Colleen Armstrong

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A conversation with the Barefoot Bandit

It was a normal workday at the Sounder until we got a call from the Stafford Creek Corrections Center.

  • Apr 27th, 2016 9:20pm

Vegan potluck on Orcas

For those interested in nutrition, health and animal rights there is a new monthly group starting.

  • Apr 22nd, 2016 9:25pm

Colton Harris-Moore: ‘I was an arrogant 18-year-old’ | Sounder talks to the Barefoot Bandit

Colton Harris-Moore spent years imagining the inside a cockpit, so when it actually happened – in a stolen aircraft and at age 18 – it was the most natural thing in the world.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 3:56am

Bill Yarlott Fishing Derby is an island tradition

For young anglers, there is one can't-miss event: the Bill Yarlott Fishing Derby.

  • Apr 16th, 2016 8:30am

Explore wildlife at upcoming chamber of commerce festival

The San Juans are lush with wildlife.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 8:30am

Fire Chief Mik Preysz resigns | OIFR releases statement

Orcas Island Fire Chief Mik Preysz has resigned after a review of his conduct with department members.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 8:09pm

Gerald Grellet-Tinner’s trial set for May 9

The trial of Gerald Grellet-Tinner, 59, an Orcas High School teacher who plead not guilty to having a sexual relationship with his 18-year-old student, has been set for May 9 in San Juan County.

  • Apr 9th, 2016 1:31am

The latest and the first: Susan Osborn working on two special recording projects

New York photographer Harold Feinstein was walking home in the rain when he heard a voice. It was sweet and heavenly, so he stopped to listen. He was mesmerized by Susan Osborn, a young singer from the midwest, who performed on street corners to make her living.

  • Apr 4th, 2016 11:49pm

Ferries need to support local riders | Editorial

The new 30-minute rule from Washington State Ferries requires riders to be past the tollbooth in order to not lose their reservations.

  • Apr 1st, 2016 5:38pm

Youth crews to work on Moran trails this summer

The trails of Moran State Park will receive some much-needed attention this summer, as a result of a collaborative effort between the three youth conservation corps of the San Juan Islands. The groups received a grant through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office for a Recreational Trails Program grant, specifically to address maintenance problems on some of the 38 miles of trail in Moran. In addition to the RCO grant, the group also received funding from San Juan County's Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. The combined funds will go towards hiring San Juan County youth crews to work on park trails during the summers of 2016 and 2017.

  • Mar 29th, 2016 5:20pm

Bob Henigson family and Senator Ranker honored by Washington State Library Association

At its annual conference in late April, The Washington State Library Association will honor the Orcas Island Library Board of Trustees, the Bob Henigson family (Phyllis Henigson and her sons, Jeff and Ted), and state Senator Kevin Ranker for their hard work toward and funding of the Orcas Library expansion project.

  • Mar 29th, 2016 5:21pm

Sheriff Krebs addresses 911 call oversight; investigation into home invasion continues

"We have very good dispatchers and very good deputies," said Krebs during a town hall meeting on Feb. 24 in Eastsound. "The system is not broken, it just needs to be improved. We are streamlining the process."

  • Feb 25th, 2016 8:48pm

Record rain in the islands

It’s been a soggy few days in Western Washington. On Orcas, a total of 4.05 inches of rain was recorded from Feb. 10 to Feb. 18.

  • Feb 19th, 2016 7:16pm

Good sportsmanship makes for good people | Editorial

If you’re ever concerned about the state of our youth, just watch a Viking sports game.

  • Feb 18th, 2016 12:43am

Islanders clash over Dolphin Bay Road upgrade

To the county, it's a necessary upgrade to a problematic road. To several hundred islanders, it's part of a treasured rural landscape that shouldn't be touched.

  • Feb 3rd, 2016 6:19pm

Don’t be alarmed by verbiage, says Washington State Ferries

If you make a ferry reservation on the San Juan Islands’ route, you’ll get this notice with your confirmation: Effective March 20, 2016, you must arrive at the terminal at least 45 minutes prior to departure time. If you are not processed into the holding area at least 30 minutes prior to departure, you will forfeit your reservation and travel standby on a first come, first serve basis. According to Washington State Ferries, it’s not really anything new.

  • Jan 26th, 2016 12:31am

Why we are supporting the parks and rec and school levies | Editorial

The new park and rec levy is 15 cents per $1000 of assessed property value and replaces the old levy of 9 cents. If approved, it will start in 2017 and go for six years. Sixty percent approval is required to pass the measure.

  • Jan 25th, 2016 10:03pm

Park and Rec District puts 15-cent levy on February 2016 ballot

The Orcas Island Park and Rec District is asking voters to approve 15-cent property tax levy to support its current programing and finish improvements to Buck Park.

  • Jan 18th, 2016 6:15pm

Rick Hughes to run for re-election

County councilman Rick Hughes is vying for a second term as the district two representative.

  • Jan 9th, 2016 2:38am

What I learned from the power outage | Opinion

Note: A power outage is not "magical" for many people. Not being able to stay warm or cook food – especially for seniors – is a scary situation. I am deeply thankful for the linemen at Orcas Power and Light Cooperative for their long hours in freezing weather and dedication to getting the power back on for island residents.

  • Dec 16th, 2015 6:56pm

Vikings beat Mt. Vernon Christian in an intense night of basketball

Orcas Viking fans left the gym grinning on Friday, Dec. 11 after two major wins against Mt. Vernon Christian.

  • Dec 12th, 2015 6:48am

Economic Development Council crowns winners of business contest

Local entrepreneurs are one step closer to seeing their business dreams come true.

  • Dec 9th, 2015 7:37pm

Orcas High School teacher accused of sexual misconduct pleads not guilty

Gerald Grellet-Tinner, 59, an Orcas High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with his 18-year-old student, plead not guilty during his arraignment in San Juan County Superior Court on Nov. 6.

  • Nov 7th, 2015 3:08am

Teacher charged with sexual misconduct | Update

After an investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and an outside investigator retained by the Orcas Island School District, science teacher Dr. Gerald Grellet-Tinner, 59, has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree, which is a felony.

  • Oct 31st, 2015 8:54pm

Orcas High School teacher charged with sexual misconduct

After an investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Department and an outside investigator retained by the Orcas Island School District, science teacher Dr. Gerald Grellet-Tinner has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, which is a felony.

  • Oct 29th, 2015 10:31pm

The next frontier of agriculture

Community farming group starts on Orcas. Many have the desire to grow their own food but lack the space or camaraderie to do it.

  • Oct 14th, 2015 12:05am

The truth about domestic violence | Editorial

Every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 4:52pm

Domestic violence in our communities

It takes a community to prevent, recognize and end violence in the home.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 6:15pm

Orcas Film Festival is back for second year

Orcas Island is on the cutting edge of cinema.During the second annual Orcas Island Film Festival, viewers will be treated to award-winning, independent and studio films and documentaries from 17 countries.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015 7:11pm

The gift of swimming

Over the course of a week in the fall, Camp Orkila provides free swimming lessons for first through fourth graders. The half-hour, daily sessions are an opportunity for kids to learn a critical life skill.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015 7:08pm

Orcas Fire implements cost recovery program

Orcas Fire and Rescue is following in the footsteps of its counterparts on Lopez and San Juan by implementing an EMS cost recovery program.

  • Sep 8th, 2015 9:35pm

Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services opens

The two, who are born and raised on Orcas, have opened Sticks and Stones Outdoor Services.

  • Sep 1st, 2015 4:59pm

Why local pharmacies are important | Editorial

According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, when the first person expressed juice from a succulent leaf to apply to a wound, it was being practiced.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 10:35pm

Art for everyone: $5 tickets are now available at Orcas Center

Thanks to a grant from the Orcas Island Community Foundation, 20 seats for every Orcas Center-produced show will be available for $5

  • Aug 25th, 2015 10:24pm

Art for everyone: subsidized ticket program launches at Orcas Center

“It means a lot to us to be able to offer this to the community,” said O'Toole. “We want to reduce any barriers for community members not coming to Orcas Center.”

  • Aug 21st, 2015 10:22pm

Sandlot softball team is state champion

Sandlot has been playing tournaments every summer in Mt. Vernon and Ferndale for the past 10 years. This year’s team consists of Josh Claypool, Bobby Curtis, Joe Duenn, Cole Franklin, John Hamel, Reggie Harris, Mayson, Danny McAndrew, Jacob Myers, Tyler Nigretto, Tommy O’Rourke, James Segault and Josh Underdahl.

  • Aug 17th, 2015 11:48pm

A classroom without walls: forest school opens on Orcas Island

Orcas kids will now have the chance to learn and grow in a nontraditional school setting: the forest.

  • Aug 13th, 2015 5:49pm

School news | Construction nearly done, budget passed

To those driving by this summer, it's looked like a jumble of jackhammering, digging and painting. All that work is culminating with a big reveal at the end of August when the school's renovation project is complete.

  • Aug 11th, 2015 4:54pm

What it means to be a juror | Editorial

It’s one of the most dreaded pieces of mail you can get: a jury summons. With a grimace, you think of what that little postcard means – time off work, rearranging appointments and having to take the ferry to Friday Harbor.

  • Aug 7th, 2015 4:47pm