Colleen Smith

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Lake Stevens man arrested in Eastsound after fleeing officer

A deputy on Orcas Island apprehended a suspect in Eastsound after a…

  • Jan 17th, 2022 11:28am
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Crime

Pedestrian injury determined not a hit-and-run

Orcas Island deputies responded to a report of a vehicle hitting a…

  • Jan 13th, 2022 11:45am
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Editorial

Coming together during the dark, cold days of winter | Editorial

We had just caught our breath from the aftermath of severe flooding…

  • Jan 12th, 2022 1:30am
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Home on Cascade Way burns to the ground

A home in the Rosario area is a complete loss after a…

  • Jan 9th, 2022 7:31pm
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Luka Palisaede.

Orcas resident in ICU after head-on collision | GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $70k

After Luka Palisaede suffered severe injuries in a head-on collision, the Orcas…

  • Jan 9th, 2022 10:48am
Luka Palisaede.
This week's editorial

Positive stories from 2021 | Editorial

It was a year of tumult with COVID-19 still surging, racial inequality…

  • Jan 2nd, 2022 1:30am
This week's editorial
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Let the sun shine in | Editorial

As I sit here reflecting on 2021, with news alerts about Omicron…

  • Dec 29th, 2021 1:30am
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Crime

Olga fire not arson; Orcas burglaries being investigated

The weeks leading up to Christmas have been action-packed for local law…

  • Dec 15th, 2021 12:01pm
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Community Emergency Response Fund provides relief from flood damage

Submitted by the Orcas Island Community Foundation. The Orcas Island Community Foundation…

  • Dec 6th, 2021 7:43pm
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The new bathroom and shower in the Village Green.

San Juan County opens Orcas Island’s first year-round public shower

Eastsound has officially expanded its list of public amenities to include a…

  • Dec 3rd, 2021 5:05pm
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The new bathroom and shower in the Village Green.
Editorial

Giving gratitude | Readers share what they are thankful for this year

It has become a tradition here at the Journal and the Sounder…

  • Nov 21st, 2021 1:30am
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A shot from a state-qualifying game last week. As has become a tradition for the Orcas team over the years, each win is followed by a big salute and gratitude for all the fans in attendance at each of their games. This is especially appreciated at the state playoffs where no team has a home-field advantage.

VICTORIOUS VIKINGS!!! Orcas soccer team wins state championship

The Orcas Island High School soccer team has been crowned state champion.…

  • Nov 20th, 2021 8:19pm
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A shot from a state-qualifying game last week. As has become a tradition for the Orcas team over the years, each win is followed by a big salute and gratitude for all the fans in attendance at each of their games. This is especially appreciated at the state playoffs where no team has a home-field advantage.
Crime coverage in San Juan County.

Kevin Taylor found not guilty for murder of his wife after retrial

WARNING: The following story contains graphic details about domestic violence. A Friday…

  • Nov 9th, 2021 12:00pm
Crime coverage in San Juan County.
Editorial

Be there for one another in dark times | Editorial

The current state of the world continues to test us. And when…

  • Nov 4th, 2021 1:30am
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Liberté Liberté at her shop in Eastsound.

Connecting and building relationships | Liberté Beauty Orcas has a different approach

As a businessperson, Liberté Liberté is motivated by one thing: enriching relationships…

  • Oct 28th, 2021 1:30am
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Liberté Liberté at her shop in Eastsound.
crime

Sisters accused of burglary and trespassing livestream arrest on Facebook

Two sisters were arrested on Lopez Island after illegally staying in a…

  • Oct 8th, 2021 4:33pm
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Adopt your new best friend | Editorial

I first let a shelter dog into my heart 12 years ago,…

  • Oct 6th, 2021 1:30am
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Why we have a paywall on our websites | Editorial

It costs money to gather news. I’m not referring to social media…

  • Sep 30th, 2021 1:30am
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Ray’s Pharmacy provides variety of COVID-19 vaccines and testing

Ray’s Pharmacy is becoming a hub for vaccines. Rick Hughes, who operates…

  • Sep 29th, 2021 1:30am
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“Julia” tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s surprising path, from her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her empowering story of a woman who found fame in her 50s, and her calling as an unlikely television sensation.

Movie lovers rejoice | Orcas Film Festival is back

The Orcas Island Film Festival will showcase the offbeat and the up-and-coming…

  • Sep 24th, 2021 3:26pm
“Julia” tells the story of the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even about women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and cutting-edge, mouth-watering food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s surprising path, from her struggles to create and publish the revolutionary Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) which has sold more than 2.5 million copies to date, to her empowering story of a woman who found fame in her 50s, and her calling as an unlikely television sensation.
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Left to right: Molina Stone; Rhya Segault; Morgan Anderson; Shaye Spinner; Ava Ashcroft; Valeria Villareall; Malia Martinolich; Lil Maloi; Alexandria Sanders; WIllow White; Alecia Talbot; Tayla Malo; Bethany Carter; Sera Knapp; Paula Gutierrez Latorre; Hannah Alexander; August Moore; Ada Cruz Hernandez; Makayla Hodges; Bella Evans; and Milana Schneider.

Grateful to be back on the court

This year’s volleyball team is a robust mix of returning, varsity players…

  • Sep 16th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Molina Stone; Rhya Segault; Morgan Anderson; Shaye Spinner; Ava Ashcroft; Valeria Villareall; Malia Martinolich; Lil Maloi; Alexandria Sanders; WIllow White; Alecia Talbot; Tayla Malo; Bethany Carter; Sera Knapp; Paula Gutierrez Latorre; Hannah Alexander; August Moore; Ada Cruz Hernandez; Makayla Hodges; Bella Evans; and Milana Schneider.
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Left to right: Finn Ontjes, Theo Vaccarella, Quinn Fleming, Will Stephens, Justin Krisch-Derr, Hunter Knapp, Ryan Krisch-Derr, Logan Jones, Porter Willis, Coach Mike Kulper.

Veteran cross-country team is ready to compete

The Vikings cross country team is back for its first normal season…

  • Sep 15th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Finn Ontjes, Theo Vaccarella, Quinn Fleming, Will Stephens, Justin Krisch-Derr, Hunter Knapp, Ryan Krisch-Derr, Logan Jones, Porter Willis, Coach Mike Kulper.
Corey Wiscomb photo
Back row, l-r: Ethan Moss, Diego Lago, Tommy Anderson-Cleveland, Cadence Krayveld, Orion Meskew, Jefferson Freeman, Nicholas Rivera, Forest Frausto, Celia Groeninger, Kristian Freeman, Head Coach Terry Turner Front Row L to R: Ass. Coach Sydney Hayworth, Lily Sky Bouchard, Juliette McKenney, Sam Sutton, Toby Smith, Pedro Banderas Guerra, Isaac Moss, Andrew Garcia, Scarlett Coffey, Isaac Figueroa. Laying at front, l-r: Remy Lago & Paxton White.

Soccer welcomes veteran players and new faces

The 2021 soccer team will face opportunities and challenges this season. ”We…

  • Sep 14th, 2021 1:30am
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Back row, l-r: Ethan Moss, Diego Lago, Tommy Anderson-Cleveland, Cadence Krayveld, Orion Meskew, Jefferson Freeman, Nicholas Rivera, Forest Frausto, Celia Groeninger, Kristian Freeman, Head Coach Terry Turner Front Row L to R: Ass. Coach Sydney Hayworth, Lily Sky Bouchard, Juliette McKenney, Sam Sutton, Toby Smith, Pedro Banderas Guerra, Isaac Moss, Andrew Garcia, Scarlett Coffey, Isaac Figueroa. Laying at front, l-r: Remy Lago & Paxton White.
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Left to right: Orcas Center Artistic Director Jake Perrine, Membership Director Nicole Matisse, Communications Director Bethany Marie and Executive Director Dimitri Stankevich in front of the Orcas Center whale sculpture.

Orcas Center is reopening to the public | Fundraising is on now for a $100,000 matching grant

A beloved community resource has undergone a major makeover. From brand new…

  • Sep 7th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Orcas Center Artistic Director Jake Perrine, Membership Director Nicole Matisse, Communications Director Bethany Marie and Executive Director Dimitri Stankevich in front of the Orcas Center whale sculpture.
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Left to right: Melinda Milligan, Suzanne Gropper, Dorrie Braun and Diane Craig.

‘Savannah Sipping Society’ opens at the Grange | Play review

Live theatre is back at the Grange, and it was a triumph.…

  • Sep 5th, 2021 9:17am
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Left to right: Melinda Milligan, Suzanne Gropper, Dorrie Braun and Diane Craig.
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A large flower made by Lynda Ransley.

The women welders of Orcas

For four days every year, a group of women, covered in protective…

  • Aug 31st, 2021 11:01am
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A large flower made by Lynda Ransley.
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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford McGrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.

English language students inspire new learning strategies for the classroom

English language learners are a growing and vital component of the American…

  • Aug 25th, 2021 1:30am
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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford McGrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.

Politics and plants | John Evans leaves behind a legacy

A passion for property rights led John Evans to serve three terms…

  • Aug 12th, 2021 10:58am
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.
Editorial

Find the help you need to support your family | Editorial

The school year will start in just a few weeks, and many…

  • Aug 11th, 2021 1:30am
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Skipper, a female chihuahua mix, is available for adoption at the Orcas Animal Shelter.

These paws were made for walking | Orcas APS fundraiser

Clip on your dog’s leash, head out the door and raise some…

  • Aug 10th, 2021 1:30am
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Skipper, a female chihuahua mix, is available for adoption at the Orcas Animal Shelter.
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Friends of the Orcas Library board chair Ken Gibbs in the storage unit with boxes of books that will be at the sale on Aug. 14.

Summer Book Sale returns Aug. 14

It’s wall-to-wall boxes of books over at the Friends of the Library…

  • Aug 3rd, 2021 1:30am
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Friends of the Orcas Library board chair Ken Gibbs in the storage unit with boxes of books that will be at the sale on Aug. 14.
Photo courtesy Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island/Wally Gudgell
An image of the property from 2018.

Oprah sells her Orcas Island estate for $14 million

Oprah Winfrey has sold her Orcas Island estate for $14 million after…

  • Jul 28th, 2021 3:55pm
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An image of the property from 2018.
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Chuck Greening and Margaret Payne

Village Green is home to nature-based playground

From start to finish, it was a true island undertaking. An unused…

  • Jul 27th, 2021 1:30am
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Chuck Greening and Margaret Payne
Editorial

San Juan County Drug Court is an important program | Editorial

Punishment vs. rehabilitation. Which do you think is more effective? If you…

  • Jul 21st, 2021 1:30am
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Pay attention to wildfire State of Emergency | Editorial

It’s been an epic start to the summer. Historically high temperatures. Nary…

  • Jul 11th, 2021 1:30am
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Plastic Free Salish Sea sign made from plastic found on San Juan County beaches.

Plastic Free July | Be part of the solution

Just one word. Plastics. If you’re a fan of classic films or…

  • Jul 5th, 2021 1:30am
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Plastic Free Salish Sea sign made from plastic found on San Juan County beaches.
Editorial

Going back to work: what does it mean?

Vaccine rates are rising. The masks are coming off. Businesses have reopened.…

  • Jun 24th, 2021 1:30am
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State Parks Director Peter Mayer and Friends of Moran president Sandi Talt cutting the ribbon to the new visitors’ center on June 18.

Happy 100th birthday to Moran State Park | New visitors’ center now open

It was a land donation that launched the entire Washington state parks’…

  • Jun 24th, 2021 1:30am
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State Parks Director Peter Mayer and Friends of Moran president Sandi Talt cutting the ribbon to the new visitors’ center on June 18.
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Left to right: Rochelle, Portia, Pria, Paxon, Preston and Kevin White.

Born to be a dad | Father’s Day profile with Kevin White

Kevin White has been caring for little ones long before he even…

  • Jun 18th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Rochelle, Portia, Pria, Paxon, Preston and Kevin White.
Editorial

Recognizing the contributions of our fathers | Editorial

This coming Sunday is a day to honor the father figures in…

  • Jun 18th, 2021 1:30am
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