Colleen Smith

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County council approves first biennium budget

County council approves first biennium budget

As the year comes to a close, San Juan County has completed…

  • Dec 16th, 2019 1:30am
County council approves first biennium budget
Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

Anthony Michael Kean, 32, of Eastsound has been charged in San Juan…

  • Dec 13th, 2019 1:30am
Orcas Island man charged with meth possession
Donors sought to underwrite production of ‘Chicago’

Donors sought to underwrite production of ‘Chicago’

Orcas Center is seeking donors to help fund its first major production…

  • Dec 9th, 2019 1:40pm
Donors sought to underwrite production of ‘Chicago’
<em>Contributed photo</em>                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>

Orcas woman competes on upcoming season of ‘Project Runway’

Orcas Islander Melanie Trygg is making her television debut when the 18th…

  • Dec 2nd, 2019 10:25am
<em>Contributed photo</em>                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>
The ethics behind crime reporting | Editorial

The ethics behind crime reporting | Editorial

Unequivocally, the most difficult part of our job as journalists is writing…

  • Nov 30th, 2019 1:30am
The ethics behind crime reporting | Editorial
<em>Colleen Smith/staff photo</em>                                Left to right: Miette Vaughn, Johnny Holley, Elizabeth Ockerman, Eve Eon, Vivian Casaday and Yssa Rodriguez.

Orcas PTSA offers weekly rollerskating nights for all ages

On Saturday nights, the public school gym comes alive with disco lights…

  • Nov 29th, 2019 1:30am
<em>Colleen Smith/staff photo</em>                                Left to right: Miette Vaughn, Johnny Holley, Elizabeth Ockerman, Eve Eon, Vivian Casaday and Yssa Rodriguez.
San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

San Juan County Council has elected to join a statewide lawsuit against…

  • Nov 28th, 2019 1:30am
San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976
Haley Cruz Winchell and Griselda Cruz Gonzalez.

Orkila in third year of English/Spanish language classes

Learning a new language on Orcas Island is all about building connections,…

  • Nov 21st, 2019 1:30am
Haley Cruz Winchell and Griselda Cruz Gonzalez.
An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

Thanksgiving is a week away, and with that comes the launch of…

  • Nov 20th, 2019 1:30am
An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial
I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial

I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial

Our hearts sank when the election results filtered in on Nov. 5.…

  • Nov 14th, 2019 1:30am
I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial

DOT to remove tree in Moran State Park using explosives

Staff from the Washington State Department of Transportation are coming to Moran…

  • Oct 29th, 2019 11:55am
Orcas High School celebrates homecoming

Orcas High School celebrates homecoming

Orcas Island High School celebrated homecoming last week with sporting events, a…

  • Oct 25th, 2019 6:25pm
Orcas High School celebrates homecoming
Christian Hogle trial moved to February 2020

Christian Hogle trial moved to February 2020

The trial of an Orcas man accused of possessing and distributing child…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019 12:20pm
Christian Hogle trial moved to February 2020
Lodging tax grants to fund island projects

Lodging tax grants to fund island projects

Thanks to tourism dollars, San Juan County projects are receiving a financial…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019 1:30am
Lodging tax grants to fund island projects
Denise Thomasin photo                                At left: Grace McCune.

An interview with Grace McCune | Women in Business profile

Pianist and vocalist Grace McCune was raised in a family of musicians…

  • Oct 18th, 2019 1:30am
Denise Thomasin photo                                At left: Grace McCune.
Charlotte’s Closet offers a free shopping experience to those in need

Charlotte’s Closet offers a free shopping experience to those in need

In the back of Orcas Christian School’s brick building is an inviting,…

  • Oct 16th, 2019 1:30am
Charlotte’s Closet offers a free shopping experience to those in need
Colleen Smith/staff photo                                David Affolter, new executive director of YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife Tobin and daughter Dalton.

New director at the helm of Camp Orkila

The San Juan Islands have been in David Affolter’s heart since he…

  • Oct 8th, 2019 1:30am
Colleen Smith/staff photo                                David Affolter, new executive director of YMCA Camp Orkila with his wife Tobin and daughter Dalton.
Stuart Piff faces four charges in district court and two charges in superior court

Stuart Piff faces four charges in district court and two charges in superior court

San Juan County District Court has filed four charges against Stuart Gray…

  • Oct 7th, 2019 12:26pm
Stuart Piff faces four charges in district court and two charges in superior court
Hughes says county has been ahead of the pack in environmental policy

Hughes says county has been ahead of the pack in environmental policy

Councilmember Rick Hughes says San Juan County has long been at the…

  • Oct 4th, 2019 1:30am
Hughes says county has been ahead of the pack in environmental policy
Are you being abused? | Editorial

Are you being abused? | Editorial

Our local domestic violence and sexual assault agency has seen a surge…

  • Oct 3rd, 2019 1:30am
Are you being abused? | Editorial
Orcas Island Film Fest: a five-day cinematic experience

Orcas Island Film Fest: a five-day cinematic experience

Now in its sixth year, the Orcas Island Film Festival continues to…

  • Sep 26th, 2019 1:30am
Orcas Island Film Fest: a five-day cinematic experience
Viking sports update | September 2019

Viking sports update | September 2019

Girls’ soccer The Lady Vikings played La Conner on Sept. 17, losing…

  • Sep 25th, 2019 1:30am
Viking sports update | September 2019
Be a part of the magic happening at Orcas Center

Be a part of the magic happening at Orcas Center

In need of a little artistic expression? Then Orcas Center is your…

  • Sep 13th, 2019 1:30am
Be a part of the magic happening at Orcas Center
Councilman Hughes talks ferries

Councilman Hughes talks ferries

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story listed the wrong initiative…

  • Sep 10th, 2019 10:39am
Councilman Hughes talks ferries
Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial

Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial

Our communities have breathed a collective sigh of relief now that the…

  • Sep 10th, 2019 1:30am
Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial
Four island actors star in ‘The Lost Virginity Tour’

Four island actors star in ‘The Lost Virginity Tour’

During opening weekend of Orcas Center’s next production, playwright Cricket Daniel will…

  • Sep 4th, 2019 1:30am
Four island actors star in ‘The Lost Virginity Tour’
Road project news from Councilman Hughes

Road project news from Councilman Hughes

San Juan County Councilman Rick Hughes cannot say enough about the efforts…

  • Aug 30th, 2019 3:10pm
Road project news from Councilman Hughes
Why turtles should not be carnival prizes | Editorial

Why turtles should not be carnival prizes | Editorial

We received a flurry of complaints from islanders after a carnival game…

  • Aug 28th, 2019 1:30am
Why turtles should not be carnival prizes | Editorial
Orcas Road renovation is complete

Orcas Road renovation is complete

Drivers and pedestrians on Orcas Road can now enjoy safety improvements thanks…

  • Aug 25th, 2019 1:30am
Orcas Road renovation is complete
Arrest warrant issued for Orcas man

Arrest warrant issued for Orcas man

A $5,000 warrant for the arrest of Michael Louis Bolster, 37, of…

  • Aug 24th, 2019 1:30am
Arrest warrant issued for Orcas man
Two Orcas teens arrested for alcohol possession

Two Orcas teens arrested for alcohol possession

Two intoxicated juveniles heading home from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island were…

  • Aug 16th, 2019 4:01pm
Two Orcas teens arrested for alcohol possession
Dogs find homes after story in Islands’ Sounder | One still available

Dogs find homes after story in Islands’ Sounder | One still available

Two animals highlighted in the July 31 Sounder story “Dogs rescued from…

  • Aug 16th, 2019 1:30am
Dogs find homes after story in Islands’ Sounder | One still available
Orcas Fire and Rescue handles increased call volume during summer season

Orcas Fire and Rescue handles increased call volume during summer season

In a 48-hour shift last week at Orcas Fire and Rescue, responders…

  • Aug 13th, 2019 1:30am
Orcas Fire and Rescue handles increased call volume during summer season
Body of drowning victim Cresundo Whitaker recovered from Mountain Lake | Update

Body of drowning victim Cresundo Whitaker recovered from Mountain Lake | Update

The body of a 34-year-old Atlanta, Georgia, man was recovered by Whatcom…

  • Aug 9th, 2019 12:20pm
Body of drowning victim Cresundo Whitaker recovered from Mountain Lake | Update
Lovelett wins senate seat; other primary results

Lovelett wins senate seat; other primary results

San Juan County voters were in line with the rest of the…

  • Aug 7th, 2019 11:16am
Lovelett wins senate seat; other primary results
San Juan County Fair: Cultivating a love of community | Editorial

San Juan County Fair: Cultivating a love of community | Editorial

It’s time to get a little dust on your boots, hay in…

  • Aug 7th, 2019 1:30am
San Juan County Fair: Cultivating a love of community | Editorial
Friday Harbor man accused of assaulting a deputy

Friday Harbor man accused of assaulting a deputy

Mark Andrew MacDonald, 55, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

  • Aug 5th, 2019 10:04am
Friday Harbor man accused of assaulting a deputy
Pespi (top) and Jacky (lower right).

Dogs rescued from Asia in need of forever homes

For Tracy Harachi, a desire to help elephants in Asia led to…

  • Jul 31st, 2019 1:30am
Pespi (top) and Jacky (lower right).
Council denies petition to put Decatur fire district on ballot

Council denies petition to put Decatur fire district on ballot

After two hours of testimony, the San Juan County Council voted unanimously…

  • Jul 29th, 2019 11:03am
Council denies petition to put Decatur fire district on ballot
Melendez-Lopez charged with burglary and assault

Melendez-Lopez charged with burglary and assault

Humberto Melendez-Lopez, 41, of San Juan Island, has been charged with residential…

  • Jul 28th, 2019 1:30am
Melendez-Lopez charged with burglary and assault