study shows looming orca extinction without changes

San Juan County staff and residents are brainstorming local ways to protect…

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                                About 92 workshop attendees discussed county solutions to orca protection on Oct. 27.

Orcas veterinarian offers mobile services to all islands

By Heather Spaulding Reporter A desire to help the community, as well…

  • Nov 8th, 2017

No recycling changes at Lopez Solid Waste – for now

Some confusion exists as to whether The Lopez Dump is accepting plastics…

  • Nov 7th, 2017

Almost half of islanders cannot afford to live on island

There’s a housing crisis in San Juan County and county staff has…

  • Nov 7th, 2017