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San Juan County voters pass one of the strongest anti-discrimination policies in the country

by San Juan County Charter Review Commission With the certification of the…

  • Dec 3rd, 2021

 

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Giving gratitude | Readers share what they are thankful for this year

It has become a tradition here at the Journal and the Sounder…

 

Orcas Island School District held a Special Board Meeting at Camp Four Winds.

Results from OISD strategic planning | Guest Column

Dear Orcas Island Community Members, My name is Suzanna Smith, and I…

  • Nov 18th, 2021

 

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Domestic violence: It’s never simple | Guest Column

by Dave Dunaway Dirctor, SAFE San Juans Interpersonal violence is never simple,…

  • Nov 12th, 2021
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Be there for one another in dark times | Editorial

The current state of the world continues to test us. And when…

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Reject Charter Amendments

Proposition 1 adds new language: “Let us acknowledge we reside on the…

  • Oct 24th, 2021
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Vote for Patrick Shepler | Letter to the Editor

Paramedic Patrick Shepler entered the back of the classroom in my fire…

  • Oct 17th, 2021
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Vote Yes on Charter Amendments | Guest column

Submitted by David Turnoy. The San Juan Democrats have endorsed all six…

  • Oct 17th, 2021
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Childcare – an economic driver in our community

by Victoria Compton, EDC; Jim Connell, Early Childhood Education Initiative; Jennifer Armstrong,…

  • Oct 13th, 2021
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Supporting Shepler for fire commission | Letter to the Editor

I hope you will join me and vote for Patrick Shepler for…

  • Oct 10th, 2021
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School superintendent offers update

by Eric Webb Superintendent, Orcas Island School District Fall has arrived on…

  • Oct 9th, 2021
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An antidote to news deserts| Reporter’s Notebook

If you’re reading this from a print edition you’re holding in your…

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Misinformation surrounding vacation rentals | Guest column

by Linda Bannerman The county should reject implementing vacation rental caps. Such…

  • Oct 7th, 2021
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Adopt your new best friend | Editorial

I first let a shelter dog into my heart 12 years ago,…

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Transient vacation rental water usage | Guest column

Transient Vacation Rental Water Usage

  • Oct 5th, 2021
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Vote for climate action, justice, equity and responsive government | Guest column

Submitted by Charter Review Commissioners Jane Fuller, Richard Grout and Kevin Ranker.…

  • Oct 5th, 2021
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Library COVID protocol story corrections | Letter to the Editor

Although I agree with the overall discussion about the thought processes described…

  • Oct 3rd, 2021
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What Eastsound’s water is telling us

by Toby Cooper If you listen carefully, water — that miraculous, life-supporting…

  • Oct 1st, 2021
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Why we have a paywall on our websites | Editorial

It costs money to gather news. I’m not referring to social media…

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COVID-19 tests — more important than ever

Even vaccinated people may need to get tested

  • Sep 17th, 2021
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Eliminating ‘us’ and ‘them’ | Guest column

by Brad Brown I live on Orcas. I moved here six years…

  • Sep 15th, 2021
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Back to school in the era of COVID | Editorial

For some parents, it’s a blessing and for some kids, it’s a…

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Tree protections? Planning for growth? Your help is needed by Sept 14 | Guest column

By R. Brent Lyles, Executive Director, Friends of the San Juans. It’s…

  • Sep 9th, 2021
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Building association asks Inslee for reprieve from high construction costs | Guest column

Submitted by the San Juan Building Association. As many of you know…

  • Sep 7th, 2021
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Thank you to Eastsound post office | Letter

It’s impressive that the Orcas Eastsound Post Office is, in itself, a…

  • Sep 1st, 2021
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Lekanoff updates her constituency on social issues | Guest column

The following was originally published in State Rep. Debra Lekanoff’s Friday newsletter…

  • Aug 30th, 2021
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Find the help you need to support your family | Editorial

The school year will start in just a few weeks, and many…

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On vaccines and masking | Guest column

by J. Burk Gossom, M.D. Friday Harbor Immunizations are one of the…

  • Aug 10th, 2021
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New laws make law enforcement difficult | Guest column

by Ron Krebs San Juan County Sheriff As of 12:01 a.m. on…

  • Jul 30th, 2021
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San Juan County Drug Court is an important program | Editorial

Punishment vs. rehabilitation. Which do you think is more effective? If you…

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Revisiting the Comprehensive Plan | Letter

The Friends of the San Juans draw attention to the proposed Comp…

  • Jul 13th, 2021
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Pay attention to wildfire State of Emergency | Editorial

It’s been an epic start to the summer. Historically high temperatures. Nary…

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County finance update: Coming out of the pandemic

by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor I have always been…

  • Jul 10th, 2021
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Plastic Free Salish Sea sign made from plastic found on San Juan County beaches.

Plastic Free July | Be part of the solution

Just one word. Plastics. If you’re a fan of classic films or…

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Plastic Free Salish Sea sign made from plastic found on San Juan County beaches.
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Caps off to Orcas Island Leather Goods | Letter

My name is Jannice Rose, Program Director for Island Reproductive Health Initiative.…

  • Jul 1st, 2021
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Vacation rentals alone aren’t causing the affordable housing crisis | Editorial

Six months ago — when the vacation rental permit moratorium began —…

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Explosive development drives interest in county’s Comp Plan update

by R. Brent Lyles, Executive Director, Friends of the San Juans. Judging…

  • Jun 26th, 2021
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Going back to work: what does it mean?

Vaccine rates are rising. The masks are coming off. Businesses have reopened.…

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COVID-19 is a huge concern at immigrant detention centers | Guest Column

Submitted by Elly Hoague, Co-lead for the Orcas Women’s Coalition Immigrant Rights…

  • Jun 17th, 2021
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Wildfire Corner: Can firefighters and first responders find you? | Guest column

By Guy Gifford, Landowner Assistance Forester and Fire Prevention and Firewise Coordinator,…

  • Jun 15th, 2021
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