Colleen Smith

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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
Editorial
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.
Contributed photo
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
Contributed photo
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
Grace Hargrave
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
Colleen Smith/staff photo
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
Colleen Smith/staff photo
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.
This week's editorial.

Giving thanks | Readers share their gratitude

It has become a tradition here at the Journal and the Sounder…

  • Nov 26th, 2020 1:30am
This week's editorial.
Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich, Nicole Matisse, Jake Perrine and Bethany Marie during the telethon.

Community extends generosity to Orcas Center

Hundreds of islanders tuned in to Orcas Center’s first-ever live telethon, witnessing…

  • Nov 22nd, 2020 1:30am
Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich, Nicole Matisse, Jake Perrine and Bethany Marie during the telethon.
This week's editorial

COVID-19 cases are surging | Editorial

For many islanders, summer in the San Juans was marked by a…

  • Nov 16th, 2020 1:30am
This week's editorial
metro

Hospice Northwest could be sold to private equity firm

For more than 30 years, San Juan County residents in the last…

  • Nov 3rd, 2020 3:28pm
metro
Daniela Wagner

Environmentally conscious laundry services on Orcas Island | Women in Business Profile

Daniela Wagner has done well around the globe starting businesses that meet…

  • Oct 30th, 2020 1:30am
Daniela Wagner
Laura Kussman/staff photoElectrician trainees Gaelyn Moore, Tessa Ormenyi and owner Chris Wolfe outside the Rainshadow Solar supplies barn near Guthrie Cove

Growing a business through non-hierarchy | Women in Business profile

by Laura Kussman Sounder contributor When Chris and Justin Wolfe purchased Rainshadow…

  • Oct 29th, 2020 1:30am
Laura Kussman/staff photoElectrician trainees Gaelyn Moore, Tessa Ormenyi and owner Chris Wolfe outside the Rainshadow Solar supplies barn near Guthrie Cove
Vote!

Four council candidate field questions during forum

It may have been a virtual debate, but plenty of issues were…

  • Oct 17th, 2020 1:30am
Vote!
Carson, Melanie and Owen.

Halloween in town will look different this year

The children of Orcas Island can rest easy: Halloween candy will once…

  • Oct 15th, 2020 1:30am
Carson, Melanie and Owen.
letter

Cindy Wolf for County Council | Letter

I met Cindy at a community meeting in the wake of the…

  • Oct 14th, 2020 1:30am
letter
Jerry Carter

Interview with Sounder’s newspaper delivery person Jerry Carter

Jerry Carter has walked a path paved in newspaper ink. In August…

  • Oct 7th, 2020 1:30am
Jerry Carter
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

“San Juan County is the safest in the state.”

  • Sep 30th, 2020 1:30am
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes
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

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
Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial
School kitchen changes model for distance learning

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
School kitchen changes model for distance learning
Be a superhero for Planet Earth

Be a superhero for Planet Earth

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

  • Sep 13th, 2020 1:30am
Be a superhero for Planet Earth
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

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
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial
Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book

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
Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book
Orcas Public School looks at fall 2020

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
Orcas Public School looks at fall 2020
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

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
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial
Drive-In magic show unites community

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
Drive-In magic show unites community
In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

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
In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial
You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

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
You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different
County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance

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
County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance
Second year in a row Orcas teen is awarded competitive Amazon Future Engineer scholarship

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
Second year in a row Orcas teen is awarded competitive Amazon Future Engineer scholarship
Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

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

  • Jun 27th, 2020 1:30am
Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial
How Orcas has helped the homeless shelter in place

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
How Orcas has helped the homeless shelter in place
An unusual but heartwarming high school graduation

An unusual but heartwarming high school graduation

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

  • Jun 16th, 2020 1:30am
An unusual but heartwarming high school graduation