Public safety announcements | Editorial

Beware of iPhone pocket-dialing 911 and coronavirus-related fraud


Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

Newspaper staff will be spending the next few months working on three special sections.


Pivot plan is critical for small business survival | Guest column

When people describe entrepreneurs and small business owners as resilient.

  • Sep 10th, 2020


It’s all about the context | Reporter’s Notebook

Few, I imagine, would disagree that the ability to telecommute during these…

  • Sep 2nd, 2020

Taking care of your mental health amid COVID-19 | Guest column

Submitted by Dwight T. Colley, Psy.D. Chair, SJC Human Services Advisory Board

  • Aug 27th, 2020

By the side of the road | Guest column

Submitted by Kimberly Mayer I have been joined by fox on my…

  • Aug 19th, 2020

Celebrating the world of photography | Editorial

I have too many cameras — well not too many, but I…

Lefties, Unite! | Guest column

Submitted by Margot Shaw Orcas Island I want to respond to Colleen’s…

  • Aug 19th, 2020

Editorial: Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over

If we are to avoid the extinction of salmon runs and orcas, talks regarding the dams should continue.

  • Aug 14th, 2020

Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would offer tax credits to advertisers and subscribers

  • Aug 11th, 2020
Contributed photo
                                Kaia (left) with a mermaid made of litter at the Lopez Dump.

Plastic Free Salish Sea with Friends intern

Submitted by Kaia Friends of the San Juans’ Summer Intern My name…

  • Aug 8th, 2020
Contributed photo
                                Kaia (left) with a mermaid made of litter at the Lopez Dump.

Want to stop the spread of COVID-19? Assist in contact tracing | Editorial

Once a case of COVID-19 is identified, one of the best tools…

OPALCO manager is paid accordingly for position | Guest column

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Despite Mr. MacLeod’s repeated attempts…

  • Aug 5th, 2020

OPALCO is overpaying for mediocre leadership | Guest column

By Alex MacLeod A year or so ago I reported that we…

  • Aug 5th, 2020

Women deserve your respect, too | Editorial

“This is not new and that is the problem.” It is 2020,…

Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Living in the San Juan Islands, you’d never know that being left-handed…

Vacation rental conversation continues

By the Vacation Rental Work Group This month is the one-year anniversary…

  • Jul 28th, 2020

Love is not tourism | Editorial

We first met when we were 15 years old. We dated when…

Daniel Miller running for council | Guest column

Submitted by Daniel Miller Former New England Antique shop owner Daniel Miller…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020

Mindy Kayl running as write-in candidate for District 2 | Guest column

Submitted by Kayl for Council “As a World and community, we are…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020

Orcas Women Coalition endorses Christine Minney | Guest column

Submitted by Christine Minney for San Juan County Council The Orcas Women’s…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020

Michael Durland running for council | Guest column

Submitted by Michael Durland I moved to Orcas Island in 1977 and…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020

In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

It may be an oversimplification to say that our communities are becoming…

Increasing restaurant capacity could lead to spread of coronavirus | Guest column

By Michael Riordan Orcas Island The most troublesome aspect of the county’s…

  • Jul 15th, 2020

Sharon Kivisto campaigning to be the council member | Guest Column

Submitted by Sharon Kivisto I’m Sharon Kivisto and I’m campaigning to be…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020

Steve Wehrly running for commissioner | Guest Column

Submitted by Steve Wehrly I ask you to vote for me because…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020

You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

For long-time islanders, the size and format of this week’s edition will…

Against common sense: White male privilege and me

by David Kobrin Orcas Island As a historian, I know there can…

  • Jul 8th, 2020

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

San Juan County is still ranked as one of the safest counties…

The public deserve full information about integration | Guest column

Submitted by Kyle Loring SJC Public Hospital District No. 1 Commissioner If…

  • Jul 2nd, 2020

The new normal | Guest column

By Kimberly Mayer San Juan Island We were in bed watching House…

  • Jun 10th, 2020

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

In a few short weeks, our world has changed. It’s starting to…

Fire-EMS merger is important | Guest column

Submitted by Dr. Joshua Corsa, San Juan County EMS Medical Program Director…

  • Jun 3rd, 2020

San Juan County’s Coronavirus future | Guest column

Submitted by Michael Riordan Orcas Island Thanks to a vigorous response to…

  • May 27th, 2020

Dismayed by hospital district’s decision | Guest column

Submitted by Dan Paulson I was surprised and dismayed to learn that…

  • May 27th, 2020

In support of separate fire and EMS agencies | Guest column

Editor’s note: J. Burk Gossom, MD, who was San Juan EMS Medical…

  • May 20th, 2020

Labs visitors limited | Letter

Submitted by Dr. Megan Dethier Director, Friday Harbor Labs In this time…

  • May 20th, 2020

Ten reasons to not have ‘COVID-19 parties’

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Have you heard of…

  • May 11th, 2020

Wearing masks to protect others | Guest column

By Jim Corenman I was disappointed to see the letter from Tim…

  • Apr 29th, 2020