Opinion

Be counted in the 2020 census

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

  • Apr 17th, 2020

Gratitude in a time of uncertainty | Editorial

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

(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
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Thoughts on COVID-19

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

  • Apr 7th, 2020

Fill out your census at home | Guest Column

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

  • Apr 5th, 2020

A story of hope

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

  • Apr 3rd, 2020

Re-crafting ourselves | Guest column

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

  • Mar 31st, 2020

Flattening the curve, what does it mean?

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

  • Mar 29th, 2020

Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

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

  • Mar 28th, 2020

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

The subjectivity of safety | Guest column

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

  • Mar 22nd, 2020

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

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

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

Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez

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

  • Mar 12th, 2020

Seniors and COVID-19

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

  • Mar 10th, 2020

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

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

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

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

Is an OIHCD healthcare clinic feasible?

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

  • Mar 2nd, 2020

Eastsound Sewer and Water rate increase explained

Wastewater treatment plant repairs and maintenance rate increase

  • Mar 2nd, 2020

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

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

February is all about pets

February isn’t just a time to celebrate love for the humans in…

Orcas Island: When Paradise Isn’t, But Could Be

by Kevin Carter, Gregory Kramer, and Jari Andrea Brenner Orcas Island may…

  • Feb 14th, 2020

Celebrate Black History Month

It’s troubling — but not surprising — to note that the San…

The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column

by Sorrel North Lopez Island Another Southern resident orca is missing and…

  • Feb 10th, 2020

Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

by David Turnoy San Juan County Democrats The procedure for choosing presidential…

  • Feb 9th, 2020

Why we celebrate love | Editorial

One of my favorite definitions of love I discovered in RZA’s book…

OIHCD’s ongoing work to create the future health care model for Orcas

Submitted by the Orcas Island Health Care District. The Orcas Island Health…

  • Feb 6th, 2020

Thank you to our school board members | Editorial

January is school board recognition month, and we’d like to express gratitude…

  • Jan 29th, 2020

What it means to register as a sex offender

Periodically, the sheriff’s log will feature entries regarding sex offender residence checks.…

Start the new year off with our special sections | Editorial

In the first quarter of the new year, your island papers are…

  • Jan 10th, 2020

Looking toward a new year | Editorial

It’s the dawn of a new calendar year, and we asked our…

  • Jan 1st, 2020

What does it mean to be a human being on Orcas Island?

by Jari Brenner Orcas Island I am a cultural anthropologist with an…

  • Dec 31st, 2019

Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial

As 2019 comes to its end, the Islands’ Sounder is sharing a…

A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers

There have been a few changes in the island newspapers this year…

  • Dec 19th, 2019

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