The year 2016 wasn’t all misery | Editorial

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

Thank you, Orcas | Letter

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

  • Jan 3rd, 2017

A balance between planning and ecological preservation | Guest Column

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

  • 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

Response to Loftus | Letter

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

  • Dec 21st, 2016

A Republican’s view of the 2016 presidential election

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

  • 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

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

Medical Foundation is not serving Orcas | Part 2

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

  • Nov 30th, 2016

Orcas Medical Foundation is looking to future for all of Orcas | Guest Column

by the Orcas Medical Foundation For 60 years, Orcas Medical Foundation has…

  • Nov 28th, 2016

Orcas School District to seek $8 million bond

The following was submitted by the Orcas Island School Board. The Orcas…

  • Nov 26th, 2016

Orcas Medical Foundation is not serving the residents of Orcas | Guest Column

by David Shinstrom Special to the Sounder This letter is to the…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

We need a united front at home | Editorial

Last Wednesday, voters woke up to heavy rain and dark skies. At…

We must listen to each other to mend the divide | Guest Column

by Dr. Julie Gottman Orcas Island I started the day listening to…

  • Nov 11th, 2016

Guest column | Third quarter review of county finances

by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor My first year of…

  • Nov 11th, 2016

Vote for the library levy | Editorial

What would our community be without a vibrant public library? It’s not…

Sounder editorial staff endorses Hughes and Watson

The editorial staff of the Islands’ Sounder and Journal of the San…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016

Durland responds to endorsements | Leer

would like to correct some misinformation in your editorial of 10-26-16.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Yes for the library | Letter

Our library is more than just books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Yes for library levy | Letter

Our library is awesome. It is an institution of learning, inspiration and imagination for us all.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Vote for Jarman | Letter

I am 14 years old, and I am Bob Jarman’s granddaughter.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Hughes endorses library levy | Letter

The Orcas Public Library is one of the most important places for our community.

  • Oct 28th, 2016

Vote for Durland | Letter

Michael Durland has amazing analytical skills that are applied to getting work done just right.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Vote for Rick Hughes | Letter

It's not possible to know how someone new to elected office will perform.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Vote for Bill Watson | Letter

Who do county employees support in the election for county council? Bill Watson for seat one (and Rick Hughes for seat two).

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Vote for Bob Jarman | Letter

Bob Jarman is the obvious choice for County Council District 1.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Vote yes on I-732 | Letter

Please join us in voting "YES" on I-732 in November.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Watson, Durland for county council | Letter

This is an exceptionally depressing election season ...

  • Oct 26th, 2016

A note from LWVSJ | Letter

As almost everyone knows, there's an important election coming up in November.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Stop insurance redlining in SJC | Letter

What if FDR had never pushed the Rural Electrification Act?

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Vote for Reykdal | Letter

I met Chris Reykdal in January 2016, when he and five other candidates running for the Superintendent of Public Instruction spoke to a cohort of WSU grad students. I could see then that Chris, hands down, was the front-runner of all the candidates. In May, I was able to witness Chris captivate a room of over a thousand teachers in Spokane.

  • Oct 25th, 2016

Re-elect Jarman | Letter

I first met Bob Jarman when he was in charge of Pacific Telephone operations here in the county. Those were the days when you actually felt satisfied if you had a problem and called in for service. They actually knew we were on an island and cared about getting your phones fixed. Customer service was a big part of Bob's approach to his job.

  • Oct 23rd, 2016

Vote for Jarman| Letter

Bob Jarman is the obvious choice for County Council District 1. Having known Bob for over twenty years, I feel qualified to make that statement.

  • Oct 23rd, 2016

OMC: serve Orcas | Letter

The Orcas Medical Center and Orcas Medical Foundation Board have the opportunity right now to make substantive changes – and have the moral responsibility to do so. Island Hospital is canceling its contractual arrangement with OMC, and there is talk of UW Neighborhood Clinics assuming a role. This change mirrors a deeper problem. If there is a constant at OMC, it has been instability: the loss of some of its finest physicians, six or more in 10 years.

  • Oct 22nd, 2016