Colleen Smith

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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
Contributed photo                                Charly Taylor and her daughter Rosie.

Orcas mom sets up diversity fund at local bookstore

A local mother is making a contribution to the Black Lives Matter…

  • Jun 16th, 2020 1:30am
Contributed photo                                Charly Taylor and her daughter Rosie.
Applaud the work of health care district | Letter

Applaud the work of health care district | Letter

I recently came across a petition urging the Orcas Island Health Care…

  • Jun 11th, 2020 1:30am
Applaud the work of health care district | Letter
Orcas Health Care District requests proposals for a consolidated clinic | UW Medicine announced it will not be applying

Orcas Health Care District requests proposals for a consolidated clinic | UW Medicine announced it will not be applying

As announced earlier this year, the Orcas Island Health Care District is…

  • Jun 10th, 2020 8:54pm
Orcas Health Care District requests proposals for a consolidated clinic | UW Medicine announced it will not be applying
Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

In a few short weeks, our world changed. It’s starting to sink…

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 1:30am
Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial
Finding your ‘furever’ home during a pandemic

Finding your ‘furever’ home during a pandemic

Nothing can stand between the love of a little girl and her…

  • May 19th, 2020 1:30am
Finding your ‘furever’ home during a pandemic
Jaxon Paulsen

Island woodworkers build prototype of hospital bed

Dimitri Stankevich, executive director at Orcas Center and an EMT and lieutenant…

  • May 5th, 2020 1:30am
Jaxon Paulsen
Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial

Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial

The only constant in life is change. It’s why humans are so…

  • Apr 15th, 2020 1:30am
Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial
Free Orcas Island Distillery Sanitizer available

Free Orcas Island Distillery Sanitizer available

A small group of islanders and local businesses have banded together to…

  • Apr 13th, 2020 1:30am
Free Orcas Island Distillery Sanitizer available
Q&A with the new animal shelter director

Q&A with the new animal shelter director

In the summer of 2019, the Orcas Animal Protection Society announced the…

  • Apr 8th, 2020 1:30am
Q&A with the new animal shelter director
Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis

Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis

Never before have so many readers thanked us for providing critical information…

  • Mar 27th, 2020 1:30am
Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

As islanders, it can be unsettling when the “outside world” comes slipping…

  • Mar 17th, 2020 1:30am
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial
San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession

San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession

Martin Soto-Guillen, 47, of San Juan Island has been charged with three…

  • Mar 13th, 2020 1:30am
San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession
Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses

Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses

Matthew Allen Cowell, 34, of Friday Harbor, was charged with multiple drug-related…

  • Mar 12th, 2020 1:30am
Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

What began as a mild apprehension has escalated into a buzz of…

  • Mar 9th, 2020 4:02pm
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria
Earth Day celebrates 50 years | Activities planned for March, April

Earth Day celebrates 50 years | Activities planned for March, April

One day just isn’t enough to celebrate Mother Earth. Orcas Island is…

  • Mar 7th, 2020 1:30am
Earth Day celebrates 50 years | Activities planned for March, April
Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Women have played a critical role in American history, and since 1981…

  • Mar 6th, 2020 1:30am
Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial
San Juan man charged with burglary and assault

San Juan man charged with burglary and assault

Omar Guillen, 19, of San Juan Island has been charged with two…

  • Mar 4th, 2020 1:30am
San Juan man charged with burglary and assault
Christian Hogle pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography

Christian Hogle pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography

Warning: The following story contains graphic details. Christian Hogle, 54, formerly of…

  • Feb 24th, 2020 4:32pm
Christian Hogle pleads guilty to possessing and distributing child pornography
February is all about pets

February is all about pets

February isn’t just a time to celebrate love for the humans in…

  • Feb 21st, 2020 1:30am
February is all about pets
Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

It’s troubling — but not surprising — to note that the San…

  • Feb 12th, 2020 1:30am
Celebrate Black History Month
An easy, meant-to-be love | The Spinogattis

An easy, meant-to-be love | The Spinogattis

It all began with a chance encounter at a tropical resort. Native…

  • Feb 7th, 2020 1:30am
An easy, meant-to-be love | The Spinogattis
Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months

Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months

A pilot program for those needing substance or mental health assistance is…

  • Jan 23rd, 2020 11:07am
Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months
Three so far in the race for county council

Three so far in the race for county council

Two Orcas residents are challenging incumbent Rick Hughes for the District 2…

  • Jan 22nd, 2020 1:30am
Three so far in the race for county council
What it means to register as a sex offender

What it means to register as a sex offender

Periodically, the sheriff’s log will feature entries regarding sex offender residence checks.…

  • Jan 15th, 2020 1:30am
What it means to register as a sex offender
Body found on Sucia Island

Body found on Sucia Island

A boater discovered human remains on the shore of Sucia Island on…

  • Jan 2nd, 2020 3:02pm
Body found on Sucia Island
Top stories of 2019 | Part II

Top stories of 2019 | Part II

At the end of the year, the Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

  • Dec 31st, 2019 1:30am
Top stories of 2019 | Part II
Young dancers share their hard work with community

Young dancers share their hard work with community

Every winter and spring, upwards of 50 dancers share their craft with…

  • Dec 26th, 2019 1:30am
Young dancers share their hard work with community
Top stories of 2019 | Part One

Top stories of 2019 | Part One

At the end of the year, the Islands’ Sounder takes a look…

  • Dec 25th, 2019 1:30am
Top stories of 2019 | Part One
Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection

Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection

Martin Soto-Guillen, 46, of San Juan Island, has been charged with two…

  • Dec 20th, 2019 1:30am
Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection