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After numerous complaints about Wave2Go ticket theft, Washington State Ferries has changed its policies. Beginning June 15, ticket holders will no longer be able to use the 18-digit ticket number, but must have their ticket in-hand.
The Orcas Island Library is hoping to embark on an expansion of its facility. In the next year, there will be public meetings, design work and fundraising. The Sounder is running a series on the library’s staff in the coming months.
Julie Duke has a unique history with the Bite of Orcas. In 2000, she covered the Bite, which is a fundraiser for Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation as a reporter for the San Juan Journal.
One dollar doesn’t amount to much on its own, but when hundreds of people come together with just one dollar bill in their palms, suddenly there is great wealth.
After much community support and letters from Congress to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Benjamin Nunez Marquez has received some positive news.
The Curiosity Rover has been operating on Mars since August 2012. On Sunday, May 18, 4 p.m., Center Stage at Orcas Center, Chris McKay will discuss efforts to determine the site’s habitability, focusing on searches for organic molecules – in other words “Is there life on Mars?”
Margi Miles describes the closeness she felt with her two children as unbreakable. When they were younger, she placed her hands over their hands and they made a pact. It was a promise that held them together when the shadows passed overhead.
Orcas Islander Peter Bohr purchased a five-ride ferry pass this spring and after using it only once, he was surprised when the ferry worker at the Anacortes terminal said he had zero uses left.
On Thursday, the inter-island ferry was evacuated after ferry workers reported a suspicious device of gas containers with protruding wires.
Saturdays come alive in May with the smell of freshly brewed coffee, ripe tomatoes, fried oysters and the sight of islanders gathering together to check out local wares.
The rusty waters of Crescent Beach may have made you want to call out, “red tide.” Before you tell your friends, you should know red waters don’t always make for harmful situations. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, most blooms that create color in the water are beneficial because the tiny plants create food for animals in the ocean and can be the major source of energy that fuels the ocean food web.
On the day of the race, Dennis Dahl wasn’t feeling well, so he was running a bit slower than he intended. He was only behind his mark a few minutes, but it was a few minutes that may have saved his life. Just a half a mile away from the finish line he heard an explosion.
Last week Sukima Hampton was walking on a friend’s private beach west of Eastsound when she was horrified to find a pink card with the words “This could be oil” printed on it.
The sign at Madrona Point, stating the area is closed by authority of the Lummi Nation until further notice, has recently disappeared.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect that is tied to two residential burglaries on Orcas Island.
On April 2, a letter was sent to the Secretary of Homeland Security asking for another year-long stay for Marquez, know to his friends as Nunez. The document was signed by Sen. Patty Murray, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Rick Larsen and Rep. Jim McDermott.
Recently, Senator Kevin Ranker spent an afternoon with Ben Nunez Marquez at the Helsell Mill. After being inspired by Nunez's story he flew to Washington D.C. to meet with Senator Patty Murray about the situation.
A pacific white-sided dolphin was stranded yesterday afternoon off the visitor's trail at Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island.
Dogs are cute and furry, and rushing up to them is a natural response for kids and adults. However, this kind of behavior can bring unfortunate results.
From Shakespeare to politics to life on Mars, this season of the Crossroads Lecture Series represents a broad spectrum of interests.
On the night of March 8, 2013 Orcas Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin O'Brien hosted a private party for several employees of OIFR to celebrate the hiring of mechanic Jack Delisle.
It's back to the drawing board for Orcas Island School District, at least when it comes to their construction plan.
Lynn Carter worked for 19 years as an administrator. Little did she know that those skills would transfer to 13 years of service for the Orcas Island Public Library and would also take her far across the sea and deep into the jungle.
Even as a little girl, Mai Lan had a dream of owning a shop and restaurant. With the recent opening of Laughing Dragon Asian Market in addition to her eatery at Odd Fellows Hall, her childhood daydreams are now a full day’s work.
At age 65, River Malcolm decided she was going to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. It was a lofty goal, considering the trail is about 2,000 miles. The goal was made even loftier by the fact that Malcolm is a self-described “not a super athlete” and being “good at getting lost.”
The first time I sang “We Shall Overcome,” I was standing on the roof of a hospital in Bangladesh. My grandfather, an orthopedic surgeon who founded the hospital, was singing “We shall all be free. We shall all be free someday” as the nurses, janitors, cooks and doctors hummed along.
After three weeks of dating, Ed and Kristin knew that they wanted to get married. So they did. Three months after Ed proposed they eloped to Colorado.
Wenatchee High School students are traveling across the state spreading happiness, cultural pride and hope for the future – all in the form of mariachi.
Last winter, Benjamin Nunez Marquez was preparing for his deportation out of the U.S. to his native country of Mexico. He was resigned to this fact – he had been preparing for this day ever since he was taken into custody by immigration enforcement in 2008.
After tough 12 rounds Benjamin Pollard said the magic letters, “j-u-r-i-s-d-i-c-t-i-o-n.”
Editor’s note: The Orcas Island Library is hoping to embark on an expansion of its facility. In the next year, there will be public meetings, design work and fundraising. The Sounder is running a series on the library’s staff in the coming months.
There will be singing, aerial silk performing, magic and a few surprises.
Nancy Knapp tells her students when they write to “leave your readers wanting more and wondering what happens next.”
Last week, the Sounder asked readers to share their hopes and dreams for the New Year. Your responses included health and happiness.
They are the vampires of the sea, roaming our waters at night and drinking blood. They feed off even the most formidable of ocean predators: sharks.
The lone Trumpeter swan seen on the shores, and on the waters, of Crescent Beach was found dead on Saturday.
After three years of traveling back and forth from Haiti to Orcas, Rosedanie Cadet has decided to spend the next year on just one island.
A lone Trumpeter swan has been seen on the shores, and on the waters, of Crescent Beach in Eastsound. “It’s unusual,” said Shona Aitken education coordinator for Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center located in Friday Harbor.
The Fish Hatchery in Moran State Park had a busy night last week. Hatchery staff helped sixty-two pairs of kokanee salmon spawn in one evening at Moran Creek.
Orcas Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien made it clear to islanders that his main priority is the safety of islanders and having numerous means of emergency transports help to make that possible.