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Long live the salmon: king salmon returning in greater numbers to Orcas Island hatchery

Hope for the king salmon is now leaping up a fish ladder at Orcas Island’s Glenwood Springs Hatchery.

  • Sep 7th, 2010 10:45pm

Cancer support group lending a helping a hand

Folks battling cancer or who have walked that road in the past now have a confidential place to gather, share their stories and find new sources of help.

  • Sep 7th, 2010 9:00pm

County installing wetland stormwater treatment in Eastsound

San Juan County public works will soon begin the first stage of installation for a two-acre constructed wetland designed to filter Eastsound's stormwater runoff, said county utility manager Ed Hale. “On September 15 we will start laying pipes that will handle the flow out of the wetland,” said Hale.

  • Sep 3rd, 2010 8:47pm

Eastsound Sewer outfall pipe in need of repair

When wastewater disappears down most Eastsound drains, where does it go?

  • Sep 3rd, 2010 5:24pm

Gaylord says hauling trash off-island is illegal

Rumor has it some folks are hauling waste to Skagit County because dumping there is so much cheaper. After all, your momma told you you’d better shop around. However, shopping out of county for the cheapest garbage disposal is illegal, according to county prosecutor Randy Gaylord.

  • Sep 2nd, 2010 10:10pm

2010 Doe Bay Music Fest was “all fun and beauty”

Over 1,000 people gathered at peaceful Doe Bay Resort last weekend for a laid-back music festival featuring ethereal vocals, virtuoso musicians and a mellow, friendly crowd.

  • Aug 27th, 2010 7:06pm

Commissioners considering upgrades to Deer Harbor fire station under construction

Contractor Dwight Guss has been hired as the Project Consultant for the Deer Harbor fire station, and fire commissioners are already glad to have him overseeing the building process.

  • Aug 19th, 2010 9:13pm

Orcas school enrollment numbers

Enrollment history for Orcas public schools is available on the school's Web site at

  • Aug 16th, 2010 9:27pm

Saved by the roll bar: Porsche totaled on Orcas

Two young Orcas men incurred minor injuries July 28 when the Porsche Boxer convertible they were taking for a test drive spun off the road on a curve, rolling into the ditch. The vehicle ended up with its wheels in the air and the passengers hanging upside-down by their seat-belts.

  • Aug 16th, 2010 7:23pm

Colton Harris-Moore says he was ‘scared’ while on the run

Colton Harris-Moore is turning down book and movie offers, saying his latest jaunt as an outlaw wasn’t anything to emulate – in fact, he was scared silly. According to attorney John Henry Browne, the teen suspect ignored a June offer of $50,000 and free representation by lawyer Jim Johanson because he was too afraid to turn himself in.

  • Aug 11th, 2010 10:12pm

Orcas says goodbye to the little fire engine that saved the superferry Elwha

It's time for Orcas to say farewell to the plucky little fire pumper that saved the super ferry Elwha one dark October night in 1983.

  • Aug 11th, 2010 4:51pm

Rec District proposes levy of 10 cents per $1,000

The Orcas Island Park and Rec District is getting ready to put its popular support to the test. Come November, voters will decide whether to fund the district. The board has proposed a levy rate of 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for six consecutive years.

  • Aug 9th, 2010 11:05pm

Orcas Fly In photos

Pilots, friends and young aviation aficionados enjoyed the Orcas Fly In last weekend. Dozens of gleaming aircraft wowed a steady stream of visitors, who enjoyed food, company and artwork by island artist Frank Loudin. Watch for a slide show to come.

  • Aug 9th, 2010 8:55pm

Orcas players selected for all-state teams

Three Orcas high school softball players were selected for all-state teams out of Washington state's class 2-B division. “It's really cool to see those girls recognized like that,” said coach Scott Harris. “These are some of the elite teams in the state; it's some amazing company that our girls are in. The first team is just a powerhouse.”

  • Aug 9th, 2010 7:20pm

Ray’s Pharmacy hosts first prescription drug take-back

Sergeant Steve Vierthaler received boxes full of prescription drugs and personal care products on Wednesday, August 4 at Ray's Pharmacy on Orcas. He said about 50 percent of the items handed in were controlled substances. A steady stream of clients kept him at the pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Aug 4th, 2010 8:47pm

San Juan County Parks and Rec Commission needs new Orcas rep

Sandy Playa stepped down from her position as a San Juan County Parks and Rec Commissioner last month, leaving a current vacancy for an Orcas island representative. “I've got lots of irons in the fire,” said Playa. “I was tired. It takes a fair amount of time and energy to travel to San Juan Island, and I just didn't feel like I had enough time to continue to do the job right.”

  • Aug 4th, 2010 3:54pm

Annual Orcas fly in July 30-August 1

Gleaming metal “birds” of various feather will flock together at the Port of Orcas next weekend, July 30 – August 1 for the 26th annual Orcas Fly In. It’s a time for pilots and friends to throttle back and set their wheels down easy: bogeys and bandits are not invited, and the area’s most notorious airplane thief is safely behind bars. The weekend is a meeting of old friends and new.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010 10:02pm

Song in the woods: 12th annual Woodsong Arts and Music Festival

Merrymakers gathered once again to share live indie music, make crafts and enjoy food together at the 12th annual Woodsong Arts and Music Festival.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010 4:39pm

FEAST kids power up at Youngren’s

Alternative energy guru Eric Youngren invited teens out to his off-grid home to learn about solar and hydro power systems last week, as part of this summer's Farm Education and Sustainability for Teens (FEAST) program.

  • Jul 30th, 2010 9:06pm

Orcas teens forging sustainability with FEAST program

Orcas teens experienced blacksmithing in a trial by fire at Orcas Island Forge last week. “It was so hot, and we were next to the furnace, so it was double-hot!” said Orcas High junior Susanne Mietzner.

  • Jul 30th, 2010 8:37pm

Bob Coleman resigns as Islanders Bank president

Bob Coleman announced his resignation this week as president of Islanders Bank,…

  • Jul 29th, 2010 5:52pm

Sheriff begins prescription drug take-back programs

If you flush those old prescription drugs, you could end up drinking them. Toss them into the trash or leave them sitting around in your medicine cabinet and they could be swiped by someone looking to get high – perhaps even a son or daughter, visitor or neighbor. Soon there will be a better option for all those bottles, beginning Aug. 4.

  • Jul 27th, 2010 8:39pm

The Coats heat up Orcas Center

Waiting at the Anacortes ferry terminal for five hours, the Coats found something constructive to do: they fine tuned a spot-on vocal imitation of bagpipes, composing a new song they called, “Get There Earlier Next Time”. The brief tune inspired raucous mirth at Orcas Center on Sunday night, and the crowd drove home with faces aching from laughing so hard.

  • Jul 26th, 2010 11:44pm

Candidates speak out during forums

Islanders on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan met and questioned candidates for…

  • Jul 21st, 2010 10:34pm

One phone number to reach sheriff in San Juan County

Orcas residents who were alarmed at the disappearance of the Orcas sheriff phone number with the 376 prefix can rest assured: nothing has really changed.

  • Jul 20th, 2010 11:41pm

Some Orcas clinics on shaky financial ground

Low Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are hurting some local practices, say doctors.

  • Jul 20th, 2010 11:25pm

Orcas collects hair to sop up the Gulf

Orcas islanders gathered to shear their locks at a potluck and hair-cutting party last week, collecting bags of hair to be made into oil-absorbent booms to help mop up the Gulf of Mexico. Some guests even brought their pets to be shorn for the cause.

  • Jul 19th, 2010 8:39pm

Do Orcas’ taxes support Orcas parks?

What does Orcas Island get back in return for all the taxes it pays to San Juan County? The Orcas Park and Rec District discussed this issue at their July 8 meeting. Before asking the community to approve a park and rec district levy, they wanted to examine how taxes already collected by the county help to support Orcas parks.

  • Jul 15th, 2010 9:15pm

Anchors away on the ‘Adventuress’

Deckhand Kacie Guthrie’s clear voice drifts across the harbor as two lines of passengers and crew haul away in unison, raising the one-ton mainsail pull by pull.

  • Jul 13th, 2010 5:59pm

New Italian eatery Luna’s opens in Eastsound

New Italian eatery Luna's has emerged from a long winter eclipse and is ready to tarantella by the light of the moon under the practiced hands of Orcas islanders Heather and Kim Thomas. “I could never think of it as anything but an Italian restaurant,” said Heather, who remembers eating at La Famiglia with her family as a young child.

  • Jul 12th, 2010 5:10pm

First Orcas Islander climbs McKinley: slideshow

Before tackling the highest peak in North America, islander Greg Ripley's only mountaineering experience was on 2,409-foot Mt. Constitution. Ripley described the experience as “walking into the unknown”. “This has been a dream of mine, to climb this mountain, ever since I was a child,” he said.

  • Jul 2nd, 2010 8:13pm

Tree crashes into Orcas Suites at Rosario resort

A large evergreen tree crashed through a guest lodging building at Orcas Suites at Rosario this week. The tree "did a considerable amount of damage," said general manager Dick Hansen, crushing part of the roof and one guest room, as well as the deck and stairway.

  • Jul 2nd, 2010 4:23pm

Madrona Point sign changed by unknown persons

The sign that formerly announced that Madrona Point is closed to the public has been changed, now reading, "Madrona Point is Sacred Ground, Leave no Trash".

  • Jul 1st, 2010 4:21pm

Kamara Salifu, a voice for the voiceless of Sierra Leone

Three years ago Kamara Salifu stood before the Unites States Embassy in the Republic of Sierra Leone, seeking a visa. He was penniless and on crutches, amid a crowd of wealthy applicants. The consulate asked about his financial resources, and asked what would bring him back to Sierra Leone. While Salifu is on full scholarship at Clark, he still needs $7,000 each year to pay for living expenses like room and board. To help him with expenses, friends have organized a fundraiser dinner at the Odd Fellows Hall on July 9 at 6 p.m., with a presentation by Salifu, food, music and drumming. Tickets are $10 from Rena Patty at 376-6864, or at the door.

  • Jun 28th, 2010 7:34pm

‘Folly a Deux’ art show by Kate Scott and Marc Foster Grant

Artwork by internationally known artists Kate Scott and Marc Foster Grant will be featured at Orcas Center next month in the show, "Folly a Deux". “Kate has the most wonderful sense of humor and she loves to play with words and then transform that into some of her artwork,” said friend Bev Leyman. “Mark is just full of life and energy. This art show is going to be spectacular."

  • Jun 25th, 2010 11:46pm

Erica Lyons creates Orcas Island Sea Glass jewelry line

When Erica Lyons was a little girl growing up on Orcas, she often wandered the beaches collecting special treasures: smooth stones, dusky bits of old glass bottles, and salty, gnarled shells. Eventually, she graduated from Orcas high and went off to seek her fortune in the wide, wide world.

  • Jun 24th, 2010 9:19pm

San Juan County fire districts agree on fire marshal plan

Orcas fire commissioners say representatives from San Juan County, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw, and San Juan islands, are in one accord regarding the proposed new interlocal agreement for the county fire marshal position. The parties voted in favor of the agreement at a June 17 inter-district fire commissioners meeting to discuss the current situation.

  • Jun 23rd, 2010 10:39pm

Future of July 4th fireworks show up in the air

The traditional Eastsound Fourth of July fireworks look like a no-show at this point, according to Chamber of Commerce director Lance Evans. “All signs indicate that it’s not gonna happen,” said Evans. He found out two weeks ago that Chehalis-based Eagle Fireworks, which has supplied the show for the past 20 years, had mysteriously removed all of the necessary firing equipment from the barge.

  • Jun 22nd, 2010 7:51pm

Batty for baby bats: Moran State Park’s new maternity bat house

The Moran State Park manager now has his own custom-built Bat Cave equipped with a state of the art infrared bat-cam, and even a robin standing watch outside. But before you go imagining Jim Schuh zooming along in a glossy black Bat-mobile, endangering the local wildlife – the new building is an experimental bat nursery designed for birthing and nursing baby bats. A colony of 50 to 150 rare, Long-Eared Myotis bats has been raising its pups in the rafters of the 75-year old park manager's office for years now.

  • Jun 16th, 2010 4:29pm