Colleen Smith

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Animal shelter to host family event at Mt. Baker Farm

The rolling hills of Mt. Baker Farm are the backdrop to an…

  • Aug 20th, 2018 1:30am

Senator Cantwell holds roundtable discussion on affordable housing

San Juan County is one of many communities in Washington state facing…

  • Aug 18th, 2018 1:30am

Hedrick Smith to speak on ‘taking back our democracy’

Veteran reporter Hedrick Smith believes citizens are “winning back” democracy with grassroots…

  • Aug 13th, 2018 1:30am

August primary election 2018 results | Update

For full Aug. 7 top-two primary results and how island residents voted…

  • Aug 10th, 2018 4:04pm

Illegal signs in Eastsound to be removed in next 30 days

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes is warning islanders that illegal sandwich…

  • Aug 8th, 2018 11:37am

Don’t use social media to report crime | Editorial

In this age of technology, it’s become easy and convenient to make…

  • Aug 8th, 2018 1:30am

School supply drives are stocking the classroom for success

The Orcas community is doing its part to ensure that kids and…

  • Aug 6th, 2018 1:30am

Orcas Chamber Music Festival enters its 21st year

Aloysia Friedmann has just sent out a 19-page rehearsal schedule for the…

  • Jul 29th, 2018 1:30am

The season of biking safety

Every summer, island drivers are obliged to share the road with thousands…

  • Jul 27th, 2018 1:30am

Adult abuse continues to spike in Washington state

The elderly can be easy targets for financial and physical exploitation, and…

  • Jul 24th, 2018 1:30am

Elder abuse can happen here | Editorial

As we enter our golden years, the risk of isolation and neglect…

  • Jul 14th, 2018 1:30am

Preserving an island legacy | ‘Con’s Pit Stop’ to open in July

The Village Stop closed its doors at the end of May, and…

  • Jul 9th, 2018 11:08am

Orcas man charged with meth and heroin possession

George King Pendleton III of Eastsound has been charged with one count…

  • Jul 5th, 2018 1:30am

Sounder deadlines are changing | Editorial

Here at the Islands’ Sounder, we have deadlines printed every week in…

  • Jul 3rd, 2018 3:36pm

Samish bless the ground for new Orkila cabins

Members of the Samish Nation took a respite from their summer canoe…

  • Jun 29th, 2018 3:32pm

Eastsound woman charged with four counts of violating a protection order

Cindy Lee Robbins, 50, of Eastsound has been charged with four counts…

  • Jun 29th, 2018 12:34pm

San Juan County joins national opioid lawsuit

The San Juan Islands are not immune to the national opioid crisis,…

  • Jun 21st, 2018 10:58am

Graduation season: endings, beginnings | Editorial

High school graduation is the big event that officially ushers you from…

  • Jun 20th, 2018 12:54pm
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                                The 2018 Orcas Island High School graduating class celebrates receiving their diplomas by throwing off their caps.

Here’s to the future | Orcas Island High School commencement ceremony

The class of 2018 bid farewell to high school and said hello…

  • Jun 18th, 2018 12:19pm
Colleen Smith Armstrong/staff photo
                                The 2018 Orcas Island High School graduating class celebrates receiving their diplomas by throwing off their caps.

Sometimes being a dad means dressing up as a unicorn | Father’s Day profile

From the moment Jim Bredouw held his first child, he knew fatherhood…

  • Jun 13th, 2018 1:30am

Baby, you can drive my car | Lund’s One World Festival celebrates the golden age of travel

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Martin Lund’s One World Music…

  • Jun 9th, 2018 1:30am

Kulp pleads not guilty to murder in the second degree

A Shaw Island man accused of murdering his wife has pleaded not…

  • Jun 6th, 2018 11:51am
photo courtesy Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island/Wally Gudgell

The truth about Oprah Winfrey’s reported land purchase on Orcas | Interview with the realtor

Online news outlets have reported that Oprah Winfrey purchased an Orcas Island…

  • Jun 5th, 2018 2:48pm
photo courtesy Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island/Wally Gudgell

Memorial Day | Photos

The American Legion hosted a Memorial Day celebration at Woodlawn Ceremony on…

  • Jun 4th, 2018 4:59pm

A day in the lives of Orcas Island kids | New film by McCune and Perrine to debut June 3

Grace McCune and Jake Perrine are known for their lavish stage productions…

  • May 28th, 2018 1:55pm
Katie Gray photo
                                The Burned at their October concert in the Sea View Theatre.

‘The Burned’ presents CD release concert over Memorial Day weekend

Against a backdrop of colorful visuals and a sea of moody lights,…

  • May 18th, 2018 1:30am
Katie Gray photo
                                The Burned at their October concert in the Sea View Theatre.

All-Stars present ‘Dancing on a Whim’

Let the Island Inspiration All-Stars take you on a journey around the…

  • May 16th, 2018 1:30am

New housing project is step in right direction | Editorial

I don’t fault anyone for owning a vacation rental or second home…

  • May 9th, 2018 9:34am
OPAL’s fundraising team left to right: board president Tim Fuller, trustees Rusty Diggs and Margaret Mills, executive director Lisa Byers and trustee and fundraising chair Pegi Groundwater.

April’s Grove $12.5 million affordable housing project is 85 percent funded

It’s been a momentous few weeks for staff at OPAL Community Land…

  • May 7th, 2018 10:40am
OPAL’s fundraising team left to right: board president Tim Fuller, trustees Rusty Diggs and Margaret Mills, executive director Lisa Byers and trustee and fundraising chair Pegi Groundwater.

T.J. Liblik to perform at Carnegie Hall

Eighth-grade violist Thomas (T.J.) Liblik is headed to Carnegie Hall. The Orcas…

  • May 7th, 2018 1:30am

Mother’s Day profile: Erin O’Dell

Erin O’Dell says it’s just more fun to be happy. As director…

  • May 4th, 2018 1:30am

Taking care of our island tourists | Editorial

We can’t imagine what would happen to our communities if tourism drastically…

  • Apr 26th, 2018 4:07pm

Why programs like aerial acrobatics are so critical | Editorial

Aerial acrobatics are a superhuman feat. To see performers swinging high in…

  • Apr 18th, 2018 1:30am

Court documents reveal more details in the death of Abigail Finney

The San Juan County Prosecutor’s office is preparing to file charges of…

  • Apr 17th, 2018 8:07pm

Eric Kulp in custody following standoff in Marblemount | Update

Shaw Island resident Eric Kulp, wanted in connection with the death of…

  • Apr 16th, 2018 4:44pm
Erin Bennet photo

Island Aerial Acrobatics will be back at Orcas Center in 2019

A beloved island program will be back for another year. Island Aerial…

  • Apr 16th, 2018 1:30am
Erin Bennet photo
Steve Resch

Building a legacy for Steve Resch | Memorial golf tournament

After Steve Resch passed away from cancer at the age of 45,…

  • Apr 9th, 2018 11:08am
Steve Resch

Justin Langworthy sentenced to 28 months for meth possession

A jury found Justin Travis Langworthy, 33, of Eastsound guilty of violating…

  • Apr 6th, 2018 4:44pm

Interviews with the public hospital candidates

On April 24, a special election will determine whether Orcas Island will…

  • Apr 4th, 2018 10:23am

Vote yes on public hospital district for Orcas | Editorial

The issue of health care on Orcas Island is not going to…

  • Mar 27th, 2018 12:05pm