Opinion

Don’t harm the swallows | Guest Column

by Sadie Bailey Orcas Island The swallows have returned late this spring;…

  • Apr 21st, 2017

 

Early learning is part of a healthy community | Editorial

You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in the educational field who…

 

When we lose community members too soon | Editorial

Life is precious. This is not a new adage, but when two…

 

Local workshop considered effects of large oil spill on lives of islanders

by Ken Carrasco Member of the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee…

  • Apr 8th, 2017

Orcas has a seed bank | Guest column

Submitted by Katie Wilkins and Dan Borman, curators of the Orcas Island…

  • Apr 6th, 2017

Why kids need the arts | Editorial

Thanks to dedicated instructors and independent funding, Orcas Island students have been…

Montessori school thanks the United Way

Submitted by the Orcas Montessori School The Orcas Montessori School would like…

  • Mar 29th, 2017

Look at the whole picture of housing | Editorial

San Juan County has the least affordable housing in the entire state…

Media is not the enemy | Guest column

by David Kobrin Orcas Island On Feb. 17, the president tweeted: “The…

  • Mar 22nd, 2017

Senator Ranker says you’re with me or you’re wrong | Guest Column

by Gary Alexander Lopez Island In the three county newspapers I read…

  • Mar 14th, 2017

Why states matter

We’ve never been so proud to be Washingtonians. Our home state has…

  • Mar 9th, 2017

Facts and opinions, where newspapers draw the line | Editorial

What is the difference between a staff-generated newspaper article, an editorial and…

Remembrances from Germany in the 1930s | Guest column

As the daily news become ever more ominous - the tone so…

  • Mar 7th, 2017

What does a healthy relationship look like? | Guest Column

by Courtney Smith SAFE San Juans Community Advocate Whether it’s your family…

  • Feb 18th, 2017

Affordable Housing on the rocks | Guest Column

By Steve Ulvi Community Home Trust Board Member Sometimes the most complex…

  • Feb 17th, 2017

What Valentine’s Day means to us this year | Reporter’s Notebook

Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought of as a holiday to celebrate romantic…

Vote no on school bond | Letter

By Justin Paulsen The Orcas Island School District has placed before the…

  • Feb 1st, 2017

Vote no on school bond | Guest column

by Clyde and April Duke Orcas Island We had three children go…

  • Jan 30th, 2017

Vote yes for school bond | Guest Column

by the Orcas Island School Board and OISD Superintendent Soon you will…

  • Jan 26th, 2017

In support of peaceful protesting | Editorial

I’ve heard way too many people say “protests don’t solve anything.” That’s…

Goodbye to the matriarch of Jpod | Editorial

The southern resident killer whales are sacred, wondrous members of our Pacific…

Lopez Clinic and Medicare: key issues and changes

Submitted by the CWMA and LIMC You may have seen a petition…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

Ray Conner leaves our region a better place | Guest Column

Submitted by Governor Chris Gregoire Chris Gregoire was the 22nd governor of…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

Women of Orcas, ‘we can do it’ | Guest column

By Donna Riordan, Anne Bertino and Martha Fuller Special to the Sounder…

  • Jan 6th, 2017

County looks back at productive 2016 | Guest Column

by Mike Thomas San Juan County Manager The holiday season is a…

  • Jan 4th, 2017

The year 2016 wasn’t all misery | Editorial

Many Americans are expressing gratitude that 2016 is coming to an end.…

A balance between planning and ecological preservation | Guest Column

Sometimes far out suggestions evoke new ways to envision an issue that…

  • Jan 3rd, 2017

Thank you, Orcas | Letter

Words cannot express the overwhelming generosity and true spirit of our caring…

  • Jan 3rd, 2017

What happened to tolerance? | Guest Column

by Bill Criddle Special to the Sounder I read Michelle Loftus’s column…

  • Jan 3rd, 2017

A Republican’s view of the 2016 presidential election

by Michelle Loftus Republicans of San Juan County Many of us are…

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Response to Loftus | Letter

This letter is in response to the guest column that originally ran…

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Let’s get beyond ‘General Hospital’ | Guest Column

by Donna and Michael Riordan Special to the Sounder Having lived on…

  • Dec 20th, 2016

Final election column of the year

by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley The votes are counted,…

  • Dec 15th, 2016

A bounty of gifts in your own backyard: shop locally | Editorial

Before you are standing in line at that big department store, Christmas…

Orcas Medical Foundation Q&A | Part II

by the Orcas Island Medical Foundation This is the second in a…

  • Dec 9th, 2016

Stand with San Juan Islands | Reporter’s Notebook

This past weekend was a success for water protectors at the Dakota…

Orcas Medical Foundation Q&A | Guest Opinion

by Orcas Medical Foundation This is the first in a series of…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

A physician’s perspective on the Orcas Medical Center | Guest Column

by Dale Heisinger Special to the Sounder After attending the University of…

  • Dec 1st, 2016

Medical Foundation is not serving Orcas | Part 2

Last week I wrote a column outlining my concerns about the direction…

  • Nov 30th, 2016

Nine excellent reasons to support UW Neighborhood Clinics on Orcas

by Alison Shaw Special to the Sounder I worked at OMC as…

  • Nov 30th, 2016