Opinion

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
Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

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
Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column
When is it OK to give someone the bird?

When is it OK to give someone the bird?

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

  • Mar 23rd, 2020
When is it OK to give someone the bird?
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

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

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

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

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

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

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria
Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

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

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial
Extensive cutting ruins vital habitats | Guest column

Extensive cutting ruins vital habitats | Guest column

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

  • Mar 5th, 2020
Extensive cutting ruins vital habitats | Guest column
Environmental group makes statement on dam resolution | Guest column

Environmental group makes statement on dam resolution | Guest column

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

  • Mar 4th, 2020
Environmental group makes statement on dam resolution | Guest column
Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

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

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial
February is all about pets | Editorial

February is all about pets | Editorial

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

February is all about pets | Editorial
Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

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

Celebrate Black History Month
Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

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

  • Feb 12th, 2020
Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure
What love means | Editorial

What love means | Editorial

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

What love means | Editorial
The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column

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
The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column
Thankful for OPALCO’s change of heart | Guest column

Thankful for OPALCO’s change of heart | Guest column

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

  • Jan 29th, 2020
Thankful for OPALCO’s change of heart | Guest column
Vote yes on both special election measures

Vote yes on both special election measures

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

Vote yes on both special election measures
Snow in the San Juans | Editorial

Snow in the San Juans | Editorial

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

Snow in the San Juans | Editorial