Opinion

Unhappy with EWUA upgrade | Guest column

I have been carefully considering the letter of initiative that everyone recently received after Sept. 18, 2014 from the EWUA Manager Paul Kamin.

  • Oct 21st, 2014
Liz Taylor

Avoiding telephone fraud | Guest column

I don’t write much about telephone elder scams — it’s like warning against the ocean. Those who need to hear the message aren’t listening, and the rest seem already on top of it. Hmm, maybe not.

  • Oct 15th, 2014
Liz Taylor

Why we are voting for proposition one | Editorial

We supported San Juan County’s property tax levy five years ago and we are endorsing it again now.

  • Oct 15th, 2014

Hopeful but cautious about WSF reservations | Editorial

How many times do you drive down Orcas Road wondering what will happen when you make that left turn into the ferry terminal lanes? How many times has your heart plummeted on a Friday afternoon as you see that all six lanes are full?

Staying connected | Editorial

As an avid hiker, I often find myself alone in the woods. I find it peaceful among the trees where I am soothed by the smell of pine and fir.

Liz Taylor

Ignoring aging won’t make it go away | Guest column

If you want to learn mountain climbing, you won’t start with Mount Everest. If you yearn to become a great cook, I doubt you’ll begin by hosting a huge dinner party. For all things that are complicated and worth knowing, it takes time, education, practice and patience to learn the tricks, absorb the subtleties and understand what’s really involved.

  • Sep 18th, 2014
Liz Taylor

National 4-H week celebrates youth | Editorial

I awaited every spring with one thing in mind: when would the box of baby chickens arrive. I fed them, stroked their soft feathers, cried when the weak ones died and rejoiced when the others grew up strong and feisty, laying eggs for us all year long.

  • Sep 16th, 2014
Jim Bredouw.

Recognizing Jim Bredouw | Guest Column

Jim has been a guiding light and role model – both as a community minded guy and a friend to so many. Even though it is the last thing on his mind, I hope y’all are able take a minute and thank Jim. I am looking forward to his next “mission”!

  • Sep 12th, 2014
Jim Bredouw.
Cali Bagby and Adia Dolan.

Investing in the future | Editorial

There seems to be two periods in my life: the one before I met Adia and the one after. For almost two years I have been an unofficial mentor to Adia Dolan, a vibrant, talented and now 16-year-old overall superstar, whether it comes to soccer or theater or enjoying life in general.

  • Sep 11th, 2014
Cali Bagby and Adia Dolan.
Garlic mustard.

Noxious garlic mustard | Guest column

Garlic mustard is a flowering herb that was introduced to North America from Europe as a food and medicinal plant.

  • Sep 11th, 2014
Garlic mustard.

Slippery slope to fogeydom | Editorial

I have officially become a fogey. How and when I slipped down that slope is a conundrum to me, but all the young wonder-kid reporters working for me have confirmed my fogeyness.

  • Sep 2nd, 2014
Steve Ulvi.

Mysteries of the natural world | Guest column

Immersion experiences in wild places – “breaking the suction of town” – can run the gamut: tranquil moments, exhausting climbs, wading swollen creeks, the endless play of light and clouds, pitch darkness, hunkering under a tarp in a downpour, senses heightened and evidence all around of the ephemeral nature of life.

  • Aug 28th, 2014
Steve Ulvi.
Dr. Richard Fadem.

Sure, OPALCO cares, but about what? | Guest column

Alex MacLeod of Shaw Island has had three letters published by island news outlets over the past couple of months. They detail the OPALCO Board’s chicanery and apparent dishonesty.

  • Aug 26th, 2014
Dr. Richard Fadem.
Chief Kevin O'Brien

Fire Chief report

July 4: At 7:30 p.m., OIFR responded to Raccoon Point neighborhood to assist a 67-year-old male in cardiac arrest. After CPR and other significant emergency medical procedures were administered, the patient did not respond to resuscitation attempts and was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Aug 19th, 2014
Chief Kevin O'Brien

What we can learn from Robin Williams | Editorial

Robin Williams not only said those words but he lived them to the fullest. His madness made him one of the most brilliant comedians of the last century. Devastatingly, that spark went out when he took his own life on Aug. 11.

  • Aug 19th, 2014
The black bear spotted on Sourdough

Expect the unexpected | Reporter’s notebook

The only thing better than seeing bears is talking about seeing bears. Viewing such an animal and living to tell the tale is perhaps a throwback to the days when our ancestors roamed the earth living in true fear of these large predators.

The black bear spotted on Sourdough
Liz Taylor

This scooter may be dangerous | Guest column

When my parents moved to an assisted living community in their late 70s, my mom lived in a special memory unit because she was severely disabled from Alzheimer’s. My dad lived in his own apartment down the hall and up one floor from her, and he visited daily.

  • Aug 12th, 2014
Liz Taylor

County fair is an island tradition | Editorial

Yep, with a quick look at the calendar we’re reminded that opening day of the San Juan County Fair is just a week away. Its four-day run begins Aug. 13.

  • Aug 6th, 2014

Building a community

Orcas has the irresistible lure of a natural paradise and the attraction of a welcoming civic spirit – a caring human community. A decade ago, that community spirit inspired San Juan Islanders to raise $18.5 million to save Turtle Back Mountain from development and to preserve its pristine beauty.

  • Aug 6th, 2014
Liz Taylor

When does memory loss mean trouble? | Opinion

There are two kinds of memory loss in older people. The first is normal forgetfulness, which most of us experience starting in our 40s and 50s — like not remembering a good friend’s name or where we put the car keys. I know this one well!

  • Jul 23rd, 2014
Liz Taylor

Give the gift of life: donate blood | Editorial

There is no substitute for blood. It cannot be manufactured in a factory or created in a laboratory by scientists. Blood is one of the few life-saving measures that can only be given organically from one person to another.

  • Jul 22nd, 2014

Come meet Mike Lapointe, Independent Candidate for Congress

The proposed Cherry Point coal terminal in Bellingham and the growler jet noise on Whidbey Island are issues that make us angry.

  • Jul 21st, 2014

On libraries, Las Vegas and Elvis

Who knew that Elvis was a convincing 3-D printer pitchman? In late June, I attended the American Library Association meeting in Las Vegas along with 18,000 other library lovers – librarians, trustees, and library friends from public, private and academic libraries.

  • Jul 16th, 2014

Fire chief report

Total call volume for 2012 was 783 and for 2013 it was 879. To date for 2014 that number is at 459 – a 13.3 percent increase from last year.

  • Jul 15th, 2014

What the Supreme Court ruling means for us | Editorial

Here at the Sounder, we pride ourselves on covering news that pertains to our communities. And sometimes there is a national news story that has local implications.

  • Jul 15th, 2014

Airport flight checks

Eastsound residents probably couldn’t help but notice a blue and white Lear Jet that made repeated approaches and departures at the Orcas Airport on Monday, June 24.

  • Jul 1st, 2014
Kevin O'Brien

Fire Chief’s report

Orcas Fire and Rescue responded to the following notable alarms. Personnel were dispatched to the Deer Point neighborhood on May 1 to conduct a search for an adult male missing overnight. He was found approximately 1,000 feet away from his home. The patient was treated for traumatic injuries and exposure.

  • Jun 26th, 2014
Kevin O'Brien

The fun of fireworks | Editorial

We would like to remind everyone that personal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in our beautiful county. The use of any type of personal fireworks presents a very real danger of injury and fire.

  • Jun 24th, 2014

A letter to graduates | Editorial

Every year a new batch of eager young adults stand on the threshold of adulthood. With a diploma in one hand and an iPhone in the other, they are prepared to take on the world.

  • Jun 17th, 2014
Liz Taylor

How do you know when you are ‘old’? | Guest column

What is aging? When is a person “old”? When I was a kid, I yearned to be older. My mom promised, “You’ll understand when you grow up.” But when I did get older, I discovered there were things I didn’t want to understand.

  • Jun 12th, 2014
Liz Taylor
Leslie at work

Deep communication with dogs | Guest column

Service dog trainer Leslie Liddle spoke at the May 25 Unitarian Fellowship service describing her connection with the dogs she works with. She shares these thoughts here.

  • Jun 11th, 2014
Leslie at work

Even kids care about pollution runoff | Editorial

Planning to wash your car this weekend? Use pesticides in your garden? Ignore that oil leak in the old rig?

  • Jun 10th, 2014

Time to start talking | Editorial

Homeless is a relatively new term. In the 1920s those without homes were hobos, tramps, bums and box-car riders. Homeless is a much nicer word for those of us who have found ourselves without a roof over our heads.

  • Jun 4th, 2014

Goodbye to the Sheriffs Log? | Editorial

Periodic trips to the Sheriff’s office had been one of my many tasks for the better part of the past 14 years.

  • May 27th, 2014
A bird rescued by Wolf Hollow

Relating to animals, part 2

Shona Aitken, Education Coordinator for Wolf Hollow, will be speaking at the Orcas Island Unitarian Universalist Fellowship worship service on May 27, along with Kate Wood and Leslie Liddle. She writes here about working with wildlife.

  • May 21st, 2014
A bird rescued by Wolf Hollow
A bird rescued by Wolf Hollow

Relating to animals, part 2

Shona Aitken, Education Coordinator for Wolf Hollow, will be speaking at the Orcas Island Unitarian Universalist Fellowship worship service on May 27, along with Kate Wood and Leslie Liddle. She writes here about working with wildlife.

  • May 21st, 2014
A bird rescued by Wolf Hollow

Be kind to your neighbors and tourists | Editorial

Cherry blossoms are bursting with color and kayaks are being taken out of storage. It’s soon to be summer in the San Juans – which means tourist season is just around the corner.

  • May 20th, 2014
Milene Henley

Quarterly review of finances | Guest column

Being a somewhat superstitious person, I’ve always been reluctant to trumpet good news. This reluctance comes across, at times, as pessimism. I’m not really pessimistic, though; I’d just rather be surprised by good news than by bad.

  • May 13th, 2014
Milene Henley

Why we celebrate Mother’s Day | Editorial

Mother’s Day has a rich history of motivating people to rise up for peace and human rights. Take a look at how Mother’s Day has affected our nation.

  • May 7th, 2014

Why it’s important to talk to kids about sex | Editorial

As we come to the end of April, which is sexual assault awareness month, we want to talk about healthy adolescent sexual development.

  • Apr 30th, 2014