The many lives touched by Bob Henigson | Guest column

It has taken me a while to organize my thoughts enough to write this letter about Bob Henigson.

  • Feb 19th, 2014

Where do we turn in our golden years? | Editorial

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.

  • Feb 18th, 2014
Charles Zalmanek

Three ways to improve the property tax system | Guest column

The 1889 state constitution recognized that to be effective, uniformity must apply to both assessments and tax rates.

  • Feb 12th, 2014
Charles Zalmanek

The power of Seeger | Reporter’s Notebook

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.

Therapists Analisa Lee and Brandon Adams.

Embracing loss in love | Guest column

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.

  • Feb 5th, 2014
Therapists Analisa Lee and Brandon Adams.

Ripple effect of gossip | Editorial

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

  • Feb 4th, 2014
Nurse and diabetes educator Joann Mayo prepares to test the blood-glucose level of a participant in a state-funded free diabetes class

Living well with diabetes | Guest column

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

  • Feb 1st, 2014
Nurse and diabetes educator Joann Mayo prepares to test the blood-glucose level of a participant in a state-funded free diabetes class

Spread the word on what you offer | Editorial

Word around town is that it’s been a lackluster start to 2014 for island businesses.

  • Jan 30th, 2014

OFHC looks at last 10 years | Guest column

I have been practicing medicine on Orcas for 20 years. I have a basic and passionate philosophy in my approach to medicine.

  • Jan 22nd, 2014

Nou answers questions about controversial traffic stop | Guest column

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.

  • Jan 22nd, 2014

Positive changes at the Derelict Vessel Program | Editorial

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.

  • Jan 21st, 2014

Bad experience with Island Air | Guest column

My wife and I live on Waldron Island, and for years we have had a subscription to Airlift Northwest – as have most Waldron residents.

  • Jan 14th, 2014

Gratitude for local school board members | Editorial

It’s a job that doesn’t pay, requires long hours, lengthy meetings and number crunching come budget season.

  • Jan 14th, 2014

Sheriff’s department is under fire | Editorial

We trust them to serve and protect. But what happens when a group of people claim a police officer abused his power?

  • Jan 8th, 2014

Hopes and dreams for the new year | Editorial

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.

  • Dec 30th, 2013

Review of county finances | Guest column

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.

  • Dec 26th, 2013

How Christmas “as we know it” came to be | Editorial

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.

  • Dec 26th, 2013

Concerns over jet noise | Guest column

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.

  • Dec 20th, 2013
Clematis vitalba

The story of clematis | Guest column

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.

  • Dec 17th, 2013
Clematis vitalba

Dreaming of a white Christmas | Editorial

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.

  • Dec 17th, 2013
Diane Walsh with her husband Michael.

Orcas Island from a medical student’s perspective

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.

  • Dec 13th, 2013
Diane Walsh with her husband Michael.

‘Almost, Maine’ play review

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.

  • Dec 13th, 2013

We need streetlights in Eastsound | Editorial

There are a variety of reasons to dislike these dark winter nights, but foremost for us it the lack of lighting in Eastsound.

  • Dec 12th, 2013

Airport looks at reconstruction | Guest column

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.

  • Dec 4th, 2013

Be smart about your holiday parties | Editorial

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.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013

Farm to Cafeteria reaches its goal… and then some

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.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013

What are you thankful for this year? | Editorial

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.

  • Nov 25th, 2013

CenturyLink outage was a wake-up call | Editorial

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.

  • Nov 19th, 2013

Listen up, men: your health matters | Editorial

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.

  • Nov 12th, 2013
Kevin O'Brien

Orcas Fire’s budget explained | Guest column

The cost of maintaining the effective emergency response system we have on Orcas Island is a significant challenge.

  • Nov 6th, 2013
Kevin O'Brien
John Nance

San Juan EMS is making decisions for wrong reasons | Guest column

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.

  • Nov 5th, 2013
John Nance

Reject prop one | guest column

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.

  • Oct 29th, 2013

From the living dead to cute costumes | Editorial

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.

  • Oct 29th, 2013

Losing family to cancer | Reporter’s notebook

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.

Orcas School responds to audit | Guest column

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.

  • Oct 10th, 2013

Kudos to the county | Editorial

It seems to be human nature to complain more than compliment, and our county gets its fair share of grievances.

  • Oct 1st, 2013

The flu vaccine is for everyone | Guest column

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.

  • Sep 30th, 2013

The trouble with spiders | Editor’s notebook

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.

It’s a balancing act for island businesses | Editorial

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.

  • Sep 18th, 2013

Quarterly review from county auditor | Guest column

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.

  • Sep 17th, 2013