Colleen Smith

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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

Protecting the environment one child at a time

Can one book change the course of land and sea conservation for…

  • Mar 23rd, 2018 1:30am

Our kids are fighting for what they believe | Editorial

We felt overwhelming pride and a deep well of sadness as our…

  • Mar 18th, 2018 1:30am

Wearin’ o’ the Green | St. Patty’s Day parade photos

The spirit of the Irish was strong in Eastsound during the annual…

  • Mar 17th, 2018 12:58pm

Islanders working to create a prevention coalition

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Orcas Island…

  • Mar 14th, 2018 3:37pm

Two possible heroin overdoses in last week

San Juan County Coroner Randy Gaylord is alerting the public about a…

  • Mar 11th, 2018 8:03pm

San Juan man charged with harassment to kill

Jefferey Irving McGriff has been charged with harassment to kill, a class…

  • Mar 3rd, 2018 1:30am

Thanks to Inslee, veto is a major win for the people | Editorial

We have been truly appalled by the actions of our state government…

  • Mar 2nd, 2018 4:50pm

Major need for blood donors

Bloodworks Northwest is asking for your help! Due to the icy conditions,…

  • Mar 1st, 2018 3:38pm

Friday Harbor woman charged with furnishing liquor to a minor and witness tampering

Kathryn Trinity Root has been charged with furnishing liquor to a minor,…

  • Feb 26th, 2018 1:30am

‘Billy Elliot’ takes to the Orcas Center stage

The upcoming production of “Billy Elliot” features Orcas Island’s own young dance…

  • Feb 16th, 2018 12:14pm

Why you should care about the hospital district | Editorial

The future of health care on Orcas Island is unknown. In April…

  • Feb 16th, 2018 1:30am

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? | Editorial

Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought of as a holiday to celebrate romantic…

  • Feb 9th, 2018 12:34pm

Madden and Megan: the best of friends

Madden Surbaugh and Megan Hancock have made a lifetime of memories in…

  • Feb 9th, 2018 1:30am

Buddhist teacher to lead ‘Transforming Happiness and Suffering’

For years, Khentrul Lodrö Thayé Rinpoche has been teaching Buddhism around the…

  • Feb 1st, 2018 1:30am

Camp Orkila offering English and Spanish classes for adult learners

Possessing the gift of language can open doors around the world and…

  • Jan 26th, 2018 11:33am

Clases de inglés y español para estudiantes adultos

Poseer el don del lenguaje puede abrir puertas alrededor del mundo y…

  • Jan 23rd, 2018 10:08am

Consider a donation to Camp Orkila | Editorial

Camp Orkila’s 280-acre, waterfront facility is a major part of our community’s…

  • Jan 23rd, 2018 1:30am

The year ahead | A conversation with councilman Rick Hughes

San Juan County Council Councilman Rick Hughes says it’s been a significant…

  • Jan 8th, 2018 10:47am

The good things that happened in 2017 | Editorial

It’s been another rough year. The divisiveness of the 2016 presidential election…

  • Dec 29th, 2017 2:42pm

We can all prevent suicide | Editorial

For those who are left behind after a suicide, the devastating emotions…

  • Dec 22nd, 2017 3:14pm

Every hour, someone dies in a drunk driving crash | Editorial

Drunk driving is the number one cause of death on our roadways.…

  • Dec 20th, 2017 1:30am