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New San Juan County Council will have eyes on vacation rental reforms | Guest column

Submitted by the Vacation Rental Work Group After conducting interviews with all…

  • Oct 15th, 2020
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Vote with confidence by mail | Guest column

Submitted by Randall K. Gaylord San Juan County Prosecutor Voters can vote…

  • Oct 8th, 2020
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EMTs express their concerns | Guest column

We have serious concerns with the administration, leadership, and culture at San Juan Island EMS.

  • Oct 5th, 2020
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Celebrating LGBTQ+ history this October | Editorial

Celebrating LGBTQ+ history this October | Editorial

This October is the 26th annual celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month in the United States.

Celebrating LGBTQ+ history this October | Editorial
Breaking the domestic violence cycle

Breaking the domestic violence cycle

Behaviors are learned, patterns are reinforced, cycles are repeated.

  • Sep 30th, 2020
Breaking the domestic violence cycle
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Time travel | Guest Column

Submitted by Denny Kaill San Juan Island The COVID-19 virus has caused…

  • Sep 30th, 2020
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Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Economically, socially, physically and environmentally — people are feeling pushed to their limits.

Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial
Public safety announcements | Editorial

Public safety announcements | Editorial

Beware of iPhone pocket-dialing 911 and coronavirus-related fraud

Public safety announcements | Editorial
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

Newspaper staff will be spending the next few months working on three special sections.

Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial
Pivot plan is critical for small business survival | Guest column

Pivot plan is critical for small business survival | Guest column

When people describe entrepreneurs and small business owners as resilient.

  • Sep 10th, 2020
Pivot plan is critical for small business survival | Guest column
It’s all about the context | Reporter’s Notebook

It’s all about the context | Reporter’s Notebook

Few, I imagine, would disagree that the ability to telecommute during these…

  • Sep 2nd, 2020
It’s all about the context | Reporter’s Notebook
August is Child Support Awareness Month | Editorial
August is Child Support Awareness Month | Editorial
Taking care of your mental health amid COVID-19 | Guest column

Taking care of your mental health amid COVID-19 | Guest column

Submitted by Dwight T. Colley, Psy.D. Chair, SJC Human Services Advisory Board

  • Aug 27th, 2020
Taking care of your mental health amid COVID-19 | Guest column
By the side of the road | Guest column

By the side of the road | Guest column

Submitted by Kimberly Mayer I have been joined by fox on my…

  • Aug 19th, 2020
By the side of the road | Guest column
Celebrating the world of photography | Editorial

Celebrating the world of photography | Editorial

I have too many cameras — well not too many, but I…

Celebrating the world of photography | Editorial
Lefties, Unite! | Guest column

Lefties, Unite! | Guest column

Submitted by Margot Shaw Orcas Island I want to respond to Colleen’s…

  • Aug 19th, 2020
Lefties, Unite! | Guest column
Editorial: Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over

Editorial: Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over

If we are to avoid the extinction of salmon runs and orcas, talks regarding the dams should continue.

  • Aug 14th, 2020
Editorial: Debate regarding Snake River dams is far from over
Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would offer tax credits to advertisers and subscribers

  • Aug 11th, 2020
Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism
Contributed photo                                Kaia (left) with a mermaid made of litter at the Lopez Dump.

Plastic Free Salish Sea with Friends intern

Submitted by Kaia Friends of the San Juans’ Summer Intern My name…

  • Aug 8th, 2020
Contributed photo                                Kaia (left) with a mermaid made of litter at the Lopez Dump.
Want to stop the spread of COVID-19? Assist in contact tracing | Editorial

Want to stop the spread of COVID-19? Assist in contact tracing | Editorial

Once a case of COVID-19 is identified, one of the best tools…

Want to stop the spread of COVID-19? Assist in contact tracing | Editorial
OPALCO is overpaying for mediocre leadership | Guest column

OPALCO is overpaying for mediocre leadership | Guest column

By Alex MacLeod A year or so ago I reported that we…

  • Aug 5th, 2020
OPALCO is overpaying for mediocre leadership | Guest column
OPALCO manager is paid accordingly for position | Guest column

OPALCO manager is paid accordingly for position | Guest column

Submitted by Orcas Power and Light Cooperative Despite Mr. MacLeod’s repeated attempts…

  • Aug 5th, 2020
OPALCO manager is paid accordingly for position | Guest column
Women deserve your respect, too | Editorial

Women deserve your respect, too | Editorial

“This is not new and that is the problem.” It is 2020,…

Women deserve your respect, too | Editorial
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Living in the San Juan Islands, you’d never know that being left-handed…

Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial
Vacation rental conversation continues

Vacation rental conversation continues

By the Vacation Rental Work Group This month is the one-year anniversary…

  • Jul 28th, 2020
Vacation rental conversation continues
Michael Durland running for council | Guest column

Michael Durland running for council | Guest column

Submitted by Michael Durland I moved to Orcas Island in 1977 and…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020
Michael Durland running for council | Guest column
Orcas Women Coalition endorses Christine Minney | Guest column

Orcas Women Coalition endorses Christine Minney | Guest column

Submitted by Christine Minney for San Juan County Council The Orcas Women’s…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020
Orcas Women Coalition endorses Christine Minney | Guest column
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