Colleen Smith

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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

‘Living in the Future’s Past’ multi-island film screening | An interview with Jeff Bridges

Data on global warming is plentiful. What isn’t well understood by the…

  • Apr 30th, 2019 1:30am

Recovery in Community hopes to decrease the barriers to social services

Those who grapple with mental health issues or addiction can feel overwhelmed…

  • Apr 18th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Right: Emily Lorsung.

New stylist on Orcas Island

A new stylist has joined the Orcas salon community. Emily Lorsung, who…

  • Apr 15th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Right: Emily Lorsung.

Pick up litter during Great Island Clean Up

Join fellow Earth enthusiasts in a day dedicated to making the islands…

  • Apr 11th, 2019 1:30am

We cannot ignore sexual assault | Editorial

Every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Who are the people…

  • Apr 10th, 2019 1:30am

Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

Overcoming alcohol addiction may feel like a Herculean task, but it can…

  • Apr 3rd, 2019 1:30am

Orcas students transform into guitar gurus

A group of Orcas Island High School students has a new appreciation…

  • Apr 3rd, 2019 1:30am
Cory Harrington and Tuffy.

Orcas Fire saves choking dog

Firefighters do more than rescue a cat stuck in a tree. They…

  • Mar 30th, 2019 1:30am
Cory Harrington and Tuffy.
Alexa Nigretto

Nigretto wins Bellingham ‘Great Teaching’ award

Alexa Nigretto’s love of children all began on Orcas. Nigretto, an Orcas…

  • Mar 29th, 2019 1:30am
Alexa Nigretto
Panelists from 2018.

Orcas Lit Fest is back for second annual three-day event

For three days in early April, dozens of writers will gather together…

  • Mar 27th, 2019 12:59pm
Panelists from 2018.

Hogle’s trial postponed to May

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

  • Mar 22nd, 2019 2:41pm

Sheriff’s Office has no further leads in gunshot wound case

A case involving an Orcas Island man who sustained a gunshot wound…

  • Mar 21st, 2019 4:15pm

Reptile zoo at Camp Orkila

Ecologist Christian Oldham has long seen the benefits of using live animals…

  • Mar 20th, 2019 9:54am

Orcas Center’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ is pure joy

From start to finish, Orcas Center’s production of “Mamma Mia!” is heartwarming,…

  • Mar 15th, 2019 3:23pm

March is National Nutrition Month | Editorial

I know exactly when I haven’t been eating enough fruits and vegetables.…

  • Mar 13th, 2019 12:13pm
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                                New deputy Bryce Peterson.

Orcas welcomes new deputy Bryce Peterson

Bryce Peterson still can’t believe his luck. Since Feb. 5, he has…

  • Mar 12th, 2019 1:30am
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                                New deputy Bryce Peterson.
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                                Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich and Jim Bredouw.

Orcas Center announces new executive director Dimitri Stankevich

For his entire life, Dimitri Stankevich has received a paycheck from one…

  • Mar 7th, 2019 11:36am
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                                Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich and Jim Bredouw.

Making math fun for all

The best way to get kids enthusiastic about math? Bring out large…

  • Mar 6th, 2019 1:30am

The art of being prepared | Editorial

San Juan County residents are passionate about disaster preparedness. And we are…

  • Feb 24th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Dwight Guss

Dwight Guss named interim port manager

With the departure of airport manager Tony Simpson, a long-time pilot and…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019 3:12pm
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                                Dwight Guss
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                                Dick Thomson and Vivian Conlan during an iPhone class at the Orcas Island Senior Center in early February.

Knowledge is power | Island seniors learning about technology during weekly classes

Island seniors are getting in touch with their inner tech geek. The…

  • Feb 21st, 2019 1:30am
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                                Dick Thomson and Vivian Conlan during an iPhone class at the Orcas Island Senior Center in early February.
The crushed building in Moran.

Wind storm causes massive damage to Moran State Park

High winds and freezing temperatures have left Moran State Park in a…

  • Feb 7th, 2019 10:21am
The crushed building in Moran.

Fearless love | Valentine’s Day profile of Tiffany Loney and Bruce Halabisky

When you spend more than a decade together aboard a small sailboat…

  • Feb 6th, 2019 1:30am

MaryAnn Carpenter (Adams) | Passages

MaryAnn Carpenter (Adams), age 82, of Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington, passed…

  • Jan 31st, 2019 1:30am

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ | Review

You have to be brave to witness the inner life of the…

  • Jan 25th, 2019 8:07pm
The fourth-grade class in 2007 reading under the tree.

When a school loves a maple

They call her the Grandmother Tree. For more than a century, island…

  • Jan 25th, 2019 12:30pm
The fourth-grade class in 2007 reading under the tree.

Thank you, school board members | Editorial

January is school board recognition month, and we’d like to express gratitude…

  • Jan 17th, 2019 1:30am

Relying on the kindness of strangers | ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Orcas Center

The first Orcas Center production of 2019 is all thanks to Kelly…

  • Jan 15th, 2019 1:30am

New year brings new special sections | Editorial

In the first quarter of the new year, your island papers are…

  • Jan 10th, 2019 1:30am

A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial

The Islands’ Sounder has outlined the good and bad of 2018 for…

  • Dec 29th, 2018 1:30am

Orcas Lions honor islanders and members

If there is a community service project on Orcas, it’s very likely…

  • Dec 22nd, 2018 1:30am

Accomplishing your new year’s goals | Editorial

The new year is a time to reflect on the past 12…

  • Dec 20th, 2018 1:30am

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