Opinion

Mindy Kayl running as write-in candidate for District 2 | Guest column

Mindy Kayl running as write-in candidate for District 2 | Guest column

Submitted by Kayl for Council “As a World and community, we are…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020
Mindy Kayl running as write-in candidate for District 2 | Guest column
Daniel Miller running for council | Guest column

Daniel Miller running for council | Guest column

Submitted by Daniel Miller Former New England Antique shop owner Daniel Miller…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020
Daniel Miller running for council | Guest column
Sharon Kivisto campaigning to be the council member | Guest Column

Sharon Kivisto campaigning to be the council member | Guest Column

Submitted by Sharon Kivisto I’m Sharon Kivisto and I’m campaigning to be…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020
Sharon Kivisto campaigning to be the council member | Guest Column
Steve Wehrly running for commissioner | Guest Column

Steve Wehrly running for commissioner | Guest Column

Submitted by Steve Wehrly I ask you to vote for me because…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020
Steve Wehrly running for commissioner | Guest Column
Love is not tourism | Editorial

Love is not tourism | Editorial

We first met when we were 15 years old. We dated when…

Love is not tourism | Editorial
In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

It may be an oversimplification to say that our communities are becoming…

In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial
Increasing restaurant capacity could lead to spread of coronavirus | Guest column

Increasing restaurant capacity could lead to spread of coronavirus | Guest column

By Michael Riordan Orcas Island The most troublesome aspect of the county’s…

  • Jul 15th, 2020
Increasing restaurant capacity could lead to spread of coronavirus | Guest column
You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

For long-time islanders, the size and format of this week’s edition will…

You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different
Against common sense: White male privilege and me

Against common sense: White male privilege and me

by David Kobrin Orcas Island As a historian, I know there can…

  • Jul 8th, 2020
Against common sense: White male privilege and me
The public deserve full information about integration | Guest column

The public deserve full information about integration | Guest column

Submitted by Kyle Loring SJC Public Hospital District No. 1 Commissioner If…

  • Jul 2nd, 2020
The public deserve full information about integration | Guest column
Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

San Juan County is still ranked as one of the safest counties…

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial
The new normal | Guest column

The new normal | Guest column

By Kimberly Mayer San Juan Island We were in bed watching House…

  • Jun 10th, 2020
The new normal | Guest column
Fire-EMS merger is important | Guest column

Fire-EMS merger is important | Guest column

Submitted by Dr. Joshua Corsa, San Juan County EMS Medical Program Director…

  • Jun 3rd, 2020
Fire-EMS merger is important | Guest column
Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

In a few short weeks, our world has changed. It’s starting to…

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial
Dismayed by hospital district’s decision | Guest column

Dismayed by hospital district’s decision | Guest column

Submitted by Dan Paulson I was surprised and dismayed to learn that…

  • May 27th, 2020
Dismayed by hospital district’s decision | Guest column
San Juan County’s Coronavirus future | Guest column

San Juan County’s Coronavirus future | Guest column

Submitted by Michael Riordan Orcas Island Thanks to a vigorous response to…

  • May 27th, 2020
San Juan County’s Coronavirus future | Guest column
Labs visitors limited | Letter

Labs visitors limited | Letter

Submitted by Dr. Megan Dethier Director, Friday Harbor Labs In this time…

  • May 20th, 2020
Labs visitors limited | Letter
In support of separate fire and EMS agencies | Guest column

In support of separate fire and EMS agencies | Guest column

Editor’s note: J. Burk Gossom, MD, who was San Juan EMS Medical…

  • May 20th, 2020
In support of separate fire and EMS agencies | Guest column
Ten reasons to not have ‘COVID-19 parties’

Ten reasons to not have ‘COVID-19 parties’

Submitted by the Washington State Department of Health Have you heard of…

  • May 11th, 2020
Ten reasons to not have ‘COVID-19 parties’
Common sense and compromise| Letter

Common sense and compromise| Letter

By Lauren Cohen This virus was unleashed on us by foreign sources…

  • Apr 29th, 2020
Common sense and compromise| Letter
Congress needs to support local news sources in this crisis | Guest column

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
Congress needs to support local news sources in this crisis | Guest column
Wearing masks to protect others | Guest column

Wearing masks to protect others | Guest column

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

  • Apr 29th, 2020
Wearing masks to protect others | Guest column
Wear if you care | Guest column

Wear if you care | Guest column

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

  • Apr 28th, 2020
Wear if you care | Guest column
Enhancing the woods

Enhancing the woods

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

  • Apr 22nd, 2020
Enhancing the woods

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?

What will we take With us?

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

  • Apr 22nd, 2020
What will we take With us?
Remaining rooted: A sense of place

Remaining rooted: A sense of place

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

  • Apr 21st, 2020
Remaining rooted: A sense of place
Be counted in the 2020 census

Be counted in the 2020 census

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

  • Apr 20th, 2020
Be counted in the 2020 census
Cherish your life and each other | Guest column

Cherish your life and each other | Guest column

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

  • Apr 19th, 2020
Cherish your life and each other | Guest column
United against an invisible foe | Editorial

United against an invisible foe | Editorial

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

United against an invisible foe | Editorial
Letter from the school district

Letter from the school district

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

  • Apr 13th, 2020
Letter from the school district
Shauna Lean/contributed photo

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
Shauna Lean/contributed photo
Checking the ‘facts’ in Mara Williams’ opinion piece | Guest column

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
Checking the ‘facts’ in Mara Williams’ opinion piece | Guest column
Take time to reflect upon yourself and relationships

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
Take time to reflect upon yourself and relationships
An update on COVID-19 from an Orcas Island nurse practitioner | Guest column

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

Plan B

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

  • Apr 3rd, 2020
A story of hope

A story of hope

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

  • Apr 2nd, 2020
A story of hope
Will ‘normal’ (whatever that is) ever feel the same

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

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

  • Apr 2nd, 2020
Will ‘normal’ (whatever that is) ever feel the same
OPALCO general manager: ‘We’re here for you!’ | Guest column

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
OPALCO general manager: ‘We’re here for you!’ | Guest column
Trying to keep it real | Reporter’s Notebook

Trying to keep it real | Reporter’s Notebook

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

  • Mar 29th, 2020
Trying to keep it real | Reporter’s Notebook