Colleen Smith

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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

Body found on Sucia Island

A boater discovered human remains on the shore of Sucia Island on…

  • Jan 2nd, 2020 3:02pm

Top stories of 2019 | Part II

At the end of the year, the Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

  • Dec 31st, 2019 1:30am

Young dancers share their hard work with community

Every winter and spring, upwards of 50 dancers share their craft with…

  • Dec 26th, 2019 1:30am

Top stories of 2019 | Part One

At the end of the year, the Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

  • Dec 25th, 2019 1:30am

Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection

Martin Soto-Guillen, 46, of San Juan Island, has been charged with two…

  • Dec 20th, 2019 1:30am

County council approves first biennium budget

As the year comes to a close, San Juan County has completed…

  • Dec 16th, 2019 1:30am

Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

Anthony Michael Kean, 32, of Eastsound has been charged in San Juan…

  • Dec 13th, 2019 1:30am

Donors sought to underwrite production of ‘Chicago’

Orcas Center is seeking donors to help fund its first major production…

  • Dec 9th, 2019 1:40pm
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                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>

Orcas woman competes on upcoming season of ‘Project Runway’

Orcas Islander Melanie Trygg is making her television debut when the 18th…

  • Dec 2nd, 2019 10:25am
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                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>

The ethics behind crime reporting | Editorial

Unequivocally, the most difficult part of our job as journalists is writing…

  • Nov 30th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Left to right: Miette Vaughn, Johnny Holley, Elizabeth Ockerman, Eve Eon, Vivian Casaday and Yssa Rodriguez.

Orcas PTSA offers weekly rollerskating nights for all ages

On Saturday nights, the public school gym comes alive with disco lights…

  • Nov 29th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Left to right: Miette Vaughn, Johnny Holley, Elizabeth Ockerman, Eve Eon, Vivian Casaday and Yssa Rodriguez.

San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

San Juan County Council has elected to join a statewide lawsuit against…

  • Nov 28th, 2019 1:30am
Haley Cruz Winchell and Griselda Cruz Gonzalez.

Orkila in third year of English/Spanish language classes

Learning a new language on Orcas Island is all about building connections,…

  • Nov 21st, 2019 1:30am
Haley Cruz Winchell and Griselda Cruz Gonzalez.

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

Thanksgiving is a week away, and with that comes the launch of…

  • Nov 20th, 2019 1:30am

I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial

Our hearts sank when the election results filtered in on Nov. 5.…

  • Nov 14th, 2019 1:30am

DOT to remove tree in Moran State Park using explosives

Staff from the Washington State Department of Transportation are coming to Moran…

  • Oct 29th, 2019 11:55am

Orcas High School celebrates homecoming

Orcas Island High School celebrated homecoming last week with sporting events, a…

  • Oct 25th, 2019 6:25pm

Christian Hogle trial moved to February 2020

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

  • Oct 23rd, 2019 12:20pm

Lodging tax grants to fund island projects

Thanks to tourism dollars, San Juan County projects are receiving a financial…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019 1:30am
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                                At left: Grace McCune.

An interview with Grace McCune | Women in Business profile

Pianist and vocalist Grace McCune was raised in a family of musicians…

  • Oct 18th, 2019 1:30am
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                                At left: Grace McCune.

Charlotte’s Closet offers a free shopping experience to those in need

In the back of Orcas Christian School’s brick building is an inviting,…

  • Oct 16th, 2019 1:30am
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                                David Affolter, new executive director of YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife Tobin and daughter Dalton.

New director at the helm of Camp Orkila

The San Juan Islands have been in David Affolter’s heart since he…

  • Oct 8th, 2019 1:30am
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                                David Affolter, new executive director of YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife Tobin and daughter Dalton.

Stuart Piff faces four charges in district court and two charges in superior court

San Juan County District Court has filed four charges against Stuart Gray…

  • Oct 7th, 2019 12:26pm

Hughes says county has been ahead of the pack in environmental policy

Councilmember Rick Hughes says San Juan County has long been at the…

  • Oct 4th, 2019 1:30am

Are you being abused? | Editorial

Our local domestic violence and sexual assault agency has seen a surge…

  • Oct 3rd, 2019 1:30am