Expect the unexpected | Reporter's notebook

The black bear spotted on Sourdough - Contributed photo/ Michael Kilgas
  • Aug 13, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Aug 14, 2014 at 11:35AM

The only thing better than seeing bears is talking about seeing bears. Viewing such an animal and living to tell the tale is perhaps a throwback to the days when our ancestors roamed the earth living in true fear of these large predators.


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This scooter may be dangerous | Guest column

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 8:00AM

When my parents moved to an assisted living community in their late 70s, my mom lived in a special memory unit because she was severely disabled from Alzheimer’s. My dad lived in his own apartment down the hall and up one floor from her, and he visited daily.

County fair is an island tradition | Editorial

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 4:14PM

Yep, with a quick look at the calendar we’re reminded that opening day of the San Juan County Fair is just a week away. Its four-day run begins Aug. 13.

Building a community

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 3:53PM

Orcas has the irresistible lure of a natural paradise and the attraction of a welcoming civic spirit – a caring human community. A decade ago, that community spirit inspired San Juan Islanders to raise $18.5 million to save Turtle Back Mountain from development and to preserve its pristine beauty.

When does memory loss mean trouble? | Opinion

  • Jul 23, 2014 at 10:09AM

There are two kinds of memory loss in older people. The first is normal forgetfulness, which most of us experience starting in our 40s and 50s — like not remembering a good friend’s name or where we put the car keys. I know this one well!

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