Opinion

FlexFerry is great for tourists, not locals | Guest Column

This system is virtually identical to the “ticket bot” systems which the State has now made illegal for grabbing tickets to popular concert and sporting events. There is almost no difference between the right to reserve a seat at a specific concert or sporting event and the right to reserve a space to board a specific ferry.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Mount Grant — It’s in our backyard | Guest Column

It was proposed to Life Care we take a group up to the top. With a little coordination and Life Care’s help, we gathered Allan and a few of his pals earlier this week.

  • Aug 14th, 2015

Getting away from it all? | Editorial

How often in life do we have the opportunity to change someone’s life forever?

  • Aug 11th, 2015

The Byline

In our small community we may not have a brigade of fact checkers and researchers but we have something just as valuable: accountability. When we publish stories we have to answer to our editorial choices at the grocery store, at theater shows and at the farmers’ market.

  • Jul 28th, 2015

Revenue forecasting and debt the real reasons for OPALCO increase | Guest Column

A day after the OPALCO board approved an emergency 10 percent increase in our electric rates, effective at the start of this month, its management issued a press release announcing the “Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On.” In it, General Manager Foster Hildreth “explained” that the emergency increase was needed because “Members have not been paying their full share” of OPALCO’s costs.

  • Jul 28th, 2015

The scoop on the short ballot | Guest Column

Voters hate white space on a ballot. Every time a short ballot goes out, we receive calls complaining about our spending money on an election for one race. Sadly, sometimes that’s just the way it is.

  • Jul 28th, 2015

Tansy ragwort: Toxic and tainting | Guest Column

Highly toxic, its alkaloids are present in all plant parts. Cattle, horses and goats consuming either growing plants or tansy ragwort in silage and hay store these poisons in their liver

  • Jul 22nd, 2015

Moratorium on vacation rentals not a solution | Guest Column

Regarding illegal vacation rentals, I agree the county should enforce existing regulations. However the vast majority of legitimate vacation rentals on this island are not places that are likely to rent long term to “the county’s middle working class”.

  • Jul 21st, 2015

Community resilience in face of drought | Guest Column

Express your thoughts July 20, 6 p.m. on water or any other island way of life issue, threatened by a warming atmosphere, at a facilitated Community Discussion sponsored by Island Climate Resilience at the San Juan Grange.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

San Juan Journal Political Cartoon | July 15

This week's San Juan Journal political cartoon by Frank Shiers | July 15

  • Jul 14th, 2015

A balancing act of tourism and affordable housing | Editorial

Last year people in our community were desperate for housing. Now a full year has passed. Has anything changed?

  • Jul 7th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, July 8 | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and SanJuanJournal.com.

  • Jul 7th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, July 1 | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Kiwanis Pig War Picnic | Letters

The Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor is pleased to host this year’s Fourth of July Pig War Picnic at the Historical Museum Park. This well-loved community event is free to the public and takes place immediately after the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. If you’re not familiar with where the Historical Museum Park is located just listen for the Bag Pipes as the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band will call you to the Park.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Woes water | Editorial

Whether the water is falling from the sky or spraying out of the ground, it is sure to be unpredictable, complex and nearly always perplexing.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, June 24 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015

Fireworks on the way – be safe | Editorial

We would like to remind everyone that personal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in our beautiful county. The use of any type of personal fireworks presents a real danger of injury and fire.

Journal political cartoon, June 17 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 17th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, June 10 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 11th, 2015

Revenue problem? It’s debt and spending driving OPALCO rate hikes | As I See It

OPALCO’s debt has more than doubled, to $25 million, including an increase of $7.5 million last year. Its operating expenses have increased by nearly 30 percent (despite the pledge that the “electric-grid” investments would produce operating savings). Annual interest on the debt has increased 85 perecent to $1 million. (And OPALCO has yet to begin serious borrowing—$15-17 million—to replace the underwater cable between Lopez and San Juan islands).

  • Jun 6th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, June 3 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's artistic interpretation of local news, issues and events are published weekly in the Journal and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015

More questions for hospital district candidates | As I See It

Critical questions that should be put to candidates are, “What outcomes are you aiming for that could or would be served by your election?” What problem(s) might be solved? If you see problems, how—specifically—would you make things better?

  • May 23rd, 2015

From 30 to zero: crush on kilowatts, Part II | Guest column

In 2015, the average monthly bill from Orcas Power & Light Cooperative increased to $125 per household, due to new rates and facility charges. Imagine reducing that in half just by increasing insulation, thereby eliminating wasted leaks, and by installing solar hot water.

  • May 23rd, 2015

Wouldn’t you think they’d know better by now? | Guest column

It turns out next Thursday’s special board meeting is to discuss rates, but you had to first spot the meeting notice and then contact OPALCO directly to find that out. And yes, the meeting is open to the membership.

  • May 22nd, 2015

Journal political cartoon, May 20 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • May 19th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, May 6 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • May 7th, 2015

Museum or gallery? One is not the other in world of art | As I See It

IMA is at a crossroad this moment and needs to make some decisions. They can continue as an art center or actually commit to becoming a museum. Either road is possible, but they must now make a choice.

  • May 5th, 2015

Giddy up… and heave-ho to all those hazards | Editorial

Over the past 25 years, almost 400 tons—yes, tons—of pollutants have been disposed of safely, efficiently and economically: up to 25 gallons of your hazardous stuff can be jettisoned for free. So, get ready for hazardous waste round-up No. 26.

  • May 1st, 2015

In Olympia: State lawmakers in line for double-digit pay hike

On May 13, the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is set to vote to give lawmakers an 11 percent raise. That would be more than double the percentage increase that those same legislators are considering for state workers and teachers.

  • Apr 29th, 2015

OPALCO had no choice but to raise its rates | As I See It

No matter how folksy a co-op may be, its fundamental obligation is to stay in business. It must charge whatever it takes in order to cover costs.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015

Island Rec levy? More, more, more is a poor solution | As I See It

Why look to government to supply our every want and need? Particularly since that always means agreeing to higher and higher taxes. Here is my suggestion...

  • Apr 20th, 2015

What do farmers and power utilities have in common? More than you might think | Letters

OPALCO can negotiate for materials and salaries, and seek to negotiate with BPA on rates at long intervals, but neither BPA nor OPALCO can control the cost of power when OPALCO’s members’ power needs exceed the fixed-price contracted amount under the OPALCO-BPA power purchase contract. BPA’s reliance on hydropower makes it a farmer too.

  • Apr 16th, 2015

When it comes to U.S. elections, Einstein may have said it best | Guest column

If we choose to continue to believe that doing the same thing over and over again with the expectation of different results, then the 2016 election results are predictable.

  • Apr 16th, 2015

Confusion has its costs; co-op can do better | Editorial

The powers that be at OPALCO say they are listening to your concerns. While there's nothing wrong that, we’ll suggest a bit more dialogue would prove beneficial for all.

  • Apr 14th, 2015

Key to salmon recovery? Demolition | Guest Column

Breaching dams shows much promise for salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest. The removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in the Olympic National Park were the largest in U.S. history. This shows that Washington state can lead the country in habitat restoration.

  • Apr 10th, 2015

Investment in broadband grows, electrical rates rise—coincidence?

What else lies behind OPALCO's rate increases? The answer, I believe, is “grid control backbone,” the co-op’s code word for fiber-optics infrastructure.

  • Apr 7th, 2015

Island Rec fills the void when others are unable | Guest column

From school sports to dog parks, from trails committees to children's festivals to ball fields, Island Rec has proven up to the challenge and worthy of helping to maintain, and to enhance, our quality of life.

  • Apr 7th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, April 1 edition | Opinion

The lighter side of local news, information and events, by cartoonist Rob Pudim.

  • Apr 4th, 2015

Parks & Recreation: Ties that bind | Guest Column

Rich and varied recreational opportunities for islanders and visitors alike are part of what makes San Juan Island a great place to live and visit.

  • Apr 4th, 2015

Spotlight on screen: ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ | Guest Column

The 2014 Emmy Award winning film series, "Outstanding Non-fiction Series" category, begins April 2, at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. Hosted by Grange No. 966, the series is co-sponsored by San Juan Island's recently formed grassroots advocacy group, Islands Climate Resilience.

  • Mar 30th, 2015