Opinion

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
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