Opinion

Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

Overcoming alcohol addiction may feel like a Herculean task, but it can…

The impetus for after-hours urgent care on Orcas Island | Guest Column

by Vincent Shu, MD Orcas Island Despite there having been discussions and…

  • Apr 3rd, 2019

30 years; remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill | Guest Column

by Kimbal Sundberg Friday Harbor Imagine waking up in the San Juans…

  • Mar 18th, 2019

Land bank rejects ultimatum from Coffelt Farm Stewards | Guest Column

Submitted by the San Juan County Land Bank. At its monthly public…

  • Mar 18th, 2019

Lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez | Editorial

I was a little over a year old when the Exxon Valdez…

Save the Olga Post Office | Guest Column

by Clarissa Liening Last year Olga residents learned that their beloved post…

  • Mar 14th, 2019

March is National Nutrition Month | Editorial

I know exactly when I haven’t been eating enough fruits and vegetables.…

RB Chronicles Part 2 | Column

All too often, when our lives turn on a dime, it’s the…

  • Mar 6th, 2019

The Canadian Energy Board made a flawed decision | Guest Column

by Janet Alderton and Michael Riordan Despite overwhelming opposition from British Columbia,…

  • Feb 28th, 2019

State ferry system and economy need new ferries | Guest column

by Rick Hughes San Juan County Council Washington State Ferries’ new Long…

  • Feb 24th, 2019

The art of being prepared | Editorial

San Juan County residents are passionate about disaster preparedness. And we are…

Dismayed with case dismissal

We are dismayed that a criminal case has been thrown out due…

Valentine’s Day in a time of unrest | Editorial

It’s a national holiday to express affection for those you care about.…

  • Feb 11th, 2019

The facts about airlift insurance | Editorial

With Kaiser Permanente denying claims for emergency air ambulance services, it’s a…

Former Senator Kevin Ranker releases statement regarding sexual harassment allegations | Guest Column

by Kevin Ranker Former state senator, D-Orcas This week a Senate investigation…

  • Feb 1st, 2019

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ prompted important conversation | Guest Column

by Luann Pamatian SAFE San Juans advocate Domestic violence. Sexual assault. These…

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Electrify the San Juan Islands ferry routes first | Guest column

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative The Washington State Ferries long-range…

  • Jan 19th, 2019

Thank you, school board members | Editorial

January is school board recognition month, and we’d like to express gratitude…

A time of renewal for the Islands’ Oil Spill Association | Guest Column

by Ken Carrasco Secretary, IOSA Board of Directors For many of us,…

  • Jan 11th, 2019

New year brings new special sections | Editorial

In the first quarter of the new year, your island papers are…

A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial

The Islands’ Sounder has outlined the good and bad of 2018 for…

Long-term care task force forms | Guest Column

by Evan Perrollaz, Janice Fisher, Beth Williams-Geiger, Beth Helstien, Deanna Osborne, Kyle…

  • Dec 22nd, 2018

Accomplishing your new year’s goals | Editorial

The new year is a time to reflect on the past 12…

Don’t drink and drive | Reporter’s notebook

Don’t drink and drive | Reporter’s notebook

Oh, deer: San Juan islander looks at local deer overpopulation | Guest column

By Steve Ulvi San Juan Island Along with about a hundred others,…

  • Dec 10th, 2018

Quakers lobby for food benefits | Guest column

by Tom Rawson Special to the Sounder The Friends Committee on National…

  • Dec 10th, 2018

Holiday traditions bring us together | Editorial

Close your eyes for a moment and envision what the holidays mean…

Council members aren’t demonstrating enough effort to save the orcas | Guest column

Submitted by Janet Alderton Tahlequah is the mother orca who carried her…

  • Dec 5th, 2018

Many opportunities to shop right here at home | Editorial

All of us at the Islands’ Sounder, Journal of the San Juans…

  • Nov 23rd, 2018

Keep vessels away from Southern resident orcas | Guest column

by Mike Conner, Sorrel North, Jean Behnke, Ken Akopiantz, Andre Entermann and…

  • Nov 17th, 2018

Dissonance means Democracy | Letters

We applaud the passion and motivation of islanders who have written letters…

Thoughts from a Jew on Orcas Island | Opinion

by David Kobrin Special to the Sounder I write as a Jew…

  • Nov 4th, 2018

Remembering veterans | Guest Column

by Phil Peterson Special to the Sounder John Kennedy once said that…

  • Nov 2nd, 2018

Sounder endorses Brandli for judge | Editorial

We had a difficult decision in choosing who to endorse for district…

  • Oct 31st, 2018

Yes for Power | Letter

It is with great enthusiasm that I offer my endorsement of Nick…

  • Oct 30th, 2018

Yes to REET | Editorial

Staff report We support the affordable housing measure on this November’s ballot.…

  • Oct 30th, 2018
A painting of Joseph Bettis by Gabriele Beyer.

When disaster strikes in the remote waters of Canada | Guest Column

by Gabriele Beyer Special to the Sounder The leaves glowed golden along…

  • Oct 26th, 2018
A painting of Joseph Bettis by Gabriele Beyer.

Sounder and Journal endorses Gaylord and Krebs | Editorial

We endorse San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord and Sheriff Ronald…

We cannot ignore child exploitation | Guest Column

by Anita Castle Special to the Sounder Our close-knit Orcas community has…

  • Oct 18th, 2018

Women in business: why we matter | Reporter’s Notebook

by Diane Craig Why, after more than 25 years, do we still…

  • Oct 17th, 2018