Colleen Armstrong

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A favorite returns for Leaves of Gold

After a knock-out performance last summer, pianist Viktor Valkov and cellist Lachezar Kostov are returning to Orcas in December.

  • Nov 6th, 2013 6:44pm

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

Corey Harris brings his blues sound to Orcas

Fifteen years ago, Kara O’Toole heard Corey Harris on the radio, and she has yet to forget that day.

  • Nov 6th, 2013 12:36am

A new gathering place

With its vast, shiny wood floors, cozy fireplace and intimate stage setting, Random Howse is primed to be an entertainment hot spot.

  • Nov 6th, 2013 12:31am

Orcas Chamber recognizes islanders

Island businesspeople gathered at Rosario to celebrate local commerce and volunteer efforts.

  • Oct 29th, 2013 4:44pm

Summer commerce was on the upswing

Slow but steady can win the race, and the San Juans are proving that with strong numbers in the tourism business after several years of struggling.

  • Oct 29th, 2013 4:33pm

Heart of real estate

After traveling the globe, Mariah Buck found her passion right here at home. While she always planned to work internationally, the allure of real estate called to her and now Buck manages the largest office on Orcas Island.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013 10:00pm

School board candidates duke it out

School board candidate Justin Paulsen didn’t hold anything back during the election forum with opponent Tony Ghazel.

  • Oct 17th, 2013 6:36pm

OICF celebrates Orcas dental van volunteers

It’s been a banner year for the Orcas Island Community Foundation.

  • Oct 15th, 2013 7:06pm

Beating the odds

Islander Teri Williams is a stage three breast cancer survivor. For more than a year, Teri Williams fought to rid her body of stage three breast cancer. That included a double mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy.

  • Oct 16th, 2013 7:59pm

Election 2013 | Two islanders vie for school board

Justin Paulsen is running against incumbent Tony Ghazel; county puts charter amendment on ballot

  • Oct 7th, 2013 11:42pm

Head in the clouds

It's the final installment of an annual production that has wowed audiences with its outrageous humor, over the top sets and wacky routines.

  • Oct 1st, 2013 8:30pm

The trouble with spiders | Editor’s notebook

I’ve woken up with them in the palm of my hand. They’ve clung to the inside of my sweater, crawling up through the neck. I’ve wrapped myself in a towel, only to look in the foggy mirror and see a huge black shape making its way across the cloth.

  • Sep 24th, 2013 4:37pm

Whale of a Show helps kids get their performance wings

The annual talent show is this weekend. It is open to kids ages three to 18; family acts are encouraged this year. The talents showcased include singing, dancing, musicianship, and skits.

  • Sep 27th, 2013 8:15pm

Process changed for fire violations

This past spring, the county fire marshal’s office changed the procedure for issuing illegal burn citations, reverting back to how it was three years ago.

  • Sep 16th, 2013 4:19pm

School is in session; Orcas teachers sign contract down to the wire

The school board will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 3 to consider and possibly act on labor negotiations matters. The public session begins at 5:30 p.m.

  • Sep 4th, 2013 1:20am

The Barnacle is here to stay

The new restaurant nestled in a tiny cottage on Prune Alley has been offering craft cocktails and local tapas since April.

  • Aug 30th, 2013 7:53pm

Mt. Baker Road project done on time, says county

Everything is on schedule for the major public works project in Eastsound.

  • Aug 13th, 2013 5:03pm

Artworks reopens in Eastsound after devastating fire

“We encourage everyone to go by and see the amazing job they have done in turning small rooms into beautiful spaces,” say members of the Olga Strawberry Council.

  • Aug 9th, 2013 8:29pm

Brown Bear is open for business

Despite a harrowing car accident, a Las Vegas couple opens new bakery on Orcas Island

  • Jul 30th, 2013 4:45pm

Pearls of wisdom

NPR book guru and librarian Nancy Pearl spoke to a packed room of islanders eager to hear about her latest book recommendations.

  • Jul 15th, 2013 3:49pm

Harvey is newest member of the force

Raymond Harvey has wanted to be a police officer since the ninth grade.

  • Jul 8th, 2013 7:04pm

Appreciating our rich history | Editorial

We spend so much time thinking about the future – what could happen, what we’d like to have happen – that it’s easy to overlook the rich history of those who came before us.

  • Jul 2nd, 2013 7:57pm

Fun the Fourth

Independence Day celebrations are about to kick off in the islands, which means there will be plenty of barbecues and fireworks.

  • Jun 25th, 2013 8:24pm

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