Laura Kussman

Laura posted 26 stories to Islands' Sounder.
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                                 On the porch: Board members Selby Lighthill, Gay Peresky, Colleen Stewart, Debbie Durand, Oshen Schiweck. Not present: Bizzy Riley and Frank Martin. Bottom: Joe Symons, Natalie Menacho, Cal Rogers, Chelsea Thorpe, Ritambhara Tyson, Shawna Hanan, Lorna Rhodes, Learner Limbach, Grace Chung, Dan Gottlieb.

Friends of the Olga Store make an offer

After a month of pledge-gathering, Friends of the Olga Store Building put…

  • Dec 10th, 2019 1:30am
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                                 On the porch: Board members Selby Lighthill, Gay Peresky, Colleen Stewart, Debbie Durand, Oshen Schiweck. Not present: Bizzy Riley and Frank Martin. Bottom: Joe Symons, Natalie Menacho, Cal Rogers, Chelsea Thorpe, Ritambhara Tyson, Shawna Hanan, Lorna Rhodes, Learner Limbach, Grace Chung, Dan Gottlieb.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis

Islanders talk about Growlers

Growing local and regional concern regarding the recent increase of loud EA-18G…

  • Nov 27th, 2019 3:21pm
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Clifford L. H. Davis
Student-led structure means using sticks to showcase the number of activities left in the day before it’s time to go home

Kaleidoscope becomes first in the country to license outdoor preschool

Amber Paulsen, Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center’s director, perches on a…

  • Nov 14th, 2019 1:45pm
Student-led structure means using sticks to showcase the number of activities left in the day before it’s time to go home

Coalition for Orcas Youth presents about opioid abuse

It all begins with just one step. One act of courage. One…

  • Nov 9th, 2019 1:30am
Contributed Photo | Rosedanie Cadet and children at an orphanage in Mirebalais, Haiti make upside-down pineapple cake.

Helping Hands Noramise and Orcas Farm to Classroom partner up

If community involvement is a learned action, Rosedanie Cadet is a careful…

  • Oct 30th, 2019 11:53am
Contributed Photo | Rosedanie Cadet and children at an orphanage in Mirebalais, Haiti make upside-down pineapple cake.

Orcas man charged with attempting to bury a vehicle

Ryan Padgett, 25, of Orcas Island has been charged in San Juan…

  • Oct 28th, 2019 12:37pm

PCBs found in Mountain Lake are ubiquitous

The kokanee salmon stocked in Mountain Lake more than 30 years ago…

  • Oct 16th, 2019 1:57pm

Rocky Horror Show is an immersive experience

Four years after the launch of the modern gay rights movement, Richard…

  • Oct 15th, 2019 11:31am

Second community conversation on vacation rentals

The community conversation surrounding vacation rentals continues. The second meeting, held by…

  • Oct 3rd, 2019 10:07am
Contributed photo. Looking down Prune Alley from North Beach Road in approximately 1914.

Prune Alley improvements slated for Sept 2020

The decades-long proposal for a Prune Alley improvement project is officially nearing…

  • Sep 30th, 2019 1:25pm
Contributed photo. Looking down Prune Alley from North Beach Road in approximately 1914.
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                                Orcas Food Co-Op Floorplan

What’s happening with The Olga Store Building?

Friends of the Olga Store Building, now a state registered nonprofit corporation…

  • Sep 18th, 2019 11:21am
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                                Orcas Food Co-Op Floorplan
Re-opening of Liberty Island 12/20/01

Remembering 9/11

Forgetting is a comfort Ron Parker cannot and will not bear. Parker…

  • Sep 11th, 2019 1:30am
Re-opening of Liberty Island 12/20/01
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                                Floating Ukulele Jam group last December on the final sail of the fall season.

Inter-island Floating Ukulele Jam

For the past year during the spring, summer and fall sailing schedules,…

  • Sep 8th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Floating Ukulele Jam group last December on the final sail of the fall season.
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                                Councilman Rick Hughes (black jacket) and Rep. Rick Larsen (gray jacket) discuss Prune Alley.

Larsen tours Eastsound projects

Congressman Rick Larsen (WA-02) visited Eastsound on Aug. 23 to learn how…

  • Sep 3rd, 2019 1:30am
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                                Councilman Rick Hughes (black jacket) and Rep. Rick Larsen (gray jacket) discuss Prune Alley.
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                                Dave Dunaway in the SAFE San Juans Eastsound office.

SAFE San Juans hires new executive director

Dave Dunaway cares about his team. After accepting the position as the…

  • Aug 26th, 2019 1:30am
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                                Dave Dunaway in the SAFE San Juans Eastsound office.
Paul Pineda and his son Nick at the start of the border wall on the Pacific coast

Locals share anecdotes from experiences at US-Mexico border

Orcas Island community members held an informational talk on personal experiences at…

  • Aug 22nd, 2019 1:30am
Paul Pineda and his son Nick at the start of the border wall on the Pacific coast

Jazz Festival celebrates fifth year

Martin Lund’s fifth annual Orcas Island Jazz Festival will light up Orcas…

  • Aug 19th, 2019 11:49am

The realities of paddleboarding | Reporter’s notebook

In the last 10 years, the sport of stand-up paddleboarding has exploded,…

  • Aug 15th, 2019 1:30am
The Changing Times publisher and designer Corbin LaMont with Issue 13: Orcas Island, Washington

Newspaper publisher designs an issue about Orcas Island, hosts release parties this week

For Corbin LaMont, place is a muse. Founder, co-editor, designer and publisher…

  • Aug 11th, 2019 1:30am
The Changing Times publisher and designer Corbin LaMont with Issue 13: Orcas Island, Washington

First community conversation on vacation rentals

Hundreds of citizens joined together to discuss vacation rentals and how they…

  • Jul 24th, 2019 1:30am

Local speakers inspire action at local vigil protest of ICE detainment camps

Advocates and concerned citizens around the country protested the treatment of immigrants…

  • Jul 22nd, 2019 1:24pm
Ethereal Celine Dion posing alongside Anthony Howe’s hypnotic ‘Omniverse’ sculpture on the runway of Iris van Herpen’s Couture show. Styled by Pepe Muñoz.

Orcas artist Anthony Howe debuts at Paris Fashion Week

Sixty-four years, minus three months. It took the acclaimed kinetic sculptor and…

  • Jul 17th, 2019 1:30am
Ethereal Celine Dion posing alongside Anthony Howe’s hypnotic ‘Omniverse’ sculpture on the runway of Iris van Herpen’s Couture show. Styled by Pepe Muñoz.

Local high school senior finds global community in fight for a zero emissions future

Sol Mehl Zobrist is unable to deny the fact that children born…

  • Jun 18th, 2019 5:00pm

Pride comes to Orcas Island

Calling all Orcas Island allies. Time to dust off those pride flags…

  • Jun 15th, 2019 9:46pm

WSF might close Olympic-class sundecks on all routes this summer

Washington State Ferries, under direction from the Washington state Legislature, is working…

  • Jun 11th, 2019 1:20pm

Give Orcas 2019 wraps up campaign | $237k awarded to local organizations

The Orcas Island Community Foundation distributed $237,000 to 25 local programs that…

  • May 24th, 2019 1:30am