Opinion

Are smoky summer skies the new norm? | Editorial

Thanks to the more than 500 fires in British Columbia and a…

  • Sep 4th, 2018
Contributed photo./ Allen Rosenberg. Jerry McElyea helps retrieve oil containment boom after the spill in Judd Cove. Ken Weatherill is driving one of IOSAs response vessels, The Green Heron.

Help prevent oil spills | Guest column

Submitted by IOSA When hearing about an oil spill, people often wonder…

  • Aug 26th, 2018
Contributed photo./ Allen Rosenberg. Jerry McElyea helps retrieve oil containment boom after the spill in Judd Cove. Ken Weatherill is driving one of IOSAs response vessels, The Green Heron.

No excuse for fake news rhetoric | Editorial

By Fred Obee Executive Director Washington Newspaper Publishers Association The plight of…

  • Aug 16th, 2018

Vote for home fund measure in November | Guest Column

By the San Juan Island Women’s Group There’s a game that some…

  • Aug 16th, 2018

Don’t use social media to report crimes | Editorial

In this age of technology, it’s become easy and convenient to make…

Missing home after Life Care closure | Guest Column

By Bob Weaver For more than 50 years, my home base was…

  • Aug 10th, 2018

Vote for a prosecutor you can trust | Guest Column

(Editor’s note: The following is a rebuttal to Nick Power’s column “Candidate…

  • Jul 31st, 2018

Don’t give up on orcas | Editorial

The image of an orca mother carrying her dead newborn through rough…

View images of Cuba at San Juan Community Theatre | Guest Column | Update

Editor’s note: This event will run through Aug. 27, whereas previously it…

  • Jul 24th, 2018

Candidate talks drugs, prosecution | Guest Column

Submitted by Nick Power I’m running for San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney…

  • Jul 23rd, 2018
Contributed photo/Paul Mayer
                                The view from the top of Mount Grant shows trees on San Juan Island. Planting trees is a symbol for the idea of Rotary.

Seven days in Toronto with the San Juan Island Rotary | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer San Juan Island Sometimes you have to get away.…

  • Jul 21st, 2018
Contributed photo/Paul Mayer
                                The view from the top of Mount Grant shows trees on San Juan Island. Planting trees is a symbol for the idea of Rotary.

Elder abuse can happen in the San Juans | Editorial

As we enter our golden years, the risk of isolation and neglect…

Chamber gives thanks for San Juan Island Fourth of July success | Guest Column

By Becki Day Executive director, San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce On…

  • Jul 18th, 2018

San Juan Community Theatre gives back with free festival | Guest Column

By Nathan Kessler-Jeffrey Executive Artistic Director, San Juan Community Theatre This year…

  • Jul 17th, 2018

Lift the tariff on newsprint | Editorial

Lift the tariff on newsprint | Editorial

  • Jul 11th, 2018

New deadlines at The Journal of the San Juan Islands| Editorial

Here at the Journal, we have deadlines printed every week in the…

San Juan County Fair, food and fundraising | Guest Column

By Brad Fincher The 2018 San Juan County Fair is quickly approaching…

  • Jun 30th, 2018

Experience with an opioid addict | Reporter’s notebook

We commend San Juan County for joining a national lawsuit against pharmaceutical…

Quincy Vague inspires reporter to face challenges| Reporter’s Notebook

There are times in life when we face struggles we’re not sure…

Attorney Nicholas Power discusses First Amendment rights of political signs | Guest Column

By Nicholas Power San Juan Island attorney There has been a lot…

  • Jun 19th, 2018

Farewell from school superintendent | Guest Column

Submitted by Danna Diaz San Juan Island School District Superintendent (Editor’s note:…

  • Jun 18th, 2018

The Journal disagrees with Life Care’s zoning| Editorial

By Journal staff We disagree with the town council’s recent decision. On…

  • Jun 15th, 2018

An eagle survived being poisoned thanks to Wolf Hollow | Guest Column

By Sara Christensen Orcas Island I am a part-time resident of Orcas…

  • Jun 14th, 2018

Pass REET for affordable housing measure | Editorial

By Journal staff The local housing crisis is real. Islanders are forced…

  • Jun 12th, 2018

Why take political sign case to federal court? | Guest Column

By Alex MacLeod A couple of weeks ago San Juan County Superior…

  • Jun 12th, 2018

Bonanza: An islanders recount of settling in the Pacific Northwest | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer www.alittleelbowroom.com San Juan Island After her divorce, my youngest…

  • Jun 12th, 2018

A ferry challenge to Representative Rick Larsen | Guest column

Submitted by Jill Twist San Juan Island Dear Rick, You may have…

  • Jun 4th, 2018
Contributed photo
                                Sheriff Ron Krebs

San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs runs for re-election | Guest Column

Submitted by Ron Krebs I was elected sheriff of San Juan County…

  • Jun 4th, 2018
Contributed photo
                                Sheriff Ron Krebs

County auditor says political signs are part of island tradition | Guest column

Submitted by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor It’s election time,…

  • Jun 4th, 2018

Welcome Diane Craig to the Journal | Editorial

The Journal has a new family member at its Orcas office. Diane…

  • May 31st, 2018

Honoring Memorial Day | Editorial

Fun in the sun. Backyard barbecues. An extra day off work. This…

  • May 23rd, 2018

Roundabout is a win-win | Editorial

Roundabout is a win-win | Editorial

Help Cynthia Elliott stay on island | Guest Column

By Aaron D’Errico San Juan Island We are asking for help with…

  • May 10th, 2018

Concern for survival of Southern resident orca | Guest Column

(Editor’s note: The author quotes Ken Balcomb’s blog found at www.whaleresearch.com/blog.) By…

  • May 9th, 2018

A response to Seattle Times’ coverage of local ‘sex and deception’ | Editorial

(Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article stated that “as of…

‘Letters from Yellowstone,’ blog posts from the Salish Sea | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer San Juan Island It was as simple as this:…

  • Apr 27th, 2018

Taking care of our tourists | Editorial

We can’t imagine what would happen to our communities if tourism drastically…

Frustration over Orcas teacher case | Editorial

A San Juan County detective’s unethical actions have led to the dismissal…

Updates versus corrections | Editorial

Readers have raised the question: what is the difference between a correction…

Yes for San Juan Island School District levy | Editorial

The value of island education is once again going to the ballot…

  • Apr 11th, 2018