Opinion

Re: Steve Bristow’s guest column

Re: Steve Bristow’s guest column

By Rhea Y. Miller In response to the guest column by Steve…

  • Apr 26th, 2019
Re: Steve Bristow’s guest column
Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

Overcoming alcohol addiction may feel like a Herculean task, but it can…

Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial
A Love Letter to the Earth and the Salish Sea

A Love Letter to the Earth and the Salish Sea

By Chom Greacen, Community Rights San Juan Islands Dear Earth, Dear Salish…

  • Apr 16th, 2019
A Love Letter to the Earth and the Salish Sea
Spring is special section season

Spring is special section season

The sweet smell of freshly mowed grass and the warm sun on…

Spring is special section season
30 years; remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill | Guest Column

30 years; remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill | Guest Column

by Kimbal Sundberg Imagine waking up in the San Juans and smelling…

  • Mar 27th, 2019
30 years; remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill | Guest Column
Navy announces massive Growler expansion | Guest Column

Navy announces massive Growler expansion | Guest Column

Submitted by Rhea Miller In an unprecedented move and over the objections…

  • Mar 21st, 2019
Navy announces massive Growler expansion | Guest Column
The only solution to save the orca: peace and quiet | Guest column

The only solution to save the orca: peace and quiet | Guest column

Submitted by Sorrel North For nearly a year, Gov. Jay Inslee’s task…

  • Mar 11th, 2019
The only solution to save the orca: peace and quiet | Guest column
The art of being prepared | Editorial

The art of being prepared | Editorial

San Juan County residents are passionate about disaster preparedness. And we are…

The art of being prepared | Editorial
Local Harbor seal survives gunshot wound

Local Harbor seal survives gunshot wound

Submitted by The Whale Museum On Saturday, Jan. 26, a harbor seal…

  • Feb 22nd, 2019
Local Harbor seal survives gunshot wound

Former Senator Kevin Ranker releases statement regarding sexual harassment allegations | Guest Column

by Kevin Ranker Former state senator, D-Orcas This week a Senate investigation…

  • Feb 1st, 2019
A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial

A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial

The Islands’ Weekly outlined the good and bad of 2018 in our…

A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial
Council members aren’t demonstrating enough effort to save the orcas | Guest column

Council members aren’t demonstrating enough effort to save the orcas | Guest column

by Janet Alderton Tahlequah is the mother orca who carried her dead…

  • Dec 12th, 2018
Council members aren’t demonstrating enough effort to save the orcas | Guest column
Saving the planet is a human issue not a political one | Guest column

Saving the planet is a human issue not a political one | Guest column

Submitted by Charles Mish Last year a letter appeared in the Islands’…

  • Dec 3rd, 2018
Saving the planet is a human issue not a political one | Guest column
Many opportunities to shop right here at home | Editorial

Many opportunities to shop right here at home | Editorial

All of us at the Islands’ Sounder, Journal of the San Juans…

  • Nov 26th, 2018
Many opportunities to shop right here at home | Editorial
Yes for Power | Letter

Yes for Power | Letter

It is with great enthusiasm that I offer my endorsement of Nick…

  • Oct 30th, 2018
Yes for Power | Letter
Women in business: why we matter | Reporter’s Notebook

Women in business: why we matter | Reporter’s Notebook

by Diane Craig Why, after more than 25 years, do we still…

  • Oct 25th, 2018
Women in business: why we matter | Reporter’s Notebook
Are contaminants are killing local orcas? | Guest column

Are contaminants are killing local orcas? | Guest column

By Russel Barsh Director of KWIAHT As scientists conducting long-term studies of…

  • Sep 21st, 2018
Are contaminants are killing local orcas? | Guest column
Contributed photo/ Julie Knight. Alwyn Jones and Steve Lillestol set oil containment boom around the MV Sanctuary in Judd Cove. IOSAs main response vessel, the Sea Goose, is in the background. Photo by

Help prevent oil spills | Guest column

Submitted by IOSA When hearing about an oil spill, people often wonder…

  • Aug 30th, 2018
Contributed photo/ Julie Knight. Alwyn Jones and Steve Lillestol set oil containment boom around the MV Sanctuary in Judd Cove. IOSAs main response vessel, the Sea Goose, is in the background. Photo by
Are we ready for a wildfire? | Guest Column

Are we ready for a wildfire? | Guest Column

Submitted by Jeffrey Bossler Orcas Island Back in the 70s and the…

  • Jul 22nd, 2018
Are we ready for a wildfire? | Guest Column
Trump tariffs threaten Washington newspapers | Editorial

Trump tariffs threaten Washington newspapers | Editorial

By Herald staff “I never argue with a man who buys ink…

  • Jul 12th, 2018
Trump tariffs threaten Washington newspapers | Editorial
Experience with an opioid addict | Reporter’s notebook

Experience with an opioid addict | Reporter’s notebook

I would like to commend San Juan County for joining a national…

Experience with an opioid addict | Reporter’s notebook
San Juan County is in the crosshairs of the Alberta Tar Sands | Guest Column

San Juan County is in the crosshairs of the Alberta Tar Sands | Guest Column

By Elisabeth Robson Many of us know how devastating the Albert Tar…

  • Jun 13th, 2018
San Juan County is in the crosshairs of the Alberta Tar Sands | Guest Column
Don’t forget about Death with Dignity | Guest column

Don’t forget about Death with Dignity | Guest column

Submitted by Jack Pedigo, Lopez Island The Feb. 27, 2018, article “Helping…

  • Mar 3rd, 2018
Don’t forget about Death with Dignity | Guest column
To protect orca and salmon, you need to protect beaches and forage fish | Guest column

To protect orca and salmon, you need to protect beaches and forage fish | Guest column

Why Friends of the San Juans is appealing the county’s update to the Shoreline Management Program

  • Jan 30th, 2018
To protect orca and salmon, you need to protect beaches and forage fish | Guest column
County should call on Congress to pass Carbon Fee-and-Dividend legislation | Guest column

County should call on Congress to pass Carbon Fee-and-Dividend legislation | Guest column

By David Foutch, Lopez Island It is certainly prudent for the county…

  • Jan 18th, 2018
County should call on Congress to pass Carbon Fee-and-Dividend legislation | Guest column

Every hour, someone dies in a drunk driving crash | Editorial

Drunk driving is the number one cause of death on our roadways.…

San Juan County broadband accomplishments acknowledged | Guest Column

San Juan County broadband accomplishments acknowledged | Guest Column

By Victoria Compton Director, San Juan County Economic Development Council I was…

  • Dec 19th, 2017
San Juan County broadband accomplishments acknowledged | Guest Column
Re: Oil spill | Guest column

Re: Oil spill | Guest column

By Lovel Pratt Washington State’s shorelines are not treated equally when it…

  • Dec 14th, 2017
Re: Oil spill | Guest column

What makes community | Guest column

By Rhea Miller “We came to the island for its beauty, but…

  • Dec 5th, 2017

A wave of assault stories sweeping away the debris of secrets | Guest Opinion

by Julie Gottman, PH.D. Special to the Sounder Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein,…

  • Nov 28th, 2017

What you need to know about UW Medicine in the islands

By Colleen Armstrong and Mandi Johnson While UW Medicine has the potential…

In response to the Republicans | Guest column

by Martha Fuller Orcas Island The Republican Party guest editorial of Aug.…

  • Sep 12th, 2017
Quarterly county review | A tale of two trends

Quarterly county review | A tale of two trends

by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor It is the best…

  • Aug 30th, 2017
Quarterly county review | A tale of two trends

Republicans harassed at county fair | Guest column

Submitted by Nathan Butler, San Juan County Republicans chair; Lynda Lee Gerpheide,…

  • Aug 29th, 2017
Contributed photo                                This satellite photograph depicts smoke from the BC fires streaming through the Fraser River gap toward the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands on Aug. 1.

County needs to monitor local air quality | Guest Column

Michael Riordan Special to the Weekly During the recent smoke surge into…

  • Aug 15th, 2017
Contributed photo                                This satellite photograph depicts smoke from the BC fires streaming through the Fraser River gap toward the San Juans and Canadian Gulf Islands on Aug. 1.
Update on Emergency Services and the Lopez Clinic | Guest Column

Update on Emergency Services and the Lopez Clinic | Guest Column

Submitted by Dr. Bob Wilson, Marty Clark, Peggy Means, Christa Campbell and…

  • Aug 8th, 2017
Update on Emergency Services and the Lopez Clinic | Guest Column

Emergency Medical Services and UW Medicine | Guest column

Submitted by Chairwoman Lopez Island Fire and Emergency Medical Services Board of…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

Staying up to date with the Republican Party | Guest column

Submitted by San Juan County Republican Party Why is it that if…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

Disappointed by Iceberg Point controversy | Guest column

By Liz Scranton I was disappointed to read about the controversy surrounding…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

Airbnbs and Affordable Housing | Guest column

By Sue McCullough I am a long-term resident of Lopez Island and…

  • Jul 5th, 2017