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April 10, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Thursday Memo: 911 emergency … Pellet gun and brass knuckles … Determined elk

The emergency 911 system that was out throughout the state since very early this morning is now up and running, says CenturyLink, Earlier item: The emergency 911 system is out throughout the state and the provider, CenturyLink, is working to fix it. If you have an emergency, you’re asked to call the numbers…

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November 9, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Landline phone service restored on San Juans, but cell and Internet service still spotty

Landline phone service has been restored between San Juan County islands and the mainland, but cell service — including calls to 911 emergency dispatch — remains spotty, and access to secure Internet lines is limited, according to San Juan County officials. The San Juan County Department of Emergency Management is asking residents to report phone-related problems online at http://TinyURL.com/moqurw3. Residents…

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September 5, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Author Richard Bach remains in serious condition

Author Richard Bach remains in serious condition Wednesday at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he is recovering from injuries suffered when his small plane crashed on San Juan Island. Bach’s son,  James Bach, said Sunday his father was lucid and had improved since the accident Friday left him with a head injury and broken shoulder. The elder…

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August 15, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Coast Guard: Boater may face fine for entering protected killer-whale zone

Fines could be imposed on the owner of a vessel that breached the 200-yard exclusion zone for endangered killer whales near Orcas Island on Wednesday. The Coast Guard says a witness reported a 25-foot leisure boat inside the exclusion zone around a group of orcas at about 5 p.m. The crew of Coast Guard ‘s Cuttyhunk found…

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April 23, 2012 at 8:27 AM

San Juan Co. women targets of obscene phone calls

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a recent rash of obscene phone calls, according to SanJuanJournal.com. Six people on San Juan and Orcas islands have reported receiving sexually explicit telephone calls in the middle of the night. The male caller addresses the female victims by name, according to the web site. The victims’ caller…

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