Opinion

Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial

Tis the season for holiday parties, and with the festivities often comes…

Proposed Monument plan threatens fragile ecosystems

Submitted by Kwiaht. The federal government’s plan for managing the San Juan…

  • Dec 6th, 2019

The ethics behind crime reporting | Editorial

Unequivocally, the most difficult part of our job as journalists is writing…

Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year

It has become a tradition here at the Journal and the Sounder…

  • Nov 28th, 2019

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

Thanksgiving is a week away, and with that comes the launch of…

Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

by Mark Reynolds and Ryan T. Palmateer It appears Republicans and Democrats…

  • Nov 18th, 2019

Orcas Island Airport Master Plan Overview

by Leah Whitfield CM, ACE, Aviation Manager The Orcas Island Airport Master…

  • Nov 16th, 2019

I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial

Our hearts sank when the election results filtered in on Nov. 5.…

RB Chronicles | Part 4

Anniversaries are funny things. From celebrating a wedding anniversary, sobriety milestones, friendships,…

  • Nov 7th, 2019

Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column

Submitted by the SAFE San Juans Team. SAFE San Juans is pleased…

  • Nov 2nd, 2019

Vacation Rental Working Group to petition county council

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Vacation Rental Working Group and other concerned…

  • Oct 31st, 2019

ESWD wastewater treatment plant expansion project

Submitted by the Eastsound Sewer and Water District Board of Commissioner. Last…

  • Oct 30th, 2019

A hidden problem, a community solution | Guest column

by Necia Quast San Juan Island Most islanders don’t know many teens…

  • Oct 29th, 2019

ERIP Results Report

by Tom Owens The Early Reading Intervention Project created and taught by…

  • Oct 29th, 2019

Yes on county’s levy lift; no on I-976 | Editorial

Vote yes for Proposition 2 The county has put forth a levy…

  • Oct 28th, 2019

Another award-winning year for island newspapers | Editorial

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association held its 132 Annual Meeting over the…

  • Oct 22nd, 2019

Proposition 2 will benefit our island community

Submitted by Ken Carrasco. Elections such as the one coming up this…

  • Oct 21st, 2019

Tim Eyman’s I-976 severely impacts Ferries | Guest column

by the San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee Tim Eyman is back…

  • Oct 19th, 2019

Vote yes on I-976 | Guest column

by Tim Eyman Taxpayers are getting ripped off and politicians refuse to…

  • Oct 19th, 2019

Importance of the Census | Guest Column

by Brad Brown Special to the Sounder There is a commercial on…

  • Oct 16th, 2019

Women in business: why we matter

by Diane Craig Staff reporter Why, after nearly three decades, do we…

  • Oct 14th, 2019

We cannot give up on the climate | Reporter’s notebook

If the climate crusade is exploding, Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg lit the…

  • Oct 11th, 2019

Domestic Violence Awareness month in the San Juans | Guest column

by Samantha Community Advocate and Therapist for SAFE San Juans. In 1987…

  • Oct 10th, 2019

Are you being abused? | Editorial

Our local domestic violence and sexual assault agency has seen a surge…

OPALCO: visionary IRP but dam removal opposition should wait for scientific study completion

Submitted by Chris and Chom Greacen. Orcas Power and Light Cooperative is…

  • Sep 30th, 2019

Disaster prep for business – it makes sense | Guest column

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. As storm season…

  • Sep 30th, 2019

The 2020 census is underway | Part Two

by Brad Brown Special to the Sounder The first Article, second Section…

  • Sep 29th, 2019

Thank you to the pilot angels of Orcas and San Juan | Guest column

by Karen Hiller Orcas Island When my husband and I moved to…

  • Sep 27th, 2019

An opportunity to help house our aging population | Reporter’s notebook

Community. The very word conjures a sense of security, of belonging, of…

  • Sep 26th, 2019

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The power of speaking your truth | Editorial

  • Sep 16th, 2019

Update on Washington State Democratic presidential candidate selection process

by David Turnoy Chair, SJC Democrats For those of you who have…

  • Sep 12th, 2019

Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial

Our communities have breathed a collective sigh of relief now that the…

Lopez Island School District under fire for discrimination and sexually hostile work environment | Guest column

Submitted by Cedar Law PLLC Cedar Law PLLC, a Seattle-based education firm,…

  • Sep 9th, 2019

A story of tsunamis | Editorial

When I lived in Oregon, I was just 80 miles from the…

Everett Earl “Bud” McKee | Passages

Everett Earl “Bud” McKee was born May 31, 1931 in Longview Washington…

  • Sep 4th, 2019

Respect for the whales | Guest Column

by Mike Conner Lopez Island Born into a sea of noise, Tahlequah’s…

  • Aug 29th, 2019

Back to school means vaccine time | Guest column

Submitted by the Orcas Island Health Care District Get a jump start…

  • Aug 28th, 2019

Why turtles should not be carnival prizes | Editorial

We received a flurry of complaints from islanders after a carnival game…

Eliminate the private automobile

Submitted by Stephen Carter I have a modest proposal. Let’s eliminate the…

  • Aug 23rd, 2019

As the sun sets on summer, school starts

As the summer nears its end, and the weather starts to cool,…