Colleen Smith

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Editorial

San Juan County Drug Court is an important program | Editorial

Punishment vs. rehabilitation. Which do you think is more effective? If you…

  • Jul 21st, 2021 1:30am
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Pay attention to wildfire State of Emergency | Editorial

It’s been an epic start to the summer. Historically high temperatures. Nary…

  • Jul 11th, 2021 1:30am
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Plastic Free Salish Sea sign made from plastic found on San Juan County beaches.

Plastic Free July | Be part of the solution

Just one word. Plastics. If you’re a fan of classic films or…

  • Jul 5th, 2021 1:30am
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Plastic Free Salish Sea sign made from plastic found on San Juan County beaches.
Editorial

Going back to work: what does it mean?

Vaccine rates are rising. The masks are coming off. Businesses have reopened.…

  • Jun 24th, 2021 1:30am
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State Parks Director Peter Mayer and Friends of Moran president Sandi Talt cutting the ribbon to the new visitors’ center on June 18.

Happy 100th birthday to Moran State Park | New visitors’ center now open

It was a land donation that launched the entire Washington state parks’…

  • Jun 24th, 2021 1:30am
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State Parks Director Peter Mayer and Friends of Moran president Sandi Talt cutting the ribbon to the new visitors’ center on June 18.
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Left to right: Rochelle, Portia, Pria, Paxon, Preston and Kevin White.

Born to be a dad | Father’s Day profile with Kevin White

Kevin White has been caring for little ones long before he even…

  • Jun 18th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Rochelle, Portia, Pria, Paxon, Preston and Kevin White.
Editorial

Recognizing the contributions of our fathers | Editorial

This coming Sunday is a day to honor the father figures in…

  • Jun 18th, 2021 1:30am
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The graduates throwing off their caps.

Orcas High School graduates 24 students during commencement ceremony

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  • Jun 13th, 2021 1:52pm
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The graduates throwing off their caps.
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Bobby Bare Jr. (left) and Lilo Sanchez (right).

Live music in the Village Green this summer courtesy of Orcas Center

Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and prepare to revel in the…

  • Jun 10th, 2021 1:30am
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Bobby Bare Jr. (left) and Lilo Sanchez (right).
Moran is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Celebrate Moran’s 100th birthday with science talks and concerts all summer long

This summer, all are invited to learn about the reptiles, squirrels, plants…

  • Jun 4th, 2021 1:30am
Moran is celebrating its 100th birthday.

Christian Hogle sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges

Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence. Christian Hogle,…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021 2:31pm
If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.

Stay safe while enjoying the water | Editorial

One of the true joys of living in the San Juans is…

  • Jun 1st, 2021 1:30am
If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.
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Orcas Center Executive Director Dimitri Stankevich with one of the new chairs.

Orcas Center to replace theatre’s 200+ chairs | Donations sought

With its doors closed to the public, Orcas Center staff and volunteers…

  • May 27th, 2021 1:30am
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Orcas Center Executive Director Dimitri Stankevich with one of the new chairs.
Memorial Day is May 31.

The significance of Memorial Day | Editorial

It’s a three-day weekend. It’s the launch of summer. It’s barbecue time.…

  • May 21st, 2021 1:30am
Memorial Day is May 31.
This week's editorial

Expressing appreciation to our nurses | Editorial

With the global pandemic has come a renewed appreciation for the dedication…

  • May 12th, 2021 1:30am
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Megan with a newborn Lucas and son Royce.

‘Traveling is mandatory’: Megan Tye Mother’s Day profile

Megan Tye became a mom at 22. And like everything else in…

  • May 5th, 2021 1:30am
Megan with a newborn Lucas and son Royce.
Readers weigh in on motherhood.

The magic of motherhood | Editorial

In my life and experience of motherhood, I’ve come to realize that…

  • May 5th, 2021 1:30am
Readers weigh in on motherhood.
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Ece Kocak, a volunteer driver on Lopez.

IslandRides comes to Orcas after flourishing on San Juan and Lopez

For those who do not drive or have access to a vehicle,…

  • Apr 27th, 2021 1:30am
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Ece Kocak, a volunteer driver on Lopez.
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Left to right: Patty Codd, Frank James and Aaimee Johnson.

Consolidated health clinic for Orcas Island is up and running

Island Primary Care — Orcas is officially serving patients. A ribbon-cutting ceremony…

  • Apr 20th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Patty Codd, Frank James and Aaimee Johnson.
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Seniors Anwyn Thompson, Alanna Lago, Lindsey Simpson and Darian Johnson.

Vikings’ athletics launches fall sports season

With the spring sports season wrapped up, high school athletes are now…

  • Apr 15th, 2021 1:30am
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Seniors Anwyn Thompson, Alanna Lago, Lindsey Simpson and Darian Johnson.
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COVID-19 vaccinations began on Dec. 31, 2020.

San Juan County leads the state in COVID-19 vaccination rates

At the tail end of 2020, San Juan County began holding its…

  • Apr 4th, 2021 12:21pm
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COVID-19 vaccinations began on Dec. 31, 2020.
The new clinic opens April 5.

New clinic to offer after-hours care

A new model of after-hours care will soon be available to islanders.…

  • Mar 25th, 2021 1:30am
The new clinic opens April 5.
This week's editorial.

Spring is special section season | Editorial

The days are longer, bulbs are pushing up through the dirt and…

  • Mar 21st, 2021 1:30am
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Albert Strasser’s new book.

Long-time islander releases children’s book about facing your fears

Albert Strasser was inspired to write a children’s book while living in…

  • Mar 20th, 2021 1:30am
Albert Strasser’s new book.
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Orkila is much more than s’mores around the campfire | Editorial

Like many organizations during this public health crisis, Camp Orkila has stepped…

  • Mar 17th, 2021 1:30am
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Orkila has continued to offer opportunities for kids.

A cornerstone for Orcas Camp Orkila during COVID

The pandemic has not stopped YMCA Camp Orkila from enriching and supporting…

  • Mar 16th, 2021 1:30am
Orkila has continued to offer opportunities for kids.
The next online meeting about the merger is scheduled for March 18.

Clinic merger | What you need to know

Orcas Island is inching closer to a combined medical clinic. Since an…

  • Mar 13th, 2021 1:30am
The next online meeting about the merger is scheduled for March 18.
Island Primary Care — Orcas is opening in April.

Island Hospital launching consolidated clinic in April

It’s an idea that’s been discussed for decades: one consolidated medical clinic…

  • Feb 24th, 2021 1:30am
Island Primary Care — Orcas is opening in April.
Editorial

Surviving the winter | Editorial

As members of isolated communities that endure dark nights and grey skies…

  • Feb 17th, 2021 1:30am
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Eliza and Chris in the late 1990s.

The sweet scent of romance and business

When you take a six-month road trip early on in a relationship,…

  • Feb 11th, 2021 1:30am
Eliza and Chris in the late 1990s.
Cindi Lund with Annie.

Crossing state lines to find forever homes

Some very lucky dogs from the Lone Star state are now forever…

  • Feb 10th, 2021 1:30am
Cindi Lund with Annie.
Cindy Wolf

Update from county council member Cindy Wolf

The Islands’ Sounder sat down with San Juan County Councilmember Cindy Wolf…

  • Jan 28th, 2021 1:30am
Cindy Wolf
This week's editorial.

Vacation rentals are symptom of a larger issue | Editorial

Those who have been advocating for a vacation rental moratorium celebrated on…

  • Jan 20th, 2021 1:30am
This week's editorial.
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A volunteer in the Orcas Food Bank.

Lending a hand to those most in need | OICF raises $1.7 million for COVID-related social services

At the start of the pandemic, it didn’t take long for local…

  • Jan 12th, 2021 1:30am
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A volunteer in the Orcas Food Bank.
Grace Hargrave

4-H kids all grown up: Grace Hargrave, Rhys Thompson

The Thompson siblings of Orcas Island — Hailey, Grace, Rhys and Anwyn…

  • Jan 6th, 2021 1:30am
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Brittany Johnson

4-H inspired an Orcas resident to work as a dog-groomer and videographer

Participating in 4-H activities as a child can foster a life-long connection…

  • Dec 26th, 2020 1:30am
Brittany Johnson
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The front side of Bonnie Mahony's house.

Islanders create show-stopping gingerbread houses for first annual contest

What a time to be a baker on Orcas Island. Children and…

  • Dec 16th, 2020 8:29pm
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The front side of Bonnie Mahony's house.
This week's editorial.

Philanthropy may be the key to sustaining local newspapers | Editorial

As the pandemic marches on, businesses’ bottom lines are shrinking. And your…

  • Dec 9th, 2020 11:38am
This week's editorial.
Letter to the editor

$300 tax deduction for 2020 in addition to standard deduction | Letter

Next Tuesday is #GivingTuesday, and in these challenging times, we want to…

  • Dec 2nd, 2020 1:30am
Letter to the editor
This week's editorial.

Shopping locally has never been more critical | Editorial

Since the pandemic began, islanders have rallied around each other in ways…

  • Dec 2nd, 2020 1:30am
This week's editorial.