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February is all about pets

February is all about pets

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

February is all about pets
Orcas Island: When Paradise Isn’t, But Could Be

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

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

  • Feb 14th, 2020
Orcas Island: When Paradise Isn’t, But Could Be
Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

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

Celebrate Black History Month
The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column

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
The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column
Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

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

  • Feb 9th, 2020
Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure
Why we celebrate love | Editorial

Why we celebrate love | Editorial

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

Why we celebrate love | Editorial
OIHCD’s ongoing work to create the future health care model for Orcas

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
OIHCD’s ongoing work to create the future health care model for Orcas
Thank you to our school board members | Editorial

Thank you to our school board members | Editorial

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

  • Jan 29th, 2020
Thank you to our school board members | Editorial
What it means to register as a sex offender

What it means to register as a sex offender

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

What it means to register as a sex offender

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

Looking toward a new year | Editorial

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

  • Jan 1st, 2020
Looking toward a new year | Editorial
What does it mean to be a human being on Orcas Island?

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
What does it mean to be a human being on Orcas Island?
Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial

Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial

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

Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial
A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers

A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers

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

  • Dec 19th, 2019
A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers
Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial

Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial

Tis the season for holiday parties, and with the festivities often comes…

Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial
Proposed Monument plan threatens fragile ecosystems

Proposed Monument plan threatens fragile ecosystems

Submitted by Kwiaht. The federal government’s plan for managing the San Juan…

  • Dec 6th, 2019
Proposed Monument plan threatens fragile ecosystems
The ethics behind crime reporting | Editorial

The ethics behind crime reporting | Editorial

Unequivocally, the most difficult part of our job as journalists is writing…

The ethics behind crime reporting | Editorial
Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year

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
Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year
An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

Thanksgiving is a week away, and with that comes the launch of…

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial
Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

by Mark Reynolds and Ryan T. Palmateer It appears Republicans and Democrats…

  • Nov 18th, 2019
Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column
Orcas Island Airport Master Plan Overview

Orcas Island Airport Master Plan Overview

by Leah Whitfield CM, ACE, Aviation Manager The Orcas Island Airport Master…

  • Nov 16th, 2019
Orcas Island Airport Master Plan Overview
I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial

I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial

Our hearts sank when the election results filtered in on Nov. 5.…

I-976 could have dire consequences | Editorial
RB Chronicles | Part 4

RB Chronicles | Part 4

Anniversaries are funny things. From celebrating a wedding anniversary, sobriety milestones, friendships,…

  • Nov 7th, 2019
RB Chronicles | Part 4
Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column

Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column

Submitted by the SAFE San Juans Team. SAFE San Juans is pleased…

  • Nov 2nd, 2019
Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column
Vacation Rental Working Group to petition county council

Vacation Rental Working Group to petition county council

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Vacation Rental Working Group and other concerned…

  • Oct 31st, 2019
Vacation Rental Working Group to petition county council
ESWD wastewater treatment plant expansion project

ESWD wastewater treatment plant expansion project

Submitted by the Eastsound Sewer and Water District Board of Commissioner. Last…

  • Oct 30th, 2019
ESWD wastewater treatment plant expansion project
A hidden problem, a community solution | Guest column

A hidden problem, a community solution | Guest column

by Necia Quast San Juan Island Most islanders don’t know many teens…

  • Oct 29th, 2019
A hidden problem, a community solution | Guest column
ERIP Results Report

ERIP Results Report

by Tom Owens The Early Reading Intervention Project created and taught by…

  • Oct 29th, 2019
ERIP Results Report
Yes on county’s levy lift; no on I-976 | Editorial

Yes on county’s levy lift; no on I-976 | Editorial

Vote yes for Proposition 2 The county has put forth a levy…

  • Oct 28th, 2019
Yes on county’s levy lift; no on I-976 | Editorial
Another award-winning year for island newspapers | Editorial

Another award-winning year for island newspapers | Editorial

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association held its 132 Annual Meeting over the…

  • Oct 22nd, 2019
Another award-winning year for island newspapers | Editorial
Proposition 2 will benefit our island community

Proposition 2 will benefit our island community

Submitted by Ken Carrasco. Elections such as the one coming up this…

  • Oct 21st, 2019
Proposition 2 will benefit our island community
Tim Eyman’s I-976 severely impacts Ferries | Guest column

Tim Eyman’s I-976 severely impacts Ferries | Guest column

by the San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee Tim Eyman is back…

  • Oct 19th, 2019
Tim Eyman’s I-976 severely impacts Ferries | Guest column
Vote yes on I-976 | Guest column

Vote yes on I-976 | Guest column

by Tim Eyman Taxpayers are getting ripped off and politicians refuse to…

  • Oct 19th, 2019
Vote yes on I-976 | Guest column
Importance of the Census | Guest Column

Importance of the Census | Guest Column

by Brad Brown Special to the Sounder There is a commercial on…

  • Oct 16th, 2019
Importance of the Census | Guest Column
Women in business: why we matter

Women in business: why we matter

by Diane Craig Staff reporter Why, after nearly three decades, do we…

  • Oct 14th, 2019
Women in business: why we matter
We cannot give up on the climate | Reporter’s notebook

We cannot give up on the climate | Reporter’s notebook

If the climate crusade is exploding, Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg lit the…

  • Oct 11th, 2019
We cannot give up on the climate | Reporter’s notebook
Domestic Violence Awareness month in the San Juans | Guest column

Domestic Violence Awareness month in the San Juans | Guest column

by Samantha Community Advocate and Therapist for SAFE San Juans. In 1987…

  • Oct 10th, 2019
Domestic Violence Awareness month in the San Juans | Guest column
Are you being abused? | Editorial

Are you being abused? | Editorial

Our local domestic violence and sexual assault agency has seen a surge…

Are you being abused? | Editorial
OPALCO: visionary IRP but dam removal opposition should wait for scientific study completion

OPALCO: visionary IRP but dam removal opposition should wait for scientific study completion

Submitted by Chris and Chom Greacen. Orcas Power and Light Cooperative is…

  • Sep 30th, 2019
OPALCO: visionary IRP but dam removal opposition should wait for scientific study completion
Disaster prep for business – it makes sense | Guest column

Disaster prep for business – it makes sense | Guest column

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council. As storm season…

  • Sep 30th, 2019
Disaster prep for business – it makes sense | Guest column