Colleen Smith

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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

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

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

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

Domestic violence in our communities

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

  • Oct 6th, 2015 6:15pm

The truth about domestic violence | Editorial

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

  • Oct 6th, 2015 4:52pm

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

Peering into a Maya pyramid

“Roy is kind of the Indiana Jones of high-energy physics,” said Michael Riordan, a long-time friend and chair of the Orcas Currents Steering Committee.

  • Aug 3rd, 2015 10:17pm

The year of the cello

Chamber Music Festival is back and ready to delight

  • Jul 21st, 2015 6:26pm

Master class with a pro

Broadway performer Noah Racey is coming straight from the theatre world of New York to the community of Orcas to share his knowledge with island performers

  • Jul 16th, 2015 7:09pm

A semester at sea

Jessi Gudgell is heading into her junior year at the University of Oregon, and she can already cross some major items off her bucket list.

  • Jul 14th, 2015 9:48pm

Islanders weigh in on streetlights

Fred Klein led a public meeting on June 30 organized by the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee and the Orcas Chamber of Commerce.

  • Jul 10th, 2015 4:21pm

Islanders weigh in on streetlights

“We feel that low-level pathway lighting would be a positive addition to town,” said Chamber Director Lance Evans. He said the chamber's concern is with pedestrian safety, particularly on North Beach Road, as well as ensuring Eastsound is inviting to visitors after dark falls.

  • Jul 6th, 2015 6:31pm

Elevating the game on Orcas

Thanks to local donations through the Orcas Island Community Foundation's Partners in Philanthropy, the Booster Club has received funding to participate in the Positive Coaching Alliance program.

  • Jul 1st, 2015 11:53pm

Orcas Fire looks at cost recovery program

Unlike Lopez or San Juan, the Orcas Fire Department doesn’t receive insurance reimbursement for EMS calls. And Acting Fire Chief Mik Preysz is hoping to change that.

  • Jun 16th, 2015 6:25pm

Hollywood extravaganza

One of Martin Lund’s favorite things to do is make music and share it with the community he calls home.

  • Jun 9th, 2015 8:27pm

Councilman Hughes on ferries, planning for growth and more

It’s a synchronicity that extends beyond their astrological signs, according to council member Rick Hughes.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015 5:58pm

Island men stand up against violence

Local men are taking a public stand in opposition to violence against women.

  • May 27th, 2015 10:03pm

Laughing together and growing together | Mother’s Day Special

When you laugh and have a lot of fun together, it’s easy to be good friends with your mom. Claire Orser is 17 and looking at heading off to college, but she isn’t one bit shy about how much she loves her mother, Libi Geddes.

  • May 11th, 2015 3:02am

Part II: Drama students in ‘Across the Universe’ concert

The Islands' Sounder is running a series on “Across the Universe: A Celebration in Concert,” a benefit for Orcas Center. The production weaves Beatles songs into a tale of love and revolution.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 3:00pm

Broadband project well underway

“We can’t keep up with the demand,” said Gerry Lawlor, executive vice president of Rock Island Communications, the new for-profit subsidiary of OPALCO. “We can’t get it out fast enough; we are a small team. We figured most early adaptors would want it cheap and easy by using a wireless adaptor, but most neighborhoods are opting for fiber installation.”

  • Apr 18th, 2015 12:08am

Behind the scenes of a Beatles’ tribute concert

The Islands' Sounder is running a three-part series on “Across the Universe: A Celebration in Concert,” a benefit for Orcas Center.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 5:45pm