Cali Bagby

Cali posted 362 stories to Islands' Sounder.
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Lopez woman charged with malicious mischief

Megan Christine Mackinnon, 27, of Arlington, Wash., is charged with malicious mischief in the first degree.

  • Aug 17th, 2016 11:25pm

Grellet-Tinner sentencing on Aug. 10

A jury found 59-year-old Orcas Island High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner guilty of two counts of Sexual Misconduct in the FirstDegree.

  • Jul 28th, 2016 8:39pm

Sexual assault survivors share their stories

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 7:38pm

Creating a safe space for victims to be heard

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?

  • Jun 8th, 2016 8:30am

Man charged with sexual assault against a 20-month-old

Warning: This story contains disturbing details about alleged sexual assault against a child.

  • Jun 1st, 2016 5:05pm

Lopez man charged with unlawful possession of firearm

By Cali Bagby

  • May 28th, 2016 8:30am

Voters upset with Larsen’s endorsement of Clinton

Rep. Rick Larsen has his constituents questioning his choices after a recent endorsement on Facebook from the congressman.

  • Mar 30th, 2016 5:49pm

Council upholds pesticide ban

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.

  • Nov 9th, 2015 9:14pm

Teetering on the edge of extinction

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.

  • Oct 20th, 2015 6:24pm

Why we write crime stories | Editorial

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?

  • Oct 13th, 2015 7:40pm

What you can do to prepare for an earthquake

This October, states across the nation will be participating in the Great Shake Out earthquake drill.

  • Oct 7th, 2015 4:38pm

More federal funding for local veterans

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.

  • Sep 30th, 2015 4:55pm

Mixed feelings about funding for veterans | Editorial

The housing crisis has been a well-documented nightmare for islanders.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 4:39pm

The power of solar

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.

  • Sep 25th, 2015 6:57pm

Whale watching captain rescues distressed diver

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?

  • Sep 12th, 2015 7:58pm

Return of the wasps

According to Russel Barsh, director of the Lopez-based nonprofit laboratory Kwiaht, there are at least seven species of wasps in the Northwest

  • Sep 1st, 2015 5:49pm

CPR training can save lives

It all started with a camping trip and ended with a life hanging in the balance.

  • Aug 11th, 2015 4:13pm

What it means to be county coroner

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.

  • Aug 6th, 2015 4:49pm

The integrity of the newspaper byline | Editorial

These are principles that we stand by. Every day as stories are published we are ready to defend them if need be.

  • Jul 28th, 2015 4:53pm

Something old Something new

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.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015 3:38pm

Cider and Mead Festival

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.

  • Jun 19th, 2015 12:35am

‘Love Letters Beyond the Veil’

Amontaine Aurore takes her newest one-woman show into the exploration of afterlife, the search for soul mates and the possibility of reincarnation.

  • Jun 10th, 2015 8:55pm

Orcas Island Community Band celebrates anniversary

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.”

  • Jun 5th, 2015 4:34pm

Comedy at 30,000 feet

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.

  • May 22nd, 2015 5:01pm

Principal Page says goodbye

“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.

  • May 19th, 2015 11:44pm

Lyme in the islands?

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.

  • May 14th, 2015 7:20pm

Orcas Wild Interpretative Center opens in Eastsound

Orcas Wild, a new interpretive wildlife center, is opening in Eastsound across from the Episcopal Church on Main Street.

  • May 12th, 2015 11:47pm

Orcas seniors finish final projects of the year

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.

  • May 5th, 2015 10:37pm

Lopez fundraiser to bring solar to island schools

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.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 7:25pm

Islanders earn black belts

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.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015 10:52pm

How can we fix a system that is broken?

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.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015 5:17pm

Suspect of hit-and-run faces arraignment Friday | Update

A woman was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and North Beach Road at around 10 a.m. this morning.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 6:16pm

Local mothers facing discrimination?

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.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 4:37pm

Perchance to dream

William Shakespeare has been dead for nearly 400 years and still his stories inspire current generations.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 4:30pm

Orcas Currents lecture series tackles climate change, seeds and the sea floor

Orcas Currents started with a truly cosmic bang last year with an astronaut discussing possible asteroid collisions with Earth.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 8:36pm

Orcas Road project reaches the preliminary design phase

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.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 4:14pm

Exploring the magic of Indian Island

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.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 5:25pm

Sheriff responds to Sounder crime survey

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.

  • Feb 26th, 2015 5:30pm

The reality of a tsunami

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.

  • Feb 24th, 2015 11:54pm

SeaDoc scientists rescue Steller sea lion

Rescuing a wild animal is no easy feat. Rescuing a 1,400-pound sea mammal is an entirely different feat.

  • Feb 18th, 2015 5:28pm