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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

 

Editorial

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

 

Editorial

Pay attention to wildfire State of Emergency | Editorial

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

Editorial
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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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Editorial

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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Editorial

Going back to work: what does it mean?

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

Editorial
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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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Editorial

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month | Editorial

Happy Pride Month! The celebration of Pride Month in June began in…

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Montessori myths busted | Guest Column

by Teresa Chocano Orcas Montessori School Did you know that the Orcas…

  • Jun 5th, 2021
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If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.

Stay safe while enjoying the water | Editorial

One of the true joys of living in the San Juans is…

If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.
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Orcas, humans and intelligence | Guest column

By Martin LeFevre Orcas Island As most people on Orcas Island know,…

  • May 29th, 2021
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Editorial

Minding your mental health in May | Editorial

There is no denying that for most people around the world 2020…

Editorial
Letter to the editor

Thank you for totem journey | Letter

Many thanks to more than 300 islanders who attended a House of…

  • May 22nd, 2021
Letter to the editor
Memorial Day is May 31.

The significance of Memorial Day | Editorial

It’s a three-day weekend. It’s the launch of summer. It’s barbecue time.…

Memorial Day is May 31.
This week's editorial

Expressing appreciation to our nurses | Editorial

With the global pandemic has come a renewed appreciation for the dedication…

This week's editorial
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An island lament | Letter

TO: A transplant FROM: An eagle I’ve been watching while you carve…

  • May 5th, 2021
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Readers weigh in on motherhood.

The magic of motherhood | Editorial

In my life and experience of motherhood, I’ve come to realize that…

Readers weigh in on motherhood.
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Knowing our past: A proposal to rename Harney Channel to Cayou Channel |Guest Column

by Ken Carrasco (Orcas Island) and Stephanie Buffum (Shaw Island) The naming…

  • Apr 29th, 2021
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County: sign up now for your COVID-19 vaccine

Submitted by San Juan County. More than 2,000 vaccine appointments are now…

  • Apr 29th, 2021
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Guest column

Orcas Island School District to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing

by Eric Webb Superintendent, Orcas Island School District Orcas Island School District,…

  • Apr 15th, 2021
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Editorial

Celebrating Mother Earth | Editorial

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article had incorrect information regarding…

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Reporter’s Notebook | Now is the time

The recent murderous attack against Asian-owned businesses in Georgia, the deaths of…

  • Apr 2nd, 2021
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Guest column

Can vacation rentals be good neighbors? | Guest column

by Yonatan Aldort Vacation Rental Work Group As the dust settles around…

  • Mar 23rd, 2021
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Spring is special section season | Editorial

The days are longer, bulbs are pushing up through the dirt and…

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Orkila is much more than s’mores around the campfire | Editorial

Like many organizations during this public health crisis, Camp Orkila has stepped…

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Some changes around the Journal office | Editorial

Change has become second nature amid the COVID-19 pandemic. About a year…

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Guest column

Stop Vilifying Vacation Rentals

by Jan Scilipoti Lopez Island I came to be a vacation rental…

  • Mar 10th, 2021
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Letter to the editor

Camille not to join new clinic | Letter

A letter to my community, patients and friends, After much consideration, I…

  • Mar 10th, 2021
Letter to the editor
Editorial

Reflecting on schools reopening

Hallways that sat empty for many months are starting to refill. Within…

Editorial
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Helping your teen have a happy and healthy relationship | Guest column

by SAFE San Juans So, it is time for “that” discussion…Your teen…

  • Mar 2nd, 2021
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This week's editorial

Women’s History Month: Why it’s important | Reporter’s Notebook

So, here we are, celebrating another March Women’s History Month. Considering all…

  • Feb 25th, 2021
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Guest column

Snow recap from Uzek Susol | Guest column

by Uzek Susol Orcas Towing Well done Orcas, you did great through…

  • Feb 22nd, 2021
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Editorial

Surviving the winter | Editorial

As members of isolated communities that endure dark nights and grey skies…

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What love means to me | Editorial

Readers may recall that in July 2020 I wrote about being separated…

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Your trust in us is valued | Editorial

One of the most disheartening things I’ve witnessed since I began this…

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