Topic: Letters

A Mayor’s Farewell

Written on December 4, 2021 at 4:21 am, by

A letter to the community from Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan… As I reflect on my past eight years working for this council and the Town I so dearly love, I am filled with gratitude for those who have seen fit to allow me to represent their interests as well as those who have made  Continue Reading

Difficult Times: Coping with Eco-Anxiety and Exurban Delusion as the Future Darkens

Written on November 23, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

This morning we find a letter to you in the San Juan Update Mailbag from Steve Ulvi… In the late 1960s, my outdoor adventures grew grittier; in wilder landscapes, greatly expanding on childhood camping trips.  My dominant interests became nature-centered, access under one’s own power.  I felt the thrum of the non-human community of life  Continue Reading

Letter from Victoria

Written on November 3, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning there is this letter to you from Victoria Compton… Dear Island Neighbors, Thank you infinitely for your words of encouragement, your advice, and for sharing your thoughts about our island’s Port during my campaign. I was so proud and humbled to be able to carry your hopes for  Continue Reading

Letter about Mullis Center Election

Written on November 2, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

In today’s mailbag, Bonnie Sliger shares this with you… My name is Bonnie Sliger and I am running for a position on the Mullis Center District Committee.  If you are 60 and over or are disabled, and live in the San Juan District, please be sure to vote November 8th thru 11th at the Mullis  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag…

Written on November 1, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Alice Deane… Please be sure to vote in the very important upcoming election for District Committee members of the Mullis Senior Center. The true and correct information on what has become a very contentious election can be found at the Mullis Center website  Continue Reading

Letters on the Upcoming Election

Written on October 31, 2021 at 5:10 am, by

Below are links to letters regarding various items on the upcoming election. Letters are shown in the order received and this page will continue to be updated as more letters come in. Letters for and against SJC Public Hospital District No. 1 Proposition No. 1 Authorizing Regular Property Tax Levy: Alison Longley Lee Sturdivant Warren  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag…

Written on October 27, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag this morning we have this letter from Frank Penwell… Dear Islanders, Mullis Center election issues of 2021 are important. Issues: Senior Voting rights.  The current Board ended voting rights, and it took a 2-year lawsuit to force that Board to hold elections.  WHY? Questions surrounding finances.  The current Board has  Continue Reading

Letter about Redistricting

Written on October 5, 2021 at 9:35 am, by

In the Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from San Juan County Council member Cindy Wolf… Hello Editor, Census numbers are in and the proposed redistricting maps are out. You can see them at In my opinion, the strongest move we can make this week for the future of our ferry system  Continue Reading

Letter from Susan Grout

Written on September 29, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Susan Grout… Editor: A number of us are very concerned about a serious problem on our island. There is a critical shortage of trained home health caregivers. In order to remedy this situation, which could affect all of us at some point, we urge  Continue Reading


Written on September 22, 2021 at 10:09 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today we have this letter from the SJC Republican Party Chair, Daniel Schwartz… Statement on Vaccine Mandates San Juan County Republican PartyThe Republican Party is not anti-vaccine:  it is for the right of a free and informed citizenry to make its own health choices.Never in our 245-year history have federal,  Continue Reading


Written on September 12, 2021 at 10:58 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have this letter from Sasha von Dassow… To the Editor: 9/11/21 At 6 am on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 we in the San Juan Islands are at a standstill because a few folks working in the state ferry system decided to stage a sick out in protest of  Continue Reading

A Letter to You from SJCT

Written on September 2, 2021 at 10:36 am, by

9/1/21 Covid-19 Policy Update: Proof of Vaccination & Masking REQUIRED A Letter from the Executive Artistic Director Dear SJCT Patrons, You may have seen our social media posts today regarding the new policy requiring proof of vaccination at San Juan Community Theatre performances and events. If not, you can find our updated policies here. We  Continue Reading

Community Support at the Fair

Written on September 1, 2021 at 9:56 pm, by

A letter of thanks to you from the Library… Dear Friends, A tremendous thank you to everyone who joined in and donated during the virtual San Juan County Fair in August to raise funds for the new library building project. We were grateful to join the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s matching grant program, which  Continue Reading


Written on August 24, 2021 at 3:51 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have a Heads Up from Barnaby Zall about the RHNA Annual Picnic… After careful consideration, on Saturday, August 21, the Board of Directors of the Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association voted unanimously to cancel its 2021 Labor Day Isthmus Potluck Picnic, originally scheduled for Sept. 4.   RHNA is a  Continue Reading


Written on August 18, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag this morning we have this letter from Dr. Mark Fishout… The summer of 1940 saw the Battle of Britain, the aerial conflict between the Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe, reach its apex. When in this speech Churchill stated ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much  Continue Reading

Letter | Ghatan Deserves Another Term

Written on July 23, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Lee Sturdivant, Friday Harbor As a 42 year resident of Friday Harbor, I write to encourage the town residents to vote for Farhad Ghatan, our present F.H. mayor, who deserves another term.  The town of Friday Harbor is only 1 mile square, but everything that happens here affects all island residents, even all county  Continue Reading

Letter | Ghatan is the only Qualified Candidate for Mayor

Written on July 22, 2021 at 7:36 am, by

By David Bayley, Friday Harbor I’m writing to enthusiastically endorse the reelection of our town’s mayor, Farhad Ghatan. I have known and admired Farhad for almost 30 years, and have been continually impressed by his intelligence, energy and commitment to public service.  Experience matters, folks! Farhad’s background in local governance, chairing the Planning Commission for  Continue Reading

Letter | Becki Day Deserves Fourth of July Credit

Written on July 16, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Lauren Cohen, San Juan Island The return of our town’s beloved Fourth of July parade was an enormous step forward in our return to normal life. It was a chance for our community and the visitors we welcome every year to come together and celebrate our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. The San  Continue Reading

Letter: Vote for Arts Supporter Ghatan for Mayor

Written on July 13, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

By David Mark Jenkins, Friday Harbor I have worked with Farhad Ghatan for over seven years and found him to be extremely reliable, professional, creative and honest. Moreover, Farhad is a strong advocate for the Arts in Friday Harbor, and as in many other communities, public art adds greatly to our visitor’s experience of the  Continue Reading

Letter: Ranked-Choice Voting for San Juan County

Written on May 12, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

By Learner Limbach, Orcas Island Have you ever looked at your choices on a ballot and thought, “I’m just not excited about any of these”? I have, and I’m tired of being coerced into voting for the “lesser evil”. I think many others are, too. Ranked-choice voting is one idea that is giving me hope,  Continue Reading

Letter: San Juan County Board Reviews County’s High Health Rankings

Written on May 11, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Dale Heisinger M.D., Noel Monin, John Geyman M.D., Christine Minney, Jamie Stephens, Cindy Wolf, Kyle Davies, San Juan County Board of Health   Recently the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin published the county health rankings for states.   The rankings were based on health outcomes and health factors (see for comprehensive view).   In Washington  Continue Reading

Letter: Fire Chair Jarman Thanks Voters for Fire Annexation Approval

Written on May 7, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

By Bob Jarman, chair of the board of commissioners, San Juan County Fire District 3 On behalf of the elected board members of San Juan County Fire District 3, our career staff and our volunteers, we thank the voters of San Juan Island and the Town of Friday Harbor for your overwhelming support in the  Continue Reading