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Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich, Nicole Matisse, Jake Perrine and Bethany Marie during the telethon.

Community extends generosity to Orcas Center

Hundreds of islanders tuned in to Orcas Center’s first-ever live telethon, witnessing…

  • Nov 22nd, 2020 1:30am
Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich, Nicole Matisse, Jake Perrine and Bethany Marie during the telethon.
This week's editorial

COVID-19 cases are surging | Editorial

For many islanders, summer in the San Juans was marked by a…

  • Nov 16th, 2020 1:30am
This week's editorial
metro

Hospice Northwest could be sold to private equity firm

For more than 30 years, San Juan County residents in the last…

  • Nov 3rd, 2020 3:28pm
metro
Daniela Wagner

Environmentally conscious laundry services on Orcas Island | Women in Business Profile

Daniela Wagner has done well around the globe starting businesses that meet…

  • Oct 30th, 2020 1:30am
Daniela Wagner
Laura Kussman/staff photoElectrician trainees Gaelyn Moore, Tessa Ormenyi and owner Chris Wolfe outside the Rainshadow Solar supplies barn near Guthrie Cove

Growing a business through non-hierarchy | Women in Business profile

by Laura Kussman Sounder contributor When Chris and Justin Wolfe purchased Rainshadow…

  • Oct 29th, 2020 1:30am
Laura Kussman/staff photoElectrician trainees Gaelyn Moore, Tessa Ormenyi and owner Chris Wolfe outside the Rainshadow Solar supplies barn near Guthrie Cove
Vote!

Four council candidate field questions during forum

It may have been a virtual debate, but plenty of issues were…

  • Oct 17th, 2020 1:30am
Vote!
Carson, Melanie and Owen.

Halloween in town will look different this year

The children of Orcas Island can rest easy: Halloween candy will once…

  • Oct 15th, 2020 1:30am
Carson, Melanie and Owen.
letter

Cindy Wolf for County Council | Letter

I met Cindy at a community meeting in the wake of the…

  • Oct 14th, 2020 1:30am
letter
Jerry Carter

Interview with Sounder’s newspaper delivery person Jerry Carter

Jerry Carter has walked a path paved in newspaper ink. In August…

  • Oct 7th, 2020 1:30am
Jerry Carter
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

“San Juan County is the safest in the state.”

  • Sep 30th, 2020 1:30am
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes
A group shot of the OPAL Board of Trustees past and present, OPAL staff, and others who have worked to get April’s Grove built and gathered for a socially distant ribbon cutting.

April’s Grove residents are moving in

A number of tenants had been couch surfing or were homeless.

  • Sep 23rd, 2020 1:30am
A group shot of the OPAL Board of Trustees past and present, OPAL staff, and others who have worked to get April’s Grove built and gathered for a socially distant ribbon cutting.
Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Economically, socially, physically and environmentally — people are feeling pushed to their limits.

  • Sep 23rd, 2020 1:30am
Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial
School kitchen changes model for distance learning

School kitchen changes model for distance learning

Tucked away in the school cafeteria, staff works daily to ensure that all kids are being fed.

  • Sep 16th, 2020 1:30am
School kitchen changes model for distance learning
Be a superhero for Planet Earth

Be a superhero for Planet Earth

The event will be a week-long household/individual effort beginning Sept. 2.

  • Sep 13th, 2020 1:30am
Be a superhero for Planet Earth
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

The staff of the Islands’ Sounder, Journal of the San Juans and…

  • Sep 7th, 2020 1:30am
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial
Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book

Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book

Once Quinn Bailey realized how deeply nature moved him, the course of…

  • Aug 20th, 2020 1:30am
Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book
Orcas Public School looks at fall 2020

Orcas Public School looks at fall 2020

It’s likely that Orcas public school students will receive their education virtually…

  • Aug 6th, 2020 1:30am
Orcas Public School looks at fall 2020
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Living on Orcas Island, you’d never know that being left-handed is rare.…

  • Jul 30th, 2020 1:30am
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial
Drive-In magic show unites community

Drive-In magic show unites community

From a young age, 19-year-old magician Matthew Laslo dreamed of starring in…

  • Jul 16th, 2020 1:30am
Drive-In magic show unites community
In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

It may be an oversimplification to say that our communities are becoming…

  • Jul 14th, 2020 1:30am
In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial
You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

For long-time islanders, the size and format of this week’s edition will…

  • Jul 9th, 2020 3:46pm
You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different
County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance

County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance

The county has nearly tripled its emergency rental assistance contribution to resource…

  • Jul 9th, 2020 1:30am
County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance
Second year in a row Orcas teen is awarded competitive Amazon Future Engineer scholarship

Second year in a row Orcas teen is awarded competitive Amazon Future Engineer scholarship

Once again, an Orcas Island High School graduate is one of 100…

  • Jul 8th, 2020 1:30am
Second year in a row Orcas teen is awarded competitive Amazon Future Engineer scholarship
Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

San Juan County is still ranked as one of the safest counties…

  • Jun 27th, 2020 1:30am
Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial
How Orcas has helped the homeless shelter in place

How Orcas has helped the homeless shelter in place

Sheltering in place is not possible when you are homeless. When Gov.…

  • Jun 24th, 2020 1:30am
How Orcas has helped the homeless shelter in place
An unusual but heartwarming high school graduation

An unusual but heartwarming high school graduation

It was a senior year that no one could have predicted. Schools…

  • Jun 16th, 2020 1:30am
An unusual but heartwarming high school graduation
Contributed photo                                Charly Taylor and her daughter Rosie.

Orcas mom sets up diversity fund at local bookstore

A local mother is making a contribution to the Black Lives Matter…

  • Jun 16th, 2020 1:30am
Contributed photo                                Charly Taylor and her daughter Rosie.
Applaud the work of health care district | Letter

Applaud the work of health care district | Letter

I recently came across a petition urging the Orcas Island Health Care…

  • Jun 11th, 2020 1:30am
Applaud the work of health care district | Letter
Orcas Health Care District requests proposals for a consolidated clinic | UW Medicine announced it will not be applying

Orcas Health Care District requests proposals for a consolidated clinic | UW Medicine announced it will not be applying

As announced earlier this year, the Orcas Island Health Care District is…

  • Jun 10th, 2020 8:54pm
Orcas Health Care District requests proposals for a consolidated clinic | UW Medicine announced it will not be applying
Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

In a few short weeks, our world changed. It’s starting to sink…

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 1:30am
Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial
Finding your ‘furever’ home during a pandemic

Finding your ‘furever’ home during a pandemic

Nothing can stand between the love of a little girl and her…

  • May 19th, 2020 1:30am
Finding your ‘furever’ home during a pandemic
Jaxon Paulsen

Island woodworkers build prototype of hospital bed

Dimitri Stankevich, executive director at Orcas Center and an EMT and lieutenant…

  • May 5th, 2020 1:30am
Jaxon Paulsen
Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial

Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial

The only constant in life is change. It’s why humans are so…

  • Apr 15th, 2020 1:30am
Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial
Free Orcas Island Distillery Sanitizer available

Free Orcas Island Distillery Sanitizer available

A small group of islanders and local businesses have banded together to…

  • Apr 13th, 2020 1:30am
Free Orcas Island Distillery Sanitizer available
Q&A with the new animal shelter director

Q&A with the new animal shelter director

In the summer of 2019, the Orcas Animal Protection Society announced the…

  • Apr 8th, 2020 1:30am
Q&A with the new animal shelter director
Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis

Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis

Never before have so many readers thanked us for providing critical information…

  • Mar 27th, 2020 1:30am
Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

As islanders, it can be unsettling when the “outside world” comes slipping…

  • Mar 17th, 2020 1:30am
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial
San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession

San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession

Martin Soto-Guillen, 47, of San Juan Island has been charged with three…

  • Mar 13th, 2020 1:30am
San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession
Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses

Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses

Matthew Allen Cowell, 34, of Friday Harbor, was charged with multiple drug-related…

  • Mar 12th, 2020 1:30am
Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

What began as a mild apprehension has escalated into a buzz of…

  • Mar 9th, 2020 4:02pm
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria