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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

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

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

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

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

Shakespeare Fest continues to grow

Visitors from near and far descend on Orcas every March to share in their love of the Bard.

  • Mar 12th, 2014 4:44pm

Life could be a dream

It was a time of poodle skirts, drive in burger joints, life in the suburbs and a new kind of music that would come to define an era.

  • Mar 6th, 2014 12:37am

Musical brotherhood

The melodic sounds of two intertwined trumpets can be heard every day around 5 p.m. in the Olga area – much to the neighborhood’s delight.

  • Feb 28th, 2014 8:33pm

Outrageous theatrics | Slideshow

Take Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy movie, add a dash of Monty Python and throw in some physical comedy – then you’ll have the production “The 39 Steps.”

  • Feb 25th, 2014 10:51pm

School’s campus overhaul to start

Orcas School’s campus renovation is ready for lift off and it’s been many years in the making.

  • Feb 19th, 2014 4:00pm

Councilman Hughes reviews first year

It’s been a year since his election to office, and Councilman Rick Hughes is still passionate about county government.

  • Feb 13th, 2014 5:57pm

New leader for Hearts and Hands

Sitting down with seniors during their weekly lunches, Didier Gincig hears about the triumphs and sorrows of the island’s older generation. It’s a glimpse into what are often very private lives.

  • Feb 6th, 2014 6:19pm

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

Orcas Fire to ask voters for levy lid lift

On the April 22 ballot, voters will have the chance to approve or reject Proposition One, a levy lid lift of $1.05 per thousand of assessed property value. If approved, it would be in effect for 10 years starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

  • Jan 27th, 2014 11:35pm

Woman drives into Island Market building; minor injuries reported

Island Market manager Jason Linnes estimates the damage is between $30,000 and $50,000. The south entrance is inoperable; customers are asked to use the north doors.

  • Jan 9th, 2014 9:44pm

Chickenpox cases multiplying on Orcas

Kaleidoscope Preschool and Childcare Center in Eastsound has had seven cases of possible chickenpox since the first outbreak on Dec. 28. One teacher is also infected.

  • Jan 2nd, 2014 9:52pm

From Minnesota to Orcas

Maryann Syers and Bonnie Burg are bringing decades of therapy experience to the Orcas community.

  • Dec 30th, 2013 9:28pm

OCS student saved by Heimlich maneuver

Ryan Flint and Cyrus Amour have been friends for years, playing together on the Little League, football and basketball teams. Their friendship was put to the test in late November when Amour starting choking on a lolly pop in their ninth grade class at the Orcas Christian School.

  • Dec 26th, 2013 7:44pm

Burlesque nutcracker comes to Orcas

“Land of the Sweets: the Burlesque Nutcracker” is coming to Orcas Island for a one-night show at the Seaview Theatre. Now in its seventh season, the full-scale event sells out during multiple runs at the Triple Door theatre in Seattle.

  • Nov 25th, 2013 10:59pm

A new way to give

Community Foundation launches online donation program for holidays

  • Nov 25th, 2013 5:04pm

Library profile | Martin Arnold

Patrons of the Orcas Island Library often ask Arnold for help with finding phone numbers, navigating websites and locating books without knowing the title or the author’s name.

  • Nov 19th, 2013 4:59pm

CenturyLink fixes cable; answers community questions

“We don’t believe we will ever know what exactly happened,” said CenturyLink Regional President Brian Stading, who led a public forum at the Orcas Senior Center on Nov. 14. “There are no anchor drag marks and it is very unlikely a current would be able to cause it.”

  • Nov 16th, 2013 12:48am

Straight from the senator

Kevin Ranker is a surfer, family man, gourmet cook, environmentalist and avid runner – and he also happens to be a state senator.

  • Nov 7th, 2013 5:14pm