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The Lopez girls shot down Tulalip 52-45 last night, taking first place in their league. They will advance to the first round of Tri Districts this Saturday against Sea-Tac league's #3 team at La Conner High School. The boys also beat Tulalip (60-51) last night, sealing second place in their league. They will advance to Tri Districts this Saturday against Neah Bay at Crescent HS.
A 2009 county Housing Needs Assessment estimates that by 2025, over 3,000 workers will be commuting daily to the islands – even if a minimum of 1,095 affordable housing units are built.
Fans packed the stands at the last home game for the season as Orcas took down Concrete with scrappy and determined play.
The Lady Vikings are on a roll. After cracking Concrete (40-33) last week they continued on to defeat the LaConner Braves Feb. 3 in an overtime win, 48-43. “Those girls went out and battled really hard,” said head coach Mike Lawson. “This week we were hitting our shots early; our confidence grew and we played better defense on the other end.”
The Viking boys team played the #1 and #2-ranked teams in their league last week. Shoreline Christian won 73-35, and La Conner won 70-33. “We improved against La Conner,” said coach Gregg Bronn. “Last time we only scored 19 points against them. Both teams are just tough, really good quality teams.”
Four Orcas Islanders hand-built traditional skin-on-frame, mid-20th century Greenland kayaks last week, christening them with a launch at Crescent Beach. They sawed, chiseled, carved, lashed, stitched, ground bones and did leatherwork.
Ireland’s isle of Iona boasts the “Book of Kells,” an intricately illuminated manuscript of the Vulgate gospels created by first century Celtic monks. Orcas Island has eNotated Classics, created by a trio of island presidents.
The county has taken enforcement action against an Eastsound business it says added uses in violation of the zoning code, and alleges that construction on the site disregards required wetland setbacks, screening and parking requirements.
High school basketball players will be shooting for dollars Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the annual “Hoop Shoot” fundraiser event. The girls' team will be aiming to score some new uniforms.
In the midst of torrential downpours Jan. 24 a red pickup truck driven by an unidentified woman went off the road near the Channel Road bridge, rolling down the rocky embankment before landing right-side up on the mud flat.
Orcas Islanders took the stage Saturday night to sing, dance and play their hearts out for an enthusiastic audience of friends, family and neighbors.
The Orcas Vikings took down the Darrington Loggers 57-52 on Jan 21. The boys burst out in huge grins, said coach Gregg Sasan. “It was about time to see them smile,” he said.
Eleven talented kids showed themselves braver than most adults in the audience by sharing their joie de vivre onstage at Orcas Has Talent Junior on Saturday afternoon.
Orcas Has Talent, a fresh new incarnation of the wildly popular annual Orcas Idol show, will be running its audition show on Jan. 22. This year the show is open to talent of all kinds, not just musicians; organizers are throwing wide the doors to welcome jugglers, gymnasts, dancers – and whoever else might rumba on in for auditions.
The New York Times ranked the San Juan Islands second in "The 41 Places to Go in 2011," a travel article posted Jan. 7.
Both Viking teams fell to the Braves at the Tuesday, Jan. 11 home games.
This isn't your grandfather's long-bladed prairie windmill. Almost whisper-quiet, the six-foot diameter Energy Ball V200 wind turbine looks like something out of the Howe art gallery: a gleaming silver orb of glass fiber polyester, composed of six blades fused at both ends. John Phillips recently applied for a permit to install an Energy Ball, anticipated to supply 9,000 kilowatt-hours of power annually to his Olga home, but the request was denied – based on a 25-foot height building restriction written into the 2006 Olga Hamlet Plan.
The Viking boys basketball team is transitioning out of a hard-hitting football season, the players developing court finesse as they ease into the more hands-off game of hoops. And they’re bringing everything they’ve got.
Orcas Center is ready to take audiences for a whirl around the world in 2011, filling the center stage with culture and music from Mexico, Canada, Africa, Cuba, Scotland and Hawaii. There will be some good dashes of Orcas Island talent, too.
There was merriment for all on Orcas Island this Christmas as islanders and Anacortesians snapped their fingers at economic woes and dug deep into their pockets to share – especially with the children.
Ferry fares to increase on Jan. 1: Attorney General rules that the increase is valid, despite initiative 1053
Ferry fares will rise 2.5 percent on Jan. 1 after all, says Washington State Ferries. Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office has stated that the fare increase is valid because it was enacted before initiative 1053, which requires all fare increases to be approved by the legislature.
Orcas Island High School has been honored as one of the nation's…
Greg White is orchestrating a twice-a-week lunch hour knitting group for 4th to 6th graders in a quiet corner of the school library, assisted by Poppies Fabric owner Cheryl Jackson, who has been instrumental in gathering donations from generous islanders. White and Jackson hand out supplies, get the kids started, and are there to help if they get stuck or have questions.
A VW bus completely engulfed in flames stopped traffic on Crow Valley Road this morning around 10 a.m., just south of the intersection with Nordstrom Lane. Orcas Fire and Rescue members were on the scene hosing down the blaze while the vehicle's owner stood by watching with his dog. The fire began slowly at the rear of the vehicle, and no one was injured. The firemen said a magnesium fire underneath the bus was flaming green.
Zack White and Annalies Schuh win first place. The Orcas Island High School sailors’ win represents first out-of-district win for any team in the Northwest District.
The Orcas Island Yacht Club honored Betsy Wareham and Burke Thomas as “2010 Visionaries” at its annual winter gala, the Commodore's Ball. Wareham serves as the club's official handicapper; Thomas as the middle and high school level junior sailing captain.
Hollywood actor Zack Silva made his debut at age 11 on the Orcas Center stage, in a play called Godspell. “I played a little guardsman. I did my karate up on stage,” said Silva, who grew up on the island, the son of Chuck and Ronni Silva. “Godspell had an incredible run,” said Silva.
Deer Harbor's Cayou Lagoon is slowly silting up, choking under a thick layer of mud. Bob and Meg Connor, who own a 140-acre estate bordering the lagoon, remember playing “Pooh sticks” with their children off the Channel Road bridge in the 1970's, dropping bits of wood off the upstream side. “We saw millions of fish going into the lagoon,” said Bob. “There used to be oysters, crabs.” Now, he says, people are incredulous at these stories; there are few signs of life in the murky depths.
During the last weeks they ran practices in the pitch dark, the field lit by the glare of a fire truck spotlight. When the snow got too deep, they move
Local nurse, doula and student midwife Laurie Gallo is offering Birthworks!, a monthly meeting for pregnant moms and moms of newborns to connect and learn. Birthworks! offers a place and a time for parents and other interested folk to meet, learn from an expert, and share heart-to-heart about all the issues surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and infancy.
For the twelfth dinner of Christmas, Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant gave to…
Years back, when Susan Weber called her three Dalmatians into the house, it was gentle Lady who fetched deaf and oblivious Dally-Mae using a nudge of her nose.
He’s dapper and charmingly British in a tall black top hat, twirling a silver-tipped antique cane. You might remember him as the mastermind behind “Oliver Twist,” “David Copperfield” or “A Christmas Carol.” Next week Mr. Dickens will step right out of 19th century London and into the intimate setting of Orcas Center’s Madrona Room – Gerald Dickens, that is, great-great-grandson of the famed author Charles. “It’s fun! It’s entertaining. Dickens doesn’t have to be dry,” Gerald told the Sounder. “He loved theatricals, he loved entertaining.
Orcas Center’s Executive/Artistic Director Barbara Courtney set the stage for her exit last week with a formal resignation, and Orcas Center board members are working hard to find capable new hands to direct the organization.
The massive lioness gazed over the mouth of Doe Bay for four decades, sunk back on her mighty haunches, watching over her domain from the bluff. She stood fast through wind-blown salt spray and drizzling rain, her wooden flanks slowly fading to grey, and never left her post.
Fire Department stages live fire exercise in Deer Harbor.
Colton Harris-Moore has pleaded not guilty to five criminal charges levied by…
Actor Gerald Dickens riveted a roomful of diners with a flawless performance of “Mr. Dickens is Coming!”, his one-man show portraying Charles Dickens' life and work through quirky appearances by various personalities from Dickens' life and works.
The SeaDoc society thinks it's time for orcas to move over and share the spotlight. SeaDoc has hired marine science PhD student Erin Ashe to analyze thousands of dolphin photographs from Washington and British Columbia, identify the dolphins and determine the size and nature of the population.