Colleen Smith

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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

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

  • Sep 23rd, 2020 1:30am

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

Be a superhero for Planet Earth

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

  • Sep 13th, 2020 1:30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

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

  • Jun 27th, 2020 1:30am

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

An unusual but heartwarming high school graduation

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

  • Jun 16th, 2020 1:30am
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

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

  • Jun 11th, 2020 1:30am

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

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

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

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 1:30am

Finding your ‘furever’ home during a pandemic

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

  • May 19th, 2020 1:30am
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

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

  • Apr 15th, 2020 1:30am

Free Orcas Island Distillery Sanitizer available

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

  • Apr 13th, 2020 1:30am

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

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

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

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

  • Mar 17th, 2020 1:30am

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

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

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

Earth Day celebrates 50 years | Activities planned for March, April

One day just isn’t enough to celebrate Mother Earth. Orcas Island is…

  • Mar 7th, 2020 1:30am

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Women have played a critical role in American history, and since 1981…

  • Mar 6th, 2020 1:30am

San Juan man charged with burglary and assault

Omar Guillen, 19, of San Juan Island has been charged with two…

  • Mar 4th, 2020 1:30am

Christian Hogle pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography

Warning: The following story contains graphic details. Christian Hogle, 54, formerly of…

  • Feb 24th, 2020 4:32pm

February is all about pets

February isn’t just a time to celebrate love for the humans in…

  • Feb 21st, 2020 1:30am

Celebrate Black History Month

It’s troubling — but not surprising — to note that the San…

  • Feb 12th, 2020 1:30am

An easy, meant-to-be love | The Spinogattis

It all began with a chance encounter at a tropical resort. Native…

  • Feb 7th, 2020 1:30am

Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months

A pilot program for those needing substance or mental health assistance is…

  • Jan 23rd, 2020 11:07am

Three so far in the race for county council

Two Orcas residents are challenging incumbent Rick Hughes for the District 2…

  • Jan 22nd, 2020 1:30am

What it means to register as a sex offender

Periodically, the sheriff’s log will feature entries regarding sex offender residence checks.…

  • Jan 15th, 2020 1:30am