Share a glass with the animals

“Talk to the Animals” is an interactive, socially distanced outdoor art exhibit

  • Aug 31st, 2020


New Leaf turns over New Leaf on June 19

­From Sa­ra at New Leaf/Outlook Inn In the course of one season,…

  • Jun 18th, 2020


Contributed photo
                                John Cox and Julia Felder.

John Cox and Julia Felder buy Orcas Hotel

Submitted by John Cox. After years of exploring the world and embracing…

  • Mar 3rd, 2020


Victorian Valley Chapel changes ownership

Submitted by Sara and Allen Smith. The Smith family would like to…

  • Dec 17th, 2019
Contributed photo
                                Sara Maria Lucia and Jonathan Chappelle.

New restaurant in Eastsound

Voyager Sandwiches and Seafood, a new lunchtime spot on Orcas, is now…

  • Nov 4th, 2019
Contributed photo
                                Sara Maria Lucia and Jonathan Chappelle.
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…

Denise Thomasin photo
                                At left: Grace McCune.
Contributed photo
                                At left: Dr. Stacie Nordrum of Island Hearing Healthcare.

Giving the gift of hearing to island residents | Women in Business profile

by Jessica Stahl Sounder contributor Feelings of great joy, relief, anticipation and…

  • Oct 17th, 2019
Contributed photo
                                At left: Dr. Stacie Nordrum of Island Hearing Healthcare.
<strong>Contributed photo</strong>
                                <em>Wendy Thomas</em>

Feeding the soul of community | Women in Business profile

For Wendy Thomas, food and community are inextricably interwoven. “It’s as much…

  • Oct 16th, 2019
<strong>Contributed photo</strong>
                                <em>Wendy Thomas</em>

Island communities welcome new midwives | Women in Business profile

The small red building on Nichols Street that has housed a vast…

  • Oct 16th, 2019

Building a home with wine and community | Women in Business profile

Tera and Wesley Landman, new owners of Orcas Island Winery, arrived with…

  • Oct 14th, 2019

Island Thyme and Susan Mustard come to Main Street

Submitted by Island Thyme. If you have spent any time wandering around…

  • Jul 29th, 2019

Orcas Food Co-op’s ‘Join in July’ owner-drive

Join the Orcas Food Co-op in July and get a bag filled…

  • Jul 12th, 2019

Market introduces fee for bags, to be used for charities

Submitted by Orcas Island Market. At Orcas Island Market, two of the…

  • Jul 8th, 2019
Virginia Erhardt

Professional cuddler now on Orcas

Orcas Islander Virginia Erhardt, a retired clinical psychologist, is now offering professional…

  • Jun 20th, 2019
Virginia Erhardt

Orcas Family Health Center in Partnership with Northwest Radiologists to offer Xrays

Submitted by Orcas Family Health Center. More extensive X-ray imaging will be…

  • Jun 17th, 2019

Rock Island offers internet on Eastsound Green for free

Submitted by Rock Island Rock Island Communications, the only provider of fiber-optic…

  • May 14th, 2019

Mia’s changes hands; new coffee shop Witty’s opens

After 10 years of operating her own restaurant, Mia Kartiganer is handing…

Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Right: Emily Lorsung.

New stylist on Orcas Island

A new stylist has joined the Orcas salon community. Emily Lorsung, who…

Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Right: Emily Lorsung.
Regan Vaughn.

Smokestack Services changes hands

Regan Vaughn has purchased Smokestack Services, a chimney cleaning business opened by…

  • Apr 8th, 2019
Regan Vaughn.

Free Training in Construction Welding this Spring

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council The San Juan…

  • Mar 21st, 2019

Free construction training at Lopez High School

Submitted by San Juan County EDC. The San Juan County Economic Development…

  • Feb 27th, 2019
Orcas Island Cannabis Manager Cat Sena.

A matter of timing | New pot store opens in Eastsound

by Diane Craig Sounder contributor For Heinz Brand, success – like a…

  • Jan 30th, 2019
Orcas Island Cannabis Manager Cat Sena.

Rock Island accelerates fiber to town of Friday Harbor

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative. OPALCO’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Rock Island…

  • Jan 20th, 2019

New storage buildings in Eastsound

Hope Lane Storage is a new, self-storage facility located at 83 Hope…

  • Nov 8th, 2018

Peggy and George Beebe are new owners of Pawkis

George and Peggy Beebe have been dedicated members of the Orcas community…

Christina Orchid’s pop-up crab shack, Oct. 4–7

If you ever had a-hankerin’ for a squid po’ boy, Christina Orchid…

Preserving an island legacy | ‘Con’s Pit Stop’ to open in July

The Village Stop closed its doors at the end of May, and…

San Juan Islands’ first escape room opens in Eastsound

Founded by locals, Elusion: Orcas Island Escape Room celebrates its grand opening…

  • Jun 18th, 2018

Salish Sea Tour Co’s new tours

Salish Sea Tour Co. is about to launch a new “experience-driven” tour…

  • Apr 18th, 2018

Long-time islander running successful firewood business

Axe and Wedge is an island company that provides custom processed firewood…

  • Mar 31st, 2018

UW Medicine Orcas Island Clinic: We’re Here for You!

We’ve received many wonderful comments from our patient surveys, as well as…

  • Mar 29th, 2018

New barbershop opens in Eastsound

Sommer McKenzie has opened the doors to her new barbershop, The Barberess.…

  • Mar 19th, 2018

New owners for Rainshadow Solar and Energy Solutions, Inc.

The following was submitted by Rainshadow Solar. The oldest solar installer in…

  • Mar 1st, 2018

Wolf Technical Solutions opens

Wolf Technical Solutions is a new, Orcas-based business concentrated on enhancing local…

  • Dec 21st, 2017

Shinola Jewelry to close first of the year

For nearly 40 years, Shinola Jewelry has been the premier spot to…

Material Wit opens in Eastsound

Jeweler Jessie Morrow has opened a showroom for her jewelry line and…

Teezers closes its doors in December

by Heather Wallace After 30 years serving the Orcas Island community, Teezers…

  • Nov 29th, 2017

Construction basics course on Orcas this winter

Trades education is coming to Orcas Island. After a successful marine tech…

Orcas veterinarian offers mobile services to San Juan Island

The services complement care by primary veterinarians, including acupuncture, therapeutic laser, and pulsed electromagnetic field treatments.

  • Oct 26th, 2017

New cider source on Orcas

Libby Garcia opened Boathouse Cider Works to keep herself busy so that…