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Megan Christine Mackinnon, 27, of Arlington, Wash., is charged with malicious mischief in the first degree.
A jury found 59-year-old Orcas Island High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner guilty of two counts of Sexual Misconduct in the FirstDegree.
He was an older man and Susan had just turned 18. After he started physically and sexually assaulting her, she was ashamed and afraid that the community would not stand by her if she left him. When she thought he would actually kill her – seven years into their relationship – she ran away with nothing but a few clothes. She was free from bodily harm, but she had to face another obstacle: the people who did not believe her.
In the last five years, crime stories we report on are indeed becoming more disturbing. In the last six months we have seen a slew of crime involving sexual assaults. The most upsetting story that has ever come across my desk was this week's article involving the severe abuse of a toddler. (Read more about this story in this week's edition). These stories beg the question, why is this happening?
Warning: This story contains disturbing details about alleged sexual assault against a child.
By Cali Bagby
Rep. Rick Larsen has his constituents questioning his choices after a recent endorsement on Facebook from the congressman.
The discussion as to whether consider pesticides originated with a request from the noxious weed board for the council to explore alternative ways to control harmful plants.
With a massive body and a mouth that emerges from the deep blue like a man-made dungeon cell, the basking shark resembles a great and terrible monster.
Why do we write crime stories? Do we want to sensationalize violence in an effort to sell more papers? We are a small knit community – should we really hear about the harsh realities of life?
This October, states across the nation will be participating in the Great Shake Out earthquake drill.
Federal funding for homeless veterans may be a step in the right direction for the state when it comes to supporting those who have served our country. In the islands, the funds may be more like a band-aid on a wound that continues to bleed.
The housing crisis has been a well-documented nightmare for islanders.
With electricity comes power. Not only the power to connect computers to the Internet, but the power to learn and communicate with the larger world.
A whale watching vessel captain responded to a call for help near Orcas Island last week begging the question, what does it mean to be surrounded by water when disaster strikes?
According to Russel Barsh, director of the Lopez-based nonprofit laboratory Kwiaht, there are at least seven species of wasps in the Northwest
It all started with a camping trip and ended with a life hanging in the balance.
When the call comes in, Randall Gaylord drops whatever he is working on – whether he is sitting down to a meal or prepping for an important court case.
These are principles that we stand by. Every day as stories are published we are ready to defend them if need be.
Flowers and plants and soil tell many stories. One can learn about the climate about the history of a place or the personality of the person who puts the plant into the earth.
Small hands grab shovels and rakes and ready themselves for tasks, like preparing the soil for the fall’s pumpkin harvest and drilling holes in Alder logs to grow shiitake mushroom. The dirt is rich and brown and the calendula and chive flowers sprout up around the young gardens as the smell of mint and fennel moves through the air.
Amontaine Aurore takes her newest one-woman show into the exploration of afterlife, the search for soul mates and the possibility of reincarnation.
Like so many great ideas, the community band started with about a dozen musicians practicing in a garage in the highlands. The theme of the group, according to one of its founding members Russ Harvey, was, “If you can breathe you can play.”
Grief isn’t your standard topic for a one-woman comedy show. But Ann Randolph pulls it off with wit, grace and a lot of heart.
“For me to say I have enjoyed my time at Orcas Island Elementary School would be a huge understatement,” said Page in a recent letter to the parents of elementary students.
When Mara William’s daughter was bitten by a tick 23 years ago on Orcas, doctors said it could not be transmitting Lyme disease. Williams, a nurse practitioner, is now convinced her daughter has Lyme disease despite a lack of official reports of the disease in San Juan County.
Orcas Wild, a new interpretive wildlife center, is opening in Eastsound across from the Episcopal Church on Main Street.
Orcas High School students are taking learning out of the classroom and into their hands as they complete their senior projects. From dog training to building sustainable housing to documentary film making, these seniors are learning life lessons through this year-long enterprise.
Solar is an important part of almost every life process. That is according to Michel Vekved, outreach and education coordinator of the San Juan Islands Conservation District, who has been working on an upcoming fundraiser of Lopez to raise funds for solar in island schools.
Taj Howe, 18, earned his black belt on February 28 under the training of Chuck Silva. Howe earned his belt with his training partner Alex Rogers, 19. These two students will be Silva’s last black-belt-level students of his long career in martial arts.
Putting a drug addict in a box for six years doesn’t solve the problem, according to Matt Stafford, who went back to what he calls “shooting stuff in his arm” as soon as he got out of prison.
A woman was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and North Beach Road at around 10 a.m. this morning.
The first time Katie Zwilling was asked to cover up while breastfeeding at an Eastsound business, she carried around her anger with her for six months.
William Shakespeare has been dead for nearly 400 years and still his stories inspire current generations.
Orcas Currents started with a truly cosmic bang last year with an astronaut discussing possible asteroid collisions with Earth.
Safety, biking and preserving the rural nature of the island were all issues discussed at the San Juan County Public Work’s recent open house at the fire station on March 3.
Cloaked in sea water and fog for the majority of the year, Indian Island is an intriguing place. Its enigmatic presence is part of the reason it gets a spotlight at the annual Tides of March. The small island is also an important area to study marine science.
San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs said he was not surprised to find that 59 percent of 240 participants in a recent poll said drug activity was their main worry when it comes to crime in island communities.
Big tsunamis come every 300 to 600 years, and the last one for the west coast was 315 years ago, which means a disaster could be headed our way.
Rescuing a wild animal is no easy feat. Rescuing a 1,400-pound sea mammal is an entirely different feat.