Opinion

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                                March For Our Lives took place on March 24 in Friday Harbor.

March for Our Lives: Truth to Power | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer San Juan Island This past year, I am always…

  • Mar 30th, 2018
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                                March For Our Lives took place on March 24 in Friday Harbor.

Animal control officer needed | Editorial

San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs said he is open to training…

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                                This bench is located at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park.

Rock of ages: A first-hand account of the March 2 Rotary Spelling Bee | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer A bench. A book. A cup of tea or…

  • Mar 28th, 2018
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                                This bench is located at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park.

Our kids are fighting for what they believe | Editorial

We felt overwhelming pride and a deep well of sadness as our…

Helping those before they are in crisis | Guest Column

By Vincent Shu I am saddened anytime someone commits suicide, especially when…

  • Mar 20th, 2018

Farewell to San Juan County Undersheriff | Editorial

We want to thank San Juan County Undersheriff Brent Johnson for 50…

San Juan Island School District M&0 Levy 101 | Guest column

By Ralph Hahn San Juan Island School District board member position 3…

  • Mar 15th, 2018

Washington state unites against oil spills and fish spills | Guest Column

Submitted by Stephanie Buffam Executive director, Friends of the San Juans The…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

Skagit commission fails to address impacts of petrochemical expansion permit | Guest column

Submitted by Stand Earth, Friends of the San Juans and Crag Law…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

Thanks to Inslee, veto is a major win for the people | Editorial

We have been truly appalled by the actions of our state government…

Is my school next? | Guest column

By Kathleen Bartholomew After every school shooting, this fearful question echoes in…

  • Mar 6th, 2018

Say something before it’s too late | Editorial

We sang Celine Dion at the top of our lungs with the…

  • Mar 1st, 2018
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                                Kevin Ranker on the Senate floor contemplating his vote on yet another measure. He was one of only seven Senators to oppose SB 6617.

What is the state Legislature hiding? | Guest Column

By Michael Riordan In a brazen attempt to suppress public access to…

  • Feb 26th, 2018
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                                Kevin Ranker on the Senate floor contemplating his vote on yet another measure. He was one of only seven Senators to oppose SB 6617.

San Juan Islands School District Superintendent discusses her job search, progress in the district | Guest Column

Submitted by Danna Diaz San Juan Island School District Superintendent This letter…

  • Feb 26th, 2018

Bravo to state Senate for net pen ban | Editorial

When a Cooke Aquaculture net pen holding more than 300,000 invasive Atlantic…

Captain Hobbes creates organization to protect orcas | Guest column

Captian Hobbes organizes for whale protections

  • Feb 16th, 2018

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought of as a holiday to celebrate romantic…

San Juan Island School District updates from superintendent | Guest Column

Submitted by the San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz There…

  • Feb 9th, 2018

Following in Joyce Sobel’s footsteps | Editorial

Investing in a community’s children is promoting future leaders, voters, laborers, thinkers,…

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                                “Untitled 2” by Yasmine K. Kasem

The need to create a name for the ‘middle’ | Guest Column

By Yasmine K. Kasem Featured artist at San Juan Islands Museum of…

  • Feb 2nd, 2018
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                                “Untitled 2” by Yasmine K. Kasem

February is teen dating violence awareness month | Guest Column

Submitted by SAFE San Juans By exploring the dating process, teenagers gain…

  • Feb 1st, 2018
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Protect beaches and forage fish to protect orca and salmon | Guest Column

By Stephanie Buffum Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans The…

  • Jan 31st, 2018
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Harrington reveals the problem with EMS | Guest Column

By Monica Harrington Former San Juan Island Public Hospital District Commissioner (Editor’s…

  • Jan 30th, 2018

What is happening with San Juan Island EMS? | Editorial

EMS is in trouble. Its management is in chaos. In the span…

Overnight tsunami watch…and wait | Guest Column

By Dave Halloran San Juan County Department of Emergency Management If you…

  • Jan 25th, 2018

Creating a safe space for victims to be heard | Editorial

In the last five years, crime stories we report on are indeed becoming more disturbing. In the last six months we have seen a slew of crime involving sexual assaults.

Millennials have the power | Guest Column

By Amy Herdy This message is for all you millennials out there,…

  • Jan 22nd, 2018

This is what I know for sure | Guest column

This is what I know for sure | Guest column

  • Jan 22nd, 2018

Health courses at Skagit College | Guest Column

By Stephanie Prima Skagit Valley College is offering a new approach to…

  • Jan 18th, 2018

What we can do today to help the orcas | Reporter’s Notebook

In a perfect world, the Southern resident killer whales would be thriving.…

County should call on Congress to pass Carbon Fee-and-Dividend legislation | Guest Column

By David Foutch Lopez Island Thank you for the informative article on…

  • Jan 12th, 2018
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                                A kayaker photographs an orca.

The economics of wildlife watching | Guest Column

By Bob Friel SeaDoc Society Half a century into the Digital Age…

  • Jan 12th, 2018
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                                A kayaker photographs an orca.

Health and wellness and relocation guide are on the way | Editorial

In the first quarter of the new year, your island papers are…

School Board Recognition Month | Guest Column

Submitted by Danna Diaz, Ph.D. San Juan Island School District By proclamation…

  • Jan 10th, 2018

Washington State Ferries management in San Juans | Guest Column

By John Brantigan Shaw Island In my Jan. 1 editorial in the…

  • Jan 9th, 2018

Why be a pilot? | Guest Column

Ground school scholarships now open to island teenagers

  • Jan 6th, 2018

Thousands start ad campaign to breach Snake River dams | Guest Column

Submitted by Jim Waddell, damsense.org, and Ken Balcomb, whaleresearch.com We, the undersigned,…

  • Jan 5th, 2018

The good things that happened in 2017 | Editorial

It’s been another rough year. The divisiveness of the 2016 presidential election…

Every hour, someone dies in a drunk driving crash | Editorial

Drunk driving is the number one cause of death on our roadways.…

Naming names | Editorial

Naming criminals or alleged perpetrators in our community is a necessary role…