Colleen Armstrong

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Arden Foster charged with assault with sexual motivation

Warning: the following story contains graphic details. Arden Wayne Foster, 50, has…

  • Feb 1st, 2017 2:42pm

Orcas: get ready to Rock

Grace McCune believes that anyone with a desire to sing should be…

  • Jan 23rd, 2017 1:52pm

Wild Island: healthy, local food options

For a midday boost of fresh juice, nutritious rice bowls and strong…

  • Jan 23rd, 2017 3:04pm

Pedestrian hit by car at Anacortes ferry landing

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 a woman was struck…

  • Jan 17th, 2017 2:58pm

Linnes given ‘Citizen of the Year’ award for saving woman’s life

Jason Linnes was socializing and enjoying his meal at the Orcas Chamber…

  • Jan 16th, 2017 1:41pm

School to ask for $8 million bond for campus improvements

Editor’s note - a previous version of this story had a $500,000…

  • Jan 27th, 2017 12:30pm

Goodbye to the matriarch of Jpod | Editorial

The southern resident killer whales are sacred, wondrous members of our Pacific…

  • Jan 10th, 2017 1:30am

Partially submerged boat is back up

The 60-foot schooner Phoenix is living up to her name. After a…

  • Jan 6th, 2017 11:46am

The year 2016 wasn’t all misery | Editorial

Many Americans are expressing gratitude that 2016 is coming to an end.…

  • Jan 4th, 2017 1:30am

Orcas woman charged with residential burglary and assaulting an officer

Aurora Elaine Turner of Eastsound has been charged with residential burglary and…

  • Jan 4th, 2017 5:28pm

Orcas School District welcomes new athletic director

After a high school and college career in athletics, Chris Bullock devoted…

  • Jan 3rd, 2017 4:41pm

New area code and dialing procedure for Western Washington

Washington state is getting a new area code in 2017. An “area…

  • Dec 31st, 2016 1:30am

Orcas man in critically stable condition after possible assault

A 57-year-old Orcas Island man is in critically stable condition at Harborview…

  • Dec 22nd, 2016 10:32am

Jason Schible charged with failure to register as a sex offender

Jason Michael Schible of Lopez Island has been charged with failure to…

  • Dec 19th, 2016 2:24pm

Sea Stars to present ‘Return of the Sun’ on winter solstice

With darkness comes the promise of light. On the shortest day of…

  • Dec 13th, 2016 1:30am

A bounty of gifts in your own backyard: shop locally | Editorial

Before you are standing in line at that big department store, Christmas…

  • Dec 12th, 2016 10:09am

Sounds of the season: Orcas Community Band

Keeping the tradition of concert bands from long ago, the 35-member Orcas…

  • Dec 10th, 2016 1:30am

Victorian Valley Christmas concerts: an intimate musical celebration of the season

The day after the 2016 presidential election, Susan Osborn was sad and…

  • Dec 1st, 2016 1:00pm

Flights in an hour of need

Undergoing cancer treatment is a daunting prospect. For islanders, there is the…

  • Nov 29th, 2016 1:30am

Fun for all at first annual community dodgeball event

Ian Lister won “Best Holiday Dodgeball Attire” at the first annual community…

  • Nov 28th, 2016 5:22pm

Decommissioned sheriff’s vessel sinks while tied to dock

A decommissioned Sheriff’s boat at the Orcas Ferry Landing fuel dock sank…

  • Nov 26th, 2016 5:34pm

Orcas Medical Center must raise $750k by Jan. 15 to partner with UW Medicine

Orcas Medical Center is at a crossroads. After Island Hospital announced it…

  • Nov 17th, 2016 9:32am

‘Other Desert Cities’ | Review

You’ll win because you have ideas, and they only have fear. It’s…

  • Nov 12th, 2016 8:31am

Home invasion case on Orcas labeled ‘inactive’ | Reward money returned

After hundreds of police hours and very few leads, the case involving…

  • Nov 10th, 2016 1:36pm

Orcas voters overwhelmingly approve library levy

Orcas Island voters have supported the Orcas Library expansion. A total of…

  • Nov 8th, 2016 8:17pm

‘Gypsy Ballads’ at roundtable

John Friedmann will take you on an autumn journey into time and…

  • Nov 4th, 2016 1:32pm

New play opens at the Grange: ‘Other Desert Cities’

During the cold nights of November, go on a journey to the…

  • Nov 4th, 2016 6:14pm

Vote for the library levy | Editorial

What would our community be without a vibrant public library? It’s not…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 3:04pm

A balance between sweet and spicy

For Holly Dennis, her business is a labor of love.

  • Oct 17th, 2016 10:40pm

Selling real estate with a smile

When Marlis Sandwith came to work for Teri Williams, they decided to buy a large farm table instead of individual desks.

  • Oct 17th, 2016 10:36pm

‘Mary’s Wedding’: love across space and time | Review

It doesn't matter what century you are in, there is nothing as magical as those first tremulous steps toward new love.

  • Oct 16th, 2016 6:43am

Why women in business matter | Editorial

Their footsteps echo in the corridors of history, but we rarely hear them.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 7:22pm

‘Mary’s Wedding’ | A story of love and war

An incredible love story.

  • Oct 7th, 2016 7:46pm

Sheriff Krebs is handling adversity well | Editorial

When Ron Krebs was elected San Juan County Sheriff in 2014, the department had been experiencing a relatively quiet period.

  • Oct 6th, 2016 8:30am

Orcas is struggling to sustain its nonprofits

Whenever I ask someone about joining one of the nonprofit boards I serve on, this is the reaction I receive: a panicked look, a quick shake of the head and "No, I am already on a board and I volunteer a lot. There is no way I can possibly take anything else on."

  • Sep 29th, 2016 8:30am

Orcas Farm Tour this weekend

Following a farm brunch at The Kitchen in Eastsound, visitors can check out more than a dozen unique farms during the Orcas Island Farm Tour on Sunday, Oct. 2. At the end of the day, Orcas Farm will host a soiree, with live local music, DJ Teacher's Pet, a free farmers potluck wood-fired pizza from Inn at Ship Bay by donation and the Lion's Club Beer Garden, sponsored by Island Hoppin' Brewery.

  • Sep 28th, 2016 8:39am

Tullock sentenced to four years for theft and forgery

Orcas resident Patricia J. Tullock, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of theft in the first degree, three counts of forgery and two counts of trafficking in stolen property. She was sentenced on Sept. 20 to 50 months. Tullock was transferred to Island County Jail where she will be assessed and then taken to a correctional facility.

  • Sep 21st, 2016 11:42pm

Former teacher convicted of sexual misconduct has been granted a new trial

Judge Donald Eaton has granted former Orcas High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner a new trial after a lead investigator on the case was accused of misconduct. A new trial is scheduled for Dec. 5. The defendant was released from custody on Sept. 20 after Judge Eaton announced his ruling.

  • Sep 21st, 2016 3:40am

Senior resource guide is coming soon | Editorial

Winter is fast approaching. It's a time when the pace slows down, the rain falls and we start making holiday plans.

  • Sep 20th, 2016 8:37pm

Orcas to see an influx in public works projects

Islanders will be seeing a great deal of activity on Orcas roads in the coming years.

  • Sep 19th, 2016 10:15pm