The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association announced its winners for the 2016 Washington Better Newspaper Contest in Wenatchee, Washington. The Islands' Sounder and Journal of the San Juans took home 44 awards including general excellence. This year, the entries were judged by the New York Press Association.
The staff of the Islands' Sounder and Journal of the San Juans held a meeting last week to discuss the candidates running for San Juan County Council. Read below for our endorsements.
The human spirit yearns to forgo the inevitable: the closing of books, the shutting of doors and that bitter dying of the light. Eternal darkness or even the afterlife can fill us with dread, so when one individual steps up and lights an orange torch in a landscape of black, we, too, take heart.
Submitted by Merri Ann Simonson
Dear fellow Bernie Sanders supporters,
Submitted by SAFE San Juans, from "How's Your Relationship?" published by the Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence
By David Turnoy
By Merry-Ann Keane
The Spanish founded the island and named it Isla y Archipelago de San Juan. That is our history. We speak the words almost every day, "The San Juans." But the first ones did not come in a ship from Europe. They were an ancient people who traveled here on foot after the great ice sheet thawed. More than 8,000 years ago they made their homes on the shores of the islands. They fished for salmon off the coast and gathered oysters and mussels. If you have ever appreciated the pretty purple flowers that bloom in the San Juan national park, then you have seen a primary food source for the islands' early people. They picked the camas bulbs and cooked them in the earth like potatoes.
On an evening ferry sailing to Anacortes on Sept. 23, passengers heard a disturbing message from the loudspeakers: "We have very sad news. There has been a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington. If you have shopping, we urge you to not go to the mall, as the shooter is still at large."
My phone and email have been very busy lately with community members who want to talk about the heart-breaking event in our island community this month.
I, too, was shocked to see the headline "Reality of Heroin Addiction – Is heroin becoming more common in the San Juan Islands?" on the covers of our local papers on Aug. 17. I applaud the writers of this well-written article as well as the editors for printing it as it behooves us all to be well-informed in matters that significantly affect our communities.
By Doug McCutchen
With another school year about to begin, I'd like to acknowledge the important work that United Way of San Juan County does to ensure that all children in our community have the support they need to thrive in the classroom.
This is way more detail than we need.
This year our nation and our community mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While we continue to grieve that traumatic day and our tragic losses, we also have a renewed opportunity to re-commit to the unity, dedication, and patriotism we witnessed and experienced on that day and in its aftermath.
Last week during our county fair the temperature here on the island rose to well over 80 degrees several days in a row. Sadly, those of us working at the Animal Protection Society booth were notified on four separate occasions that people had parked their cars in the lots across the street from the fairgrounds, leaving dogs inside those cars for periods of over two hours.
Community Treasures (CT) has lost its lease and will be moving, or closing down over the next 6 months, because the property is going up for sale. For those who want more details:
The Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve just celebrated its thousandth donation! With matching funds now in place, every gift is being doubled as we raise the final $380,000 to reach our total $4.2 million goal.
As residents of the McDonald Street neighborhood in Friday Harbor, we would like to congratulate the Friday Harbor Town Council, Town Manager Duncan Wilson, Public Works Director Wayne Haefele, and the entire crew of Mike Carlson Construction on the completion of the Tucker Phase l Project.