Opinion

Wealthy working to alter gun laws | Guest Column

Two years after their money helped make charter schools possible, the Ballmers, the Gateses and the Nick Hanauer are using some of their loose millions to try to tighten gun laws in Washington.

  • Sep 4th, 2014

A major wake-up for San Juan Island communities | Colleen Armstrong

We applaud the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for recommending CenturyLink be fined more than $170,000 for the 10-day communications outage last November that created an upheaval in the San Juans

Journal political cartoon; August 20 edition | Opinion

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

  • Aug 20th, 2014

Sure, OPALCO cares, but about what? | As I See It

Many of us moved to San Juan County so as to live in a small community whose dealings were transparent, responsive to the residents, and largely just. Now we learn that OPALCO, whose only job is to ensure reliable electricity at a fair cost, exhibits an arrogance, clandestine manipulation, and deceit we expect to find at an Enron, a wCountrywide, the too-big-to-fail banks and General Motors.

  • Aug 15th, 2014

From The Journal editorial pages: Aug. 13 Edition | Opinion

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

  • Aug 13th, 2014

Good going so far, but what’s ahead? Guest Column

Today, about a third of us are year-round islanders. But a lack of affordable homes and rentals will decrease that number. There soon may come a time for community intervention.

  • Aug 7th, 2014

Rule of one? Canceled contract smacks of political payback, micro-management | As I See It

Mr. Jarman’s action has shown a complete disregard for our county’s charter by circumventing its requirement that only the full council can direct county employees. I also believe Mr. Thomas displayed questionable judgment by not questioning Mr. Jarman’s authority to “direct” him on this matter.

  • Aug 5th, 2014

Primary cause | Editorial

In the 2012, Larsen faced five challengers in the August primary, including Lapointe, at that time a 99 Percent Party candidate. Larsen drew nearly 64 percent of 5,683 votes cast in San Juan County that year. Lapointe received 4.3 percent, 244 votes in all.

  • Jul 29th, 2014

We’re here to help, when time is right | Guest Column

In San Juan County the only people who can respond to a stranded seal pup are county, state or federal government officials, such as rangers within their parks, and the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

  • Jul 29th, 2014

Fair time is just right around the corner | Opinion

While it remains a community event at heart and soul, the County Fair attracts more and more visitors each year as well. And, it’s a pretty good bargain, too.

  • Jul 24th, 2014

On Board? Honesty not the preferred policy at OPALCO | As I See It

As OPALCO continues to try to find financially responsible ways to help its members obtain more robust Internet service and perhaps also help improve the county’s emergency-response communication system, it is imperative that members trust its board and management to be open and honest about the choices, the costs, the risks and the expected benefits. Well, do we?

  • Jul 24th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; July 23 edition | Opinion

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

  • Jul 22nd, 2014

Summer rush, season of change at PIMC | Guest Column

Three board-certified Emergency Department physicians, Roy Graves, Jason Heiner, and Kevin Bowman have joined our team that together provides care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This increase in ED staff couldn’t come soon enough, as we’ve already seen plenty of summer-related accidents that require immediate attention.

  • Jul 19th, 2014

Why I like Mike…Lapointe, that is, for Congress | As I See It

We wonder why no one in a position in authority is addressing issues that make us angry, like the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point and Navy jet noise. Now is our chance to install someone who will do something: Mike Lapointe, independent candidate for Congress.

  • Jul 17th, 2014

Cats far from kind to their neighbors… they’re killers | As I See It

Feral cats and house cats together are one of the top threats to U.S. wildlife, responsible for the deaths of between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds, and 6.9 to 20.7 billion mammals annually. That's right, billion, with a capital "B".

  • Jul 10th, 2014

Backdraft: the ‘Voice’ of the Fly-In | Guest Column

In February 1970, Rick was the On-Scene Search and Rescue Commander for the rescue of two downed US Navy crew who had been shot down in their A-6 Intruder, along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

  • Jul 9th, 2014

A little humility; good place to start | Guest Column

Magnificent resident orcas mesmerize us while steadily sliding down the slope of extinction. Yet, we seem only willing to rearrange the deck furniture some, rather than fix the root problems.

  • Jul 4th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; June 25 edition | Opinion

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

  • Jun 24th, 2014

Of science, students, labs and all that jazz

The Science Outreach Program focuses on getting students actively engaged in the process of science.

  • Jun 24th, 2014

It’s your Community Foundation | Guest Column

In the coming weeks and months you will be seeing a lot more of your community foundation—in the newspaper, on your computer, at the Farmers’ Market, at the County Fair, at gatherings where we will be seeking your input on community needs and services.

  • Jun 24th, 2014

Stonewalled by powers that be at our ‘un-cooperative’ | As I See It

OPALCO no longer is operating as a cooperative, but rather as if it were a private corporation, and a deceptive and aggressively private one at that. It is a completely unnecessary and unfortunate change that needs to be reversed.

  • Jun 20th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; June 18 edition | Opinion

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

  • Jun 17th, 2014

Why marines reserves? Let’s count the ways | Guest Column

The UW biological reserves, like those at Argyle Lagoon and False Bay, have the overarching goals of maintaining and restoring native biodiversity and ecosystem function, and facilitating education and research that is consistent with these goals. Is this important?

  • Jun 17th, 2014

Weekly Journal political cartoon; June 11 edition | Opinion

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

  • Jun 12th, 2014

What dad wants most of all | Ferry Home Companion

The main thing that any dad wants most of all is to hear your voice. But if you're thinking about a new pair of pants for your dad on Father's Day, just make sure they fit. He may have lost weight.

  • Jun 12th, 2014

Big dock, big boats, bad idea; here’s why | As I See It

There are virtually no docks on this side of the island and approving this project would open the doors to other similar development, leading to a cumulative negative environmental and aesthetic impact, as docks start to appear along the coves on the westside.

  • Jun 12th, 2014

United Way: Cornerstone of a community that cares | Guest Column

At a recent luncheon, an island newcomer said she moved here from a place where people didn’t help each other out. When she “got off the boat” for her new job here, people practically ran her over with offers to help. She was blown away...

  • Jun 10th, 2014

Your fire district, your property taxes, your fire insurance, and you | Guest Column

Soon, six identical new fire engines will be delivered to San Juan Island. Every fire station on the island will soon house an engine that is designed to meet our community's unique needs. And, it will require no new taxes or fees from you... here's why, and how it works...

  • Jun 7th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; June 4 edition | Opinion

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

  • Jun 3rd, 2014

Open letter to the Class of 2014 | Editorial

Sure, the world poses different challenges for you than it did for us on our graduation day. But you are ready. And your community has confidence in you.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014

Talkin’ trash: Lautenbach’s ‘San Juan Island Initiative’ | Guest Column

It took two years of rigorous three-party negotiations to reach a fair and practical result. We are confident the solution reached by Lautenbach, the county and the town is the right solution for San Juan Island. With your help, we'll make it work.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014

Journal political cartoon; May 28 edition | Opinion

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

  • May 29th, 2014

Fairness felled by misplaced priorities | As I See It

After three years of working with the planning commission, the prosecuting attorney, other county legislatures and the state Department of Revenue, the previous six-member council developed and implemented the open space farm conservation program.

  • May 28th, 2014

Reporter’s Notebook: Hello digital, so long sheriff’s log | Opinion

It would seem the sheriff's log is now a relic of a bygone era, like the Pony Express, a casualty of progress, rendered obsolete, or, in this case, dislodged and displaced by the much sought-after efficiencies of the digital age. That's a shame.

Ferries readies to roll out full-scale reservation system with winter sailing schedule | Guest Column

Currently, the only way to be sure of getting onto a boat during the busiest periods is to show up at the terminal hours early. That gets tiresome, as does getting to the terminal at what you think is a reasonable time, and then having to wait three or four hours for the next boat.

  • May 27th, 2014

Holes in campaign of misinformation | As I See It

Over the last several years there have been all kinds of wild statements by the CSA and its supporters claiming some property owners would not be able to build on their properties, that their dreams were being taken away from them, that they would not be able to obtain mortgage financing of a non-conforming property, etc.

  • May 22nd, 2014

Journal political cartoon; May 21 edition | Opinion

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

  • May 21st, 2014

Safeguarding smelt for people, and critters | Guest Column

We appreciate WDFW’s attention to protecting surf smelt, but the agency needs to take two other steps in conjunction with any proposed changes to harvest rules. First, we need to learn just how many smelt swim in the Salish Sea, and whether current harvests threaten those fish.

  • May 20th, 2014

Parades don’t have to be elaborate to make a point | As I See It

This event happens because of people who care — both the volunteers who put it on every year and the visitors who would be disappointed if it ever went away.

  • May 17th, 2014

Legacy lives on | Editorial

Ted Grossman, a long-time Orcas Islander and former owner and editor of the Islands’ Sounder, passed away on May 3 with his wife Kay and children Alex and Marcy by his side after a brief battle with metastatic lung cancer.

  • May 14th, 2014