Colleen Smith

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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
Angela Douglas photo
                                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

Orcas Chamber Music Festival enters its 21st year

Aloysia Friedmann has just sent out a 19-page rehearsal schedule for the…

  • Jul 29th, 2018 1:30am

The season of biking safety

Every summer, island drivers are obliged to share the road with thousands…

  • Jul 27th, 2018 1:30am

Adult abuse continues to spike in Washington state

The elderly can be easy targets for financial and physical exploitation, and…

  • Jul 24th, 2018 1:30am

Elder abuse can happen here | Editorial

As we enter our golden years, the risk of isolation and neglect…

  • Jul 14th, 2018 1:30am

Preserving an island legacy | ‘Con’s Pit Stop’ to open in July

The Village Stop closed its doors at the end of May, and…

  • Jul 9th, 2018 11:08am

Orcas man charged with meth and heroin possession

George King Pendleton III of Eastsound has been charged with one count…

  • Jul 5th, 2018 1:30am

Sounder deadlines are changing | Editorial

Here at the Islands’ Sounder, we have deadlines printed every week in…

  • Jul 3rd, 2018 3:36pm

Samish bless the ground for new Orkila cabins

Members of the Samish Nation took a respite from their summer canoe…

  • Jun 29th, 2018 3:32pm

Eastsound woman charged with four counts of violating a protection order

Cindy Lee Robbins, 50, of Eastsound has been charged with four counts…

  • Jun 29th, 2018 12:34pm

San Juan County joins national opioid lawsuit

The San Juan Islands are not immune to the national opioid crisis,…

  • Jun 21st, 2018 10:58am

Graduation season: endings, beginnings | Editorial

High school graduation is the big event that officially ushers you from…

  • Jun 20th, 2018 12:54pm
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                                The 2018 Orcas Island High School graduating class celebrates receiving their diplomas by throwing off their caps.

Here’s to the future | Orcas Island High School commencement ceremony

The class of 2018 bid farewell to high school and said hello…

  • Jun 18th, 2018 12:19pm
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                                The 2018 Orcas Island High School graduating class celebrates receiving their diplomas by throwing off their caps.

Sometimes being a dad means dressing up as a unicorn | Father’s Day profile

From the moment Jim Bredouw held his first child, he knew fatherhood…

  • Jun 13th, 2018 1:30am

Baby, you can drive my car | Lund’s One World Festival celebrates the golden age of travel

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. Martin Lund’s One World Music…

  • Jun 9th, 2018 1:30am

Kulp pleads not guilty to murder in the second degree

A Shaw Island man accused of murdering his wife has pleaded not…

  • Jun 6th, 2018 11:51am
photo courtesy Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island/Wally Gudgell

The truth about Oprah Winfrey’s reported land purchase on Orcas | Interview with the realtor

Online news outlets have reported that Oprah Winfrey purchased an Orcas Island…

  • Jun 5th, 2018 2:48pm
photo courtesy Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island/Wally Gudgell

Memorial Day | Photos

The American Legion hosted a Memorial Day celebration at Woodlawn Ceremony on…

  • Jun 4th, 2018 4:59pm

A day in the lives of Orcas Island kids | New film by McCune and Perrine to debut June 3

Grace McCune and Jake Perrine are known for their lavish stage productions…

  • May 28th, 2018 1:55pm
Katie Gray photo
                                The Burned at their October concert in the Sea View Theatre.

‘The Burned’ presents CD release concert over Memorial Day weekend

Against a backdrop of colorful visuals and a sea of moody lights,…

  • May 18th, 2018 1:30am
Katie Gray photo
                                The Burned at their October concert in the Sea View Theatre.

All-Stars present ‘Dancing on a Whim’

Let the Island Inspiration All-Stars take you on a journey around the…

  • May 16th, 2018 1:30am

New housing project is step in right direction | Editorial

I don’t fault anyone for owning a vacation rental or second home…

  • May 9th, 2018 9:34am
OPAL’s fundraising team left to right: board president Tim Fuller, trustees Rusty Diggs and Margaret Mills, executive director Lisa Byers and trustee and fundraising chair Pegi Groundwater.

April’s Grove $12.5 million affordable housing project is 85 percent funded

It’s been a momentous few weeks for staff at OPAL Community Land…

  • May 7th, 2018 10:40am
OPAL’s fundraising team left to right: board president Tim Fuller, trustees Rusty Diggs and Margaret Mills, executive director Lisa Byers and trustee and fundraising chair Pegi Groundwater.

T.J. Liblik to perform at Carnegie Hall

Eighth-grade violist Thomas (T.J.) Liblik is headed to Carnegie Hall. The Orcas…

  • May 7th, 2018 1:30am

Mother’s Day profile: Erin O’Dell

Erin O’Dell says it’s just more fun to be happy. As director…

  • May 4th, 2018 1:30am

Taking care of our island tourists | Editorial

We can’t imagine what would happen to our communities if tourism drastically…

  • Apr 26th, 2018 4:07pm

Why programs like aerial acrobatics are so critical | Editorial

Aerial acrobatics are a superhuman feat. To see performers swinging high in…

  • Apr 18th, 2018 1:30am

Court documents reveal more details in the death of Abigail Finney

The San Juan County Prosecutor’s office is preparing to file charges of…

  • Apr 17th, 2018 8:07pm

Eric Kulp in custody following standoff in Marblemount | Update

Shaw Island resident Eric Kulp, wanted in connection with the death of…

  • Apr 16th, 2018 4:44pm