Opinion

Spring is special section season

The sweet smell of freshly mowed grass and the warm sun on…

What can the Exxon Valdez teach us about the Salish Sea? | Editorial

I was a little over a year old when the Exxon Valdez…

Leviathan delusion in paradise lost | Opinion

By Steve Ulvi My phone rang. My old Alaska pal, Archie, was…

  • Mar 20th, 2019

Vessel regulations and the Southern resident killer whales | Letters

As a scientist, whale advocate and San Juan County resident, I feel…

  • Mar 20th, 2019

RB Chronicles Part 2

Life turns on a dime. It’s what comes after that ends up…

  • Mar 11th, 2019

Orca Expert Recommended Actions | Guest column

Submitted by Beam Reach, Friends of the San Juans, Orca Behavior Institute…

  • Mar 6th, 2019

The RB Chronicles, Part One | Editorial

The speed at which our life can change is breathtaking! Whether it’s…

  • Mar 6th, 2019

Journal welcomes Mandi Johnson as assistant editor | Editorial

Islands’ Sounder staff reporter Mandi Johnson will now be utilizing her talents…

The art of being prepared | Editorial

San Juan County residents are passionate about disaster preparedness. With just a…

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Local Harbor seal survives gunshot wound

Submitted by The Whale Museum On Saturday, Jan. 26, a harbor seal…

  • Feb 16th, 2019

Dismayed with case dismissal

We are dismayed that a criminal case has been thrown out due…

Former Senator Kevin Ranker releases statement regarding sexual harassment allegations | Guest Column

by Kevin Ranker Former state senator, D-Orcas This week a Senate investigation…

  • Feb 1st, 2019

Airlift insurance is an island necessity | Reporter’s Notebook

With Kaiser Permanente denying claims for emergency air ambulance services, it’s a…

When owls attack | Editorial

As the sun began to set and the full moon started its…

San Juan Island School District superintendent discusses online classes, state funding | Guest column

By Kari McVeigh San Juan Island School District Superintendent This school year,…

  • Jan 17th, 2019

Reporter praises San Juans safety as she steps down | Reporter’s notebook

When I was 21 years old, I walked from my downtown Cincinnati,…

Expanded board rejuvenates Islands Oil Spill Association | Guest column

Submitted by Ken Carrasco IOSA Board of Directors Secretary For many, the…

  • Jan 10th, 2019

New year brings special sections to Journal of the San Juans | Editorial

Staff report In the first quarter of the new year, your island…

  • Jan 7th, 2019

Hopeful news from 2018 | Editorial

Staff report The Journal of the San Juans has outlined the good…

  • Dec 31st, 2018

San Juan islanders make New Year’s Resolutions | Editorial

Staff report The new year is a time to reflect on the…

  • Dec 26th, 2018
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                                Leslie and her dog Hoover.

Animal Protection Society director steps down | Guest column

By Leslie Byron APS-FH director After long consideration and with a heavy…

  • Dec 23rd, 2018
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                                Leslie and her dog Hoover.

Don’t drink and drive | Reporter’s notebook

In San Juan County, driving while drunk is the No. 1 cause…

Holiday traditions bring San Juan islanders together | Editorial

Close your eyes for a moment and envision what the holidays mean…

  • Dec 12th, 2018

Oh, deer: San Juan islander looks at deer overpopulation | Guest column

By Steve Ulvi San Juan Island Along with about a hundred others,…

  • Dec 9th, 2018

Rejoice in the spirit of giving this holiday season | Editorial

I take immense delight in giving to others. That’s not to say…

Contributed photo
                                Rachel and Molly cleaned the STEM building’s solar panels as part of their community project.

Students use community service class to conserve energy | Guest column

By Rachel Snow and Molly Tangney Friday Harbor High School Our names…

  • Dec 3rd, 2018
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                                Rachel and Molly cleaned the STEM building’s solar panels as part of their community project.

Exchange student describes life in Friday Harbor

Submitted by Spring Street International School Spring Street International School is a…

  • Dec 1st, 2018

Earth’s second chance | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer San Juan Island Trees are leading characters in every…

  • Nov 30th, 2018

Shop locally this holiday season, for yourself and your neighbor | Editorial

Staff report All of us at the Journal of the San Juans…

  • Nov 28th, 2018

San Juan islanders give thanks | Editorial

Every year the Journal of the San Juans and the Islands’ Sounder…

  • Nov 22nd, 2018

Are black widows among us? | Guest column

By Terese Smith-Prescott San Juan Island My husband and I were surprised…

  • Nov 22nd, 2018

San Juan wild turkeys, gone, not forgotten | Guest column

By Peggy Butler San Juan Island Although wild turkeys have been absent…

  • Nov 22nd, 2018

Help end poverty on San Juan | Editorial

In our idyllic island communities, where million-dollar homes, parades and pastoral lands…

  • Nov 14th, 2018

Dissonance means Democracy | Editorial

We applaud the passion and motivation of islanders who have written letters…

  • Nov 7th, 2018

How the sport of politics keeps us divided | Guest column

By Kathleen Bartholomew San Juan Island America is sliding into political dysfunction…

  • Nov 6th, 2018

Remembering veterans this Veterans Day | Guest column

By Phil Peterson Orcas Island John Kennedy once said that “The cost…

  • Nov 5th, 2018

Brandli for San Juan County District Court judge | Editorial

We had a difficult decision in choosing whom to endorse for district…

  • Oct 31st, 2018

Yes to San Juan County Home Fund | Editorial

Staff report We support the affordable housing measure on this November’s ballot.…

  • Oct 31st, 2018

Yes for Power | Letter

It is with great enthusiasm that I offer my endorsement of Nick…

  • Oct 30th, 2018

The Journal endorses San Juan County prosecuting attorney and sheriff | Editorial

Staff report We must endorse San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney Randall Gaylord…

  • Oct 25th, 2018