Meredith Griffith

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A fresh batch of Orcas Island chefs

What’s cooking lately at Orcas Island restaurants? Plenty. Despite the economic gloom in the news lately, long-time island favorites continue to serve up their specialties, while others are welcoming new chefs to the kitchen.

  • Jun 16th, 2010 4:19pm

Rainshadow Solar brings electric-assist velomobile to Orcas

Orcasites may have been perplexed and amazed in recent months at the sight of a nine-foot long, banana-like vehicle flying down local roads. Rainshadow Solar proprietor John Mottl’s bright yellow velomobile should make anyone smile: it can roll over hill and dale, at a cost of five pennies for every 60 miles. Rainshadow Solar proprietor John Mottl’s bright yellow velomobile should make anyone smile: it can roll over hill and dale, at a cost of five pennies for every 60 miles. But Mottl rides for free, as he’s been off the grid for over 25 years and powers his velomobile, called the Quest, with the excess energy from his solar panels.

  • Jun 16th, 2010 4:12pm

Goodbye, Christina’s

A beloved island culinary legend, Christina's Restaurant, has shuttered its doors forever. “That day is over; Christina's is done,” said Christina Orchid, who opened her namesake establishment thirty years ago, in 1980. She said the restaurant will never open under that name again. Christina and her husband Bruce operated the restaurant together until June 15, 2008, when they arranged to sell the restaurant to Maureen Mullen, formerly of Seattle.

  • Jun 16th, 2010 3:57pm

Allium Restaurant: lilies and onions

The Chef de Cuisine from the illustrious Herbfarm in Woodinville, Wash. is coming to town. And she’s bringing with her a wickedly talented pastry chef. Hand-picked by Christina Orchid to receive the keys to the restaurant that housed Christina’s, chef Lisa Nakamura is bringing her own culinary mystique to create a new restaurant named Allium, after the lily family, which includes onions and garlic.

  • Jun 16th, 2010 3:54pm

CherryT’s kids consignment shop opens

Orcas families looking to outfit their brood with affordable duds might be cheered to hear of CherryT’s, Eastsound’s new children’s clothing consignment shop. The store may even carry (new) kids’ socks, an island commodity so scarce and coveted that a bedraggled pair has been known to spark heated scuffles at the Exchange. Proprietor Keri Lago has teamed up with her mother, Debbie Post, to fill what they see as a big need on Orcas.

  • Jun 14th, 2010 10:09pm

Sewer district will run main to OPAL community, require hookup by 2019

The Eastsound Sewer and Water District board passed a resolution authorizing staff to secure permits and solicit bid proposals to install a two-inch sewer main inside the OPAL Commons. Residents of the seven acre, 18-home affordable-housing development between Seaview Street and Blanchard Road will have until 2019 to hook to the main. OPAL resident Ian Van Gelder said the total cost will run $10,000 to $12,000 per connection, based on a $6,000 connection fee, plus installation costs.

  • Jun 11th, 2010 3:34pm

14,000-year-old Bison skull found on Orcas X-rayed for stone weapon fragments: New Slideshow

Archaeologist Steve Kenady examined the bones of an ancient, extinct giant bison by x-ray today at Orcas Family Health Center, unarguably the clinic's oldest "patient". Kenady was checking for remnants of stone tools that could have been used to slaughter the animal, but the scans revealed nothing but bison bone. The discovery roughly three years ago piqued curiosity in the global scientific community, inspiring new theories of human migration to the Pacific coast because some of the bones bear the marks of human butchery using stone tools.

  • Jun 10th, 2010 6:43pm

Orcas Island blooms for annual garden tour

Local deer are licking their chops and gazing in wistful longing through…

  • Jun 9th, 2010 9:43pm

Boys basketball: Lopez boys hanging tough at State basketball shampionships

The Lobos fought hard against unbeaten Rosalia at their first State championship game on Wednesday, Feb. 24, but the Spartans prevailed, with a score of 44 to 23. One more loss and the Lobos would have been out. But Lopez regrouped and struck back with a vengeance, defeating Oakville 62 to 50 to stay in the running.

  • Jun 7th, 2010 10:32pm

Orcas baseball team improving

The Viking baseball team fought their way through three more tough games this week, with determination and plucky spirit. “The kids aren’t giving up; they’re fighting till the end,” said coach Christian Gardiner. He said the boys are improving as they rack up game experience.

  • Jun 7th, 2010 10:31pm

Softball: Orcas places second in Tri-Districts. Next up, state championships

Orcas faced off against the La Conner Braves on Saturday, May 22 for the Tri-District championship title. After a fierce fight, the Braves eluded Orcas for a 7-5 win, putting the Vikes second in the tournament. La Conner got things rolling early, scoring a run in the first inning. Orcas answered back in the bottom half when Lanie Padbury took first base with a single, then stole second and third; Mackie Taylor hit a double to send Padbury home, tying the score 1-1.

  • Jun 7th, 2010 10:30pm

Orcas Softball team takes league championship

The Lady Vikings went hunting for a league championship and didn't let up until the 15-run mercy rule kicked in. “It was pretty impressive. Our girls really played at their level,” said coach Scott Harris. On May 4 Orcas decimated Darrington in a double-header, 16-1 and 17-1, ending the games early at four and three innings. The victories not only swept the league title, but also clinched a berth at the state playoffs.

  • Jun 7th, 2010 10:28pm

Lopez high school smokes the track at state championships

Lopez high school tore up the track at state champs last week at Cheney. The girls took third place, and the boys were hot on their heels at fifth. “Third out of 22 (teams) is pretty astounding,” said track coach Steve Wilbur. “It’s the highest our girls have ever placed in state in the history of Lopez school.” The boys team took second in state two years ago.

  • Jun 7th, 2010 10:28pm

Orcas softball: Lady Vikings finish fifth/sixth at state

The Lady Vikings competed with the elite at state championships last weekend,…

  • Jun 7th, 2010 10:19pm

Orcas High School senior projects

The Orcas High School graduating class will present its senior projects before an audience of community members, fellow students and faculty on June 8. The students specialized their studies in an area of personal interest, and using that knowledge they built something or shared their learning with others by teaching classes or conducting assemblies.

  • Jun 7th, 2010 7:23pm

Orcas Food Bank receives $3,500 eggs and cheese grant from Community Foundation

Hunger is a faithful companion, welcome or no.While the Orcas community has…

  • Jun 4th, 2010 9:09pm

Senior Profile: Nancy Zier

“The number one thing in my life is my faith in Christ,”…

  • Jun 4th, 2010 4:47pm

Eclipse Charters opens nature store in Eastsound

A new Eclipse Charters Wildlife Store has ensconced itself in the little…

  • Jun 3rd, 2010 5:18pm

Jim Sullivan elected to School Board

And then there were five.The Orcas Island School Board has elected Jim…

  • May 29th, 2010 12:06am

Buck Park: the elephant in the schoolyard

Kids are getting hurt at Buck Park.A broken ankle, a twisted knee,…

  • May 28th, 2010 5:52pm

And the beat goes on… 20 years later, Orcas Island Community Band gives spring concert

The Orcas Island Community Band, now in its 20th year, will present…

  • May 28th, 2010 5:09pm

Wine and Cheese pairing evening with The Local Vine at The New Leaf Cafe

Have you ever wondered which cheese you should serve to best complement…

  • May 27th, 2010 9:32pm

Orcas Center to host student dance and theatre demonstrations

Elementary school students will demonstrate their new moves during a dance and…

  • May 24th, 2010 9:15pm

Softball slide show: Orcas overturns Rainier Christian in first Tri-District match

The Lady Vikings opened Tri-Districts with a smashing 15-2 win against Rainier…

  • May 24th, 2010 5:43pm

Marine micro-plastic pollution on Orcas Island

Next time you're out strolling the beach, pick up that stray lighter,…

  • May 17th, 2010 9:14pm

New vehicle reservation system for ferries announced

Beginning in the fall of 2012, many of those coming to and…

  • May 14th, 2010 11:46pm

Orcas baseball season ends at Tri-District playoffs

The Viking boys pulled together to crush Darrington in a May 4…

  • May 14th, 2010 5:59pm

Deer Harbor fire station contract awarded to Wellman and Zuck

Commissioners were wary of a bid that came in more than $100,000…

  • May 13th, 2010 9:02pm

Contractors submit bids for Deer Harbor fire station

Builders vying for the contract to construct the new Deer Harbor fire…

  • May 8th, 2010 12:48am

Local artist Susan Slapin publishes new book series

Susan Slapin has three new art books in the works, coming out…

  • May 5th, 2010 3:24am

Orcas Real Estate sales slowly on the rise

Orcas real estate sales appear to be on the rise: not meteoric, but plodding uphill slow and steady. Although the data differs due to varying methods of calculation, statistics point to a general trend of increasing sales. An April report by the Orcas Island Association of Realtors put the total dollar amount of first quarter sales for 2010 at roughly $8 million, up from $5 million in 2009.

  • May 4th, 2010 6:06pm

Orcas Rec almost to pledges goal

Thanks to generous community support, it looks like Orcas Rec will continue…

  • Apr 29th, 2010 5:32pm

Girls Basketball: Evergreen Lutheran Eagles slip past Orcas Vikings in first Tri-District playoff game

With 59 seconds left, the Eagles blew past the Vikings to tie…

  • Apr 28th, 2010 9:29pm

Girls Softball: Orcas takes down Friday Harbor and Darrington in pre-league play

The Lady Vikings are heading into another fast-pitch season with three early…

  • Apr 28th, 2010 9:28pm

Softball: Orcas Vikings beat Bellevue Christian

The Orcas softball girls chalked up another easy pre-league win on March…

  • Apr 28th, 2010 9:28pm

Softball: Orcas fastpitch fells La Conner in unprecedented big wins

With sophomore player Clarabeth Smith lending new cheer from the dugout, the Lady Vikings pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and charged out into the rain to decimate La Conner in both games of their double-header on April 20. In the past, said coach Scott Harris, the Vikings have squeaked out wins against their old La Conner arch-rivals by one or two runs – not eight.

  • Apr 28th, 2010 9:27pm

Softball: Orcas girls slip past La Conner for first key win

Lanie Padbury stole the game.It was the top of the 7th and…

  • Apr 28th, 2010 7:01pm

Baseball slideshow: Orcas Vikings vs. Friday Harbor Wolverines

The Vikings played hard through a tough game against Friday Harbor, April…

  • Apr 28th, 2010 7:00pm

Orcas baseball vs. La Conner: Slideshow

In the April 20 double-header the La Conner Braves triumphed, 17-0 and…

  • Apr 28th, 2010 6:17pm