Opinion

The reality of springtime sadness

by Colleen Smith Editor/Publisher Most of us associate depression with the darker…

  • Jun 4th, 2019

We have a healthcare void | Guest column

by Evan Perrollaz Inter Island Healthcare Foundation member and administrator of the…

  • May 31st, 2019

Campaign launched for San Juan County Orca Protection Initiative

by Sorrel North Lopez Island resident Lopez Island orca advocacy group, Southern…

  • May 29th, 2019

Bagby steps down as editor | Editorial

by Cali Bagby Journal general manager After three years of serving as…

  • May 27th, 2019

Island’s housing needs are moving along

by Diane Craig Staff reporter The last time Orcas Island saw the…

  • May 23rd, 2019

Animals’ lives depend on leaving no trace

I was absolutely heartbroken to hear that Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center…

  • May 21st, 2019

Requiem for an island addict | Guest column

by Edwin Wordsworth Orcas Island It’s 8:30 a.m. Stage Junkie basks in…

  • May 20th, 2019
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                                Above: Jake Perrine and Grace McCune are presenting “Cirque-US” at Orcas Center.

‘Cirque-US’ brings the Orcas community together

by Robert Hall Orcas Center Grace McCune’s Rock on the Rock choir…

  • May 19th, 2019
Laura Kussman/contributed photo
                                Above: Jake Perrine and Grace McCune are presenting “Cirque-US” at Orcas Center.

Make your mental health a priority

Mental health issues have long lived in the shadows of shame. Stigmatized…

Why you should care about Small Business Week | Editorial

It’s easy to take for granted the storefronts that line our quaint…

Thank you vets and navigators for your service | Editorial

We salute the veteran navigators who have generously given their time to…

RB Chronicles Part 3 | Editorial

Sometimes I think I talk too much. Take my breast cancer, for…

  • Apr 26th, 2019

Are you SAFE? Elevate sexual assault & domestic violence prevention educationin the San Juans

by Ron Hanson, Larry Greene, Paul Walsh, Juan Lopez, Kerwin Johnson, Mick…

  • Apr 25th, 2019

Help for an islander | Letter

An older hardworking woman finally confided in me about her circumstances. She,…

  • Apr 23rd, 2019

Stand Up Men update

Stand Up Men chose April, Sexual Assault Month, to launch a campaign…

  • Apr 23rd, 2019

Redefining how we speak about sexual assault | Reporter’s notebook

Words are powerful. While that may sound trite, it’s good to remember…

  • Apr 19th, 2019

A Love Letter to the Earth and the Salish Sea

by Chom Greacen Community Rights San Juan Islands Dear Earth, Dear Salish…

  • Apr 13th, 2019

We cannot ignore sexual assault | Editorial

Every 92 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Who are the people…

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