Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 935 stories to Islands' Sounder.
Page 8 of 24

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

Broadband is hot topic at OPALCO candidates forum

"I worked for OPALCO for 33 years and I feel deeply connected to it. But I am disappointed with what's happening," said Todd Shaner. "I am bewildered that OPALCO has taken this attitude of not sharing. The trust has been broken.

  • Apr 10th, 2015 8:43pm

Senator Ranker ‘disgusted’ by defeat of anti-discrimination amendment

“We voted to allow discrimination. Elected officials are willing to sacrifice core values to gain control,” Ranker said. “It was disgusting.”

  • Apr 6th, 2015 11:08pm

Living in a time of instant gratification

You send a text to your daughter. Five minutes goes by and there is no response. You wait another five, and you can feel the anxiety and impatience rising. Why hasn’t she answered?

  • Mar 17th, 2015 4:16pm

A new way of building

Portable homes with a light development footprint are gaining popularity, and Issa Wild is hoping to be at the forefront of the movement.

  • Mar 12th, 2015 11:09pm

A devotion to history

When Clark McAbee was a boy, his father took him to the Field Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian, where he marveled at the dinosaur skeletons and fossils. The collections he saw left an impression that inspire him to this day.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 1:22am

Hughes’ goal for 2015: a vision for Eastsound

Hughes has a list of what he’d like to see the county facilitate: mooring muoys, a long-term stormwater plan, curb gutters, low level streetlights and more sidewalks and parking.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 12:38am

Neighborhoods getting on board for broadband

A total of 80 neighborhoods in the county are currently in the design process. The areas that are most advanced in the process and under construction are Cape San Juan and Mineral Point on San Juan Island and Eagle Lake on Orcas.

  • Feb 27th, 2015 6:39pm

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue’s newest members

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue honored its newest members of the department on Feb. 11.

  • Feb 19th, 2015 3:00pm

Orcas Chamber 101

Most people know that Orcas has a chamber of commerce. But its exact purpose is not always clear. Susan Gudgell, chamber board president, is hoping to change that.

  • Feb 11th, 2015 7:02pm

An advocate for the elephants

The Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand has become like a second home to Tracy Harachi and Nathan Yoffa.

  • Jan 28th, 2015 5:14pm

Leo Miller wins Orcas Has Talent junior competition

Orcas Has Talent is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and eight hopeful singers and musicians will compete for $500 during the finale show on Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Orcas Center.

  • Jan 27th, 2015 7:42pm

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

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

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

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