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Undersheriff looks back on island years

On Monday, Undersheriff Bruce Distler will get on a ferry with his wife Bonni, their car and trailer and say farewell to the island he has called home for the last eight and a half years.

  • Nov 21st, 2014 10:40pm

Not forgotten: seniors struggle in winter

For seniors facing the winter months, Marla Johns said there are three concerns: depression, isolation and an increase of falls.

  • Nov 20th, 2014 5:19pm

Reach out to a veteran before it’s too late | Editorial

I met Sgt. Gil Frazier during the war in Afghanistan. I was an embedded journalist and he was a Marine. One of the reasons I am alive today is probably, in part, thanks to him.

  • Nov 11th, 2014 5:54pm

Veterans honored at Orcas Island School

At the Orcas Island Elementary Veteran Appreciation Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7 veterans were honored for their service.

  • Nov 7th, 2014 8:49pm

Honoring veterans

Last year, just a few weeks after stepping into her role as elementary principal, Kathy Page organized an assembly to honor veterans in the community.

  • Nov 6th, 2014 5:09pm

OPALCO lineman goes to Haiti

Lopezian Brian Swanson has always wanted his daughters to be compassionate and caring. “We’ve always encouraged them to find their role in society and how they can contribute within our community,” said Swanson.

  • Nov 4th, 2014 5:17pm

Ghosts on island?

Robin Jacobson loves local history, whether she is helping people find their ancestors’ graves or digging up island ghost stories.

  • Oct 26th, 2014 3:31am

Water district policy prompts criticism

Paul Kamin, general manager of the Eastsound Water Users Association, sent a letter to EWUA members on Sept. 18. The document outlined the Guest House Upgrade Initiative, which requires members who have a second living space on their property to upgrade their memberships to reflect two buildings.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014 7:03pm

Fight of a lifetime

Tom and Karen Ritter have been married for 51 years. They have raised four daughters, moved across the country and faced countless obstacles along the way.

  • Oct 17th, 2014 11:21pm

Larsen tackles jet noise

She was gardening when they came. She said she could see their faces. She said it was as if she could reach up and touch the body of the jet. She said it was so loud she was knocked to the ground.

  • Oct 14th, 2014 3:54pm

Hopeful but cautious about WSF reservations | Editorial

How many times do you drive down Orcas Road wondering what will happen when you make that left turn into the ferry terminal lanes? How many times has your heart plummeted on a Friday afternoon as you see that all six lanes are full?

  • Oct 7th, 2014 4:41pm

Ferry reservations – cause for concern?

Travel may get easier or be more of a hassle depending on whom you talk to when ferry reservations become a reality this December. While some islanders are all in favor of a guaranteed travel option, other islanders have gone as far as creating a petition against the new program.

  • Oct 7th, 2014 3:00pm

Foster Hildreth leading OPALCO

For eight years, Foster Hildreth has been preparing for his new role as general manager of OPALCO. Now as he officially takes the helm he looks to the community to help him with the future.

  • Sep 26th, 2014 7:56pm

Is Madrona Point open to public?

The trespassing sign at Madrona Point was illegally removed in an act of vandalism in April. Now islanders who head that way will see there is still no sign. Is Madrona Point open or not?

  • Sep 29th, 2014 8:14pm

Staying connected | Editorial

As an avid hiker, I often find myself alone in the woods. I find it peaceful among the trees where I am soothed by the smell of pine and fir.

  • Sep 23rd, 2014 8:43pm

What stormwater projects are important to you?

Stormwater became a focal point for many islanders after the intense flooding at the Templin Center last September after two inches of rain fell in just one hour. The surge of pooled water happened to coincide with the county’s attempt to update their stormwater plan for the county.

  • Sep 22nd, 2014 6:53pm

Traveling through grief

You are not crazy, it just means you are a human being. Everything you are experiencing is normal.

  • Sep 23rd, 2014 5:25pm

Luggage thrown off ferry after bomb scare

On Sept. 11, two Lopez men threw over five pieces of luggage into the Salish Sea after incorrectly assuming that the bags contained bombs.

  • Sep 19th, 2014 11:03pm

Meeting of the minds

That is according to Dr. Melody Rose, President of Marylhurst University and former Chancellor of the Oregon University System, who will present “Leader of the Free World? The Future of American Women in Politics” on Saturday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m. at Orcas Center as part of the Orcas Crossroads Lecture Series.

  • Sep 19th, 2014 4:38pm

Human remains found at Moran shrouded in mystery

A fisherman found decomposed human remains with a wallet in a collapsed tent located off-trail in a secluded area of Moran State Park near the bridge over the Cascade Lake lagoon on Sept. 6.

  • Sep 19th, 2014 9:24pm

Diverse topics covered at council meeting on Orcas

The future of the Exchange, an update on the library's renovations and a new parking space at the Orcas ferry landing were all up for discussion at the county council meeting at the Eastsound Fire Station on Sept. 9.

  • Sep 11th, 2014 12:26am

School construction is well underway

The school bell will be accompanied by the grinding of heavy machinery this school year as students head to the classroom.

  • Sep 10th, 2014 9:01pm

Profile of library volunteer Skybear Aguilar

Libraries are constantly changing. Where once books were the main event now you have computers and DVDs taking up the majority of space.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 4:15pm

Get your golf game on

“It’s about honor and tradition,” said the Orcas Golf Club employee. “And as far as the tournament goes, you have an opportunity to help the community.” The tournament he is referring to is none other than the annual Orcas Center Golf Classic, which raises funds for artistic endeavors at the center.

  • Aug 27th, 2014 9:53pm

Escapee from FH work crew is back in custody

An escapee from work crew had the San Juan Islands' police scanners buzzing for several hours yesterday.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 6:59pm

Expect the unexpected | Reporter’s notebook

The only thing better than seeing bears is talking about seeing bears. Viewing such an animal and living to tell the tale is perhaps a throwback to the days when our ancestors roamed the earth living in true fear of these large predators.

  • Aug 14th, 2014 6:35pm

Mountain bike trail for Moran?

When it comes to talking about a possible new mountain bike trail in Moran State Park and about the bigger picture of human impact in wild places, environmental planner Andrew Fielding is the man to talk to, which is why he appeared at a meeting on Orcas.

  • Aug 6th, 2014 11:01pm

Wild Alaska | Slideshow

I wanted to see bears. I am fascinated and terrified by these kings of the forest. As an avid backpacker I have often worried that one would rip through my tent and maul me to shreds. Yet on a recent trip to Alaska I found myself on a mission to not only glimpse a bear, but actually to seek one out.

  • Aug 1st, 2014 4:41pm

Mass says: global warming is real

The good news is that global warming is happening much slower than predicted. The bad news is that we are doing absolutely nothing to stop these inevitable changes.

  • Aug 1st, 2014 8:26pm

Are the sea stars dying?

They are dying – wasting away, drying out and disintegrating into sun-bleached piles of dust. Limbs detach from the body and seem to melt away.

  • Jul 18th, 2014 11:40pm

Orcas Center annual gala celebrates all things French

The last year at the Orcas Center has featured a wide span of theatrics from the lively cabaret of “Enchanted Forest” to the British mystery “39 Steps” to the heart-wrenching yet spectacular “Moulin Rogue” performance.

  • Jul 15th, 2014 10:26pm

Raccoons causing trouble in North Beach area?

Last week, Rene Sturk was horrified as she approached her chicken coop and found one of her birds without a head.

  • Jul 2nd, 2014 4:14pm

Alleged animal abuse ends in euthanasia for dog

Photos have been circulating on Facebook of what appear to be an extremely neglected canine with a look in its eyes of agony and bewilderment.

  • Jul 1st, 2014 4:17pm

Taking physics on the road

Cathy Ellis loves riding her bike and kayaking. Now thanks to three young islanders she can combine two of her passions. Middle Schoolers Tashi Litch, Kajeton Bullock and Henry Miller spent three months building kayak trailers that attach to bicycles.

  • Jun 28th, 2014 12:07am

Conflict at Rep. Larsen’s kickoff

Islanders showed up with signs promoting green energy at a recent campaign kickoff for Representative Rick Larsen of the Second District, who is running for re-election.

  • Jun 17th, 2014 5:28pm

All that jazz

For Martin Lund, jazz is not just a genre. It is what Lund says he breathes, lives and drinks. He even named his daughter Jaz.

  • Jun 11th, 2014 9:43pm

Fish kill tied to algal bloom and influx of eagles

The nearshore waters of East Sound and West Sound had a distinct reddish brown hue last weekend: a massive “bloom” that extended over several square miles.

  • Jun 13th, 2014 9:22pm

Subarea Plan is revealed

After countless hours of work including much community feedback, the Eastsound Subarea Plan Update is now in its final draft form.

  • Jun 11th, 2014 8:46pm

School board welcomes Greg White

Greg White is a knitter, a father, a coach, a surveyor and now a school board member.

  • Jun 9th, 2014 11:36pm

Local housing crisis

Randy Davis and his family are on the verge of homelessness. Their circumstances are a matter of supply and demand, rather than a lack of financial resources. Davis said he could easily pay up to $2,000 per month on rent, but there is nothing available in that price range.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014 7:40pm