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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.
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.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” has generated debate, confusion, anger and relief nationwide since its passage in 2010.
The Local Showcase series started as a way to involve the numerous local musicians on island in Orcas Center performances.
Chop the basil into thin strips and add to the mix along with 1/2 cup milk or cream and a 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Let the mixture cook for about five minutes then transfer it by large spoonfuls into a food processor or into a blender. Use the kale puree as a dip for vegetables, sauce for pasta or a rice dish.
The camera can capture the beautiful, unbelievable and awe-inspiring. The upcoming Wild and Scenic Film Festival provides a look at the “unicorns” of Japan, a man’s fight to save the planet with weed-eating goats and the rescue of a humpback whale tangled in fishing nets.
Islanders in uniform showed up at the Orcas Island Elementary today for an appreciation ceremony and breakfast in honor of Veterans. Kathy Page, the new elementary teacher welcomed the community and students for this important assembly.
Access to organic and health food. Learning more about local agriculture. A place to gather as a community. These are all reasons why a group of islanders have been working for months to form the Orcas Food Co-op located in the former Homegrown market.
After scanning the Internet for spooky recipes, one theme kept popping up: faces. They are apparently important in making your food scary. Add a face on a pizza, meatball or cookie and boom – Halloween has made it to your plate.
Transportation, housing and nutrition were all mentioned as top concerns when it comes to seniors on Orcas. The prevailing theme for a large part of a recent meeting was the subject of home care.
Pilates is not just conditioning for your body, it’s also a workout for your mind, according to Anne Marie Schultz, owner of Center Works, Pilates and Wellness Studio.
Islanders gathered last week to discuss topics like kiosks, storm water work and road improvements.
Mary Clure’s birthday is Christmas Eve so it’s always a memorable date. In 2007 the word memorable took on a whole other meaning. It was the year that her birthday would become the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She wore red lipstick and her neck was often adorned with a colorful scarf. She was an artist who painted watercolors with scenes of vibrant bouquets and shorelines of calm waters.
Bea vonTobel has a few things on her to do list: spend more time with her wife Cindy Elliott, renovate her kitchen and bathroom, revamp her deck and build a plane.
On any given day you can see a full spectrum of folks engrossed in everything from books to audio CDs to movies to computers at the Orcas Island Public Library.
Rainfall is to be expected in the Pacific Northwest. It’s the kind of rain that visited islanders last week that has local weather experts saying, “wow.”
When physical education teacher Dan Drake found an octopus on the school grounds this morning he thought it was unusual.
New residents seem to be appearing on the island everyday. They are found on windowsills, porches, hanging off plants and in nooks and crannies.
Trying to find the right career or a purpose in life is a common struggle. For Roger Gossler, the answer was simple.
After a morning of heavy rain, the sky cleared just hours before the Orcas Viking soccer team faced the Friday Harbor Wolverines' junior varsity team. The small, but fierce Vikings played hard against the Wolverines who had advantage in numbers. In the end the Vikings were defeated 4 - 0.
When opera emerged in the 16th century, did audience members think this music would still be performed 450 years later?
A 28-foot sailboat sunk after it was struck by the Hyak on Sept. 13. The lone occupant, a man in his mid-60s, was taken to Peace Island Hospital on San Juan Island but did not sustain major injuries.
Recent accidents, budgets and new appointments were discussed at the Eastsound Fire Hall. The San Juan County Fire District #2 held their regular meeting on Sept 10, 5:30 p.m. Two big items on the agenda were the chief’s report and the 2014 budget.
Death is certain, but as the old saying goes, life is not. How we die can also raise terrifying questions about the unknown. That does not mean that we don’t have choices that can help guide us through the metaphorical and emotional darkness of the end of life.
It was an emotional day at Orcas Fire and Rescue as policemen, firefighters, community members and students gathered to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
The mornings come so reliably – a cup of coffee, familiar faces and the daily sifting of emails. At the Sounder we write, we read, we juggle to be fair and ethical and still remain sensitive to our neighbors.
From red octopus to giant clam worms to bay ghost shrimp the waters around our islands are home to fascinating creatures.
Caleb Klauder and His Country Band create a honky-tonk sound that makes you feel like you should be sitting at a campfire under starry skies in some vast wilderness.
Bob McCabe started carving when he was 30. Now many years later he still gets lost in the art form. It’s a passion, he said, that keeps him going. “They say the symptoms of Parkinson’s disappears when you do something that you love,” he said.
Smooth, tiny and winged – yellow jackets tend to make people recoil and in some cases scream.