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

Chief Marler will be missed by many | Guest Column

" A kind, gentle, giant of a man with a huge heart and a great sense of humor.”

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Shoreline Master Program update is an important piece in of our islands’ future | Guest Column

With the first update in 18 years, today’s changes to the Shoreline Master Program will determine how our shorelines look and function for decades to come.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Shoreline update long overdue | Editorial

As island communities, preserving our 400 miles of coastline is critical for our way of life today, and more importantly, future generations.

Support our schools and vote yes on upcoming school levy | Letters

We have another chance to give our support to our local children. The San Juan Island School District is seeking voter approval for the reauthorization of the capital and technology levy for the years 2017-2020.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

Investing in our future through mentorship | Editorial

The fact that we live in a place where people are willing to invest in the lives others, especially younger others, means we are willing invest in ourselves and grow as people.

Support the Capital and Technology levy for our schools | Letters

Strong schools are the foundation upon which vibrant communities are built. Please vote yes to renew the Capital and Technology levy on Feb. 9.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

Be considerate at the gravel pit, leash your dogs and pick up waste | Letters

If you agree and want to complain about the off-leash, out-of-control dogs at the gravel pit, call Island Rec

  • Jan 19th, 2016

Two Friday Harbor High School graduates give their perspective on the levy | Letters

As graduates of San Juan Island public schools and recent college graduates, we’d like to ask you to vote yes for the renewal of the school district Capital Projects and Technology Levy.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

Voters young and old, get involved in this years’ election | Letters

I urge people to become familiar with Bernie Sanders. You may have noticed that the large media companies very rarely discuss the important issues he raises, let alone include him in any political conversations.

  • Jan 15th, 2016

Geology nerds, take action to survive a quake | Editorial

I am what you would call a geology nerd. I took multiple geology courses in university, and had it been offered, would have also majored in geology along with my communication degree. I love rocks.

  • Jan 13th, 2016

To stop ocean pollution, we also need to look across the Strait | Letters

This enormous flow combined with untreated waste from Vancouver waste treatment facilities may be the heart of our “dead sea” problem.

  • Jan 12th, 2016

Why San Juan County should allow Wheeled All-Terrain Vehicles on roads | Letters

Allowing WATVs in San Juan County would be positive for our environment with lowered emissions, and less wear and tear on our roadways, as well as offering the potential for new revenue streams through additional licensing

  • Jan 12th, 2016

To the New Year – thoughts on mental health, sorrow and addiction | Opinion

With the new year here, it is good to reflect on the past year. The word “reflect” is rooted in Latin and Old French, showing up around the 15th century, and means to “turn or bend back.” When we turn or bend back to 2015 what do we find?

  • Jan 12th, 2016

Renew our Capital Projects and Technology Levy this February

I encourage you to support public education and ensure the right to a quality education is not a privilege of the wealthy or lucky, but the right of every child living on this island by voting yes.

  • Jan 6th, 2016

In a galaxy far, far away… | Editorial

The Burke Museum, where the bone is currently lounging, noted in a release it is the left thigh bone from a theropod, a two legged, meateating ruffian like Tyrannosaurus rex. Otherwise, this was no vegan hoofer.

  • Jan 5th, 2016

Kwiaht says El Niño year sets the tune for climate change impacts on salmon

According to Kwiaht director Russel Barsh, “it’s a good thing we began collecting data years earlier, since what we are seeing now is nothing like what we observed previously and considered normal.”

  • Jan 5th, 2016

To make resolutions or not to make resolutions for 2016 | Editorial

Resolutions are for the mature, the type of humanoids who are always on time and know how much money is in their checking accounts,and it’s not because the bank just sent a “you’re going to jail, you bum” message.

  • Dec 28th, 2015

Progress means looking both ways | Editorial

Living here has been a lesson in learning that no matter how far we have gone we can always turn back, we don’t have to be slaves to the future.