For more than 30 years, the Orcas Island Education Foundation has been providing support to our public schools to make up for the failure of Washington state legislature to fully fund education.
There are three basic protection services on which we all rely and take for granted; fire, police and emergence medical service. San Juan Island is on the brink of losing our EMS. Funding entitlement expires Dec. 31, 2016 if Proposition 1 fails to garner at least 60 percent of the vote in our fast approaching election!
This coming weekend Pelindaba Lavender Farm will be hosting the San Juan Island Lavender Festival. All are invited to come see, smell, hear, touch and taste The Complete Lavender Experience™ – July 16 & 17, 2016. Festival activities are scheduled 10am - 5pm both days. The event is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available.
EMS – will it survive even with a levy increase?-letters
Why do we write court stories? Are we being sensational? We are a close-knit community – should we really be reading about people's private lives? How does the Sounder choose which law and justice stories to write about? These are some of the questions raised in emails and on our websites by our readers.
by Patrick Timmins
by Rev. José Roberto Gándara-Perea
I understand that some readers of our recent article have drawn the conclusion that the purchase of Mount Baker Farm has already happened, or is definitely going to happen. This is not true.
by Alex MacLeod
In the last five years, crime stories we report on are indeed becoming more disturbing. In the last six months we have seen a slew of crime involving sexual assaults. The most upsetting story that has ever come across my desk was this week's article involving the severe abuse of a toddler. (Read more about this story in this week's edition). These stories beg the question, why is this happening?
Washington State Ferries released the following statement regarding the planned protest: "Please be advised that several major protest activities are planned for the March's Point Area in Anacortes on May 13 through 15. Environmental activists are planning sit-ins, road blockades, and water-based "kayaktivism" around the Shell and Tesoro oil refineries. Although most of the activity is scheduled to take place east of the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, heavy traffic is expected and customers should plan for delays. Thank you for your patience and cooperation."
I fully support the Army Corps of Engineer's decision to reject the permit for Pacific International Terminal to construct what would have been North America's largest export terminal for coal.
It was a normal workday at the Sounder until we got a call from the Stafford Creek Corrections Center.
I am looking forward to working as a reporter in the San Juan Islands.
by Michael Riordan
It is increasingly difficult to remember that the "C" in OPALCO stands for "cooperative." No one is having a harder time doing so than its management and board. Remember when the annual meetings allowed members to stand up and ask questions of management and the board?
The new 30-minute rule from Washington State Ferries requires riders to be past the tollbooth in order to not lose their reservations.
A Friday Harbor woman's Facebook request went viral, reaching more than 30,000 eyes.
by Margaret Payne
A guest column in the Dec. 16, 2015 Islands' Sounder, written by a high school student advocating for easy-access condoms, is still on my mind because it embodied the same message our culture taught me as a kid: instant gratification.