Colleen Smith

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Orcas girl donates money to animal protection society

Six-year-old Grace Zwilling donated $51.85 to the Orcas Animal Protection Society. She…

  • Dec 14th, 2018 4:52pm

Island students thriving at Orcas Elementary School

For four hours once a week, Orcas Elementary kindergarteners bundle up and…

  • Dec 13th, 2018 1:30am

Holiday traditions bring us together | Editorial

Close your eyes for a moment and envision what the holidays mean…

  • Dec 9th, 2018 1:30am
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‘Roasted Nut’ dance production at Orcas Center

These aren’t your typical sugar plum fairies. The Island Inspiration All-Stars are…

  • Nov 27th, 2018 9:47am
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The surviving guinea pig, which died the following day.

Guinea pigs abandoned on animal shelter steps

Two guinea pigs were left on the Orcas Animal Shelter’s front steps…

  • Nov 23rd, 2018 3:58pm
The surviving guinea pig, which died the following day.

Second annual Hops on the Rock a success

Hops on the Rock just keeps growing. The second annual beer festival…

  • Nov 16th, 2018 1:30am
Left to right: Monique Turner, Chris Kaufmann, Jimmy Taylor, Teri Savell, Mike Haugen and Donna McNeil.

Post office employees presented with awards

Safe driving is a hallmark of Orcas Island postal employees. Eastsound Postmaster…

  • Nov 10th, 2018 1:30am
Left to right: Monique Turner, Chris Kaufmann, Jimmy Taylor, Teri Savell, Mike Haugen and Donna McNeil.

Peggy and George Beebe are new owners of Pawkis

George and Peggy Beebe have been dedicated members of the Orcas community…

  • Oct 27th, 2018 1:30am

Sounder and Journal endorses Gaylord and Krebs | Editorial

We endorse San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord and Sheriff Ronald…

  • Oct 25th, 2018 10:26am

Tucker Abdon charged with vehicular homicide | Not guilty plea entered

Tucker Samms Abdon, 33, of Eastsound, has been charged with one count…

  • Oct 22nd, 2018 1:50pm

Sheriff’s Office looking for information about reported hit and run involving a boy

A driver reportedly struck a 10-year-old boy and drove away from the…

  • Oct 20th, 2018 3:35pm

Afton Segault and the art of skin care | Women in Business profile

Afton Segault is living her dream as the owner of Omari Beauty…

  • Oct 17th, 2018 1:30am

Hogle charged with possessing and distributing child pornography | ‘Not Guilty’ plea entered

Eastound resident Christian Hogle, 53, has been charged with one count of…

  • Oct 5th, 2018 12:54pm

Awareness is the first step | Editorial

Without awareness and action, there cannot be social change. Nationally and locally,…

  • Oct 2nd, 2018 1:30am

Cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks to Orcas Christian School students

Lance Armstrong believes in always moving forward – whether he’s facing a…

  • Sep 28th, 2018 1:30am

Orcas Island Film Festival aims for the stars in fifth year

The Orcas Island Festival keeps upping its game. Celebrating its fifth year,…

  • Sep 22nd, 2018 1:30am
Anita Orne with her saw.

Orcas saw player performs with Seattle Symphony

A saw from Island Hardware and Supply made its way from Orcas…

  • Sep 20th, 2018 10:03am
Anita Orne with her saw.
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Local business provides successful internship

Answering phones and greeting customers are useful skills in nearly any industry.…

  • Sep 17th, 2018 1:30am
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Christian Hogle arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) Eastound resident…

  • Aug 31st, 2018 12:10pm
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                                Above: Some of the fair participants unloading their horses around midnight.

Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor

For decades, when the county fair ends, Lopez and Orcas participants pack…

  • Aug 21st, 2018 11:32am
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                                Above: Some of the fair participants unloading their horses around midnight.

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
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                                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