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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.
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.
The treasures of one very large family are going up on the auction block at a fundraiser this August.
The Good Lovelies feel like some of the luckiest women in the world. They travel the world and spend their days making music.
It’s a beloved community park that will be revamped in the coming years under new ownership.
Those passionate about the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival say it just gets better and better. And this summer marks its 17th year.
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.
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.
The University of Washington rowing team won its fourth straight Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship on June 1.
When Lila Richardson started shopping for kids’ furniture, she was discouraged by the particle board and toxic finishes used on most products.
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.
For Katie Holley, an Orcas Island High School senior, spreading awareness about the effects of driving under the influence is a personal project.
"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.
Do you love animals but don’t have the time or funds for a full-time pet? If so, fostering may be for you.
“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.”
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.
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.
When kayaking and camping are your hobbies, the San Juan Islands might be the perfect place to live.
For those who are willing to pay the connection fee, broadband is available in several core areas of San Juan County.
For those left behind after a suicide, the devastating emotions range from heartache to confusion to guilt. And questions. So many questions.
After more than a year of harassment from the community, two young women tell their story
Two Orcas students are devoting their senior projects to an island tradition.
Visitors from near and far descend on Orcas every March to share in their love of the Bard.
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.
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.
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.”
Orcas School’s campus renovation is ready for lift off and it’s been many years in the making.
It’s been a year since his election to office, and Councilman Rick Hughes is still passionate about county government.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
Maryann Syers and Bonnie Burg are bringing decades of therapy experience to the Orcas community.
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.
“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.
Community Foundation launches online donation program for holidays
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.
“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.”
Kevin Ranker is a surfer, family man, gourmet cook, environmentalist and avid runner – and he also happens to be a state senator.