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November 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Coast Guard rescues boater in distress off Anacortes

Ferry traffic out of Anacortes is delayed after the Coast Guard was called to help a sailboat in distress. Coast Guard Petty Officer Katelyn Shearer said they were called to help a boater who was struggling to sail his vessel in the high winds and nasty weather off of Anacortes. The 16-foot vessel was “beset by weather,” she said. “They were…

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August 1, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Missing Oregon woman may be in the San Juan Islands

The Associated Press FRIDAY HARBOR — An Oregon woman who has been missing more than a week may be in Washington’s San Juan Islands. San Juan County Sheriff Rom Nou told KOMO that detectives in Oregon told him Jennifer Huston may be in the San Juans or on her way there. Her family says she had spent time in the…

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July 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Local, 911 service restored in San Juans Islands

UPDATE, 9:45 p.m. |  Local and 911 services have been restored, CenturyLink said. Full service will be restored around midnight. UPDATE, 6 p.m. | CenturyLink says it expects to have service restored around midnight. ORIGINAL POST | A severed cable on San Juan Island is affecting CenturyLink services, including 911 calls, for residents throughout the islands, CenturyLink said this afternoon. In…

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December 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM

San Juans report: Paul Allen’s island sold to space entrepreneur

It was reported a week ago that billionaire Paul Allen had sold his private island in the San Juans and now, The Journal of the San Juan Islands has posted on its website that the buyer is Eric  Anderson, a space-travel entrepreneur. Anderson is co-founder of Planetary Resources of Bellevue, which aims to use commercially…

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November 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Crews find cut in communication line to San Juan Islands

CenturyLink says its crews have found the break in the more than two-mile-long underwater cable that supplies phone communications to the San Juan Islands. Though 911 and landline service has been restored, according to CenturyLink, it doesn’t know when full cellphone service will be back. Most phone communication was disabled on San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands this past…

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November 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM

San Juan County declares phone outage a state of emergency

After four days with hardly any cellphone or landline service, the San Juan County Council declared the outage a state of emergency Friday afternoon. “People have been coping with the inconveniences, but it is affecting essential services,” said council member Rick Hughes, according to a county news release. The “catastrophic failure” of an underwater CenturyLink fiber-optic cable…

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September 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Coast Guard transports injured boater from San Juans

A woman injured in a fall Monday on a recreational vessel in the northern San Juan Islands was taken by Coast Guard boat to an ambulance on shore. The Coast Guard received a request for assistance from the vessel Siesta at about 1:30 p.m., indicating a 60-year-old woman had fallen and hit her head, suffering a…

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May 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Man who died when boat flipped in San Juans is identified

A 72-year-old man who died after the boat he was in capsized in the San Juan Islands Friday afternoon has been identified as James Ableman of Bellingham. The accident happened a few hundred yards west of Sucia Island, which is north of Orcas Island near the U.S.-Canada border. People aboard the boat were reaching to retrieve a…

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May 18, 2012 at 4:46 PM

1 dead, 2 rescued after boat overturns near Sucia Is.

One person died and two were rescued Friday afternoon when a boat capsized in the San Juan Islands. The accident happened a few hundred yards west of Sucia Island, which is north of Orcas Island near the U.S.-Canada border. People aboard the boat were reaching to retrieve a stuck crab pot from the water, when the vessel…

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