Opinion

Why a $35 million bond?

By Andrea and Hugh Hendrick We have never voted against a school…

  • Jan 27th, 2010

Don’t mail that ballot yet

by ED SUTTON The Orcas School Board is asking that voters approve…

  • Jan 27th, 2010

A little brightness in dark times

What a refreshing way to spend a Saturday night.The Orcas Idol activities…

Community tank should not be used for politics

We support the school bond and levy measures, as we wrote last…

Orcas School bond and levy: know the issues before you vote

By Orcas School Board membersThis week, you will receive a ballot with…

  • Jan 19th, 2010

Vote yes for our kids

Ballot measures like these always cleanly divide a community: those who will…

  • Jan 16th, 2010

Improved cell service means improved emergency service

by Mike Harris, Orcas Fire ChiefThe county council is considering an ordinance…

  • Jan 14th, 2010

Participate in the U.S. Census

2010 is an important year. We will participate in the 23rd U.S.…

  • Jan 13th, 2010

Thank you Dave, Lina, & Judy

After decades of running the Orcas Food Bank, Dave and Lina McPeake…

  • Jan 13th, 2010

Orcas School M&O Levy and Capital Projects Bond: what it means

by Barbara Kline, SuperintendentThis February, Orcas Island School District will ask voters…

  • Jan 9th, 2010

Share Orcas: opportunities to strengthen our community

by Hilary Canty, OICF executive directorNothing creates a stronger community than the…

  • Jan 9th, 2010

The Orcas Island Library: your place

by Phil Heikkinen, Library DirectorIn 2009 the Orcas Library explored the possibility…

  • Jan 8th, 2010

Tobacco vendor compliance improves in San Juan County

by Martha Sharon, PHNDecreasing access to tobacco is a key strategy to…

  • Jan 8th, 2010

Curb-side garbage collection misses the point

by Pete MoeBeleaguered by a strained budget and a decrepit transfer station,…

  • Jan 4th, 2010

Background on CAO and the Shoreline Master Program updates

by Bob MyhrCounty CouncilThere has been a lot of confusion about the…

  • Jan 4th, 2010

Getting through a tough year

So it's not the Great Depression. But this past year wasn't an…

  • Jan 4th, 2010

A review of 2009 and a salute to 2010

As the first of January nears, it’s a time to both look…

Our common bonds as islanders

Like any community, Orcas Island is a community of people with different…

  • Dec 22nd, 2009

Celebrate our seniors

After decades of living, they have some of the richest stories to…

  • Dec 17th, 2009

Shop wisely, shop locally

by Victoria Compton, Executive Director, San Juan County Economic Development CouncilIt doesn’t…

  • Dec 17th, 2009

Reaching every student

OASIS just celebrated its winter commencement, honoring another handful of students who…

  • Dec 8th, 2009

What are you thankful for?

Ask some of your friends what they are thankful for this season,…

  • Nov 23rd, 2009

We can’t forget our veterans

It’s been an American tradition since 1954, and its message transcends time:…

  • Nov 17th, 2009

A new model of health care for Orcas

by Greg Ayers, Garth Eimers, John Gorton, Art Lange, John Mazzarella, Leslie…

  • Nov 11th, 2009

Get vaccinated, stay healthy

There is no need to panic, but there is cause for concern.Along…

  • Nov 11th, 2009

Embrace the challenge

During last week’s PTSA School Board Forum, the candidates were asked, “With…

Vote yes on upcoming property tax levy

The actual dollar amounts associated with the upcoming county levy lift are…

Health care is a human right

by Bishop Craig AndersonFrom our founding, we as a nation have espoused…

  • Oct 6th, 2009

Orcas Island Park & Recreation District: under construction

by Marian O'BrienOrcas Islanders are going to have the opportunity to use…

  • Sep 24th, 2009

Try this case in court, not online

We are concerned by online reader comments posted in response to stories…

  • Sep 22nd, 2009

Let’s get our safety back

Two weeks ago we editorialized about the recent break-ins on Orcas. Just…

  • Sep 16th, 2009

Letters to the Editor

My first week at Four Winds Westward HoThis summer, I went to…

  • Sep 16th, 2009

The “Through the Fence” issue

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  • Sep 15th, 2009

Discovering the power of reading as a community

by BARBARA COURTNEY and BARBARA LEWISDid you know that there’s a proven…

  • Sep 4th, 2009

United Way’s Day of Caring kicks off fundraising campaign for SJC

By Jan Koltun TitusOn the premise that caring actions point us all…

  • Sep 4th, 2009

Take the mystery out of fire

by Rob Low, Fire MarshalChildren under five are curious about fire. Often…

  • Sep 4th, 2009

Reflections of an oil spill responder

by Jackie WolfI never thought I would become an oil spill responder.But…

  • Sep 1st, 2009

Serve and protect each other

An Orcas Island woman was reportedly accosted in her home following an…

  • Aug 31st, 2009