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Solid waste continues to evolve on the islands

Solid waste in the islands is evolving and county staff like Public Works Director Frank Mulcahy is optimistic that garbage and recycling collection is changing for the better.

  • Jul 3rd, 2012 3:28pm

Hazards on the horizon – an increase of oil tankers may harm the Salish Sea

The proposed Cherry Point Coal Terminal near Ferndale, Wash., has been causing an outcry on the islands, but local conservationists are concerned about multiple hazards.

  • Jun 27th, 2012 4:10pm

The truth about tent caterpillars

The western tent caterpillar, with its orange and black markings, is an unpopular visitor. Periodic caterpillar outbreaks result in defoliation, minor branch dieback, and in some cases, tree mortality, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • Jun 21st, 2012 4:03pm

Shuttle bus comes to Orcas Island for a limited time, Friday – Monday

The San Juan Islands Visitor Bureau has launched a project to simultaneously get people out of their cars, and onto the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway.

  • Jun 20th, 2012 8:08pm

A musical revolution

Martin Lund’s ‘One World Music Festival’ celebrates its 10th anniversary with music of the 1960s and ’70s

  • Jun 18th, 2012 6:22pm

Future of state parks remains murky

Last weekend, instead of playing in the sun, islanders turned out in force at the Eastsound Fire Hall on June 9 to talk about the situation.

  • Jun 15th, 2012 10:24pm

Lopez lab conducts study on soap safety

Next time you lather up in the shower with your favorite pomegranate-grapefruit body wash, think about what exactly you are washing down the drain. You may be disturbed to find out your standard volumizer shampoo and detangler conditioner are toxic, even brands claiming to be natural and earth friendly.

  • Jun 8th, 2012 7:22pm

Low tide and Venus in Transit | Multimedia

Indian Island Marine Health Observatory Field Research Days hosted “bivalve digs” and kids of various ages were seen tromping around in the sand fascinated by the many vibrant and different colored starfish. Indian Island itself was off limits to protect several new oystercatcher chicks. So next time you make a visit make sure to steer clear until the sign is removed.

  • Jun 6th, 2012 6:04pm

Paving the road to literacy one child at a time

Kari Schuh’s interest in developing young readers came to her via the literacy alignment project for pre-school to third graders, led by Dave Matteson, author and educator. The project is a national movement to develop the cognitive and social skills for children that establish strong foundations for future learning. The program focuses on leadership, instruction, community partnerships and family engagement.

  • Jun 5th, 2012 6:10pm

A race to change lives, end abuse

The Fourth Annual DVSAS 5K Run and Walk is Saturday, June 9, registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race commences at 9 a.m. at Orcas High School.

  • Jun 4th, 2012 7:54pm

When fires rage, there is a plan

The Wildfire Prevention Plan has projects ranging from better house fire protection to helping the Garry Oaks on Turtleback

  • May 30th, 2012 5:26pm

Bite of Orcas – a culinary event to benefit Wolf Hollow

This year on Saturday, May 26 on the Village Green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bite of Orcas offers a delicious menu of foods like seafood chowder, cupcakes, ice cream, sushi rolls, steak fajitas, steamed clams, chicken chipotle salad and Chicago-style hot dogs.

  • May 26th, 2012 3:00pm

Broadband Intiative receives mixed reactions

The series of broadband – high-speed Internet and other communication services – meetings across the islands were held to discuss what services would be provided and when, the costs and the provider.

  • May 21st, 2012 7:47pm

Indie-folk duo to play at Doe Bay

Jenn Rawling and Basho Parks are coming to Doe Bay Resort for their first performances on the island May 31, 7:30 p.m. and June 1, 7:30 p.m. They will be playing tunes from their album, as well as their favorite covers and new songs written this last winter.

  • May 21st, 2012 5:22pm

Illegal fires ignite concern

Although he has yet to write a citation this year for illegal burnings, San Juan County Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner is growing concerned that it’s still occurring, but that islanders may not report the fires. He has two theories – either they are not aware that they can contact Turner on the weekend or they fear repercussion from the people starting the fires.

  • May 19th, 2012 12:39am

Obscene phone calls: annoying or dangerous?

Since the end of April, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has taken 20 calls reporting sexually explicit telephone calls in the middle of the night by a man, from a restricted or private number, who speaks to his female victims by their name.

  • May 14th, 2012 9:19pm

Goat creamery opens on Orcas

Bill and Jenny Myers have created the first goat dairy on Orcas.

  • May 14th, 2012 4:05pm

Laslo-White wins Sounder music contest

When the Sounder heard Matthew Laslo-White, Cierra Lutz and Mackie Blackburn play, we launched our own online contest for locals to pick their favorite musicians. More than 160 people turned out to place their votes.

  • May 8th, 2012 11:12pm

Cider and mead festival, Saturday, May 12

Mead, known as the libation of the gods by the Greeks, is often referred to as the first alcohol made by men. Also called honey wine, it was the choice of beverage for the mighty Vikings and their gods.

  • May 8th, 2012 5:58pm

Booster club has $2,400 to go in quest to fund spring sports

Despite various fundraisers like the tournament, the booster club has a way to go in its quest to fund spring sports. It is $2,400 short of the $17,500 needed for transportation, officials’ fees, the athletic director’s salary and equipment fees.

  • May 7th, 2012 6:02pm

Fundraising TRIAK journey sets off from Orcas | Multimedia

Since starting their journey in Olympia, Wash., Matthew White and Skye Marchesi have witnessed breathtaking sunsets, porpoise sightings and even a few raccoons acting like “miniature bears” on James Island.

  • May 7th, 2012 5:09pm

From soil to stand – Orcas Farmers Market kicks off this weekend

If you don’t already love the Orcas Farmer’s Market, Jennifer Pietsch’s genuine excitement for the vendors and their products will win you over.

  • May 3rd, 2012 4:00pm

Free golf for teachers, police, firefighters and more

It’s time to tee off, score a birdie or even a double-eagle, all for free this May – that is if you happen to be an employee or volunteer of the schools or fire and sheriff’s department.

  • Apr 30th, 2012 8:55pm

Granny’s Attic sale offers Orcas treasures – at 2 p.m. whatever fits in a grocery bag goes for $5

Every Tuesday for the last few months, five women gather with Windex and marker pens in hand. They laugh and chat as they clean used items that will be put on display and later sold.

  • Apr 24th, 2012 8:03pm

The Good Lovelies – spreading joy with song

The Good Lovelies, based out of Toronto, Canada, are coming to Orcas Center, April 29, 7:30 p.m., with a special event: “Burgers and Brew” from the Lower Tavern in the Madrona Room, 5:30 p.m., $15 at the door.

  • Apr 18th, 2012 4:00am

Buck Park’s new owners are ready to take the reins

Passing the buck has new meaning as Orcas Island School Board continues to work on the transfer of Buck Park to the Orcas Island Parks and Recreation District.

  • Apr 14th, 2012 12:03am

Baby Goats at Pi Valley | Slide show

The five baby goats at Pi Valley Llama farm spend their days frolicking and playing in the green grass.

  • Apr 12th, 2012 4:47pm

Ghostly remnants emerge from sea

When Tom Averna looked down into the water next to his boat, he saw an object that looked out of place. He fished it out, and was surprised to find what appeared to be a survey stake with Asian characters on it – a possible remnant from the tsunami that ravaged Japan last year.

  • Apr 11th, 2012 4:31pm

Joanne Rand teams up with Carolyn Cruso for Olga concert

When Joanne Rand describes why she likes performing on Orcas Island, it sounds like she is writing a song. “Climbing Mount Constitution. The vibe of the place. The green forest. Looking into Canada. Doe Bay. The ferry boat ride. The remoteness and sense of timelessness,” she said, listing off her favorite island things. “Orcas is like a jewel.”

  • Apr 9th, 2012 11:40pm

Teens panel to discuss drugs, drinking

Point Blank, the Orcas Island High School prevention leadership group, agreed to do their best to replicate that experience for other parents. Their panel will be held Thursday, April 12, in the back of the school library at 5:30 p.m.

  • Apr 3rd, 2012 8:23pm

Vendovi Island – volunteers spruce up paths for public use

SJPT recently purchased the 217-acre island, seven miles north of Anacortes from Seattle's Fluke family. Its patriarch, the late high-tech pioneer John Fluke, bought Vendovi in 1966.

  • Apr 2nd, 2012 3:41pm

Washington Business Week – a chance for kids to learn real world tools

In the continuing wake of a poor economy, high school students face a potentially rough road on their journey to a profitable and fulfilling career. Washington Business Week aims to help students prepare for the challenges and opportunities of life after high school, like how to manage money, networking, and business ethics. Organizers describe the event as a crash course that offers a simulated “corporate” environment.

  • Mar 29th, 2012 4:00pm

Softball ready for a comeback | Spring sports preview

The Vikings are known as tough competition, and with this season’s slow start the Vikings may surprise other teams later in the season when they make their come back.

  • Mar 28th, 2012 6:16pm

Vikings’ golf: take a shot and keep moving | Spring sports preview

This season, nine students will be swinging their clubs on the green and Coach Bobby Olmsted couldn’t be happier. Olmsted has been coaching for 11 years, but this is the first time that he has held tryouts. His requirements for ideal players? Ability is not as important as commitment, he said.

  • Mar 28th, 2012 1:00am

Farmers question tax audits

The farmers were noticeable not by their denim and muddy boots, but their expressions both somber and frustrated. They, and several other concerned citizens, took their turns sitting before the council at a special Lopez meeting on Tuesday and voiced their concerns relating to the Agriculture Current Use Taxation Program.

  • Mar 26th, 2012 10:20pm

From the ashes of poverty, music shall rise

When Jeffery Broussard plays the accordion, he plays it with his whole body. And his toe tapping, hip shaking and exuberant shoulder shrugging is contagious. His numerous YouTube videos all have one thing in common – a room full of folks swaying and clapping their hands as zydeco and Creole melodies fill the air.

  • Mar 23rd, 2012 3:58pm

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen listens to Orcas Islanders’ concerns during Friday visit

A wide range of topics was covered by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) during two recent meetings on Orcas Island. He started off the discussion with his stance on women’s health care and reproductive rights. “I am shocked that we are having this debate, women are shocked and afraid because of this debate,” he said. “I am going to fight and advocate for the progress women have made for reproductive and health care rights.”

  • Mar 20th, 2012 8:39pm

Islanders join nation in ‘Save Our Homes’ rally | Slide show

As the rain stopped and the sunlight broke out from the clouds, seven islanders stood in Waterfront Park with cardboard signs calling for peace, change, support of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, and also the removal of Ed DeMarco. This gathering is one of 200 “Save Our Home” rallies for’s campaign asking President Obama to remove DeMarco as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, and make Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, government-controlled mortgage lenders, change their policy to provide relief to the ten million Americans struggling with mortgage debt.

  • Mar 15th, 2012 10:47pm

Music, like prayer, takes musician to another realm

Ginni Keith always loved music, she even majored in the oboe in college, but for 25 years music just evaporated from her life - she even sold all her instruments. But when she moved to Lopez everything changed. She joined the choir - and for the last 12 years she has immersed herself in sound, even adding a few instruments to her repertoire.

  • Mar 15th, 2012 5:35pm

Islander returns to Haiti

Thousands died and riots broke out across Haiti as cholera raced through the population. In one area, burning barricades littered the streets and blocked the road to the hospital. Rosedanie Cadet watched as the chaos unfolded. She asked people to help move the mattresses and other objects set aflame, but only one person helped her to clear the way.

  • Mar 12th, 2012 5:51am