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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.
An escapee from work crew had the San Juan Islands' police scanners buzzing for several hours yesterday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Described as beautiful, aggressive and at once both soft and sharp, barred owls are an object of fascination and concern. Recent national news reports that barred owls are displacing spotted owls have the Sounder wondering just how the species fits into our island ecosystem, and did it force spotted owls from our isles?
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect that is tied to two residential burglaries on Orcas Island.
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.