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Motion filed to dismiss Grellet-Tinner conviction after lead detective accused of sexual relationship with victim | Judge to announce decision on Sept. 20

A motion to dismiss the conviction of former Orcas High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner has been filed after allegations of misconduct from a lead investigator on the case. Judge Donald Eaton will announce his decision on the motion on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m.

  • Sep 17th, 2016 12:09am

Finding help in your hour of need | Editorial

Domestic violence is one of those uncomfortable, difficult to discuss issues.

  • Sep 14th, 2016 8:34am

Orcas Island Film Festival is back | Critically acclaimed films to be shown

Orcas Island Film festival producers are in full gear, getting the island ready for another weekend of films.

  • Sep 12th, 2016 6:04pm

The Nocturnes dance production | Review

Using live piano music by Lisa Harris as well as recordings of classical music, the Island Inspirational All-Stars chasséd and leaped across the Orcas Center main stage on Sept. 10 to a sold-out crowd.

  • Sep 11th, 2016 4:15am

Orcas Fire needs strong leader | Editorial

It's been a tumultuous year for Orcas Fire and Rescue.

  • Sep 8th, 2016 2:30pm

Kevin Taylor charged with two counts of second degree murder

[WARNING: The following story may contain details too graphic for some of our readers.]

  • Sep 9th, 2016 12:01am

San Juan Island woman allegedly murdered by husband

A San Juan Island woman was murdered in her home in the early morning hours of Sept. 3. Her husband is in custody and is expected to be charged with her homicide in San Juan County Superior Court next week.

  • Sep 4th, 2016 3:45am

Self-expression through photography | Grace Grantham pursues her art

Grace Grantham has been a photographer since she was a teenager.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 10:07pm

Council approves speed limit changes in Eastsound

The San Juan County Council voted unanimously to change the speed limit on an Eastsound stretch of road and in the Deer Harbor Hamlet.

  • Aug 30th, 2016 6:47pm

Orcas dancers bring art to life on Center Stage

Anthony The Dancer has built a life around the art of movement.

  • Aug 29th, 2016 10:09pm

County fair is a time for islanders to shine | Editorial

I've been attending the San Juan County Fair since I was a kid, and every year I am as enthralled as ever.

  • Aug 24th, 2016 6:48pm

All that Orcas jazz: three-day festival on the way

The Orcas Island Jazz Festival is on its way to being a local tradition.

  • Aug 22nd, 2016 8:47pm

Magician Laslo to appear on Penn and Teller’s television show

At 15 years old, Orcas Island-grown magician Matthew Laslo stood on a Las Vegas stage, in front of thousands of people, to perform an original effect for Penn and Teller's television show.

  • Aug 22nd, 2016 9:36pm

Is heroin use becoming more common in the San Juans?

Whether injected, snorted or smoked, heroin is rapidly delivered to the brain. The euphoria is immediate, and after just a few times of using, people can become addicted. Washington state is experiencing an opioid abuse and overdose crisis, and the San Juan Islands are not immune.

  • Aug 17th, 2016 11:33pm

‘Conversations with a Cop’ at Sea View Theater on Aug. 11

In response to national unrest between law enforcement and the citizens it is charged with protecting, retired police officer Ray Clever could no longer keep quiet.

  • Aug 8th, 2016 11:17pm

Treleven pleads guilty to burglary

Joshua Daniel Treleven, 37, of Friday Harbor, admitted to breaking into Roy's Coffee Shop and stealing a speaker, a blender plunger and a cup of soda. He was charged with burglary in the second degree and theft in the third degree.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016 10:02pm

Finding forgotten relics: American Pickers hoping to visit San Juans

American Pickers' quest for hidden treasure is taking them all the way to the San Juan Islands.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 10:58pm

Nigretto to hold Italian dinner fundraiser for Susan G. Komen walk

Orcas Islander Mandy Nigretto is participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-day breast cancer walk in Seattle from Sept. 16 to 18.

  • Jul 28th, 2016 10:00pm

Nineteen years of music magic | Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival on the way

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival's 19th season features 12 varied concerts, an information-packed lecture series, a performance on Lopez Island, a free Children's Concert, open rehearsal for seniors, and "Hamlet" concerts.

  • Jul 25th, 2016 6:26pm

Profile of the Funhouse Commons and its youth programming

Swing by the Funhouse Commons on a summer day and you will find kids playing basketball. Come by on a school day and you'll find little heads bent over textbooks.

  • Jul 21st, 2016 8:30am

Dr. Wiemeyer publishes ‘Loving Again: After A Spouse Has Died’

Losing a loved one is the most traumatic experience a human being can go through.

  • Jul 20th, 2016 6:56pm

OASIS graduates three students | Class of 2016

OASIS honored its GED recipients with a graduation celebration on July 11.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 7:39pm

Why we report on court cases | Editorial

Why do we write court stories? Are we being sensational? We are a close-knit community – should we really be reading about people's private lives? How does the Sounder choose which law and justice stories to write about? These are some of the questions raised in emails and on our websites by our readers.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 8:30am

Anders claim Orcas couple embezzled $580,000

A civil case in San Juan Superior Court alleges that Sarah and John Coffelt of Orcas Island embezzled $580,297 from William and Valerie Anders.

  • Jul 11th, 2016 7:18pm

Tullock pleads guilty to theft, forgery and trafficking

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.

  • Jul 6th, 2016 11:00pm

What can you do with just one arm? | OIEF launches summer fundraiser

Janna Carter opened a can of tuna. Paul Sheridan paddled a canoe.

  • Jun 27th, 2016 6:07pm

Grellet-Tinner found guilty of sexual midsconduct

A jury found 59-year-old Orcas Island High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner guilty of two counts of Sexual Misconduct in the First Degree.

  • Jun 27th, 2016 10:12pm

Stamper: ‘you can’t arrest yourself out of social problems’

Norm Stamper says United States law enforcement is a "paramilitary bureaucracy" that can only be fixed with radical law and policy changes.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 12:14am

Orcas man charged with burglary

Vincent Amann, 35, has been charged with burglary in the second degree and theft in the third degree.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 8:30am

Class of 2016 closes their last chapter

A group of scholars, athletes, musicians and artists crossed into adulthood during the Orcas High School 2016 graduation ceremony.

  • Jun 11th, 2016 11:53pm

Students receive $130,100 in local scholarships

The day before graduation, Orcas High School seniors gathered for a special day with community members.

  • Jun 11th, 2016 7:02pm

How do you want Eastsound to look in 20 years?

Orcas Island is growing, and a committee of islanders is hoping to start a dialogue about the future of Eastsound.

  • Jun 9th, 2016 7:56pm

A voyage through American music: One World Music Festival is back for another year of song and dance

When you're Martin Lund, you can handpick gifted musicians and dancers and bring them all together for variety show mayhem.

  • Jun 6th, 2016 7:29pm

Why we celebrate Memorial Day | Editorial

The cultural significance of Memorial Day has shifted as the years have gone by, but it’s a holiday that is actually about stars and stripes – not sun and sand. It’s a day that honors and thanks the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Across the country there are legion services, parades and exhibits to recognize our fallen brothers and sisters.

  • May 26th, 2016 8:14pm

Vikings fight hard against Wolverines

It was a close game between the Wolverines and the Vikings on Friday Harbor's home turf during the softball game on Wednesday, May 18. With the help of Hayden Mayer, who hit two doubles, the Wolverines proved victorious by one point.

  • May 19th, 2016 7:46pm

Orcas Island’s first coworking business: 376

With its expansive windows, comfortable furniture and quiet atmosphere, 376 is a place for freelance writers, entrepreneurs and telecommuters to finish projects and share ideas.

  • May 17th, 2016 5:52pm

Visitors bureau working to keep San Juans on the tourism map

The visitors bureau is leading the pack when it comes to promoting the San Juan Islands.

  • May 12th, 2016 11:05pm

Orcas man charged with possession of methamphetamine

Nathan J. Leyba of Eastound has been charged by with violation of the uniformed controlled substances act and possession of methamphetamine.

  • May 12th, 2016 8:30am

Free skin clinic in honor of skin cancer awareness month

Rosario Skin Clinic and Amy Gouley, PA-C, will be offering a free skin check clinic at Orcas Family Health Center on Wednesday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • May 11th, 2016 7:42pm

McCune brings together professional musicians for three nights of epic music

Island songstress Grace McCune is directing an ensemble concert of epic proportions.

  • May 5th, 2016 6:11pm