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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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                                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

MaryAnn Carpenter (Adams) | Passages

MaryAnn Carpenter (Adams), age 82, of Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, Washington, passed…

  • Jan 31st, 2019 1:30am

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ | Review

You have to be brave to witness the inner life of the…

  • Jan 25th, 2019 8:07pm
The fourth-grade class in 2007 reading under the tree.

When a school loves a maple

They call her the Grandmother Tree. For more than a century, island…

  • Jan 25th, 2019 12:30pm
The fourth-grade class in 2007 reading under the tree.

Thank you, school board members | Editorial

January is school board recognition month, and we’d like to express gratitude…

  • Jan 17th, 2019 1:30am

Relying on the kindness of strangers | ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at Orcas Center

The first Orcas Center production of 2019 is all thanks to Kelly…

  • Jan 15th, 2019 1:30am

New year brings new special sections | Editorial

In the first quarter of the new year, your island papers are…

  • Jan 10th, 2019 1:30am

A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial

The Islands’ Sounder has outlined the good and bad of 2018 for…

  • Dec 29th, 2018 1:30am

Orcas Lions honor islanders and members

If there is a community service project on Orcas, it’s very likely…

  • Dec 22nd, 2018 1:30am

Accomplishing your new year’s goals | Editorial

The new year is a time to reflect on the past 12…

  • Dec 20th, 2018 1:30am

Orcas girl donates money to animal protection society

Six-year-old Grace Zwilling donated $51.85 to the Orcas Animal Protection Society. She…

  • Dec 14th, 2018 4:52pm

Island students thriving at Orcas Elementary School

For four hours once a week, Orcas Elementary kindergarteners bundle up and…

  • Dec 13th, 2018 1:30am

Holiday traditions bring us together | Editorial

Close your eyes for a moment and envision what the holidays mean…

  • Dec 9th, 2018 1:30am
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‘Roasted Nut’ dance production at Orcas Center

These aren’t your typical sugar plum fairies. The Island Inspiration All-Stars are…

  • Nov 27th, 2018 9:47am
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The surviving guinea pig, which died the following day.

Guinea pigs abandoned on animal shelter steps

Two guinea pigs were left on the Orcas Animal Shelter’s front steps…

  • Nov 23rd, 2018 3:58pm
The surviving guinea pig, which died the following day.

Second annual Hops on the Rock a success

Hops on the Rock just keeps growing. The second annual beer festival…

  • Nov 16th, 2018 1:30am
Left to right: Monique Turner, Chris Kaufmann, Jimmy Taylor, Teri Savell, Mike Haugen and Donna McNeil.

Post office employees presented with awards

Safe driving is a hallmark of Orcas Island postal employees. Eastsound Postmaster…

  • Nov 10th, 2018 1:30am
Left to right: Monique Turner, Chris Kaufmann, Jimmy Taylor, Teri Savell, Mike Haugen and Donna McNeil.

Peggy and George Beebe are new owners of Pawkis

George and Peggy Beebe have been dedicated members of the Orcas community…

  • Oct 27th, 2018 1:30am

Sounder and Journal endorses Gaylord and Krebs | Editorial

We endorse San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord and Sheriff Ronald…

  • Oct 25th, 2018 10:26am

Tucker Abdon charged with vehicular homicide | Not guilty plea entered

Tucker Samms Abdon, 33, of Eastsound, has been charged with one count…

  • Oct 22nd, 2018 1:50pm

Sheriff’s Office looking for information about reported hit and run involving a boy

A driver reportedly struck a 10-year-old boy and drove away from the…

  • Oct 20th, 2018 3:35pm

Afton Segault and the art of skin care | Women in Business profile

Afton Segault is living her dream as the owner of Omari Beauty…

  • Oct 17th, 2018 1:30am

Hogle charged with possessing and distributing child pornography | ‘Not Guilty’ plea entered

Eastound resident Christian Hogle, 53, has been charged with one count of…

  • Oct 5th, 2018 12:54pm

Awareness is the first step | Editorial

Without awareness and action, there cannot be social change. Nationally and locally,…

  • Oct 2nd, 2018 1:30am

Cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks to Orcas Christian School students

Lance Armstrong believes in always moving forward – whether he’s facing a…

  • Sep 28th, 2018 1:30am

Orcas Island Film Festival aims for the stars in fifth year

The Orcas Island Festival keeps upping its game. Celebrating its fifth year,…

  • Sep 22nd, 2018 1:30am
Anita Orne with her saw.

Orcas saw player performs with Seattle Symphony

A saw from Island Hardware and Supply made its way from Orcas…

  • Sep 20th, 2018 10:03am
Anita Orne with her saw.
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Local business provides successful internship

Answering phones and greeting customers are useful skills in nearly any industry.…

  • Sep 17th, 2018 1:30am
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Christian Hogle arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) Eastound resident…

  • Aug 31st, 2018 12:10pm
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                                Above: Some of the fair participants unloading their horses around midnight.

Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor

For decades, when the county fair ends, Lopez and Orcas participants pack…

  • Aug 21st, 2018 11:32am
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                                Above: Some of the fair participants unloading their horses around midnight.

Animal shelter to host family event at Mt. Baker Farm

The rolling hills of Mt. Baker Farm are the backdrop to an…

  • Aug 20th, 2018 1:30am

Senator Cantwell holds roundtable discussion on affordable housing

San Juan County is one of many communities in Washington state facing…

  • Aug 18th, 2018 1:30am

Hedrick Smith to speak on ‘taking back our democracy’

Veteran reporter Hedrick Smith believes citizens are “winning back” democracy with grassroots…

  • Aug 13th, 2018 1:30am

August primary election 2018 results | Update

For full Aug. 7 top-two primary results and how island residents voted…

  • Aug 10th, 2018 4:04pm

Illegal signs in Eastsound to be removed in next 30 days

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes is warning islanders that illegal sandwich…

  • Aug 8th, 2018 11:37am

Don’t use social media to report crime | Editorial

In this age of technology, it’s become easy and convenient to make…

  • Aug 8th, 2018 1:30am

School supply drives are stocking the classroom for success

The Orcas community is doing its part to ensure that kids and…

  • Aug 6th, 2018 1:30am