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Fraud fail, rogue recording, fallen fences | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Feb 1st, 2020

Measure to fund emergency radio upgrade on ballot

Voters have the chance to approve a sales tax increase to improve…

Five new lawmakers sworn in for the 2020 state legislative session

WNPA News Service Two state Senators and three new House of Representatives…

Democrats push to require firearm training for concealed carriers

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service A proposal by Senate Democrats would…

  • Jan 28th, 2020

OPALCO board rescinds dam resolution in favor of collaboration with membership

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative At the Jan. 23 board…

  • Jan 28th, 2020

Insecure infant, pilfered package and displaced dogs | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Jan 25th, 2020
The M/V Samish undergoes sea trials on April 8, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Photograph by Stuart Isett/Vigor Industrial 2014 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.

Ferry ridership declines in 2019

Submitted by Washington State Ferries For the first time in seven years,…

  • Jan 23rd, 2020
The M/V Samish undergoes sea trials on April 8, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Photograph by Stuart Isett/Vigor Industrial 2014 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.

Lovelett sworn in as senator for 40th Legislative District

Submitted by Sen. Liz Lovelett’s office Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) was sworn…

  • Jan 22nd, 2020

Bill Watson will not seek re-election

San Juan County Councilmember for San Juan Island Bill Watson announced on…

  • Jan 22nd, 2020

Navy airlifts patient during Orcas snowstorm

Submitted by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island A search and rescue team…

  • Jan 21st, 2020

Three so far in the race for county council

Two Orcas residents are challenging incumbent Rick Hughes for the District 2…

GOP Senators propose free use of state parks

By Cameron Sheppard WNPA News Service Residents and visitors will get a…

  • Jan 21st, 2020

Republicans aim to guarantee $30 car tabs amid court hang-up

As Initiative 976 — the car tabs measure approved by voters in…

Nasty neighbors, ferry line failure, check capers | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 18th, 2020
Reps. Debra Lekanoff and Alex Ramel (Contributed photo)

Alex Ramel selected to replace Rep. Jeff Morris

Following Rep. Jeff Morris’ November 2019 resignation from his position in Washington’s…

Reps. Debra Lekanoff and Alex Ramel (Contributed photo)

Sucia body is John Doe

The person whose body washed ashore on Sucia Island last month is…

Walter Siegmund, CC BY 2.5/contributed photo
                                The Anacortes Marathon oil refinery with Mt. Baker in the background.

Environmentalists stop Anacortes xylene proposal

Xylene will not be produced and transported through local waters thanks to…

Walter Siegmund, CC BY 2.5/contributed photo
                                The Anacortes Marathon oil refinery with Mt. Baker in the background.

Guerilla gardening, troubling tab, adrift again | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Jan 11th, 2020

San Juan County Parks early camping registration for residents

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Parks and Fair is…

  • Jan 10th, 2020

County accepting applications for detached accessory dwelling units

Submitted by San Juan County San Juan County Department of Community Development…

  • Jan 7th, 2020

Seniors bring lawsuit against senior center nonprofit

Four members of the Senior Services Council of San Juan County brought…

Risky recovery, beached boat, confiscated cars | San Juan County Sheriff

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

  • Jan 4th, 2020

Top stories of 2019

County initiates marijuana moratorium On April 2, council members voted to temporarily…

  • Jan 2nd, 2020

Ferries holds first-ever digital meetings

The 30-minute advance arrival rule isn’t going anywhere, there isn’t enough money…

Lopez and Orcas Fire team up for rescue at Watmough Bay

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue In a truly collaborative feat,…

  • Dec 31st, 2019

Spent shells, meandering mutt, bagged bike | San Juan County Sheriff Log

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

  • Dec 28th, 2019

Sales tax increase for emergency radios could be in next election

San Juan County Manager Mike Thomas brought a draft resolution in front…

County considers marijuana grow options

San Juan County is still working toward drafting regulations for marijuana production…

Catherine Washburn Medical Association Donates to Lopez EMS

Submitted by Lopez Island Fire and EMS The Catherine Washburn Medical Association…

  • Dec 24th, 2019

County seeks comment on housing assessment

Submitted by San Juan County The preliminary draft Housing Element and fourth…

  • Dec 24th, 2019
An EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Lancers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 lands during a Field Carrier Landing Practice at an outlying landing field attached to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)

Provision to monitor noise of naval operations to be included in National Defense Authorization Act

Submitted by Senator Maria Cantwell’s office U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and…

  • Dec 24th, 2019
An EA-18G Growler assigned to the “Lancers” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 131 lands during a Field Carrier Landing Practice at an outlying landing field attached to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)

County council approves first biennium budget

As the year comes to a close, San Juan County has completed…

Videoed vandalism, generator grievance and trespasser tussle | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 21st, 2019

Pinched post, faulty footwork and a disobedient dog | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 14th, 2019

Grating generators, torturous trees and embezzling employee | San Juan County Sheriff’s Log

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

  • Dec 7th, 2019

County parks plans for the next two years

In an attempt to balance the San Juan County Parks budget, food…

Brendan Brokes named WDFW North Puget Sound region director

Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Washington Department of Fish…

  • Dec 5th, 2019
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis)

Growlers in the sky

Growing local and regional concern regarding the recent increase of loud EA-18G…

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis)

Unemployment rate continues to drop in San Juan County

San Juan County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the…