Opinion

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Explosive development drives interest in county’s Comp Plan update

by R. Brent Lyles, Executive Director, Friends of the San Juans. Judging…

  • Jun 23rd, 2021
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Editorial

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month | Editorial

Happy Pride Month! The celebration of Pride Month in June began in…

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Watercraft wake and speed signs needed in Friday Harbor

By Neil Mathison Friday Harbor On May 28, a Boston Whaler, running…

  • Jun 9th, 2021
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Wildfire Corner: Can firefighters and first responders find you? | Guest column

By Guy Gifford, Landowner Assistance Forester and Fire Prevention and Firewise Coordinator,…

  • Jun 9th, 2021
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If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.

Stay safe while enjoying the water | Editorial

One of the true joys of living in the San Juans is…

If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.
Memorial Day is May 31.

The significance of Memorial Day | Editorial

I‌t’s a three-day weekend. It’s the launch of summer. It’s barbecue time.…

Memorial Day is May 31.
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Orcas, humans and intelligence | Guest column

By Martin LeFevre Orcas Island As most people on Orcas Island know,…

  • May 26th, 2021
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Editorial

Minding your mental health in May | Editorial

There is no denying that for most people around the world 2020…

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Letter to the editor

Thank you for totem journey | Letter

Many thanks to more than 300 islanders who attended a House of…

  • May 19th, 2021
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This week's editorial

Expressing appreciation to our nurses | Editorial

With the global pandemic has come a renewed appreciation for the dedication…

This week's editorial
Readers weigh in on motherhood.

The magic of motherhood | Editorial

In my life and experience of motherhood, I’ve come to realize that…

Readers weigh in on motherhood.
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From right: Katie, right, with her mentees from 2017-21, Ayla, left, and Raylee, center.

Supporting local students to help our community

By Michel Vekved Friends of the San Juans Director of Philanthropy You…

  • May 5th, 2021
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From right: Katie, right, with her mentees from 2017-21, Ayla, left, and Raylee, center.
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An island lament | Letter

TO: A transplant FROM: An eagle I’ve been watching while you carve…

  • Apr 28th, 2021
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Editorial

Many island businesses are struggling to find employees; we are no exception

Our front-page coverage last week on the local economy explained that while…

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Island Rec does more than you may know | Guest column

By John Kurtz San Juan Island School District Board Director San Juan…

  • Apr 21st, 2021
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Knowing our past: A proposal to rename Harney Channel to Cayou Channel |Guest Column

By Ken Carrasco Orcas Island and Stephanie Buffum Shaw Island The naming…

  • Apr 21st, 2021
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Editorial

Earth Day “edit”-orial

Alexander Pope famously wrote, “To err is human,” and as a newspaper,…

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Celebrating Mother Earth | Editorial

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article had incorrect information regarding…

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Fire district annexation, the first step in reforming our fire and rescue services | Guest column

By Loren Johnson, M.D. The beauty of our island environment belies its…

  • Apr 14th, 2021
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A thank you from APSFH | Guest column

Submitted by The Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor The Animal Protection…

  • Apr 7th, 2021
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Capital improvements: Friday Harbor’s largest commitment | Guest column

Submitted by Duncan Wilson Town of Friday Harbor Administrator Year after year,…

  • Apr 7th, 2021
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Hospice of the Northwest

Celebrating the gifts of hospice volunteers | Editorial

By Hospice of the Northwest and Journal staff For more than 30…

  • Apr 7th, 2021
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Pick up sticks | Guest column

By Kimberly Mayer “We look at the world once in childhood. The…

  • Apr 7th, 2021
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Editorial

Now is the time | Reporter’s Notebook

The recent murderous attack against Asian-owned businesses in Georgia, the deaths of…

  • Apr 1st, 2021
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Guest column

Can vacation rentals be good neighbors? | Guest column

Submitted by Yonatan Aldort Vacation Rental Work Group As the dust settles…

  • Mar 24th, 2021
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Editorial

Spring is special section season | Editorial

The days are longer, bulbs are pushing up through the dirt and…

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Vote yes for Island Rec | Editorial

This upcoming April election, San Juan Islanders are being asked to vote…

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Stop vilifying vacation rentals | Guest column

Submitted by Jan Scilipoti Hosting on the Rock I came to be…

  • Mar 10th, 2021
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Editorial

Some changes around the Journal office | Editorial

Change has become second nature amid the COVID-19 pandemic. About a year…

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Reflecting on schools reopening

Hallways that sat empty for many months are starting to refill. Within…

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When Stories Become Legends | Guest column

Submitted by Kimberly Mayer “You’re going to get a truck,” people said…

  • Mar 4th, 2021
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Helping your teen have a happy and healthy relationship | Guest column

Submitted by SAFE San Juans So, it is time for “that” discussion……

  • Mar 4th, 2021
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Women’s History Month: Why it’s important | Reporter’s Notebook

So, here we are, celebrating another March Women’s History Month. Considering all…

  • Feb 26th, 2021
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Surviving the winter | Editorial

As members of isolated communities that endure dark nights and grey skies…

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Making transportation accessible | Guest column

Submitted by Clayton Banry My name is Clayton Banry, I grew up…

  • Feb 17th, 2021
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What love means to me | Editorial

Readers may recall that in July 2020 I wrote about being separated…

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Your trust in us is valued | Editorial

One of the most disheartening things I’ve witnessed since I began this…

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Metro

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Submitted by SAFE San Juans February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Editorial

San Juan County’s COVID success — keep it up!

The United States hit a very grim milestone on Jan. 19, reaching…

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Vacation rentals are symptom of a larger issue | Editorial

Those who have been advocating for a vacation rental moratorium celebrated on…

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