Colleen Smith

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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

Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

For residents of the San Juan Islands, the state-run ferry system is…

  • Jun 22nd, 2019 7:00am

Friday Harbor man charged with assault in the second degree – strangulation

Stuart Gray Piff, 35, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

  • Jun 21st, 2019 12:26pm

Wisdom for graduates | Editorial

High school graduation is the iconic event that officially carries you from…

  • Jun 21st, 2019 1:30am

Class of 2019 graduates from Orcas High School

Teachers and speakers at the Orcas High School graduation ceremony had one…

  • Jun 15th, 2019 5:36pm

Sing your heart out during quarterly choir gatherings

If you haven’t experienced the magic of joining others in celebration of…

  • Jun 14th, 2019 1:30am

Father’s Day profile: Andrew Stephens

Everyone in Andrew Stephens’ family agrees on one important fact: he is…

  • Jun 12th, 2019 1:30am

Quick response to wildfire on Shaw

A wildfire on Shaw was caught just in time before it became…

  • Jun 10th, 2019 10:10am

San Juan man found guilty for wife’s death

WARNING: The following story contains graphic details. A San Juan Island man…

  • Jun 3rd, 2019 4:31pm

‘In Spring Birds Sing’ concert from Orcas Community Band

The Orcas Island Community Band is offering a special mid-week concert in…

  • May 29th, 2019 1:30am
Colleen Smith/Staff Photo
                                The 2019 Orcas High School graduating class. Senior projects will be presented on Tuesday, June 11.

Senior projects help students grow

When an Orcas Island High School student becomes a senior, part of…

  • May 29th, 2019 1:30am
Colleen Smith/Staff Photo
                                The 2019 Orcas High School graduating class. Senior projects will be presented on Tuesday, June 11.
Maia Lewis-Shunk

Viking golfers on to state

Three Vikings golfers are headed to the state championship tournament. Juniors Maia…

  • May 17th, 2019 4:06pm
Maia Lewis-Shunk

Mia’s changes hands; new coffee shop Witty’s opens

After 10 years of operating her own restaurant, Mia Kartiganer is handing…

  • May 14th, 2019 12:02pm

Make your mental health a priority

Mental health issues have long lived in the shadows of shame. Stigmatized…

  • May 14th, 2019 1:30am

Why you should care about Small Business Week | Editorial

It’s easy to take for granted the storefronts that line our quaint…

  • May 6th, 2019 1:30am

Bach, Vivaldi sung for spring

Submitted by the Orcas Choral Society. On May 4 and 5 at…

  • May 1st, 2019 1:30am