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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

The new face of Orcas Senior Center

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.

  • Feb 12th, 2015 5:27pm

Susan Osborn in concert this Valentine’s Day

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.

  • Feb 12th, 2015 8:00pm

Learning life lessons through love

Regina and Katie were friends for several years before sparks flew one night under the stars on Orcas Island.

  • Feb 6th, 2015 7:50pm

The little stake that could

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.

  • Feb 3rd, 2015 7:51pm

Joe Reigel wins the spelling bee

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.

  • Jan 28th, 2015 10:48pm

Colton Harris-Moore documentary to be screened on Orcas

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?

  • Jan 7th, 2015 5:41pm

Navy meets on Lopez about Growlers

“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.”

  • Dec 11th, 2014 5:39pm

ORS looks at buying property for Exchange

This is the question posed to Orcas Recycling Services Director Pete Moe on a daily basis.

  • Dec 2nd, 2014 12:12am

Five steps to help you find happiness this season

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.

  • Nov 26th, 2014 5:04pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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