Opinion

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
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                                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
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                                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

Tariffs threaten the future of newspapers | Editorial

Editor’s note: Despite the recently added tariffs, a copy of The Journal…

  • Apr 4th, 2018

San Juan Island School District changes to protect students | Guest Column

By Danna Diaz, Ph.D. San Juan School District superintendent When we hear…

  • Apr 2nd, 2018
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                                March For Our Lives took place on March 24 in Friday Harbor.

March for Our Lives: Truth to Power | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer San Juan Island This past year, I am always…

  • Mar 30th, 2018
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                                March For Our Lives took place on March 24 in Friday Harbor.

Animal control officer needed | Editorial

San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs said he is open to training…

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                                This bench is located at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park.

Rock of ages: A first-hand account of the March 2 Rotary Spelling Bee | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer A bench. A book. A cup of tea or…

  • Mar 28th, 2018
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                                This bench is located at the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park.

Our kids are fighting for what they believe | Editorial

We felt overwhelming pride and a deep well of sadness as our…

Helping those before they are in crisis | Guest Column

By Vincent Shu I am saddened anytime someone commits suicide, especially when…

  • Mar 20th, 2018

Farewell to San Juan County Undersheriff | Editorial

We want to thank San Juan County Undersheriff Brent Johnson for 50…

San Juan Island School District M&0 Levy 101 | Guest column

By Ralph Hahn San Juan Island School District board member position 3…

  • Mar 15th, 2018

Washington state unites against oil spills and fish spills | Guest Column

Submitted by Stephanie Buffam Executive director, Friends of the San Juans The…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

Skagit commission fails to address impacts of petrochemical expansion permit | Guest column

Submitted by Stand Earth, Friends of the San Juans and Crag Law…

  • Mar 9th, 2018

Thanks to Inslee, veto is a major win for the people | Editorial

We have been truly appalled by the actions of our state government…

Is my school next? | Guest column

By Kathleen Bartholomew After every school shooting, this fearful question echoes in…

  • Mar 6th, 2018

Say something before it’s too late | Editorial

We sang Celine Dion at the top of our lungs with the…

  • Mar 1st, 2018
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                                Kevin Ranker on the Senate floor contemplating his vote on yet another measure. He was one of only seven Senators to oppose SB 6617.

What is the state Legislature hiding? | Guest Column

By Michael Riordan In a brazen attempt to suppress public access to…

  • Feb 26th, 2018
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                                Kevin Ranker on the Senate floor contemplating his vote on yet another measure. He was one of only seven Senators to oppose SB 6617.

San Juan Islands School District Superintendent discusses her job search, progress in the district | Guest Column

Submitted by Danna Diaz San Juan Island School District Superintendent This letter…

  • Feb 26th, 2018

Bravo to state Senate for net pen ban | Editorial

When a Cooke Aquaculture net pen holding more than 300,000 invasive Atlantic…

Captain Hobbes creates organization to protect orcas | Guest column

Captian Hobbes organizes for whale protections

  • Feb 16th, 2018

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought of as a holiday to celebrate romantic…

San Juan Island School District updates from superintendent | Guest Column

Submitted by the San Juan Island School District Superintendent Danna Diaz There…

  • Feb 9th, 2018

Following in Joyce Sobel’s footsteps | Editorial

Investing in a community’s children is promoting future leaders, voters, laborers, thinkers,…

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                                “Untitled 2” by Yasmine K. Kasem

The need to create a name for the ‘middle’ | Guest Column

By Yasmine K. Kasem Featured artist at San Juan Islands Museum of…

  • Feb 2nd, 2018
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                                “Untitled 2” by Yasmine K. Kasem

February is teen dating violence awareness month | Guest Column

Submitted by SAFE San Juans By exploring the dating process, teenagers gain…

  • Feb 1st, 2018
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Protect beaches and forage fish to protect orca and salmon | Guest Column

By Stephanie Buffum Executive Director of Friends of the San Juans The…

  • Jan 31st, 2018
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Harrington reveals the problem with EMS | Guest Column

By Monica Harrington Former San Juan Island Public Hospital District Commissioner (Editor’s…

  • Jan 30th, 2018