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State still deliberating on WSF funding

WSF is facing a $4.5 billion shortfall in the next 22 years. There is simply not enough money in the capital fund to pay for new boats, upgraded terminals, and the demand of increased ridership.

  • Mar 9th, 2009 10:48pm
Over July 4th weekend in 2002

Island ‘spillbusters’ to the rescue

When a 47-foot boat caught fire in Westsound on Feb. 20, spilling 50 gallons into the harbor, Islands’ Oil Spill Association responders were on the scene to contain the damage.

  • Mar 10th, 2009 12:07am
Over July 4th weekend in 2002

Blue Tarp wins Battle of the Bands in Seattle

It was a spectacular off-island debut for Orcas Island band Blue Tarp.During…

  • Mar 6th, 2009 7:22pm
Lupita Alcaraz working on a sewing project at Orcas Montessori.

15th Annual St. Patrick’s Auction to benefit Orcas Montessori

Walking into Orcas Montessori Preschool, visitors are met with the kind of energy that only active children can produce. Each child in the classroom is busy working on a specific task, either in a group or individually – counting, sewing, learning letters, watering plants, or cleaning up a project that got a little messy.

  • Mar 4th, 2009 1:09am
Lupita Alcaraz working on a sewing project at Orcas Montessori.
Paul Kamin

Orcas residents find DTV switch isn’t so smooth

Paul Kamin expected to get better television reception with his new digital-to-analog converter box. What he didn’t expect: fewer channels.

  • Mar 3rd, 2009 7:13pm
Paul Kamin

Orcas School Board holds long but productive session

Rerouting bus runs, moving forward with bond feasibility studies, and preparing for the 2009-10 budget were among the highlights of last Thursday’s school board meeting.

  • Mar 3rd, 2009 6:54pm

Moran to be spared some cuts

Orcas Islanders spoke, and the state Legislature listened – at least a little.

  • Mar 3rd, 2009 1:29am

Islanders speak up at Town Hall meeting

Orcas Islanders covered a lot of ground during the first town hall meeting since 2007.

  • Mar 3rd, 2009 1:01am
Donna McCoy and Phil Bedder Bear are giving Orcas a little love.

One bear hug, you’ll Phil Bedder

For the last month, an Orcas woman – whose identity will remain anonymous – has donned a soft, dark brown bear suit and dispensed hugs outside of Ray’s Pharmacy.

  • Mar 3rd, 2009 12:55am
Donna McCoy and Phil Bedder Bear are giving Orcas a little love.
Teri Williams making a delivery to the food bank.

San Juan Builders help out Orcas Islanders

The San Juan Builders Association has been busy giving back to the community these past few weeks.

  • Feb 24th, 2009 11:29pm
Teri Williams making a delivery to the food bank.
Anne Marie Schultz (l) and Kari Gardiner in their Pilates studio.

Orcas Movement Studio helps strengthen from the inside out

Kari Gardiner and Anne Marie Schultz both believe in the power of healing through movement.

  • Feb 24th, 2009 11:29pm
Anne Marie Schultz (l) and Kari Gardiner in their Pilates studio.
Concerned citizens stood on the Capitol's steps with banners and signs asserting the importance of our ferries.

WSF long-range plan closer to being finalized

More than 200 citizens rallied in Olympia on Wednesday, Feb. 18 to speak out about the proposed options for future ferry service and present a petition with 8,000 signatures.

  • Feb 19th, 2009 10:25pm
Concerned citizens stood on the Capitol's steps with banners and signs asserting the importance of our ferries.
Library patrons making use of the computer lab.

Orcas Library seeking public input on possible expansion

So far, community feedback has been mixed about the Orcas Library expansion.

  • Feb 19th, 2009 9:49pm
Library patrons making use of the computer lab.
From left to right

Stroking the ivory keys

Orcas Elementary receives 11 new pianos

  • Feb 12th, 2009 6:57pm
From left to right
Melinda Milligan as Suzy and Ron Herman as Sam

Everything is more scary when the lights are out…

A suspenseful thriller is coming to Orcas – one that will leave audience members gripping the edge of their seats.

  • Feb 10th, 2009 4:13pm
Melinda Milligan as Suzy and Ron Herman as Sam
From left to right

For the birds

For the third year, Mark Padbury’s wood shop class at Orcas High School has built birdhouses for the San Juan Preservation Trust’s Western Bluebird Reintroduction project.

  • Feb 10th, 2009 4:05pm
From left to right
Jeffri Coleman (l) and Michael Rivkin (r) after their weight loss.

Orcas gets fit

Orcas Island may soon be known as the home of big losers.

  • Feb 10th, 2009 4:04pm
Jeffri Coleman (l) and Michael Rivkin (r) after their weight loss.
Marsha Waunch with two of the rescued dogs at the Orcas Shelter.

Orcas Shelter receives six rescued puppy mill dogs

Six rescued dogs from the puppy mills in Skagit and Snohomish counties have just arrived on Orcas.

  • Feb 6th, 2009 3:32pm
Marsha Waunch with two of the rescued dogs at the Orcas Shelter.
The contestants of Orcas Idol 2009.

Orcas Idol Saturday Night!

In just a few days, the contestants of Orcas Idol will grace the stage of Orcas Center, performing to a full house of eagerly awaiting friends, family, and fans.

  • Feb 5th, 2009 4:02pm
The contestants of Orcas Idol 2009.

All things Chocolate at annual DVSAS Valentine Dinner

Stop in the name of chocolate.

  • Feb 3rd, 2009 1:28am
L-R: Dorothy Arbuckle and Betty Marcum with their beautiful creation for Jordan Griffin.

Two Orcas women put their sewing talent to good use

“When Dorothy gets an idea, she says ‘Betty, we have to do this.’”

  • Feb 3rd, 2009 1:22am
L-R: Dorothy Arbuckle and Betty Marcum with their beautiful creation for Jordan Griffin.
Melissa Lowry etching “Jordan” into Chris Hamilton’s hair.

Jordan Griffin continues to receive community support

If you see people around town with the name “Jordan” etched into the back of their heads, it’s for a good cause.

  • Jan 27th, 2009 5:37pm
Melissa Lowry etching “Jordan” into Chris Hamilton’s hair.
Kindergarten teacher Mandy Randolph showing off one of the elementary school's new computers.

School board considers bond for new buildings

It’s not official, but voters may be presented with an Orcas School District bond on the Feb. 2010 ballot.

  • Jan 27th, 2009 5:35pm
Kindergarten teacher Mandy Randolph showing off one of the elementary school's new computers.
The group of volunteers helping to clean up the Orcas School grounds.

Volunteers enrich Orcas on National Community Service Day

On the day that our country celebrated the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., Americans were also asked to volunteer time in their communities as part of National Community Service Day.

  • Jan 27th, 2009 2:46am
The group of volunteers helping to clean up the Orcas School grounds.
The group of volunteers helping clean up the grounds of Orcas School.

Volunteers enrich Orcas on National Community Service Day

On the day that our country celebrates the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., Americans are also asked to volunteer time in their communities as part of National Community Service Day.

  • Jan 21st, 2009 10:36pm
The group of volunteers helping clean up the grounds of Orcas School.

Orcas students watch Obama inauguration

Tuesday, Dec. 20 was an emotional and uplifting day for many Americans. And the students of Orcas School and Orcas Christian School witnessed history on their TV screens, as the first African American president took the oath of office.

  • Jan 21st, 2009 5:07pm
All Ages  Concert  features hiphop and dance music

All Ages Concert features hiphop and dance music

Orcas Center and the Funhouse are presenting a night of hip hop music for all ages.

  • Jan 20th, 2009 4:16am
All Ages  Concert  features hiphop and dance music
Anne Garfield and Bill Patterson hard at work in the kitchen.

Sazio supper club offering dinners every other Sunday

Close friends Bill Patterson and Anne Marie Schultz have joined forces to present a winter supper club, which has been offering five-course dinners at Oddfellows since November.

  • Jan 20th, 2009 4:13am
Anne Garfield and Bill Patterson hard at work in the kitchen.

Public shoots down Plan B during WSF meeting

With a first-rate view of the San Juans passing by the ferry windows, around 75 islanders gathered aboard the inter-island boat on Jan. 15 to give public testimony regarding the two proposed options for future ferry service. San Juan and Lopez were well represented, while fewer came from Orcas and Shaw than was anticipated.

  • Jan 20th, 2009 4:11am
Jacob William Wright

First baby of 2009: Jacob William Wright of Orcas Island

Jacob William Wright was born to Amanda Murray Wright and Buddy Wright of Orcas Island on Jan. 5, 2009 in Island Hospital in Anacortes -- the first baby born to San Juan County parents in 2009.

  • Jan 14th, 2009 8:38pm
Jacob William Wright
Annette Mazzarella and Suzanne Gropper in “Homecoming” by Ron Herman performed during last year’s Play Fest.

10-Minute Play Fest gives Orcas playwrights a chance to show their work

Now in its fourth year, the 10-Minute Play Fest, produced by the Actors Theater of Orcas Island, is an opportunity for first-time as well as veteran playwrights, directors, and actors to see their work come to life in front of an audience.

  • Jan 13th, 2009 6:00pm
Annette Mazzarella and Suzanne Gropper in “Homecoming” by Ron Herman performed during last year’s Play Fest.

Orcas Senior Center still going strong

Despite a cut in funding from the county, the Orcas Senior Center is looking towards a bright 2009.

  • Jan 13th, 2009 8:07am
L-R: Wesley Heinmiller and Alan Stameisen in front of the apartments they plan to renovate.

Eastsound apartment building to receive renovation

They are known in the local boating community for their restoration of vintage Chris Craft yachts.

  • Jan 13th, 2009 8:06am
L-R: Wesley Heinmiller and Alan Stameisen in front of the apartments they plan to renovate.
Left: Michael Griffin Jr. Right: Keegan Disario

Kaleidoscope to begin expansion soon

The mission of Kaleidoscope is to support the working families of Orcas.

  • Jan 13th, 2009 8:05am
Left: Michael Griffin Jr. Right: Keegan Disario
Jacob Wright is the first San Juan County baby of 2009.

First baby of 2009: Jacob William Wright of Orcas Island

He’s just over a week old and already he’s making headlines.

  • Jan 13th, 2009 8:05am
Jacob Wright is the first San Juan County baby of 2009.

Orcas School break-in still under investigation

The Orcas Island Middle School was broken into on Friday, Dec. 26. Four computers and a laptop were stolen with an approximate value of $6,000.

  • Jan 6th, 2009 12:59am
Island businesses:  how they fared in 2008

Island businesses: how they fared in 2008

The results of a recent, albeit unscientific, survey of Orcas businesses conducted by the Sounder yielded better news than might have been expected. When asked how they fared over the holidays and the year in general, some said their numbers were drastically down, while others said business was essentially the same as the previous year. No one said sales were better, although a number of local business owners noticed significantly more island shoppers over the holidays.

  • Jan 6th, 2009 12:58am
Island businesses:  how they fared in 2008
Kids planting trees during a session of the Moran Outdoor School.

Moran State Park’s Environmental Learning Center may

Moran State Park’s Environmental Learning Center may close

  • Dec 31st, 2008 8:00am
Kids planting trees during a session of the Moran Outdoor School.

Washington State Ferries releases draft long-range plan

It’s a tough time to be in the ferry business.

  • Dec 30th, 2008 3:28am
Violinist Monique Mead working with early elementary students this past spring.

Music for our littlest ones

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival believes strongly in the power of music to change lives, especially for the youngest members of our community.

  • Dec 28th, 2008 6:42am
Violinist Monique Mead working with early elementary students this past spring.