Colleen Smith

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Orcas voters overwhelmingly approve library levy

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

  • Nov 8th, 2016 8:17pm

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

‘Gypsy Ballads’ at roundtable

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

  • Nov 4th, 2016 1:32pm

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

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

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

Orcas Fire needs strong leader | Editorial

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

  • Sep 8th, 2016 2:30pm

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

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

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

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