Lovin’ the Celtic tunes | Letters

Dear San Juan Singers: Last night I really enjoyed your presentation of music from the Celtic Isles. So much talent and energy! You lifted my spirit, warmed my heart, and touched my soul. You all are a special gift to our community…Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! Waiting for you next program.

  • Apr 19th, 2016

OPALCO needs new blood | Guest column

by Alex MacLeod

  • Apr 13th, 2016

Ferries has made the wrong choice on food | Reporter’s notebook

A quiet, early morning ferry ride with a fresh blueberry muffin and a hot cup of coffee turns the trip from a necessary commute into an enjoyable, peaceful boat ride. So the ferry's attempt to make food service on the boats more consistent is a welcome plan. But their choice to go with Connecticut-based food vendor Centerplate, Inc. is a bad one.

  • Apr 13th, 2016

We are done with coal | Guest column

By Bonnie Hendrickson

  • Apr 9th, 2016

Superdelegates, stand with your voters | Editorial

Recently, constituents have raged online toward Rep Larsen for his endorsement for Hillary Clinton as president when Bernie Sanders reigned supreme at Democratic caucuses across the state. And we want to know, why Larsen is swimming upstream.

Silverstein for district 3 | Letters

I am writing this letter to all OPALCO members to discuss my support of Brian Silverstein for one of the District 3 Director positions. Brian's résume, which you can read of on the OPALCO website, speaks for itself. I think it is fortunate for us that someone with his work experience with OPALCO's provider of energy is not only willing but eager to put his experience to work in helping solve the issues that confront us. Difficult challenges are now the norm for OPALCO, and every co-op, PUD and utility company. I observe these challenges and opportunities through the lens of my involvement with renewable energy, both at home and in the county at large.

  • Apr 6th, 2016

It is time for the wheel to squeak | Letters

Many people are surprised and upset to learn of a new ferry system policy from articles recently printed in the local press. It is disturbing that the ferry system has changed its policy regarding when a person with a reservation needs to show up. You now have get to the ticket booth 30 minutes prior to sailing or your reservation will be cancelled, as opposed to previously needing to get in line 30 minutes early.

  • Apr 6th, 2016

Helping the Aussie Posse | Letters

We have all been touched by Kathleen Zuidema's story and her successful quest for homes for her Aussie Posse: Autumn, Mona and Finnegan. Many of you have asked how to help as Danielle Cochran welcomes them into her home. Donations details are listed below for veterinarian care, food, fencing and medical expenses. You can drop donations off at Browne's Home Center, Harbor Veterinary Services and Friday Harbor Pets.

  • Apr 5th, 2016

Ferries should support local riders | Editorial

The new 30 minute rule from Washington State Ferries requires riders to be past the tollbooth in order to not lose their reservations.

Clinton scam | Letters

Clinton scam

  • Mar 30th, 2016

For the animals | Letters

For the animals

  • Mar 30th, 2016

The ‘opalcalypse’ | Letters

The 'opalcalypse'

  • Mar 30th, 2016

Kudos for Spring Street work | Letters

Kudos for Spring Street work

  • Mar 30th, 2016

The building of Hartman Field | Part II

by Bruce Williams

  • Mar 30th, 2016

The “C” in OPALCO stands for cooperative?

It is increasingly difficult to remember that the "C" in OPALCO stands for "cooperative." No one is having a harder time doing so than its management and board. Remember when the annual meetings allowed members to stand up and ask questions of management and the board?

  • Mar 30th, 2016

OPALCO board candidate announced

Our local member-owned electric cooperative, Orcas Power & Light Co-op, announces the slate of candidates for its Board of Directors.

  • Mar 24th, 2016

St. Pat success | Letters

St. Pat success

  • Mar 23rd, 2016

Scholarship fund | Letters

Scholarship fund

  • Mar 23rd, 2016

Bernie is best | Letters

In all of the hundreds of articles from the various bloggers, pundits, and news sources that I've read to date reflecting on this year's democrat presidential candidates the following stands out in my mind the most:

  • Mar 23rd, 2016

Be informed | Letter

My sister has stage four breast cancer. She was able to enroll in a health insurance program this past year even with this serious preexisting condition. We have friends that have chronic diseases that prior to the Affordable Care Act could not obtain health insurance due to their pre-existing health conditions.

  • Mar 23rd, 2016

Watson for county council | Opinion

Submitted by Bill Watson

  • Mar 23rd, 2016

Thank you for the blood drive

Submitted by Sasha Seiden

  • Mar 22nd, 2016

Hummingbirds return | Letter

Hummingbird season is upon us. The little migratory Rufous Hummingbird has returned from its usual wintering grounds in Mexico. Hordes of Rufous Hummingbirds will pass through our area on their way north to Southeast Alaska, but many will stay here to breed and raise young. The Annas Hummingbird is the second hummingbird species that frequent our islands. They are not migratory and they will hang around all winter, especially if fed at feeders.

  • Mar 17th, 2016

The story of Hartman Field

By Bruce Williams

  • Mar 16th, 2016

Being brave in the face of death | Editorial

A Friday Harbor woman's Facebook request went viral, reaching more than 30,000 eyes.

Easter fundraiser | Letter

Stop by the main lobby of PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center on Friday, March 18, when Easter baskets will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Peace Island Volunteers have been busy assembling the baskets, which feature such themes as Kids, Baby, Pets, Gardening, Spa, Get Well, Hostess Gifts, and Cancer Care. Each basket is chock full of donated goods that are sure to delight.

  • Mar 16th, 2016

Beware of scams | Letter

Grandparent alert! Someone called us this morning impersonating our grandson.

  • Mar 15th, 2016

Future of fish | Letters

Future of fish | Letters

  • Mar 9th, 2016

Re: Smaalers | Letters

Re: Smaalders

  • Mar 9th, 2016

Clarity after Larsen meeting | Letters

Clarity after Larsen meeting | Letters

  • Mar 9th, 2016

Concerns about OPALCO | Letters

Concerns about OPALCO | Letters

  • Mar 9th, 2016

Impressed with sheriff’s statement

When a mistake is made, the best thing to do is take full responsibility, look at why it happened and implement changes to prevent it from occurring again.

Ranker: Budget fails across the state

Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, issued the following statement today following the Senate’s passage of the 2016 supplemental operating budget.

  • Mar 1st, 2016

Update about Democratic Caucus

There has been some more information released by the state Democratic Party about the Democratic caucus on March 26 at 10 a.m.

  • Mar 1st, 2016

The auditor discusses presidential primaries and caucuses

The first in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Passing levy shows we care about our youth

The San Juan Island community has made it clear that programs like this are important to our community by last week’s passing of the public school’s Capitol Projects and Technology Levy.

Anna V. Smith says farewell to the Journal | Editorial

If you haven’t already heard the rumblings, or even if you have, I can confirm them for you here: this will be my last edition with the Journal of the San Juans.

Energy Assist Credit and Project PAL help low-income households

Did you notice the new line item on your January bill from OPALCO? All co-op members began paying about 45 cents per month to fund the new Energy Assistance Credit.

  • Feb 8th, 2016

Rock Island works with T-Mobile to accelerate wireless in the county

As a part of its coverage expansion, T-Mobile launched Extended Range LTE, using the same type of 700 MHz spectrum that OPALCO purchased in 2014.

  • Feb 8th, 2016