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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.
The housing crisis has been a well-documented nightmare for islanders.
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.
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.
Susan Osborn loves singing for people, and she loves collaborating with musicians. So when her long-time Japanese friend Kentaro Kihara informed her he was on a tour in the U.S. and could be on island around Valentine's Day, Osborn jumped at the chance for the duo to perform a concert celebrating love.
For Jami Mitchell, finding a job that enables her to give back to the community is crucial. So when the position for the manager of Orcas Senior Center came up, Mitchell jumped at the opportunity.
Regina and Katie were friends for several years before sparks flew one night under the stars on Orcas Island.
The survey stake was a casualty of a typhoon that occurred in the south of Japan, six months prior to the tsunami that ravaged the country.
Nineteen hopeful spellers took to the stage at the Orcas Christian School on Jan. 28 to take their chances at a plethora of words. Orcas Island Public School, OASIS and Orcas Christian School all participated in the bee.
Why would a teenager steal a plane and fly it without any training? Why would a young man break into strangers’ homes, steal from small businesses and live in the woods for long stretches of time? Why would he become a symbol of rising up against authority, why would he be called a folk hero by some and a criminal by others?
“Honk if you like quiet skies” was written in bright letters and posted outside of the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts where the Navy held its first ever scoping meeting on Lopez on Dec. 3. Just a few feet down the road, dressed in down jackets Stanley and Kip Greenthal passed out blue papers labeled “Growler EIS Scoping Meeting.”
This is the question posed to Orcas Recycling Services Director Pete Moe on a daily basis.
Being happy isn’t a mood that is 100 percent achievable 24 hours a day. I like to think of happiness as something that comes and goes.