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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
Ian Miller, PhD, is the coastal hazards specialist at Washington Sea Grant, teaches oceanography at Peninsula College and is a principal investigator on the Washington Coastal Resilience Project.

Sea level rise in the San Juans | Guest Column

By Ian Miller Ian Miller, PhD, is the coastal hazards specialist at…

  • Jun 12th, 2017
Ian Miller, PhD, is the coastal hazards specialist at Washington Sea Grant, teaches oceanography at Peninsula College and is a principal investigator on the Washington Coastal Resilience Project.
Why we march for climate | Guest Column

Why we march for climate | Guest Column

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans On April 29, millions of…

  • Apr 27th, 2017
Why we march for climate | Guest Column

Time to mark your ballot and vote | Guest Column

Submitted by Catherine Washburn Medical Association Lopez voters face an important decision:…

  • Apr 18th, 2017
Ken Carrasco photo                                Response personnel from the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard listen as Cowan describes local government cleanup activities in case of an oil spill.

Local workshop considered effects of large oil spill on lives of islanders

by Ken Carrasco, Orcas Member of the San Juan County Marine Resources…

  • Apr 17th, 2017
Ken Carrasco photo                                Response personnel from the Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard listen as Cowan describes local government cleanup activities in case of an oil spill.

News media is not the enemy | Guest column

by David Kobrin Orcas Island On Feb. 17 the President tweeted: “The…

  • Mar 20th, 2017

Remembrances from Germany in the 1930s | Guest column

As the daily news become ever more ominous - the tone so…

  • Mar 20th, 2017

Military home invasion | Guest column

Submitted by Rhea Y. Miller This past month I led a memorial…

  • Mar 8th, 2017

What does it mean to live in a Navy War Training Zone? | Guest column

Submitted by Quiet Skies over San Juan County We know that the…

  • Feb 27th, 2017