Colleen Smith

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Orcas’ first Pride a success | Photos

Hundreds of islanders and visitors gathered on Sunday, June 23 in the…

  • Jun 26th, 2019 10:42am

Bruce Pavitt to host dance-a-thon to benefit OPAL

Get your dancing feet ready for an eight-hour journey through musical history.…

  • Jun 24th, 2019 11:13am

Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

For residents of the San Juan Islands, the state-run ferry system is…

  • Jun 22nd, 2019 7:00am

Friday Harbor man charged with assault in the second degree – strangulation

Stuart Gray Piff, 35, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

  • Jun 21st, 2019 12:26pm

Wisdom for graduates | Editorial

High school graduation is the iconic event that officially carries you from…

  • Jun 21st, 2019 1:30am

Class of 2019 graduates from Orcas High School

Teachers and speakers at the Orcas High School graduation ceremony had one…

  • Jun 15th, 2019 5:36pm

Sing your heart out during quarterly choir gatherings

If you haven’t experienced the magic of joining others in celebration of…

  • Jun 14th, 2019 1:30am

Father’s Day profile: Andrew Stephens

Everyone in Andrew Stephens’ family agrees on one important fact: he is…

  • Jun 12th, 2019 1:30am

Quick response to wildfire on Shaw

A wildfire on Shaw was caught just in time before it became…

  • Jun 10th, 2019 10:10am

San Juan man found guilty for wife’s death

WARNING: The following story contains graphic details. A San Juan Island man…

  • Jun 3rd, 2019 4:31pm

‘In Spring Birds Sing’ concert from Orcas Community Band

The Orcas Island Community Band is offering a special mid-week concert in…

  • May 29th, 2019 1:30am
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                                The 2019 Orcas High School graduating class. Senior projects will be presented on Tuesday, June 11.

Senior projects help students grow

When an Orcas Island High School student becomes a senior, part of…

  • May 29th, 2019 1:30am
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                                The 2019 Orcas High School graduating class. Senior projects will be presented on Tuesday, June 11.
Maia Lewis-Shunk

Viking golfers on to state

Three Vikings golfers are headed to the state championship tournament. Juniors Maia…

  • May 17th, 2019 4:06pm
Maia Lewis-Shunk

Mia’s changes hands; new coffee shop Witty’s opens

After 10 years of operating her own restaurant, Mia Kartiganer is handing…

  • May 14th, 2019 12:02pm

Make your mental health a priority

Mental health issues have long lived in the shadows of shame. Stigmatized…

  • May 14th, 2019 1:30am

Why you should care about Small Business Week | Editorial

It’s easy to take for granted the storefronts that line our quaint…

  • May 6th, 2019 1:30am

Bach, Vivaldi sung for spring

Submitted by the Orcas Choral Society. On May 4 and 5 at…

  • May 1st, 2019 1:30am

‘Living in the Future’s Past’ multi-island film screening | An interview with Jeff Bridges

Data on global warming is plentiful. What isn’t well understood by the…

  • Apr 30th, 2019 1:30am

Recovery in Community hopes to decrease the barriers to social services

Those who grapple with mental health issues or addiction can feel overwhelmed…

  • Apr 18th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Right: Emily Lorsung.

New stylist on Orcas Island

A new stylist has joined the Orcas salon community. Emily Lorsung, who…

  • Apr 15th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Right: Emily Lorsung.

Pick up litter during Great Island Clean Up

Join fellow Earth enthusiasts in a day dedicated to making the islands…

  • Apr 11th, 2019 1:30am

We cannot ignore sexual assault | Editorial

Every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Who are the people…

  • Apr 10th, 2019 1:30am

Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

Overcoming alcohol addiction may feel like a Herculean task, but it can…

  • Apr 3rd, 2019 1:30am

Orcas students transform into guitar gurus

A group of Orcas Island High School students has a new appreciation…

  • Apr 3rd, 2019 1:30am
Cory Harrington and Tuffy.

Orcas Fire saves choking dog

Firefighters do more than rescue a cat stuck in a tree. They…

  • Mar 30th, 2019 1:30am
Cory Harrington and Tuffy.
Alexa Nigretto

Nigretto wins Bellingham ‘Great Teaching’ award

Alexa Nigretto’s love of children all began on Orcas. Nigretto, an Orcas…

  • Mar 29th, 2019 1:30am
Alexa Nigretto
Panelists from 2018.

Orcas Lit Fest is back for second annual three-day event

For three days in early April, dozens of writers will gather together…

  • Mar 27th, 2019 12:59pm
Panelists from 2018.

Hogle’s trial postponed to May

The trial of an Orcas man accused of possessing and distributing child…

  • Mar 22nd, 2019 2:41pm

Sheriff’s Office has no further leads in gunshot wound case

A case involving an Orcas Island man who sustained a gunshot wound…

  • Mar 21st, 2019 4:15pm

Reptile zoo at Camp Orkila

Ecologist Christian Oldham has long seen the benefits of using live animals…

  • Mar 20th, 2019 9:54am

Orcas Center’s ‘Mamma Mia!’ is pure joy

From start to finish, Orcas Center’s production of “Mamma Mia!” is heartwarming,…

  • Mar 15th, 2019 3:23pm

March is National Nutrition Month | Editorial

I know exactly when I haven’t been eating enough fruits and vegetables.…

  • Mar 13th, 2019 12:13pm
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                                New deputy Bryce Peterson.

Orcas welcomes new deputy Bryce Peterson

Bryce Peterson still can’t believe his luck. Since Feb. 5, he has…

  • Mar 12th, 2019 1:30am
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                                New deputy Bryce Peterson.
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                                Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich and Jim Bredouw.

Orcas Center announces new executive director Dimitri Stankevich

For his entire life, Dimitri Stankevich has received a paycheck from one…

  • Mar 7th, 2019 11:36am
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                                Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich and Jim Bredouw.

Making math fun for all

The best way to get kids enthusiastic about math? Bring out large…

  • Mar 6th, 2019 1:30am

The art of being prepared | Editorial

San Juan County residents are passionate about disaster preparedness. And we are…

  • Feb 24th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Dwight Guss

Dwight Guss named interim port manager

With the departure of airport manager Tony Simpson, a long-time pilot and…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019 3:12pm
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                                Dwight Guss
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                                Dick Thomson and Vivian Conlan during an iPhone class at the Orcas Island Senior Center in early February.

Knowledge is power | Island seniors learning about technology during weekly classes

Island seniors are getting in touch with their inner tech geek. The…

  • Feb 21st, 2019 1:30am
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                                Dick Thomson and Vivian Conlan during an iPhone class at the Orcas Island Senior Center in early February.
The crushed building in Moran.

Wind storm causes massive damage to Moran State Park

High winds and freezing temperatures have left Moran State Park in a…

  • Feb 7th, 2019 10:21am
The crushed building in Moran.

Fearless love | Valentine’s Day profile of Tiffany Loney and Bruce Halabisky

When you spend more than a decade together aboard a small sailboat…

  • Feb 6th, 2019 1:30am