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Haley Cruz Winchell and Griselda Cruz Gonzalez.

Orkila in third year of English/Spanish language classes

Learning a new language on Orcas Island is all about building connections,…

  • Nov 21st, 2019 1:30am
Haley Cruz Winchell and Griselda Cruz Gonzalez.

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

Thanksgiving is a week away, and with that comes the launch of…

  • Nov 20th, 2019 1:30am

I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial

Our hearts sank when the election results filtered in on Nov. 5.…

  • Nov 14th, 2019 1:30am

DOT to remove tree in Moran State Park using explosives

Staff from the Washington State Department of Transportation are coming to Moran…

  • Oct 29th, 2019 11:55am

Orcas High School celebrates homecoming

Orcas Island High School celebrated homecoming last week with sporting events, a…

  • Oct 25th, 2019 6:25pm

Christian Hogle trial moved to February 2020

The trial of an Orcas man accused of possessing and distributing child…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019 12:20pm

Lodging tax grants to fund island projects

Thanks to tourism dollars, San Juan County projects are receiving a financial…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019 1:30am
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                                At left: Grace McCune.

An interview with Grace McCune | Women in Business profile

Pianist and vocalist Grace McCune was raised in a family of musicians…

  • Oct 18th, 2019 1:30am
Denise Thomasin photo
                                At left: Grace McCune.

Charlotte’s Closet offers a free shopping experience to those in need

In the back of Orcas Christian School’s brick building is an inviting,…

  • Oct 16th, 2019 1:30am
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                                David Affolter, new executive director of YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife Tobin and daughter Dalton.

New director at the helm of Camp Orkila

The San Juan Islands have been in David Affolter’s heart since he…

  • Oct 8th, 2019 1:30am
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                                David Affolter, new executive director of YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife Tobin and daughter Dalton.

Stuart Piff faces four charges in district court and two charges in superior court

San Juan County District Court has filed four charges against Stuart Gray…

  • Oct 7th, 2019 12:26pm

Hughes says county has been ahead of the pack in environmental policy

Councilmember Rick Hughes says San Juan County has long been at the…

  • Oct 4th, 2019 1:30am

Are you being abused? | Editorial

Our local domestic violence and sexual assault agency has seen a surge…

  • Oct 3rd, 2019 1:30am

Orcas Island Film Fest: a five-day cinematic experience

Now in its sixth year, the Orcas Island Film Festival continues to…

  • Sep 26th, 2019 1:30am

Viking sports update | September 2019

Girls’ soccer The Lady Vikings played La Conner on Sept. 17, losing…

  • Sep 25th, 2019 1:30am

Be a part of the magic happening at Orcas Center

In need of a little artistic expression? Then Orcas Center is your…

  • Sep 13th, 2019 1:30am

Councilman Hughes talks ferries

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story listed the wrong initiative…

  • Sep 10th, 2019 10:39am

Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial

Our communities have breathed a collective sigh of relief now that the…

  • Sep 10th, 2019 1:30am

Four island actors star in ‘The Lost Virginity Tour’

During opening weekend of Orcas Center’s next production, playwright Cricket Daniel will…

  • Sep 4th, 2019 1:30am

Road project news from Councilman Hughes

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes cannot say enough about the efforts…

  • Aug 30th, 2019 3:10pm

Why turtles should not be carnival prizes | Editorial

We received a flurry of complaints from islanders after a carnival game…

  • Aug 28th, 2019 1:30am

Orcas Road renovation is complete

Drivers and pedestrians on Orcas Road can now enjoy safety improvements thanks…

  • Aug 25th, 2019 1:30am

Arrest warrant issued for Orcas man

A $5,000 warrant for the arrest of Michael Louis Bolster, 37, of…

  • Aug 24th, 2019 1:30am

Two Orcas teens arrested for alcohol possession

Two intoxicated juveniles heading home from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island were…

  • Aug 16th, 2019 4:01pm

Dogs find homes after story in Islands’ Sounder | One still available

Two animals highlighted in the July 31 Sounder story “Dogs rescued from…

  • Aug 16th, 2019 1:30am

Orcas Fire and Rescue handles increased call volume during summer season

In a 48-hour shift last week at Orcas Fire and Rescue, responders…

  • Aug 13th, 2019 1:30am

Body of drowning victim Cresundo Whitaker recovered from Mountain Lake | Update

The body of a 34-year-old Atlanta, Georgia, man was recovered by Whatcom…

  • Aug 9th, 2019 12:20pm

Lovelett wins senate seat; other primary results

San Juan County voters were in line with the rest of the…

  • Aug 7th, 2019 11:16am

San Juan County Fair: Cultivating a love of community | Editorial

It’s time to get a little dust on your boots, hay in…

  • Aug 7th, 2019 1:30am

Friday Harbor man accused of assaulting a deputy

Mark Andrew MacDonald, 55, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

  • Aug 5th, 2019 10:04am
Pespi (top) and Jacky (lower right).

Dogs rescued from Asia in need of forever homes

For Tracy Harachi, a desire to help elephants in Asia led to…

  • Jul 31st, 2019 1:30am
Pespi (top) and Jacky (lower right).

Council denies petition to put Decatur fire district on ballot

After two hours of testimony, the San Juan County Council voted unanimously…

  • Jul 29th, 2019 11:03am

Melendez-Lopez charged with burglary and assault

Humberto Melendez-Lopez, 41, of San Juan Island, has been charged with residential…

  • Jul 28th, 2019 1:30am

Annual chamber music festival is an homage to Aloysia Friedmann’s late father

This season’s lineup for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is a…

  • Jul 21st, 2019 1:30am
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                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

Lum family to lease Coffelt Farm Preserve

A longtime Orcas family is breathing life back into a beloved island…

  • Jul 16th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

A festive fourth | Photos

Eastsound was packed for the Orcas Chamber of Commerce’s annual parade on…

  • Jul 9th, 2019 4:19pm
Jacob Hansen with his wife Lauren Wimmer and daughter Harper.

Jacob Hansen to undergo amputation; family in need of donations

A former Orcas resident is undergoing a leg amputation after sustaining an…

  • Jul 2nd, 2019 4:36pm
Jacob Hansen with his wife Lauren Wimmer and daughter Harper.

The great Orcas emu rescue

Tish Knapp awoke on Thursday, June 27 to find her two 1-year-old…

  • Jun 28th, 2019 3:02pm

Orcas’ first Pride a success | Photos

Hundreds of islanders and visitors gathered on Sunday, June 23 in the…

  • Jun 26th, 2019 10:42am

Bruce Pavitt to host dance-a-thon to benefit OPAL

Get your dancing feet ready for an eight-hour journey through musical history.…

  • Jun 24th, 2019 11:13am