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The 2020 census is underway | Part Two

The 2020 census is underway | Part Two

by Brad Brown Special to the Sounder The first Article, second Section…

  • Sep 29th, 2019
The 2020 census is underway | Part Two
Thank you to the pilot angels of Orcas and San Juan | Guest column

Thank you to the pilot angels of Orcas and San Juan | Guest column

by Karen Hiller Orcas Island When my husband and I moved to…

  • Sep 27th, 2019
Thank you to the pilot angels of Orcas and San Juan | Guest column
An opportunity to help house our aging population | Reporter’s notebook

An opportunity to help house our aging population | Reporter’s notebook

Community. The very word conjures a sense of security, of belonging, of…

  • Sep 26th, 2019
An opportunity to help house our aging population | Reporter’s notebook
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The power of speaking your truth | Editorial

  • Sep 16th, 2019
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Update on Washington State Democratic presidential candidate selection process

Update on Washington State Democratic presidential candidate selection process

by David Turnoy Chair, SJC Democrats For those of you who have…

  • Sep 12th, 2019
Update on Washington State Democratic presidential candidate selection process
Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial

Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial

Our communities have breathed a collective sigh of relief now that the…

Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial
Lopez Island School District under fire for discrimination and sexually hostile work environment | Guest column

Lopez Island School District under fire for discrimination and sexually hostile work environment | Guest column

Submitted by Cedar Law PLLC Cedar Law PLLC, a Seattle-based education firm,…

  • Sep 9th, 2019
Lopez Island School District under fire for discrimination and sexually hostile work environment | Guest column
A story of tsunamis | Editorial

A story of tsunamis | Editorial

When I lived in Oregon, I was just 80 miles from the…

A story of tsunamis | Editorial
Everett Earl “Bud” McKee | Passages

Everett Earl “Bud” McKee | Passages

Everett Earl “Bud” McKee was born May 31, 1931 in Longview Washington…

  • Sep 4th, 2019
Everett Earl “Bud” McKee | Passages
Respect for the whales | Guest Column

Respect for the whales | Guest Column

by Mike Conner Lopez Island Born into a sea of noise, Tahlequah’s…

  • Aug 29th, 2019
Respect for the whales | Guest Column
Back to school means vaccine time | Guest column

Back to school means vaccine time | Guest column

Submitted by the Orcas Island Health Care District Get a jump start…

  • Aug 28th, 2019
Back to school means vaccine time | Guest column
Why turtles should not be carnival prizes | Editorial

Why turtles should not be carnival prizes | Editorial

We received a flurry of complaints from islanders after a carnival game…

Why turtles should not be carnival prizes | Editorial
Eliminate the private automobile

Eliminate the private automobile

Submitted by Stephen Carter I have a modest proposal. Let’s eliminate the…

  • Aug 23rd, 2019
Eliminate the private automobile
As the sun sets on summer, school starts

As the sun sets on summer, school starts

As the summer nears its end, and the weather starts to cool,…

As the sun sets on summer, school starts
The realities of paddleboarding | Reporter’s notebook

The realities of paddleboarding | Reporter’s notebook

In the last 10 years, the sport of stand-up paddleboarding has exploded,…

The realities of paddleboarding | Reporter’s notebook
Heartfelt thanks to the Stand Up Men

Heartfelt thanks to the Stand Up Men

by Dave Dunaway Executive Director SAFE San Juans Four years ago a…

  • Aug 14th, 2019
Heartfelt thanks to the Stand Up Men
Response to pledge Editorial - Guest Column

Response to pledge Editorial – Guest Column

by Minnie Knych San Juan Island I am not an Army brat;…

  • Aug 7th, 2019
Response to pledge Editorial - Guest Column
San Juan County Fair: Cultivating a love of community | Editorial

San Juan County Fair: Cultivating a love of community | Editorial

It’s time to get a little dust on your boots, hay in…

San Juan County Fair: Cultivating a love of community | Editorial
Do what’s best for the animals | Editorial

Do what’s best for the animals | Editorial

I remember the first time I saw an orca, or really, any…

Do what’s best for the animals | Editorial
Mullis Center treated unfairly over pledge debate | Editorial

Mullis Center treated unfairly over pledge debate | Editorial

I am an Army brat. I was born in a hospital on…

Mullis Center treated unfairly over pledge debate | Editorial
Navy takes environmental stewardship seriously | Guest column

Navy takes environmental stewardship seriously | Guest column

by Christopher “Scotty” Gray Rear Admiral, USN Commander, Navy Region Northwest Recent…

  • Jul 20th, 2019
Navy takes environmental stewardship seriously | Guest column
Summer update from the land bank | Guest column

Summer update from the land bank | Guest column

by Lincoln Bormann Land Bank Director The San Juan County Land Bank…

  • Jul 13th, 2019
Summer update from the land bank | Guest column
Bikers and car drivers: remember rules of the road | Editorial

Bikers and car drivers: remember rules of the road | Editorial

Island drivers share the road with meandering deer, brave bunnies and, from…

  • Jul 10th, 2019
Bikers and car drivers: remember rules of the road | Editorial
We the People of the Salish Sea celebrate In(ter)dependence Day | Guest column

We the People of the Salish Sea celebrate In(ter)dependence Day | Guest column

by Chom Greacen Lopez Island We the People of the Salish Sea…

  • Jul 8th, 2019
We the People of the Salish Sea celebrate In(ter)dependence Day | Guest column
Kaiser investigation imperils county emergency services| Guest column

Kaiser investigation imperils county emergency services| Guest column

by Loren Johnson, MD As reported in the Sounder, the State Office…

  • Jul 5th, 2019
Kaiser investigation imperils county emergency services| Guest column
Remember: personal fireworks are illegal | Editorial

Remember: personal fireworks are illegal | Editorial

They glisten across the night sky and symbolize the rocket’s red glare…

  • Jun 30th, 2019
Remember: personal fireworks are illegal | Editorial
We’ve been let down by Kaiser | Editorial

We’ve been let down by Kaiser | Editorial

The solitude that comes with living in the San Juan Islands is…

We’ve been let down by Kaiser | Editorial

Tanker traffic continues to increase through Salish Sea

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans Vessel traffic from ocean-going oil…

  • Jun 27th, 2019
Why the friends?

Why the friends?

by George Lawson Lopez Island Departing daily at 7 a.m. from the…

  • Jun 24th, 2019
Why the friends?
Help get April’s Grove over the finish line | Guest column

Help get April’s Grove over the finish line | Guest column

by Hilary Canty Executive director, Orcas Island Community Foundation Access to affordable…

  • Jun 21st, 2019
Help get April’s Grove over the finish line | Guest column
Wisdom for graduates | Editorial

Wisdom for graduates | Editorial

High school graduation is the iconic event that officially carries you from…

Wisdom for graduates | Editorial
I went to teach but I came away learning

I went to teach but I came away learning

by Joanna Massey Sounder copy editor It’s not every day you’re asked…

  • Jun 17th, 2019
I went to teach but I came away learning
Sharing the wisdom of fathers | Editorial

Sharing the wisdom of fathers | Editorial

What we learn from our fathers can stay with us far into…

  • Jun 15th, 2019
Sharing the wisdom of fathers | Editorial
A Definitive Fork in the Road

A Definitive Fork in the Road

by Steve Ulvi San Juan Island We conflate our form of government,…

  • Jun 7th, 2019
A Definitive Fork in the Road
The reality of springtime sadness

The reality of springtime sadness

by Colleen Smith Editor/Publisher Most of us associate depression with the darker…

  • Jun 4th, 2019
The reality of springtime sadness
We have a healthcare void | Guest column

We have a healthcare void | Guest column

by Evan Perrollaz Inter Island Healthcare Foundation member and administrator of the…

  • May 31st, 2019
We have a healthcare void | Guest column
Campaign launched for San Juan County Orca Protection Initiative

Campaign launched for San Juan County Orca Protection Initiative

by Sorrel North Lopez Island resident Lopez Island orca advocacy group, Southern…

  • May 29th, 2019
Campaign launched for San Juan County Orca Protection Initiative
Bagby steps down as editor | Editorial

Bagby steps down as editor | Editorial

by Cali Bagby Journal general manager After three years of serving as…

  • May 27th, 2019
Bagby steps down as editor | Editorial
Island’s housing needs are moving along

Island’s housing needs are moving along

by Diane Craig Staff reporter The last time Orcas Island saw the…

  • May 23rd, 2019
Island’s housing needs are moving along
Animals’ lives depend on leaving no trace

Animals’ lives depend on leaving no trace

I was absolutely heartbroken to hear that Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center…

  • May 21st, 2019
Animals’ lives depend on leaving no trace