Update from San Juan School District Superintendent

by Danna Diaz, PhD San Juan Island School District Superintendent Happy Chinese…

  • Feb 1st, 2017

Protecting natural places | Editorial

A recent purchase proposal by the San Juan County Land Bank has…

In support of peaceful protesting | Editorial

I’ve heard way too many people say “protests don’t solve anything.” That’s…

SJC lead dispatcher explains 911 procedures | Guest Column

By Robin DeLazerda San Juan County Lead Dispatcher We have received a…

  • Jan 11th, 2017

Goodbye to the matriarch of Jpod | Editorial

The Southern resident killer whales are sacred, wondrous members of our Pacific…

What happened to tolerance? | Guest column

By Bill Criddle Special to The Journal I read Michelle Loftus’s column…

  • Jan 4th, 2017

Diversity includes Christian holidays | Guest column

By Nathan Butler Secretary of the San Juan County Republican Party Ever…

  • Jan 4th, 2017

The year 2016 wasn’t all misery | Editorial

Many Americans are expressing gratitude that 2016 is coming to an end.…

Frank Penwell makes case for Community Treasures

By Frank Penwell Community Treasures It is time to become educated and…

  • Dec 28th, 2016

Steel, speed and spirits do not mix | Editorial

The most chilling noise in a drunk driving collision comes after the…

  • Dec 28th, 2016

Our geography of hope? | Guest column

By Steve Ulvi Special to the Journal Last week, feeling sucker-punched by…

  • Dec 21st, 2016

A bounty of gifts in your own backyard: shop locally | Editorial

Before you are standing in line at that big department store, Christmas…

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Two Orcas Island ballot measures need opponents

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditor’s Office Two local taxing districts…

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Election moments from the auditor

- The 12th in a series of articles about elections in Washington…

  • Dec 14th, 2016

Port Commissioners respond to community concern

Submitted by Greg Hertel, Mike Ahrenius and Barbara Marrett Commissioners, Port of…

  • Dec 14th, 2016

Save our neighbors, the orcas

Submitted by Janet Thomas When I moved to San Juan Island, more…

  • Dec 14th, 2016

Stand with San Juan Islands – editorial

This past weekend was a success for water protectors at the Dakota…

A Republican views the 2016 president election

by Michelle Loftus Republicans of San Juan County Many of us are…

  • Nov 30th, 2016

Be informed | Editorial

I was watching the show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” the…

Islanders give thanks

Every year the Journal of the San Juans asks its readers to…

  • Nov 23rd, 2016

The grey skies of election season | Editorial

This morning, voters woke up to heavy rain and dark skies. At…

County auditor reviews third quarter finances

My first year of college, I shared a landline (we called it…

  • Nov 17th, 2016

Reach out to a veteran before its too late | Editorial

I met Sgt. Gil Frazier during the war in Afghanistan. I was…

Reflections for the school superintendent

By Danna Diaz School Superintendent As I reflect on the past month,…

Update on Community Treasures

Submitted by Frank Penwell The Community Treasures (CT) Board of Directors met…

  • Nov 8th, 2016

Why does the Journal run endorsements? | Editorial

On Oct. 26, the Journal endorsed Bill Watson and Rick Hughes for San Juan County Council.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Save the Southern residents | Opinion

There is a rising tide of tragedy in the Southern Salish Sea: the resident orca whales are facing extinction.

  • Oct 28th, 2016

2016 endorsements | Editorial

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.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Take some Initiative-Letter

Is it just me, or is anyone else confused over the six initiatives on the November ballot? They're tricky. Reading quickly, you may findyourself agreeing with one part of each measure yet disagreeing with another part. You have two options: You can "rubber stamp" whatyour political party wants you to do, or you can spend a frustrating half hour reading the "Voters' Pamphlet" and deciding for yourself. Ithink you know the answer here.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Watson and Durland-Letter

This is an exceptionally depressing election season, with one primary presidential candidate wholly unfit for office and the other whoresents an historic opportunity to become our first female president, but is opposed by a not-insignificant portion of the electorate.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Vote Durland-Letter

Michael Durland has amazing analytical skills that are applied to getting work done just right. The job always turns out better. His longtenure on Orcas Island breeds understanding. He does think of others first and has a good sense of what is best. He will work out theissues on a personal level. He knows how to care. He is open and honest. Lots of us know that voting for Michael is important.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Vote for Jarman-Letter

This letter is to encourage that you vote for Bob Jarman for county council. He now has four years on the job and has proved his valuetime and again. He came into the job with a unique work ethic, skill set, and about 40 years of county knowledge under his belt. He'sindependent, perceptive, smart and balanced. Along with his co- councilmen, he's improved the communication, cooperation, andperformance of county government within and without. We are fortunate to have such a devoted, hard-working, and effective leader whois actually a public servant seeking balanced solutions. He has no ax to grind and thinks for himself.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Cut politics out of land decisions-Letter

Bill Watson has my vote for county council district 1 – and I'll tell you why. In my 40-year residency in San Juan County, I owned asuccessful land surveying business that took me to just about to every corner on every island. I have viewed the changing landscape,changing land use and the population that has driven it. I have been on the Town of Friday Harbor Planning Commission as chair for thelast eight years and am a member of the Friday Harbor Historic Preservation Review Board. My small surveying business and thesecommissions have introduced me to a good many of the past and present county commissioners, council members and most planning,permitting, and deed recording employees of the town and county.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Watson, yes-Letter

I have known Bill Watson for many years. I find him to be exactly the sort of thoughtful person we need leading this great county of ours.We need strong, intelligent advocates for the issues that bind us together as a community. Bill joining Jamie and Rick on the countycouncil would create a team that would work exceptionally well together to represent our island communities. We have unique needsliving on these beautiful islands, from needing a county council that will continue to be strong advocates for our ferries, to making surewe grow our economy as well as opportunities for more housing, while protecting the beautiful environment. We need a San Juan CountyCouncil that is fully dedicated to tirelessly advocating for our core values. That is exactly why I support Bill Watson. Please join me invoting for Bill Watson.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Jarman for council- Letter

Bob Jarman gets my vote, hands down.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Support Jarman-Letter

As a long-time islander, teacher, farmer, wife and mother, I am very grateful to Bob Jarman for all he has done and continues to do forour county. I, and my family, have known and worked with Bob for many years. His commitment to the job, whether it's helping those ofus who farm, providing customer service and expertise at the phone company, serving as a fire commissioner, or as a county councilman,Bob gives it his all. He cares about the people in this county and works diligently to represent each and every person. It is important tokeep Bob on the job. He has the knowledge and the hands on experience. Please join us in voting for Bob Jarman, county councilman, onNov. 8.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Jarman, yes-Letter

Bob Jarman is the obvious choice for county council District 1. Having known Bob for over 20 years, I feel qualified to make thatstatement.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Bill Watson for County Council-Letter

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, Local 1849 (San Juan County employee's union)have endorsed Bill Watson.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Vote for Watson-Letter

Bill Watson has impressed me ever since we first met. I was immediately struck by his commitment to and understanding of our islands.For one thing, he had done his homework –since January, when he first decided to run, for example, he has taken in every single councilmeeting! Not only that, but in the ten years he has lived here he not only has continued his software consulting business, but also hasmade a significant impact on our islands and on many things I consider vital.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Re-elect Bob-Letter

I've known Bob Jarman for many years and have always been impressed with his honesty, his integrity, and his work ethic.

  • Oct 26th, 2016