Bigger boat back - Chelan returns to San Juans Monday

Washington State Ferries  M/V Chelan is returning to the San Juan Islands on May 20, bringing additional capacity back to the route. The 124-vehicle vessel will replace the smaller M/V Sealth. WSF thanks everyone for their patience while they worked to bring a bigger boat back to the route and return it to full capacity. Along with the Chelan, the Yakima, Elwha and Tillikum will also be on the route.

File photos of Chelan at Anacortes Ferry terminal. WSF photo


Friday Harbor HS Aerospace Team Invited to World Finals for International Space Settlement Design

The Friday Harbor High School Aerospace Design Team work in the  qualifying round of the International Space Settlement Design Competition qualified the team to be in the World Finals at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in late July.  Friday Harbor produced one of the top four design proposals in North America.

Teacher Dan Garner, Arlo Harold, Lucy Urbach, Joely Loucks, and Brandon Payne 


San Juan Island's Sheriff's Log May 8-14: Dog bite, borrowed electricity, and video of person breaking into Lopez Dump

Deputies in San Juan Islands responded to 226 calls between May 8-14, 2019 including: An Orcas Island owner was bit by her own dog. The dog was listed as a potential dangerous dog. The dog was eventually located and placed in quarantine. A Lopez Island deputy responded to a citizen dispute in which one person had plugged into his neighbor's electricity. Security cameras captured images of a subject that had scaled the locked fence/gate into the Lopez Island Take It Or Leave It facility during the night. A Deputy on Orcas Island was investigating suspicious activity at a vacant residence. A person inside that residence was arrested for Residential Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Bear Update Sunday, May 19

People have been calling the San Juan County Dispatch Office reporting sightings of the black bear that apparently swam from Orcas Island to San Juan Island on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Albert Brant  posted a video of the bear swimming towards Point Caution Saturday morning. Brant was on board the inter island ferry. The video is posted on Friday Harbor Rant and Rave in a long thread about the bear. The first post in the thread is at 2:13 p.m. Saturday.


Black bear now on San Juan Island

The black bear that has been exploring Orcas Island for the past several days has been spotted on San Juan Island on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  He was seen in the Hillview Terrace area on the east side of the island.

Janice Williams shared this photo of the bear on Orcas Island. 

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