Colleen Armstrong

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Print shop now open for summer

It will only be here for a brief time and they are going to make the most of it.

  • Jun 24th, 2013 11:48pm

It’s the roaring 20s at Orcas Center

Dolled up dames and debonair daddies will mingle at a 1920s inspired speakeasy at Orcas Center’s upcoming gala.

  • Jun 19th, 2013 12:57am

Martin Lund’s One World Music Festival features jazz performances

Musician and teacher Martin Lund has cooked up another show to usher in the summer season.

  • Jun 12th, 2013 4:00pm

Do you hear the people sing? | Slideshow

There is a line from “Les Miserables” that brings Grace McCune to tears every time she hears it: “To love another person is to see the face of God.”

  • Jun 5th, 2013 9:08pm

Girls give it their all at state play-offs

The Lady Vikings softball team traveled to Yakima over Memorial Day weekend to compete in the 2B Bi-District Tournament.

  • Jun 4th, 2013 9:19pm

Nonprofits receive a boost from OICF

It's a new record for the Orcas Island Community Foundation.

  • Jun 1st, 2013 12:09am

Radios problematic during fire drill

During an Orcas Fire simulated emergency drill, volunteers encountered some very real problems: radio difficulty and unavailable responders.

  • May 28th, 2013 4:09pm

Insurance with a smile

Michele Wiley admits it’s a funny thing to be enthusiastic about, but that doesn’t stop her from loving her job.

  • May 22nd, 2013 4:23pm

Animal love

Orcas couple goes to Thailand to work with elephants, returns home with new puppy

  • May 15th, 2013 10:33pm

Cider and mead festival is back

Since its launch three years ago, the Cider and Mead Festival has grown substantially each season.

  • May 7th, 2013 8:46pm

‘Oliver!’ at Orcas Center | Slide show

“It was time to get the next generation of child actors on stage and ‘Oliver!’ is one of the most beloved musicals featuring children actors and singers,” said Director Deborah Sparks. “The adult parts are great character parts, and currently on Orcas, we have a super population of adult character actors who can sing.”

  • May 3rd, 2013 4:00pm

Orcas Fire opts out of marine users group

After seeking community input at town hall meetings and fire commission sessions and discussing the proposal at 16 strategic planning meetings, the commissioners voted to not be part of the Marine Operations User’s Group.

  • Apr 17th, 2013 8:57pm

Exchange looks toward the future

After the fire that ravaged the Exchange recycling center at the transfer station in early February, there was a major cleanup ahead.

  • Apr 16th, 2013 4:50pm

A place for victims in their time of need

When a crime is committed, the effects ripple outward and can touch many lives.

  • Apr 8th, 2013 10:17pm

American roots music

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason bring violin, mandolin, guitar and banjo to Orcas

  • Apr 3rd, 2013 6:12pm

Mijitas: blending cultures in the kitchen

Mijitas means “My Darlings.” It is named for their daughters Lucy, who is four and Emilia, who is three. Both girls can’t wait to work in their parents’ restaurant. Lucy wants to “pass the food” and Emilia would like to be a chef.

  • Mar 30th, 2013 3:46pm

Dobos comes in second at regional spelling bee

“I was never a good speller, but then it clicked,” Dobos said. “I really enjoy pushing myself and achieving a goal. It’s been a big confidence boost for me.”

  • Jan 28th, 2014 8:27pm

Helping kids get the food they need

For students who come to school hungry, there is a safety net: classroom snacks and the state lunch program. In the past, when those kids leave campus and head home for the weekend, they are on their own.

  • Mar 28th, 2013 6:28pm

OIFR saves home after guest house catches fire

No one was injured in the blaze; all occupants were able to evacuate. The main home was saved after firefighters extinguished the fire in the guest house, which is totalled. It stands only a few feet from the primary residence.

  • Mar 16th, 2013 9:25pm

Orcas Fire wants your feedback

Orcas Fire and Rescue is taking a closer look at its mission statement, core values and goals.

  • Mar 15th, 2013 10:39pm

For the love of art | Senior spotlight

With opera filling his ears, Branch Branciforte bends over his latest watercolor, carefully applying brush strokes to the page.

  • Mar 15th, 2013 9:58pm

Benefit for mission trip to L.A.

‘Hope for L.A.’ is an upcoming concert to fund student project

  • Mar 14th, 2013 3:59pm

Cat loses leg after caught in trap for two days

An Orcas woman heard a cat crying and after investigating the sound, she was met with a gruesome sight in the nearby woods.

  • Mar 11th, 2013 12:19am

School looks at new designs for campus

Orcas School administration has narrowed it down to two.

  • Mar 7th, 2013 12:53am

Parade, workshops, live performances and more

A literary rock star is descending on Orcas. The work of the Bard will be performed on the streets of Eastsound and the Seattle Shakespeare Company is presenting “Julius Caesar” during the second annual Shakespeare Festival.

  • Mar 5th, 2013 10:27pm

School in first phase of capital improvements

After voters overwhelmingly approved a $11.9 million bond in the November election, the administration has met with its advisory committee twice.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013 6:32pm

A winner is crowned at Orcas Has Talent | Slide show

Nine hopeful performers sang, told jokes, performed magic, played music and danced their way across the Orcas Stage on Saturday night for Orcas Has Talent. But there could be only one winner.

  • Feb 11th, 2013 11:41pm

A voyage to love

Two islanders share their secret to a long-lasting and fun partnership

  • Feb 6th, 2013 12:27am

A world-class romance

They keep a car in Italy and have visited 25 countries together. Their home is filled to the brim with the eclectic fruit of their travels. They live a life of romance.

  • Feb 6th, 2013 12:11am

Audit cites high costs, limited bidders for mandated in-state ferry construction

Lawmakers in Olympia have begun to address the measures that prevent Washington shipyards from participating in Washington State Ferry construction projects as the fleet continues to age.

  • Jan 30th, 2013 4:51pm

Putting it all together

It's all about to change and it's up to county voters. With the Charter Review changes now in effect, the council will consist of three members – one from each district. Before those candidates are chosen, there is a primary and a general election.

  • Jan 25th, 2013 11:06pm

Candidates field questions from public during forums

Orcas councilman Rick Hughes, Lisa Byers and Greg Ayers are vying for two spots in April’s general election. Councilmen Marc Forlenza and Bob Jarman and former councilwoman Lovel Pratt are the three San Juan Islanders facing off in the Feb. 12 primary.

  • Jan 24th, 2013 5:18pm

Flurry of burglaries in Eastsound

The day before Christmas eve, jeweler Vance Stephens received a very unwelcome surprise.

  • Jan 5th, 2013 12:57am

Orcas Fire shakes things up

When Kevin O’Brien was hired as the new fire chief for Orcas Fire and Rescue last year, he had a simple approach: find out what works, find out what doesn’t and then fix the flaws.

  • Dec 28th, 2012 10:26pm

Help in the wake of disaster

Orcas resident Sheila Gaquin was one of several islanders who flew to the East Coast to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

  • Dec 20th, 2012 5:19pm

Lund to lead community band

By day, he leads classrooms full of students. By night, he leads a rehearsal full of grown-ups.

  • Dec 11th, 2012 11:38pm

Santa’s workshop

Even the little girls want their own truck. Crafty volunteers of the Kiwanis Club spend nearly three months hunkered down in George Garrels’ cozy wood shop, building toy trucks for holiday Santa events. While they are intended for the young boys of Orcas Island, girls want in on the action too.

  • Dec 7th, 2012 4:00pm

From seed to harvest

Luke Huffstodt is a walking encyclopedia of hydroponics.

  • Dec 4th, 2012 11:16pm

Property tax, CAO and more covered at town hall

A look at the issues discussed in a recent town hall meeting on Nov. 19

  • Nov 28th, 2012 7:04pm

Property tax, CAO and more covered at town hall

“We got nailed at the top of the valuation curve,” said County Councilman Richard Fralick, Orcas East, during a town hall meeting on Nov. 19. “Assessed valuation should be 31 percent down now.”

  • Nov 23rd, 2012 5:23pm