Opinion

Contributed photo                                Kaia at the Lopez Dump with a mermaid made of litter.

Plastic Free Salish Sea with Friends intern

by Kaia, Friends of the San Juans’ Summer Intern My name is…

  • Aug 1st, 2020
Contributed photo                                Kaia at the Lopez Dump with a mermaid made of litter.
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Living on Orcas Island, you’d never know that being left-handed is rare.…

Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial
Vacation rental conversation continues

Vacation rental conversation continues

By the Vacation Rental Work Group This month is the one-year anniversary…

  • Jul 28th, 2020
Vacation rental conversation continues
Love is not tourism | Editorial

Love is not tourism | Editorial

We first met when we were 15 years old. We dated when…

Love is not tourism | Editorial
Michael Durland. (Contributed photo.)

Michael Durland running for council

Submitted by Michael Durland. I moved to Orcas Island in 1977 and…

  • Jul 17th, 2020
Michael Durland. (Contributed photo.)
In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

It may be an oversimplification to say that our communities are becoming…

In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial
You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

For long-time islanders, the size and format of this week’s edition will…

You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different
Airborne Coronavirus Transmission

Airborne Coronavirus Transmission

By Michael Riordan Michael Riordan writes about science, technology and public policy.…

  • Jul 9th, 2020
Airborne Coronavirus Transmission
What does it mean to be a human being on Orcas Island | Part 2

What does it mean to be a human being on Orcas Island | Part 2

by Jari Brenner Orcas Island When I wrote “What Does It Mean…

  • Jul 8th, 2020
What does it mean to be a human being on Orcas Island | Part 2
Against common sense: White male privilege and me

Against common sense: White male privilege and me

by David Kobrin Orcas Island As a historian, I know there can…

  • Jul 1st, 2020
Against common sense: White male privilege and me
Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

San Juan County is still ranked as one of the safest counties…

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial
Businesses and guests must work together to safely reopen

Businesses and guests must work together to safely reopen

Submitted by the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. The world may no…

  • Jun 18th, 2020
Businesses and guests must work together to safely reopen
Look back and weep

Look back and weep

by Michell Marshall Orcas Island I feel an urge to share my…

  • Jun 5th, 2020
Look back and weep
Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

In a few short weeks, our world changed. It’s starting to sink…

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial
San Juan County’s Coronavirus future

San Juan County’s Coronavirus future

by Michael Riordan Orcas Island Thanks to a vigorous response to the…

  • May 22nd, 2020
San Juan County’s Coronavirus future
Nikko W. Naugle (Contributed photo.)

My four-month spring break | A 9-year-old’s perspective on the pandemic

by Nikko W. Naugle I never asked for this pandemic. I never…

  • May 15th, 2020
Nikko W. Naugle (Contributed photo.)
Mayor Luna

Mayor Luna says no invitation needed to respond to the census

By Luna, Honorary Mayor of Eastsound Before we get to how to…

  • May 2nd, 2020
Mayor Luna
How the 2020 Census benefits San Juan County, islanders

How the 2020 Census benefits San Juan County, islanders

Submitted by the Office of Rick Larsen As islanders continue social distancing…

  • Apr 30th, 2020
How the 2020 Census benefits San Juan County, islanders
Congress needs to support local news sources in this crisis | Guest column

Congress needs to support local news sources in this crisis | Guest column

By Dean Ridings CEO, America’s Newspapers During this coronavirus pandemic, access to…

  • Apr 26th, 2020
Congress needs to support local news sources in this crisis | Guest column
What will we take With us?

What will we take With us?

By Susan Shannon Orcas Island Collectively, we are all trodding towards a…

  • Apr 21st, 2020
What will we take With us?
Be counted in the 2020 census

Be counted in the 2020 census

During these trying times when most of us are following stay-at-home orders…

  • Apr 17th, 2020
Be counted in the 2020 census
Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial

Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial

The only constant in life is change. It’s why humans are so…

Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial
(photo credit Shauna Lean)

Why 4-H still matters: San Juan County 4-H providing youth resilience, connection and focus

Submitted by Wendy Waxman Kern. As daily lives, school, work and health…

  • Apr 14th, 2020
(photo credit Shauna Lean)
Thoughts on COVID-19

Thoughts on COVID-19

Editor’s note: It has not been proven that hydroxychloroquine is 100 percent…

  • Apr 7th, 2020
Thoughts on COVID-19
Fill out your census at home | Guest Column

Fill out your census at home | Guest Column

by Brad Brown Orcas Island People are at home. People are wondering…

  • Apr 5th, 2020
Fill out your census at home | Guest Column
A story of hope

A story of hope

by Glenn Aufderhar Lopez Island A happy story from the great flu…

  • Apr 3rd, 2020
A story of hope
Re-crafting ourselves | Guest column

Re-crafting ourselves | Guest column

by Julie Schwartz Gottman Ph.D., President and Co-Founder, The Gottman Institute and…

  • Mar 31st, 2020
Re-crafting ourselves | Guest column
Flattening the curve, what does it mean?

Flattening the curve, what does it mean?

By Lynnette Wood, PhD Orcas Island By now you’ve heard the term,…

  • Mar 29th, 2020
Flattening the curve, what does it mean?
Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

by Liz Smith Friday Harbor I recognize that you are all probably…

  • Mar 28th, 2020
Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column
Collective creativity to bring us through this time | A message from the OC artistic director

Collective creativity to bring us through this time | A message from the OC artistic director

by Jake Perrine Artistic Director, Orcas Center Hello, community! What an unfortunate…

  • Mar 26th, 2020
Collective creativity to bring us through this time | A message from the OC artistic director
The subjectivity of safety | Guest column

The subjectivity of safety | Guest column

By Rachel Newcombe Psychoanalyst on Orcas Island “Contagion is more than an…

  • Mar 22nd, 2020
The subjectivity of safety | Guest column
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

As islanders, it can be unsettling when the “outside world” comes slipping…

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial
How are we doing? Not what we expected | Guest column from auditor

How are we doing? Not what we expected | Guest column from auditor

by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor This is not what…

  • Mar 16th, 2020
How are we doing? Not what we expected | Guest column from auditor
Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez

Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez

Submitted by the Vacation Rental Working Group. The Orcas-based Vacation Rental Working…

  • Mar 12th, 2020
Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez
Seniors and COVID-19

Seniors and COVID-19

By Lynnette Wood Chair Orcas District Committee, Orcas Senior Center At the…

  • Mar 10th, 2020
Seniors and COVID-19
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

What began as a mild apprehension has escalated into a buzz of…

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria
Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Women have played a critical role in American history, and since 1981…

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial
Is an OIHCD healthcare clinic feasible?

Is an OIHCD healthcare clinic feasible?

by Vincent Shu, MD Orcas Island We cannot tell you how much…

  • Mar 2nd, 2020
Is an OIHCD healthcare clinic feasible?
Eastsound Sewer and Water rate increase explained

Eastsound Sewer and Water rate increase explained

Wastewater treatment plant repairs and maintenance rate increase

  • Mar 2nd, 2020
Eastsound Sewer and Water rate increase explained
Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

In the last two weeks, firefighters from both San Juan and Orcas…

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial