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While the turkeys they’re handing out aren’t quite twice the size of Tiny Tim, Orcas Island Food Bank volunteers are loading up cardboard boxes of cheer and plenty with cranberry sauce, potatoes, stuffing mix and more to keep local families from a meager, Bob Cratchitt-esque holiday meal.
Jaqueline Figueroa was five when she was suddenly thrust into a strange new world where everyone spoke a foreign tongue: English. Her family had moved from Mexico to Orcas Island, and Figueroa, fluent in Spanish, had to adapt.
The Orcas Island Association of Realtors gave a check for $500 to…
The infamous red, fanged mystery Wabit of recent Orcas lore slipped into the annals of history today, buried beneath a thick layer of cream-colored paint.
Orcas Center’s Executive/Artistic Director Barbara Courtney set the stage for her exit last week with a formal resignation, and Orcas Center board members are working hard to find capable new hands to direct the organization.
Orcas Fire Chief Mike Harris wants a sure thing. When life-saving medical treatment is needed within minutes, not hours, and the Eastsound airport is a whirling whiteout of snow or fog, there aren’t many options.
He’s dapper and charmingly British in a tall black top hat, twirling a silver-tipped antique cane. You might remember him as the mastermind behind “Oliver Twist,” “David Copperfield” or “A Christmas Carol.” Next week Mr. Dickens will step right out of 19th century London and into the intimate setting of Orcas Center’s Madrona Room – Gerald Dickens, that is, great-great-grandson of the famed author Charles. “It’s fun! It’s entertaining. Dickens doesn’t have to be dry,” Gerald told the Sounder. “He loved theatricals, he loved entertaining.
Tricks and treats abounded as trick-or-treaters bounded through Orcas Island streets last night, clad in strange and esoteric costumes.
Orcas beat Lopez in three straight on Thursday, Oct. 28, in a spirited Senior Night match-up. Set scores were 25-21, 25-14, 25-18.
Concrete continued cracking under Viking pressure on Oct. 26, as the Orcas volleyball squad pulled off a 3-1 win, joining the girls soccer team in victory.
October 26 was senior day for the Lady Vikings - bitterly, finger-numbingly cold. But the Orcas girls brought the heat.
The Lady Vikings’ league record is 5-5 after this Tuesday’s win against Concrete, 3-1. After one last regular season game against Lopez this week, the team will play a league tournament in Mt. Vernon this Saturday.
The Vikings season ended this week with games against Cedar Park Christian and Shoreline. “Overall it was a really successful season,” said coach Matt Stolmeier. “Even though we didn't make playoffs, we did get a couple league wins and saw a lot of huge improvement in our team play and tactics.”
Looks like the tide is rising for San Juan Islands ferry fares.
San Juan County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services has lost a…
The Viking boys soccer team is tied for third place in the Northwest 2B league, with a record of 2-4 in league and 4-7 in non-league play. Coach Matt Stolmeier is pleased with the boys’ improvement over the season, evident in a recent Oct. 12 game against league champions La Conner, ranked #1 in the state.
A small crowd gathered on Oct. 16 for the League Of Women Voters of the San Juans election forum at the Orcas Senior Center. Candidates in attendance included Brent Johnson and Rob Nou, as well as representatives supporting and opposing the Orcas park and rec district levy measure.
A small crowd gathered on Oct. 16 for the League Of Women Voters of the San Juans election forum at the Orcas Senior Center. This article covers the Park and Rec District portion of the forum.
Three hours.When someone you know suffers a stroke, that’s how much time…
“There's no simple answer to the question of how wide buffers should be,” said local scientist Russel Barsh. “It depends a lot on local soils and the kinds of vegetation involved.” Barsh does have locally collected data that shows deadly levels of toxics are being washed into local waters.
The Viking volleyball squad finished off the young Lions in three games: 25-15, 25-10 and 25-13.
The Sounder asked county council candidates Bob Myhr and Jamie Stephens about their top priorities and positions on controversial community topics. Here's what they said about their past accomplishments, and what they plan to do in the future.
Orcas Island now has a Facebook ride share page for people on the go who want to reduce the amount of vehicles on the roads.
When Orcas high school grad Alice Evans takes the stage for her very first CD release concert, her long-time friend Grace McCune will be there to cheer her on – and to warm up the audience by opening the show.
An undefeated Darrington volleyball squad had to work relentlessly to pull off a win against determined Orcas ladies on Tuesday, Oct. 5.
The Vikings conceded to Shoreline Christian on Tuesday, October 5, with a…
Students and teachers from Orcas high school performed lip sync dances and…
Orcas islanders kept discussion hopping at a recent candidates forum at the Eastsound fire hall, peppering would-be sheriffs Brent Johnson and Rob Nou with thoughtful question
It was a good thing there was dancing room in the back when LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends got Orcas Center rocking last weekend.
The win for Tuesday's girls' soccer game went to a swift and strong Friday Harbor team, always a formidable foe. But as head coach Chama Anderson will tell you, the score is only the thin shell of a fuller story that included a lot of little victories for the Orcas girls.
Widely disparate priorities were evident at a recent Orcas public meeting on…
The Port of Orcas board has decided to file for a Superior Court ruling on its decision to charge the “Ferris neighbors” an access fee.
The first game of the season was a tough one for the Vikings as La Conner pounded on the goal for a 10-1 victory. Christopher Ghazel scored the only Viking goal.
Grace Academy had to ask for mercy last week as the Vikings boys soccer team notched up seven goals for a 7-1 win.
When little Ozzie the oystercatcher hatched on Indian Island this summer, his home was a busy patch of rock. Enthusiastic low tide visitors wanted to scale the island’s peak, or brought curious dogs with them, and didn’t necessarily know there was a fragile baby nestled on the isle.
The Farm to Classroom program is looking for volunteers who want to share their skills and time with Orcas students.
The Lady Vikings let the Hurricanes blow by them on the first match on Tuesday night. Then they went on the war path, winning the next three games to close down play with scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-20.
The men from “the Sandlot” conquered in Yakima last month, taking down…
LeRoy Bell and his only friends: Rock and funk concert to benefit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
Community members will soon have a chance to help support DVSAS in its mission by attending a Saturday, Sept. 25 concert by LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends.
The Federal Aviation Administration is relenting, but not enough to satisfy property owners adjacent to the Port of Orcas. Recognizing the potential for costly lawsuits between airports and property owners who have “through-the-fence” access, the FAA is proposing a step back from its insistence that the Port of Orcas eliminate or purchase all “through-the-fence” access and decided to “grandfather in” existing agreements instead.