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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.
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.
It was a spectacular off-island debut for Orcas Island band Blue Tarp.During…
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.
Paul Kamin expected to get better television reception with his new digital-to-analog converter box. What he didn’t expect: fewer channels.
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.
Orcas Islanders spoke, and the state Legislature listened – at least a little.
Orcas Islanders covered a lot of ground during the first town hall meeting since 2007.
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.
The San Juan Builders Association has been busy giving back to the community these past few weeks.
Kari Gardiner and Anne Marie Schultz both believe in the power of healing through movement.
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.
So far, community feedback has been mixed about the Orcas Library expansion.
Orcas Elementary receives 11 new pianos
A suspenseful thriller is coming to Orcas – one that will leave audience members gripping the edge of their seats.
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.
Orcas Island may soon be known as the home of big losers.
Six rescued dogs from the puppy mills in Skagit and Snohomish counties have just arrived on Orcas.
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.
Stop in the name of chocolate.
“When Dorothy gets an idea, she says ‘Betty, we have to do this.’”
If you see people around town with the name “Jordan” etched into the back of their heads, it’s for a good cause.
It’s not official, but voters may be presented with an Orcas School District bond on the Feb. 2010 ballot.
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.
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.
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.
Orcas Center and the Funhouse are presenting a night of hip hop music for all ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite a cut in funding from the county, the Orcas Senior Center is looking towards a bright 2009.
They are known in the local boating community for their restoration of vintage Chris Craft yachts.
The mission of Kaleidoscope is to support the working families of Orcas.
He’s just over a week old and already he’s making headlines.
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.
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.
Moran State Park’s Environmental Learning Center may close
It’s a tough time to be in the ferry business.
The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival believes strongly in the power of music to change lives, especially for the youngest members of our community.