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Sisters accused of burglary and trespassing livestream arrest on Facebook

Two sisters were arrested on Lopez Island after illegally staying in a…

  • Oct 8th, 2021 4:33pm
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Adopt your new best friend | Editorial

I first let a shelter dog into my heart 12 years ago,…

  • Oct 6th, 2021 1:30am
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Why we have a paywall on our websites | Editorial

It costs money to gather news. I’m not referring to social media…

  • Sep 30th, 2021 1:30am
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Ray’s Pharmacy provides variety of COVID-19 vaccines and testing

Ray’s Pharmacy is becoming a hub for vaccines. Rick Hughes, who operates…

  • Sep 29th, 2021 1:30am
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“Julia” tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s surprising path, from her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her empowering story of a woman who found fame in her 50s, and her calling as an unlikely television sensation.

Movie lovers rejoice | Orcas Film Festival is back

The Orcas Island Film Festival will showcase the offbeat and the up-and-coming…

  • Sep 24th, 2021 3:26pm
“Julia” tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s surprising path, from her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her empowering story of a woman who found fame in her 50s, and her calling as an unlikely television sensation.
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Left to right: Molina Stone; Rhya Segault; Morgan Anderson; Shaye Spinner; Ava Ashcroft; Valeria Villareall; Malia Martinolich; Lil Maloi; Alexandria Sanders; WIllow White; Alecia Talbot; Tayla Malo; Bethany Carter; Sera Knapp; Paula Gutierrez Latorre; Hannah Alexander; August Moore; Ada Cruz Hernandez; Makayla Hodges; Bella Evans; and Milana Schneider.

Grateful to be back on the court

This year’s volleyball team is a robust mix of returning, varsity players…

  • Sep 16th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Molina Stone; Rhya Segault; Morgan Anderson; Shaye Spinner; Ava Ashcroft; Valeria Villareall; Malia Martinolich; Lil Maloi; Alexandria Sanders; WIllow White; Alecia Talbot; Tayla Malo; Bethany Carter; Sera Knapp; Paula Gutierrez Latorre; Hannah Alexander; August Moore; Ada Cruz Hernandez; Makayla Hodges; Bella Evans; and Milana Schneider.
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Left to right: Finn Ontjes, Theo Vaccarella, Quinn Fleming, Will Stephens, Justin Krisch-Derr, Hunter Knapp, Ryan Krisch-Derr, Logan Jones, Porter Willis, Coach Mike Kulper.

Veteran cross-country team is ready to compete

The Vikings cross country team is back for its first normal season…

  • Sep 15th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Finn Ontjes, Theo Vaccarella, Quinn Fleming, Will Stephens, Justin Krisch-Derr, Hunter Knapp, Ryan Krisch-Derr, Logan Jones, Porter Willis, Coach Mike Kulper.
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Back row, l-r: Ethan Moss, Diego Lago, Tommy Anderson-Cleveland, Cadence Krayveld, Orion Meskew, Jefferson Freeman, Nicholas Rivera, Forest Frausto, Celia Groeninger, Kristian Freeman, Head Coach Terry Turner Front Row L to R: Ass. Coach Sydney Hayworth, Lily Sky Bouchard, Juliette McKenney, Sam Sutton, Toby Smith, Pedro Banderas Guerra, Isaac Moss, Andrew Garcia, Scarlett Coffey, Isaac Figueroa. Laying at front, l-r: Remy Lago & Paxton White.

Soccer welcomes veteran players and new faces

The 2021 soccer team will face opportunities and challenges this season. ”We…

  • Sep 14th, 2021 1:30am
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Back row, l-r: Ethan Moss, Diego Lago, Tommy Anderson-Cleveland, Cadence Krayveld, Orion Meskew, Jefferson Freeman, Nicholas Rivera, Forest Frausto, Celia Groeninger, Kristian Freeman, Head Coach Terry Turner Front Row L to R: Ass. Coach Sydney Hayworth, Lily Sky Bouchard, Juliette McKenney, Sam Sutton, Toby Smith, Pedro Banderas Guerra, Isaac Moss, Andrew Garcia, Scarlett Coffey, Isaac Figueroa. Laying at front, l-r: Remy Lago & Paxton White.
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Left to right: Orcas Center Artistic Director Jake Perrine, Membership Director Nicole Matisse, Communications Director Bethany Marie and Executive Director Dimitri Stankevich in front of the Orcas Center whale sculpture.

Orcas Center is reopening to the public | Fundraising is on now for a $100,000 matching grant

A beloved community resource has undergone a major makeover. From brand new…

  • Sep 7th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Orcas Center Artistic Director Jake Perrine, Membership Director Nicole Matisse, Communications Director Bethany Marie and Executive Director Dimitri Stankevich in front of the Orcas Center whale sculpture.
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Left to right: Melinda Milligan, Suzanne Gropper, Dorrie Braun and Diane Craig.

‘Savannah Sipping Society’ opens at the Grange | Play review

Live theatre is back at the Grange, and it was a triumph.…

  • Sep 5th, 2021 9:17am
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Left to right: Melinda Milligan, Suzanne Gropper, Dorrie Braun and Diane Craig.
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A large flower made by Lynda Ransley.

The women welders of Orcas

For four days every year, a group of women, covered in protective…

  • Aug 31st, 2021 11:01am
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A large flower made by Lynda Ransley.
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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford McGrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.

English language students inspire new learning strategies for the classroom

English language learners are a growing and vital component of the American…

  • Aug 25th, 2021 1:30am
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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford McGrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.

Politics and plants | John Evans leaves behind a legacy

A passion for property rights led John Evans to serve three terms…

  • Aug 12th, 2021 10:58am
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.
Editorial

Find the help you need to support your family | Editorial

The school year will start in just a few weeks, and many…

  • Aug 11th, 2021 1:30am
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Skipper, a female chihuahua mix, is available for adoption at the Orcas Animal Shelter.

These paws were made for walking | Orcas APS fundraiser

Clip on your dog’s leash, head out the door and raise some…

  • Aug 10th, 2021 1:30am
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Skipper, a female chihuahua mix, is available for adoption at the Orcas Animal Shelter.
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Friends of the Orcas Library board chair Ken Gibbs in the storage unit with boxes of books that will be at the sale on Aug. 14.

Summer Book Sale returns Aug. 14

It’s wall-to-wall boxes of books over at the Friends of the Library…

  • Aug 3rd, 2021 1:30am
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Friends of the Orcas Library board chair Ken Gibbs in the storage unit with boxes of books that will be at the sale on Aug. 14.
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An image of the property from 2018.

Oprah sells her Orcas Island estate for $14 million

Oprah Winfrey has sold her Orcas Island estate for $14 million after…

  • Jul 28th, 2021 3:55pm
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An image of the property from 2018.
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Chuck Greening and Margaret Payne

Village Green is home to nature-based playground

From start to finish, it was a true island undertaking. An unused…

  • Jul 27th, 2021 1:30am
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Chuck Greening and Margaret Payne
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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
This week's editorial
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.