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It has taken me a while to organize my thoughts enough to write this letter about Bob Henigson.
Whether you resist it fiercely or embrace it with optimism, we are all getting older. And for those of us without family members to provide care or a paid home care worker, it can mean moving into assisted living.
The 1889 state constitution recognized that to be effective, uniformity must apply to both assessments and tax rates.
The first time I sang “We Shall Overcome,” I was standing on the roof of a hospital in Bangladesh. My grandfather, an orthopedic surgeon who founded the hospital, was singing “We shall all be free. We shall all be free someday” as the nurses, janitors, cooks and doctors hummed along.
In this season of Valentine hearts, Hallmark cards and molded chocolates, it may seem strange to willingly consider love’s more difficult but constant companion – loss – as a pathway to more fulfilling love.
Privacy on our small island community can be hard to come by. We like to know what is going on with each other, and sometimes it’s hard to discern whether that knowledge is based on fact or fiction. We
Peace Island Medical Center was awarded a grant by the Washington Office of the Attorney General to provide three series of diabetes classes over the course of this next year
Word around town is that it’s been a lackluster start to 2014 for island businesses.
I have been practicing medicine on Orcas for 20 years. I have a basic and passionate philosophy in my approach to medicine.
On Christmas Eve deputies were involved in a traffic stop in Friday Harbor that involved a hay ride of Christmas carolers and ultimately a heated and disturbing confrontation that has triggered great concern and emotion in our community.
The Sounder applauds the Derelict Vessel Removal program and Joanruth Baumann for a job well done, not only for removing 75 unsightly and environmentally dangerous boats from the water, but also for revitalizing the program to the point that it’s become a model for the state.
My wife and I live on Waldron Island, and for years we have had a subscription to Airlift Northwest – as have most Waldron residents.
It’s a job that doesn’t pay, requires long hours, lengthy meetings and number crunching come budget season.
We trust them to serve and protect. But what happens when a group of people claim a police officer abused his power?
Every year, we ask our readers to tell us what they hope for in the new year. For some, it’s about fitness and health. For others, it’s about finding balance in our daily lives.
Third quarter is the neglected stepchild of quarterly financial reporting. During the time when I should be reporting on the County’s third quarter results, I am instead immersed in preparation of the next year’s budget.
At the Sounder, we are well aware of the powers of the pen. So it came as no surprise to learn that Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” was one of the major influences that has instilled the idea of Christmas as a celebration of family and friends in addition to a a religious day.
Citizens in the San Juans have recently learned about an Environmental Impact Study that is being conducted by the Navy to evaluate the potential environmental and health effects of adding 10 Growlers (EA-18G electronic attack aircraft) to the expeditionary force and 3 Growler aircraft to the training squadron at NAS Whidbey in Oak Harbor.
Invasive Clematis vitalba (Old Man's Beard, or also called Traveler's Joy) is one of the largest noxious plant species by volume and a threat to trees, eventually causing them to collapse.
It’s been a while since Washington has experienced such cold temperatures. Some of the lows in the last two weeks were in the 20s.
Friends and strangers have told me about Orcas Island for quite some time. People were drawn to Orcas for some reason unknown to me and would always return mesmerized by their experience.
The Actors Theater of Orcas Island’s production of “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani explores the theme of love in a delightful and original way.
There are a variety of reasons to dislike these dark winter nights, but foremost for us it the lack of lighting in Eastsound.
The Orcas Airport is embarking on a major reconstruction project scheduled for next year. We will have a public meeting about the project on Thursday, Dec 12 at 5 p.m.
Almost every 90 seconds, a person in the U.S. is injured in a drunk driving crash and one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. An average drunk driver has gotten behind the wheel 80 times before his/her first arrest.
By the strike of midnight on Saturday, November 30 when the campaign officially ended, the Farm to Cafeteria “Edible Eats and Education” crowd-funder on indiegogo.com reached its matching goal of $11,000.
It’s the time of year for lighting candles on a cold winter night, breaking bread with loved ones and remembering what we are thankful for. Our readers offered the following gems of gratitude.
We are over the worst of it now, and we need to focus on the future. There was a fair amount of anger and frustration expressed by islanders at CenturyLink’s public forum last week. There are very real health and safety concerns as well as economic consequences when our communications are interrupted.
Watching our friends and family grow mustaches is entertaining and fun, but there is a serious reason for “Movember”: raising awareness about men’s health. We urge men to take a look at the following information and take action.
The cost of maintaining the effective emergency response system we have on Orcas Island is a significant challenge.
San Juan EMS Chief Jim Cole's statement flies in the face of the reality in the Sounder’s story “Airlift Northwest cuts ties with Island Air Ambulance” that ran last week.
Last year, a majority of San Juan County’s citizens voted to make some important updates to our county charter. Specifically, we voted to create a full-time, three-member county council that was elected county-wide.
As yellow and red leaves litter our streets and decorations of orange and black hang in windows, one can’t ignore that Halloween is coming.
She wore red lipstick and her neck was often adorned with a colorful scarf. She was an artist who painted watercolors with scenes of vibrant bouquets and shorelines of calm waters.
Recently, there have been some questions about audit results of our 2010-2011 OASIS program. For clarity I offer this timeline of events, the results, and how the OISD has responded.
It seems to be human nature to complain more than compliment, and our county gets its fair share of grievances.
An annual flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and the flu-related complications that could lead to hospitalization and even death. Health experts across the country recommend that everyone six months and older get a flu vaccine.
I’ve woken up with them in the palm of my hand. They’ve clung to the inside of my sweater, crawling up through the neck. I’ve wrapped myself in a towel, only to look in the foggy mirror and see a huge black shape making its way across the cloth.
A handful of the businesses and restaurants in Eastsound were closed on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. The result: frustrated tourists and long lines out the door of the few restaurants that were open.
I work for the government, which gives me a warped view of the world. I forget that not everyone knows obscure stuff like how levies work, or that sales tax is comprised of lots of little parts.