Opinion

Flattening the curve, what does it mean?

Flattening the curve, what does it mean?

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

  • Mar 29th, 2020
Flattening the curve, what does it mean?
Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

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

  • Mar 28th, 2020
Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column
Collective creativity to bring us through this time | A message from the OC artistic director

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
Collective creativity to bring us through this time | A message from the OC artistic director
The subjectivity of safety | Guest column

The subjectivity of safety | Guest column

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

  • Mar 22nd, 2020
The subjectivity of safety | Guest column
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

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

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial
How are we doing? Not what we expected | Guest column from auditor

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
How are we doing? Not what we expected | Guest column from auditor
Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez

Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez

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

  • Mar 12th, 2020
Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez
Seniors and COVID-19

Seniors and COVID-19

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

  • Mar 10th, 2020
Seniors and COVID-19
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

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

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria
Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

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

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial
Is an OIHCD healthcare clinic feasible?

Is an OIHCD healthcare clinic feasible?

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

  • Mar 2nd, 2020
Is an OIHCD healthcare clinic feasible?
Eastsound Sewer and Water rate increase explained

Eastsound Sewer and Water rate increase explained

Wastewater treatment plant repairs and maintenance rate increase

  • Mar 2nd, 2020
Eastsound Sewer and Water rate increase explained
Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

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

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial
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