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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

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

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

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