Opinion

Ferry wake-up call | Editorial

The San Juan Islands have been at the center of a transportation…

 

Put down the phone | Editorial

Unless you don’t own a cell phone or have incredible willpower, you’ve…

 

Put down your phone | Editorial

Unless you don’t own a cell phone or have incredible willpower, you’ve…

 

Give the orca whales a wide berth | Editorial

As part of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which was originally adopted…

  • Jul 10th, 2017

When perseverance pays off | Editorial

Determination. Dedication. Diligence. Karl Kruger embodies these words – and many more…

Tiny homes could hold a big solution | Editorial

Affordable housing is a well-documented problem on these fair isles we call…

  • Jun 26th, 2017

Sea level rise in the San Juans | Guest Column

by Ian Miller Special to the Sounder The notion of climate change…

  • Jun 19th, 2017

Trumpcare lacks common sense | Guest Column

by U.S. Congressman Rick Larsen If there were a book on common…

  • Jun 6th, 2017

Can you bear it? | Editorial

The black bear is a symbol of protection, a scavenger, a beautiful…

Camp Orkila: bringing joy to the lives of kids

Within the Orcas community, there is a multi-layered operation that bustles quietly…

Giving back to the community | Guest column

By Nathan Butler Chairman, SJC Republican Party About six years ago I…

  • May 18th, 2017

Gratitude for visitors who help our economy | Editorial

San Juan County Council members recognized May 7–13 as National Travel and…

  • May 17th, 2017

What we’ve learned from our mothers | Editorial

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our readers what they have…

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