Saving the planet starts with kids

Environmental groups in the San Juans recognize an important fact: the future…

Remove barcodes from county ballots

San Juan County should drop its ballot-tracking system until a better system…

  • May 27th, 2009

Your chance to make a difference

Have an idea of how to make the community a better place…

Be cautious, and be healthy

So far, islanders and county agencies seem to be responding to the…

Guest opinion | Putting the Swine Flu in Perspective

by Dr. Frank James, San Juan County health officialThree or four times…

  • May 12th, 2009

San Juan Initiative hosting workshops

Over the last two years, the San Juan Initiative hosted 18 public…

  • May 5th, 2009

Guest Opinion – Swine Flu on Orcas

To the Orcas Island Community:The emergence of a new and likely pandemic…

  • May 4th, 2009

May is Arts Education Month

by Barbara Courtney, Barbara Kline, and Michelle ReedGovernor Gregoire has declared May…

  • Apr 27th, 2009

Extend an island welcome to our visitors

Even as we welcome tourists each summer to our tiny community, we…

  • Apr 27th, 2009

Legal drinking age: How low do we go? | Guest Opinion

Alcohol is zealously marketed, easily obtained, and relatively inexpensive.Combined with widespread beliefs…

  • Apr 21st, 2009

Clear choice for Country Corner LAMRID

Of the three “Limited Area of More Intense Rural Development” proposals for…

Earth Day is April 22

What better season to honor the Earth than spring?Since its inception, Earth…

  • Apr 13th, 2009

Guest opinion

Help shape the future of Eastsound

  • Apr 13th, 2009

Respect Madrona Point

On the weekend of March 6, my partner and I were at…

  • Apr 7th, 2009

Take charge of your health care

It has taken 18 months of researching and planning, but the Fire…

  • Apr 6th, 2009

April is Child Abuse Prevention month

Sex offenders rarely strike at random – they choose their victims carefully…

  • Mar 31st, 2009

Guest Opinion by Helen Bee

How many island nonprofit organizations can you name? If you can list…

  • Mar 24th, 2009

Be on guard

The roads in San Juan County can be dangerous. Some are narrow, winding, and parallel to sharp drop-offs with cold, deep water below. When locals die on roads without guardrails, it raises the question: Could these deaths have been prevented?

Go green and save some green

What’s better than saving a little money every day?How about helping the…

  • Mar 16th, 2009

The power of song

by Mary W. GiampietroSpring whispers from just around a corner. Signs all…

  • Mar 16th, 2009

Walking with a purpose

Has your life been touched by cancer?For most, the answer is yes.…

  • Mar 9th, 2009

County government wants YOU (to speak up)

If last week’s attendance was any indication, Orcas is ready for regular…

  • Mar 3rd, 2009

Small increase for a big reward

Now may be the worst time to ask taxpayers to approve a raise in local levies.

  • Feb 24th, 2009

Letters to the?editor

Support for education bills

  • Feb 16th, 2009

Preventing spontaneous combustion fires

With the recent fire at one of our local restaurants due to spontaneous combustion, county businesses have been asking how they can prevent the same thing from happening to them. The most important point to make is that these fires are extremely rare. However, there are some things you can do to lower the chance of ever having one.

  • Feb 16th, 2009

A skeleton in our closet

There is a problem here on Orcas that is ugly and uncomfortable to face. It affects a segment of our community that feels powerless to speak up.

  • Feb 16th, 2009

Letters to the?editor


  • Feb 10th, 2009

Some ideas for thinking outside the box

After reading the editorial in the Sounder’s Jan. 21 edition, “Time to Think Outside the Box,” it got me thinking. What are some of the ways we could think outside the sandbox while still playing in it?

  • Feb 10th, 2009

Don’t wait to get involved

As a community, it is our job to keep informed about projects that are funded by public money – and to do so in enough time to have an impact if we want to make a change.

  • Feb 10th, 2009

Letters to the?editor

Help bill pass for seniors

  • Feb 3rd, 2009

Keeping Orcas Center open and affordable

Imagine life on Orcas without the arts, without affordable music, theater and dance, without attractive spaces to showcase the work of local painters and printmakers, without an attractive and centrally located venue for lectures on important contemporary issues. Such a life would be much poorer – intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, socially, and economically.

  • Feb 3rd, 2009

Don’t forget the elderly

Some people steal for the thrill of it. Some do it because they simply don’t want to pay. And then there are those who steal because they have no choice or don’t have the mental faculties to stop themselves.

  • Feb 3rd, 2009

Feed the orcas Letters to the?editor

If the orcas are suffering from hunger, let’s feed them. Now!

  • Jan 27th, 2009

Support a bond for Orcas Island School District Editorial

The Orcas School Board is thinking of putting a bond before voters in 2010. The amount is yet to be determined, but the scope of the project is huge.

  • Jan 27th, 2009

Milestones in safeguarding Orcas Island drinking water

Customers of Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) and Washington Water Service Company’s (WWSC) Rosario system may have recently noticed the improved quality of water coming from the tap. But, if you didn’t, that’s okay. Water produced by these utilities already meets or exceeds strict water quality standards. Most often, we, as customers, don’t pay much heed when we turn on the water unless there are problems like discoloration, low pressure, or some other water-related controversy.

  • Jan 27th, 2009

Protect your land’s resources through an open space program

Property owners who are willing to protect resources that have a public benefit may be eligible for tax relief through several different open space programs.

  • Jan 27th, 2009

Ferries are ‘ugly stepchild’ of Washington transportation

What would it be like if the thousands of drivers commuting to Seattle each day experienced crumbling freeways? Or if the exit to a town was closed off because there wasn’t enough funding to maintain the roads? That is the equivalent of what we, as residents of an area that is completely dependent on ferry transportation, may be facing. Despite the fact that we are considered part of the highway transportation system, the ferries are treated like the ugly stepchild that has to cut service levels just to make ends meet.

  • Jan 20th, 2009

Suggestion box Letters to the?editor

The new Sounder format is a nice improvement. In keeping with the new look, I would like to make a recommendation: add a “Suggestion Box.” It could be small, perhaps a third the size of “Street Talk,” and provide islanders the opportunity to share ideas on how to improve island life.

  • Jan 20th, 2009