Colleen Armstrong

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New location, same Italian flair

When talking about his new venture, chef Bill Patterson uses words like synergy, simpatico and serendipity.

  • Jan 15th, 2015 1:20am

School’s first debate club earns trophies

When Gunnar Sandwith and Devon Mann went to their first debate competition, the last thing they expected was to bring home trophies.

  • Dec 3rd, 2014 3:00pm

Flints go to D.C. for award ceremony

When you're related to the first director of the Central Intelligence Agency, you get invited to cool events like award banquets in Washington, D.C.

  • Nov 12th, 2014 5:27pm

Reality of date rape in the islands

Law enforcement and victim support groups are aware of a series of alleged date rapes in the San Juans. While the cases are currently at a stand still because of victims’ reluctance to testify, the need to educate the public has become apparent.

  • Nov 4th, 2014 11:30pm

Ray’s: a family-run pharmacy

Over the years, Marlace Hughes had thought about owning Ray’s Pharmacy. And after it unexpectedly became a reality seven years ago, it’s where her heart is.

  • Oct 24th, 2014 10:00pm

Serving Orcas Island customers with a smile

Lisa Crowe spent well over a decade running a kitchen for hundreds of young campers. Now she is out from behind the stove and oversees a well-loved island tavern.

  • Oct 23rd, 2014 9:31pm

Clothing bank aids local families

It is a 20-year tradition that has been keeping islanders warm throughout the winter. Dawn Parnell and the Orcas Adventist Fellowship have been holding a community clothing bank for two decades. It is a chance for people of all ages to pick up much-needed items for free.

  • Oct 13th, 2014 4:27pm

Election forum sparks debate

Orcas Island’s election forum heated up with questions pointed at the sheriff and state representative candidates last week.

  • Oct 13th, 2014 6:20pm

Stewards of the deep

Ever wondered about the creatures living beneath the surface of the sea?

  • Oct 9th, 2014 3:55pm

Creating our future leaders

John Quincy Adams said if your “actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more,” then you are a leader.

  • Oct 1st, 2014 3:55pm

Deputy saves men from fire

It was a beautiful August day and Doug Maya had just finished playing soccer with his girlfriend’s daughter Jayna.

  • Sep 23rd, 2014 8:36pm

Kids explore and learn at Funhouse

Every afternoon, a group of girls and boys meet for a snack in the school garden and walk over to the Funhouse Commons for games and help with homework.

  • Sep 16th, 2014 4:09pm

Power of cinema

With its deep appreciation for the arts, Orcas Island is the perfect place to celebrate cinema. “I am a big film fan,” said Jared Lovejoy, who is spearheading the first annual Orcas film festival. “I love art house theaters and we have two viable locations here: the Sea View Theatre and Orcas Center. So it got me thinking.”

  • Sep 12th, 2014 6:14pm

Small hands big ideas

When Cooper Rankin discovered Orcas Auto Tech, it was love at first sight. “I walked in and said, ‘I could live here!’” said the 10-year-old budding mechanic who first visited the shop with his mom Shelly a few years ago.

  • Sep 4th, 2014 11:47pm

Binka’s Babes | Islanders to participate in 60-mile walk for cancer research

“She could ask me to fly to the moon tomorrow and I would do it,” said Mierau about her long-time best friend.

  • Aug 27th, 2014 11:09pm

New superintendant is diving right in to island life

Webb is replacing superintendent Barbara Kline, who worked for the district for 24 years, first as middle and high school principal and then as superintendent. His first impression of the school is that it is supported by a strong faculty.

  • Aug 26th, 2014 11:35pm

Wine class and tasting event

Every glass of wine you drink has a story. That is according to Michael Yeaman, who helps to run the Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, Wash.

  • Aug 26th, 2014 9:14pm

In celebration of summer

Live music, good food and summer sun is always more fun with friends and family. Soon you can gather with your fellow community members for a special barbecue on the Village Green.

  • Aug 19th, 2014 8:59pm

Understanding bats

There are few things as delicate as a bat’s ear. Thin, dark brown skin is stretched over fragile cartilage. In certain light, they are nearly translucent. The inside ridges look like a washboard for a doll’s house.

  • Aug 12th, 2014 5:16pm

An enduring legacy

The treasures of one very large family are going up on the auction block at a fundraiser this August.

  • Aug 8th, 2014 4:24pm

Honoring memories, preserving a home | Slideshow

To some, it’s known as a haunted house. For others, it’s called the “owl house” because of an inanimate bird perpetually perched in one of the highest windows. To owner Scott McKay, the home is a piece of family – and island – history. It’s been his summer home since the 1960s.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 4:46pm

Good Lovelies: living the dream

The Good Lovelies feel like some of the luckiest women in the world. They travel the world and spend their days making music.

  • Jul 30th, 2014 7:58pm

Buck Park transfer to OIPRD official

It’s a beloved community park that will be revamped in the coming years under new ownership.

  • Jul 29th, 2014 11:08pm

Tango meets chamber music

Those passionate about the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival say it just gets better and better. And this summer marks its 17th year.

  • Jul 23rd, 2014 5:37pm

Wisdom of elders

For more than a decade, a group of women has met for a secret power gathering. Their goal? To make the world a better place for the next generation.

  • Jul 18th, 2014 4:05pm

How did this get to Orcas? | New exhibit at Orcas Historical Museum

The museum is highlighting its “curiosities” of Orcas Island treasures in a new exhibit entitled “Flotsam and Jetsam – How on Earth did this get to Orcas?” It opens July 11 and runs through October 1.

  • Jul 10th, 2014 10:54pm

Jake Zier wins big with UW rowing

The University of Washington rowing team won its fourth straight Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship on June 1.

  • Jun 20th, 2014 4:17pm

Furniture built to last

When Lila Richardson started shopping for kids’ furniture, she was discouraged by the particle board and toxic finishes used on most products.

  • Jun 12th, 2014 4:17pm

Community Foundation dispenses more than $133k

Every year, the Orcas High School senior class is given the opportunity to dispense $5,000 to island non-profits. The lucky recipients for 2014 are the SeaDoc Society and Friends of Moran. Each organization was awarded $2500.

  • May 30th, 2014 6:58pm

High school senior projects make an impact

For Katie Holley, an Orcas Island High School senior, spreading awareness about the effects of driving under the influence is a personal project.

  • May 28th, 2014 11:35pm

Prune Alley upgrades still in discussion phase

"There was some miscommunication with the county and the Eastsound Planning Review Committee regarding county ideas. It's only conceptual at this point – nothing is set in stone," Thomas told the Sounder.

  • May 23rd, 2014 6:06pm

Help an animal in need – be a foster parent

Do you love animals but don’t have the time or funds for a full-time pet? If so, fostering may be for you.

  • May 23rd, 2014 4:00pm

A farewell to Ted Grossman

“Ted was the consummate small town newsman,” said Elyse Van den Bosch, former publisher of the Sounder. “He had his reporter's hat on 24/7 and really believed that the local newspaper could and should be a valuable community resource. He was a compassionate and sensitive person who cared as much about the smaller human interest stories as he did the more dramatic, hard news ones.”

  • May 16th, 2014 9:39pm

Partners together on the journey of life

The Sparks women owe their family to a gypsy fortune teller. In Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, Deborah Sparks had her fortune read in tea leaves. As a 28-year-old artist and actor working for PBS and hosting a home repair show on television, the last thing on her mind was raising a family.

  • May 7th, 2014 11:42pm

The new face of Orcas School District

When kayaking and camping are your hobbies, the San Juan Islands might be the perfect place to live.

  • May 6th, 2014 9:11pm

Sounder says goodbye to Ted Grossman | Celebration of Life May 17

He didn't just write about the news – he was invested in his story subjects. It's really the essence of small-town journalism: news coverage with heart and sensitivity.

  • May 7th, 2014 5:28am

Broadband for those who want to pay

For those who are willing to pay the connection fee, broadband is available in several core areas of San Juan County.

  • Apr 22nd, 2014 4:45pm

Out of the darkness and into the light

For those left behind after a suicide, the devastating emotions range from heartache to confusion to guilt. And questions. So many questions.

  • Apr 11th, 2014 10:39pm

Young rape victims speak out

After more than a year of harassment from the community, two young women tell their story

  • Apr 4th, 2014 4:12am

Preserving a tradition for generations to come

Two Orcas students are devoting their senior projects to an island tradition.

  • Mar 28th, 2014 4:14pm