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Why do we write crime stories? Are we sensationalizing violence in an effort to sell more papers? We are a small knit community – should we really be reading about people’s private lives? These are some of the questions raised in emails and on our websites by our readers. Here are some answers.
It all started with a camping trip and ended with a life hanging in the balance.
When the call comes in, Randall Gaylord drops whatever he is working on – whether he is sitting down to a meal or prepping for an important court case.
Solar is an important part of almost every life process. That is according to Michel Vekved, outreach and education coordinator of the San Juan Islands Conservation District, who has been working on an upcoming fundraiser of Lopez to raise funds for solar in island schools.
Lopez Island School Golf Coach Richard Tetu has about 15 golf bags in his office, and they all got there by donation. On top of that, every year he receives 100 golf balls from a community member. The golf course lets kids play their matches for free on the green.
San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs said he was not surprised to find that 59 percent of 240 participants in a recent poll said drug activity was their main worry when it comes to crime in island communities.
Brian Auckland has been named the new superintendent of Lopez Island School District.In August of 2014, Auckland was hired as the interim elementary principal and special services director, replacing Lisa Shelby who has returned to Alaska.
Rescuing a wild animal is no easy feat. Rescuing a 1,400-pound sea mammal is an entirely different feat.
The rain falls and the wind blows – it is winter in San Juan County. Don’t let the bluster of colder weather stop you from putting on your gardening gloves and digging in the soil.
By Dec. 19, the Lopez Boys’ Basketball team will have played six league games and two non-league games. Coach MR Buffum’s goal for the boys is to win at least half of the league games.
Being happy isn’t a mood that is 100 percent achievable 24 hours a day. I like to think of happiness as something that comes and goes. The important thing about finding happiness is knowing it will always come back.
On Monday, Undersheriff Bruce Distler will get on a ferry with his wife Bonni, their car and trailer and say farewell to the island he has called home for the last eight and a half years.
Lori Honeywell took over the Southend General Store and Restaurant almost two years ago. “The community was so welcoming,” said Lori.
It all started with a dream inspired by an article read on an airplane. Now 23 years later that vision is getting shined up and turning into a reality.
She was gardening when they came. She said she could see their faces. She said it was as if she could reach up and touch the body of the jet. She said it was so loud she was knocked to the ground.
Despite having to face two of the highest ranking teams in the state, the Lobos are not a daunted group of players. They finished the last season with 7 and 4. Though they faced their foes and lost, they took home pride for an overall well-played run.
This fall, 13 Lobos will be hitting the court ready to bump, set and spike their way through another volleyball season.
Islanders showed up with signs promoting green energy at a recent campaign kickoff forRepresentative Rick Larsen of the Second District, who is running for re-election.
After numerous complaints about Wave2Go ticket theft, Washington State Ferries has changed its policies. Beginning June 15, ticket holders will no longer be able to use the 18-digit ticket number, but must have their ticket in-hand.
The Catherine Washburn Medical Association recently asked author Lorrie Harrison and photographer/designer Robert Harrison to produce a book about how the practice of medicine evolved on Lopez.
The band finished their sound check and prepared to play their first note when the lights went out. Some bands might have picked up their amps and headed for the door, but not Polecat.
Whether in a school on Kodiak Island or conducting Island Sinfonia, Ned Griffin has a simple philosophy – love what you are doing.
Battlefield Band, founded by a group of friends in 1969 and named after the “Battlefield” area of Glasgow, has toured and performed throughout the world for more than 40 years.
After 40 or 70 years, depending on who you talk to, high school baseball is back.
Golf coach Richard Têtu said predicting the season each year is almost impossible. What he does like to predict is how much fun the players will have; lots.
Lang Langford likes to create benefit shows for one main reason — it makes him happy. “I do it because I don’t want to make money for myself, I want to make money for someone else, it just makes me feel better to do it that way,” said Langford.
They are the vampires of the sea, roaming our waters at night and drinking blood. They feed off even the most formidable of ocean predators: sharks.
After John Sangster passed away suddenly in November, his children found it hard to imagine playing their scheduled “Sangster Family Band Concert” on Lopez. On the other hand, it was hard to imagine not doing the show.
Girls’ Basketball Coach Nate Borg describes his team as having great potential and gaining confidence every year. Last year the team averaged 49 points a game compared to 28 points a game in 2011.
Coach M.R. Buffum has a big goal every year to get his players to win the league title. “We want to make the playoffs and keep improving and peak at the end of the season,” he said.
Described as beautiful, aggressive and at once both soft and sharp, barred owls are an object of fascination and concern. Recent national news reports that barred owls are displacing spotted owls have the Sounder wondering just how the species fits into our island ecosystem, and did it force spotted owls from our isles?
There are some places that no matter how far we travel we always come right back to. That is especially true for Jennifer Turunen, owner of Deja Vu, an apt name for a store where clothes are resold and re-loved.
When walking into Gallery 10 you are welcomed by art, clothing and home items. The store is unique because of the quality of products and by the warm smile of owner Colleen James.
More than one year ago, Carole Wallace's life was changed forever. Carole was seriously injured last fall after a boat fell on her near her property on Swift Bay. But even as disaster struck Carole said she felt the presence of her faith.
When opera emerged in the 16th century, did audience members think this music would still be performed 450 years later? With the invention of so many mediums that produce a wide array of music, it is somewhat of a miracle that opera managed to survive century after century.
Summer is winding down, nights are cooling off and the days are shorter. As fall starts to sneak in, here are a few events to keep you busy during the transition.
On a first date over the winter, he asked me, “So do you have any plants?” I said yes, and then he asked, “are they alive?”
From red octopus to giant clam worms to bay ghost shrimp the waters around our islands are home to fascinating creatures.
Caleb Klauder and His Country Band create a honky-tonk sound that makes you feel like you should be sitting at a campfire under starry skies in some vast wilderness.
Smooth, tiny and winged – yellow jackets tend to make people recoil and in some cases scream.