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

A bounty of gifts in your own backyard: shop locally | Editorial

Before you are standing in line at that big department store, Christmas…

A bounty of gifts in your own backyard: shop locally | Editorial

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

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

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

Re-elect Hughes | Letter

As your former elected San Juan County Council Member I strongly recommend retaining Rick Hughes as the Orcas representative on the San Juan County Council. Based upon his thoughtful and balanced approach to county government, Rick Hughes deserves to be re-elected this November.

  • Oct 22nd, 2016

Yes to the library levy | Letter

My family and I spent a lot of time at the library as we planned our move to Orcas in the summer of 2009. Taking advantage of our new library cards, our days were filled with reading lots of books and watching movies and TV series that we'd never heard of before. And I was able to stay connected to my work world because the library's Wi-Fi was free and fast. By summer's end, we knew that a community wise enough to invest in such a friendly and well-equipped library was a place where we could live forever. Seven years later, we're still active Library users, and last December I finished a five-year term as a library trustee.

  • Oct 21st, 2016