Cali Bagby

Cali posted 362 stories to Islands' Sounder.
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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

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

Goat creamery opens on Orcas

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

  • May 14th, 2012 4:05pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two Orcas High School students receive top honors

Junior Lana Bronn received “Honorable Mention,” and sophomore Bella Nigretto was awarded All-League first team honors, which is given to the top five players in the entire league, as voted by league coaches.

  • Mar 12th, 2012 5:47am

Screening for documentary exposing how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women

The award-winning documentary “Miss Representation,” which will be screened on Orcas on March 18, 2 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and the consequences to our youth, our culture, and our politics.

  • Mar 8th, 2012 7:03pm

Islanders still question CAO

Local experts spoke about the update of the county’s critical areas ordinance, Feb. 29 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The forum was sponsored by Friends of the San Juans.

  • Mar 6th, 2012 5:30pm

Students create not your average sundial

Gregory Books wants teenagers to get excited about astronomical science. For one project his class dug debris out of their house gutters and using magnets determined that there were microscopic pieces of meteorites. He also had students brainstorm ways humans could live on Mars. Last fall he asked his class to build a sundial — not just a stick in the ground sundial, but one that would be adjustable for each season and daylight savings.

  • Mar 3rd, 2012 5:59pm

Phone scams targeting the elderly are back

Judy Beemer receives numerous phone calls a day from telemarketers or automated surveys, but last week when she picked up the phone she was answered by a young man in his twenties, who said “Hi, Grandma.”

  • Mar 6th, 2012 12:12am

Skate nights at Orcas Middle School Gym — fun for all

On Friday nights, parents sit on the bleachers of the Orcas Middle School Gym watching their children laugh as they glide across the floor. Some parents, like islander Marlace Hughes, remember putting skates on at the same gym years ago.

  • Feb 29th, 2012 12:00am

Petition circulating to ban Genetically Modified Organisms grown in San Juan County

A petition seeking to make San Juan County free of genetically modified organisms has hit the streets.

  • Feb 28th, 2012 1:14am

Orcas Island Mt. Baker Road and Trail Improvement project ready for ‘lift-off’

The Orcas Island Mt. Baker Road and Trail Improvement project has its wheels on the ground and is preparing for lift-off. The design is almost complete and Public Works is waiting for environmental permitting from various organizations including Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Ecology and San Juan County. The last item on Public Works’ list is finalizing the right-of-way purchase.

  • Feb 18th, 2012 5:55pm

Removing trees at Moran State Park to make a healthier forest?

To deal with the dangers of falling trees, Rob Fimbel with the Washington State Parks’ Stewardship Program has proposed a plan to patch cut and thin three areas of the park, which include the surrounding areas of the Environmental Learning Center, the primitive campground and the upper part of the north end campground. The areas are high priority because of the year-round and seasonal living quarters by the ELC and the overnight guests at the campgrounds.

  • Feb 18th, 2012 5:51pm

County Council looks at future of the Exchange

During the council meeting on Feb. 7, council chairwoman Patty Miller, Orcas East, said there is no update to the solid waste after Tuesday's meeting, but that there is a “concept” for dividing the property into areas, which includes setting aside a portion of the site for continuing the Exchange and possibly accommodating expansion, but there is significant due diligence that needs to be completed before any more specifics can be determined.

  • Feb 11th, 2012 12:18am

Vandalizing public signs can be dangerous and costly

Each island tends to have a signature when it comes to traffic sign damage. On Lopez, vandalism involves bullet holes, but on San Juan the inclination is simply to pull signs out of the ground and leave them on the side of the road. On all three islands, San Juan County Public Works has had to clean signs shot with paintball guns.

  • Dec 30th, 2011 5:32pm

Are snowy owls coming to the San Juan Islands?

The majority of San Juan county residents have never seen a snowy owl in their neighborhood, but as more of these birds are spotted in the region, it may be possible to see white wings gliding through the air. Snowy owls have been spotted throughout Washington and other states this fall, said Barb Jensen, president of the San Juan Islands Audubon Society.

  • Dec 30th, 2011 5:31pm

San Juan island musician Beau Borrero performs at Occupy Wall Street

Beau Borrero observed the feeding and sheltering of hungry strangers amidst the cold and rain. He stood witness to police pepper spraying and striking faces with clubs, and the twisting and contorting of limbs that he can only describe as torture. Borrero also watched ordinary people from all walks of life with signs held high above their heads, their slogans reverberating throughout the country.

  • Dec 27th, 2011 9:54pm