Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 922 stories to Islands' Sounder.
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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

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

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

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

OICF celebrates Orcas dental van volunteers

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

  • Oct 15th, 2013 7:06pm

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

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

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