Opinion

San Juan County’s Coronavirus future

by Michael Riordan Orcas Island Thanks to a vigorous response to the…

  • May 22nd, 2020

 

Nikko W. Naugle (Contributed photo.)

My four-month spring break | A 9-year-old’s perspective on the pandemic

by Nikko W. Naugle I never asked for this pandemic. I never…

  • May 15th, 2020

 

Mayor Luna

Mayor Luna says no invitation needed to respond to the census

By Luna, Honorary Mayor of Eastsound Before we get to how to…

  • May 2nd, 2020

 

How the 2020 Census benefits San Juan County, islanders

Submitted by the Office of Rick Larsen As islanders continue social distancing…

  • Apr 30th, 2020

Congress needs to support local news sources in this crisis | Guest column

By Dean Ridings CEO, America’s Newspapers During this coronavirus pandemic, access to…

  • Apr 26th, 2020

What will we take With us?

By Susan Shannon Orcas Island Collectively, we are all trodding towards a…

  • Apr 21st, 2020

Be counted in the 2020 census

During these trying times when most of us are following stay-at-home orders…

  • Apr 17th, 2020

Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial

The only constant in life is change. It’s why humans are so…

(photo credit Shauna Lean)

Why 4-H still matters: San Juan County 4-H providing youth resilience, connection and focus

Submitted by Wendy Waxman Kern. As daily lives, school, work and health…

  • Apr 14th, 2020
(photo credit Shauna Lean)

Thoughts on COVID-19

Editor’s note: It has not been proven that hydroxychloroquine is 100 percent…

  • Apr 7th, 2020

Fill out your census at home | Guest Column

by Brad Brown Orcas Island People are at home. People are wondering…

  • Apr 5th, 2020

A story of hope

by Glenn Aufderhar Lopez Island A happy story from the great flu…

  • Apr 3rd, 2020

Re-crafting ourselves | Guest column

by Julie Schwartz Gottman Ph.D., President and Co-Founder, The Gottman Institute and…

  • Mar 31st, 2020

Flattening the curve, what does it mean?

By Lynnette Wood, PhD Orcas Island By now you’ve heard the term,…

  • Mar 29th, 2020

Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

by Liz Smith Friday Harbor I recognize that you are all probably…

  • Mar 28th, 2020

Collective creativity to bring us through this time | A message from the OC artistic director

by Jake Perrine Artistic Director, Orcas Center Hello, community! What an unfortunate…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

The subjectivity of safety | Guest column

By Rachel Newcombe Psychoanalyst on Orcas Island “Contagion is more than an…

  • Mar 22nd, 2020

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

As islanders, it can be unsettling when the “outside world” comes slipping…

How are we doing? Not what we expected | Guest column from auditor

by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor This is not what…

  • Mar 16th, 2020

Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez

Submitted by the Vacation Rental Working Group. The Orcas-based Vacation Rental Working…

  • Mar 12th, 2020

Seniors and COVID-19

By Lynnette Wood Chair Orcas District Committee, Orcas Senior Center At the…

  • Mar 10th, 2020

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

What began as a mild apprehension has escalated into a buzz of…

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Women have played a critical role in American history, and since 1981…

Eastsound Sewer and Water rate increase explained

Wastewater treatment plant repairs and maintenance rate increase

  • Mar 2nd, 2020

Is an OIHCD healthcare clinic feasible?

by Vincent Shu, MD Orcas Island We cannot tell you how much…

  • Mar 2nd, 2020

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

In the last two weeks, firefighters from both San Juan and Orcas…

February is all about pets

February isn’t just a time to celebrate love for the humans in…

Orcas Island: When Paradise Isn’t, But Could Be

by Kevin Carter, Gregory Kramer, and Jari Andrea Brenner Orcas Island may…

  • Feb 14th, 2020

Celebrate Black History Month

It’s troubling — but not surprising — to note that the San…

The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column

by Sorrel North Lopez Island Another Southern resident orca is missing and…

  • Feb 10th, 2020

Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

by David Turnoy San Juan County Democrats The procedure for choosing presidential…

  • Feb 9th, 2020

Why we celebrate love | Editorial

One of my favorite definitions of love I discovered in RZA’s book…

OIHCD’s ongoing work to create the future health care model for Orcas

Submitted by the Orcas Island Health Care District. The Orcas Island Health…

  • Feb 6th, 2020

Thank you to our school board members | Editorial

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

  • Jan 29th, 2020

What it means to register as a sex offender

Periodically, the sheriff’s log will feature entries regarding sex offender residence checks.…

Start the new year off with our special sections | Editorial

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

  • Jan 10th, 2020

Looking toward a new year | Editorial

It’s the dawn of a new calendar year, and we asked our…

  • Jan 1st, 2020

What does it mean to be a human being on Orcas Island?

by Jari Brenner Orcas Island I am a cultural anthropologist with an…

  • Dec 31st, 2019

Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial

As 2019 comes to its end, the Islands’ Sounder is sharing a…

A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers

There have been a few changes in the island newspapers this year…

  • Dec 19th, 2019