Opinion

Reflections on the top stories of 2019 | Letter

Reflections on the top stories of 2019 | Letter

Everyone has a list of significant stories about the preceding year filtered…

  • Jan 23rd, 2020
Reflections on the top stories of 2019 | Letter

Skagit Transit eliminates free transfers

Submitted by David Hampshire Did you read the article in the Journal…

  • Jan 19th, 2020
What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial

What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial

Periodically, the sheriff’s log will feature entries regarding sex offender residence checks.…

What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial
A wrong decision for OPALCO | Guest column

A wrong decision for OPALCO | Guest column

Submitted by Elisabeth Robson Lopez Island I am extremely disappointed to hear…

  • Jan 15th, 2020
A wrong decision for OPALCO | Guest column
New year’s note from school superintendent | Guest column

New year’s note from school superintendent | Guest column

Submitted by Kari McVeigh San Juan Island School District superintendent As the…

  • Jan 8th, 2020
New year’s note from school superintendent | Guest column
Start the new year off with our special sections | Editorial

Start the new year off with our special sections | Editorial

In the first quarter of the new year, your island papers are…

  • Jan 8th, 2020
Start the new year off with our special sections | Editorial
Looking toward a new year | Editorial

Looking toward a new year | Editorial

It’s the dawn of a new calendar year, and we asked our…

  • Jan 1st, 2020
Looking toward a new year | Editorial
Thank you, island family, for making the holidays bright for APS-FH pets in waiting| Guest column

Thank you, island family, for making the holidays bright for APS-FH pets in waiting| Guest column

Submitted by Animal Protection Services - Friday Harbor It began with a…

  • Dec 31st, 2019
Thank you, island family, for making the holidays bright for APS-FH pets in waiting| Guest column
Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial

Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial

As 2019 comes to its end, the Journal of the San Juans…

Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial
A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers

A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers

There have been a few changes in the island newspapers this year…

  • Dec 18th, 2019
A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers
We got here as fast as we could | Guest column

We got here as fast as we could | Guest column

Submitted by Will House Hello San Juan Island. Will House here. I…

  • Dec 18th, 2019
We got here as fast as we could | Guest column
Transition to redemption | Guest column

Transition to redemption | Guest column

Submitted by Steve Ulvi As a blue-collar kid in suburban California following…

  • Dec 11th, 2019
Transition to redemption | Guest column
Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial

Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial

Tis the season for holiday parties, and with the festivities often comes…

Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial
The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial

The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial

Unequivocally, the most difficult part of our job as journalists is writing…

The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial
Jarman welcomes new hospital district board members | Guest column

Jarman welcomes new hospital district board members | Guest column

Submitted by Bob Jarman Chairperson of the Fire District No. 3 Board…

  • Dec 5th, 2019
Jarman welcomes new hospital district board members | Guest column
Functional medicine in action | Guest column

Functional medicine in action | Guest column

Submitted by Gavin Guard In a recent guest column, I discussed the…

  • Dec 4th, 2019
Functional medicine in action | Guest column
Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year

Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year

It has become a tradition here at the Journal and the Sounder…

  • Nov 28th, 2019
Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year
Growlers are detrimental | Guest column

Growlers are detrimental | Guest column

by Susan Shannon Orcas Island About 35 people attended a meeting in…

  • Nov 27th, 2019
Growlers are detrimental | Guest column
Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

by Mark Reynolds and Ryan T. Palmateer It appears Republicans and Democrats…

  • Nov 21st, 2019
Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column
An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

Thanksgiving is a week away, and with that comes the launch of…

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial
A new approach to chronic disease management | Guest column

A new approach to chronic disease management | Guest column

Submitted by Gavin Guard Living in modern times has brought about great…

  • Nov 16th, 2019
A new approach to chronic disease management | Guest column
I-976 could have dire consequences

I-976 could have dire consequences

Our hearts sank when the election results filtered in on Nov. 5.…

I-976 could have dire consequences
RB Chronicles | Part 4

RB Chronicles | Part 4

Anniversaries are funny things. From celebrating a wedding anniversary, sobriety milestones, friendships,…

  • Nov 7th, 2019
RB Chronicles | Part 4
What is the tax increase we are approving anyway | Guest column

What is the tax increase we are approving anyway | Guest column

Submitted by Robert deGavre San Juan County has not properly disclosed to…

  • Nov 7th, 2019
What is the tax increase we are approving anyway | Guest column
Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

Submitted by Mark Reynolds and Ryan T. Palmateer It appears Republicans and…

  • Nov 7th, 2019
Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column
Slow the merger rush | Guest column

Slow the merger rush | Guest column

Submitted by Mark Madsen I am writing to urge the commissioners for…

  • Nov 7th, 2019
Slow the merger rush | Guest column
Judge rules on Amaros versus San Juan County | Guest column

Judge rules on Amaros versus San Juan County | Guest column

Submitted by David Dehlendorf Below are details of the Oct. 8 court…

  • Nov 7th, 2019
Judge rules on Amaros versus San Juan County | Guest column
Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column

Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column

Submitted by the SAFE San Juans Team SAFE San Juans is pleased…

  • Oct 30th, 2019
Thanks for support of SAFE San Juans | Guest column
Yes on county’s levy lift; no on I-976 | Editorial

Yes on county’s levy lift; no on I-976 | Editorial

Vote yes for Proposition 2 The county has put forth a levy…

Yes on county’s levy lift; no on I-976 | Editorial
The Amaro-Mount Grant decision | Guest column

The Amaro-Mount Grant decision | Guest column

Submitted by Rami Amaro The Amaro family asked the county and trust…

  • Oct 29th, 2019
The Amaro-Mount Grant decision | Guest column
Tim Eyman’s I-976 severely impacts Ferries | Guest column

Tim Eyman’s I-976 severely impacts Ferries | Guest column

Submitted by the San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee Tim Eyman is…

  • Oct 25th, 2019
Tim Eyman’s I-976 severely impacts Ferries | Guest column
Vote yes on I-976 | Guest column

Vote yes on I-976 | Guest column

Submitted by Tim Eyman Taxpayers are getting ripped off and politicians refuse…

  • Oct 25th, 2019
Vote yes on I-976 | Guest column
Another award-winning year for island newspapers | Editorial

Another award-winning year for island newspapers | Editorial

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association held its 132 Annual Meeting over the…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019
Another award-winning year for island newspapers | Editorial
Proposition 2 will benefit our island community

Proposition 2 will benefit our island community

Submitted by Ken Carrasco Elections such as the one coming up this…

  • Oct 23rd, 2019
Proposition 2 will benefit our island community
Women in business: why we matter

Women in business: why we matter

Why, after nearly three decades, do we still publish our annual Women…

  • Oct 16th, 2019
Women in business: why we matter
Domestic Violence Awareness month in the San Juans | Guest column

Domestic Violence Awareness month in the San Juans | Guest column

Submitted by Samantha Community Advocate and Therapist for SAFE San Juans In…

  • Oct 9th, 2019
Domestic Violence Awareness month in the San Juans | Guest column
We cannot give up on the climate | Reporter’s notebook

We cannot give up on the climate | Reporter’s notebook

If the climate crusade is exploding, Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg lit the…

  • Oct 9th, 2019
We cannot give up on the climate | Reporter’s notebook
Are you being abused? | Editorial

Are you being abused? | Editorial

Our local domestic violence and sexual assault agency has seen a surge…

Are you being abused? | Editorial
Thank you to the pilot angels of Orcas and San Juan | Guest column

Thank you to the pilot angels of Orcas and San Juan | Guest column

by Karen Hiller Orcas Island When my husband and I moved to…

  • Oct 2nd, 2019
Thank you to the pilot angels of Orcas and San Juan | Guest column
OPALCO: visionary IRP but dam removal opposition should wait for scientific study completion | Guest column

OPALCO: visionary IRP but dam removal opposition should wait for scientific study completion | Guest column

Submitted by Chris and Chom Greacen Lopez Island Orcas Power and Light…

  • Oct 1st, 2019
OPALCO: visionary IRP but dam removal opposition should wait for scientific study completion | Guest column