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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.
For seniors facing the winter months, Marla Johns said there are three concerns: depression, isolation and an increase of falls.
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.
At the Orcas Island Elementary Veteran Appreciation Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7 veterans were honored for their service.
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.
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.
Robin Jacobson loves local history, whether she is helping people find their ancestors’ graves or digging up island ghost stories.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
You are not crazy, it just means you are a human being. Everything you are experiencing is normal.
On Sept. 11, two Lopez men threw over five pieces of luggage into the Salish Sea after incorrectly assuming that the bags contained bombs.
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.
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.
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.
The school bell will be accompanied by the grinding of heavy machinery this school year as students head to the classroom.
Libraries are constantly changing. Where once books were the main event now you have computers and DVDs taking up the majority of space.
“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.
An escapee from work crew had the San Juan Islands' police scanners buzzing for several hours yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week, Rene Sturk was horrified as she approached her chicken coop and found one of her birds without a head.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After countless hours of work including much community feedback, the Eastsound Subarea Plan Update is now in its final draft form.
Greg White is a knitter, a father, a coach, a surveyor and now a school board member.
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.