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Vote with confidence by mail | Guest column

by Randall K. Gaylord San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Voters can vote…

  • Oct 2nd, 2020
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Breaking the domestic violence cycle

Breaking the domestic violence cycle

Behaviors are learned, patterns are reinforced, cycles are repeated.

  • Sep 26th, 2020
Breaking the domestic violence cycle
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Time travel | Guest Column

by Denny Kaill San Juan Island The Covid-19 virus has caused considerable…

  • Sep 24th, 2020
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Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Economically, socially, physically and environmentally — people are feeling pushed to their limits.

Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial
Be aware of fraud and 911 pocket-dials | Editorial

Be aware of fraud and 911 pocket-dials | Editorial

Beware of iPhone pocket-dialing 911 and coronavirus-related fraud

Be aware of fraud and 911 pocket-dials | Editorial
Pivot plan is critical for small business survival | Guest column

Pivot plan is critical for small business survival | Guest column

by Jeremy Field U.S. Small Business Administration and Duane Fladland Washington Small…

  • Sep 9th, 2020
Pivot plan is critical for small business survival | Guest column
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

The staff of the Islands’ Sounder, Journal of the San Juans and…

Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial
Virtual connections are exhausting | Reporter’s Notebook

Virtual connections are exhausting | Reporter’s Notebook

COVID has upended our lives and it’s how we manage change that matters

  • Sep 3rd, 2020
Virtual connections are exhausting | Reporter’s Notebook
Taking care of your mental health amid COVID-19 | Guest column

Taking care of your mental health amid COVID-19 | Guest column

Submitted by Dwight T. Colley, Psy.D. Chair, San Juan County Human Services…

  • Aug 27th, 2020
Taking care of your mental health amid COVID-19 | Guest column
A man fishes for salmon on the Snake River above the Lower Granite Dam in Washington state in October, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review via AP file)

Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over | Editorial

If we are to avoid the extinction of salmon runs and orcas, talks regarding the dams should continue.

  • Aug 13th, 2020
A man fishes for salmon on the Snake River above the Lower Granite Dam in Washington state in October, 2016. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review via AP file)
Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism | Editorial

Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism | Editorial

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would offer tax credits to advertisers and subscribers

  • Aug 12th, 2020
Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism | Editorial
Concerns about OPALCO’s GM salary | Guest column

Concerns about OPALCO’s GM salary | Guest column

by Alex MacLeod Shaw Island A year or so ago I reported…

  • Aug 6th, 2020
Concerns about OPALCO’s GM salary | Guest column
OPALCO rebuttal to MacLeod’s column | Guest column

OPALCO rebuttal to MacLeod’s column | Guest column

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Despite Mr. MacLeod’s repeated attempts…

  • Aug 6th, 2020
OPALCO rebuttal to MacLeod’s column | Guest column
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