Opinion

Congress needs to support local news sources in this crisis | Guest column

By Dean Ridings CEO, America’s Newspapers During this coronavirus pandemic, access to…

  • Apr 29th, 2020

Wearing masks to protect others | Guest column

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

  • Apr 29th, 2020

Wear if you care | Guest column

Submitted by Susie Nichols, OTR/L I would like to correct the misinformation…

  • Apr 28th, 2020

Enhancing the woods

By Kimberly Mayer My dog looks at me from across the room.…

  • Apr 22nd, 2020

Plan B | Part II

By Greg Hertel The press center at Cape Canaveral is the Big…

  • Apr 22nd, 2020

What will we take With us?

By Susan Shannon Orcas Island Collectively, we are all trodding towards a…

  • Apr 22nd, 2020

Remaining rooted: A sense of place

Submitted by by Brandon Cadwell and Erin Wygant When we’re faced with…

  • Apr 21st, 2020

Be counted in the 2020 census

Submitted by Duncan Wilson Town of Friday Harbor Administrator During these trying…

  • Apr 20th, 2020

Cherish your life and each other | Guest column

Submitted by Wendy E. Shepard San Juan Island Four score years ago,…

  • Apr 19th, 2020

United against an invisible foe | Editorial

The only constant in life is change. It’s why humans are so…

Letter from the school district

Submitted by Kari McVeigh San Juan Island School District Superintendent Gov. Jay…

  • Apr 13th, 2020
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Why 4-H still matters: San Juan County 4-H providing youth resilience, connection and focus

Submitted by Wendy Waxman Kern Washington State University As daily lives, school,…

  • Apr 13th, 2020
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Checking the ‘facts’ in Mara Williams’ opinion piece | Guest column

Submitted by J. Michael Edwards, MD, DDS, FACS As a physician of…

  • Apr 13th, 2020

Take time to reflect upon yourself and relationships

Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D. President and Co-Founder, The Gottman Institute and Co-Founder,…

  • Apr 12th, 2020

An update on COVID-19 from an Orcas Island nurse practitioner | Guest column

Editor’s note, April 9: This article is an opinion piece. Just like…

  • Apr 9th, 2020

Plan B

By Greg Hertel Plan A was a three week trip to Vietnam —…

  • Apr 3rd, 2020

A story of hope

Submitted by Glenn Aufderhar A happy story from the great flu epidemic…

  • Apr 2nd, 2020

Will ‘normal’ (whatever that is) ever feel the same

By David Hampshire One evening last week, I took advantage of the…

  • Apr 2nd, 2020

OPALCO general manager: ‘We’re here for you!’ | Guest column

Submitted by Foster Hildreth OPALCO General Manager I wanted to reach out…

  • Mar 31st, 2020

Trying to keep it real | Reporter’s Notebook

By Diane Craig I enjoy growing older. I relish the personal history;…

  • Mar 29th, 2020

Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

Editor’s note: This guest column was submitted prior to the San Juan…

  • Mar 26th, 2020

When is it OK to give someone the bird?

By David Hampshire This story gets a little complicated. Among other things,…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

As islanders, it can be unsettling when the “outside world” comes slipping…

Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez

Submitted by the Vacation Rental Working Group The Orcas-based Vacation Rental Working…

  • Mar 15th, 2020

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

What began as a mild apprehension has escalated into a buzz of…

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Women have played a critical role in American history, and since 1981…

Extensive cutting ruins vital habitats | Guest column

Submitted by Cynthia Brast It sure seems early this year, but spring…

  • Mar 5th, 2020

Environmental group makes statement on dam resolution | Guest column

Joseph Bogaard, executive director, Save Our wild Salmon Salmon and fishing advocates…

  • Mar 4th, 2020

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

In the last two weeks, firefighters from both San Juan and Orcas…

February is all about pets | Editorial

February isn’t just a time to celebrate love for the humans in…

Celebrate Black History Month

It’s troubling — but not surprising — to note that the San…

Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

by David Turnoy San Juan County Democrats The procedure for choosing presidential…

  • Feb 12th, 2020

What love means | Editorial

One of my favorite definitions of love I discovered in RZA’s book…

The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column

Submitted by Sorrel North Lopez Island Another Southern resident orca is missing…

  • Feb 5th, 2020

Thankful for OPALCO’s change of heart | Guest column

Submitted by Heather Nicholson The goodness at heart everyone shares was felt…

  • Jan 29th, 2020

Vote yes on both special election measures

San Juan Island residents have been able to vote since Friday on…

Snow in the San Juans | Editorial

Snow struck suddenly Sunday, Jan. 12 — or so it seemed. Though…

Reflections on the top stories of 2019 | Letter

Everyone has a list of significant stories about the preceding year filtered…

  • Jan 23rd, 2020

Skagit Transit eliminates free transfers

Submitted by David Hampshire Did you read the article in the Journal…

  • Jan 19th, 2020

What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial

Periodically, the sheriff’s log will feature entries regarding sex offender residence checks.…