Topic: Letters

Letters for Upcoming Election

Written on October 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm, by

You can see letters from individuals supporting our candidates and issues at the links below. Letters are listed in chronological order. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. For Nick Power: Colleen Kenimond Don Hall Rita Latsinova Paul Arons Bill Karges Justin Paulsen For Randy Gaylord:   Continue Reading

Love for Creatures Great and Small

Written on October 15, 2018 at 8:37 am, by

Tamara Weaver writes about St. Francis’ Blessing of the Animals… On October 4, people all over the world celebrated the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures, animals are led to churches for a special ceremony  Continue Reading

Our Necessary Alliance

Written on October 13, 2018 at 4:55 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter from Bill Appel… This will have been a hotly contested election. There have been allegations of errors, omissions and behavior, some of which but for the public stature of the targets, might arguably be libelous, and in the time-honored tradition of one corner of our community,  Continue Reading

School Superintendent’s Fall Letter to the Community

Written on September 28, 2018 at 6:05 am, by

Dear Members of our Fabulous Community, The new school year has started and we are all, already, making sure that each and every one of our students is well served in our school district.  And because it is a new school year, we have new people and new plans to share with you! First we are  Continue Reading

Affordable Housing and Yes For Homes

Written on September 13, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Steve Ulvi regarding affordable housing and Yes For Homes… The Yes for Homes Coalition of San Juan County is a grassroot, volunteer, non-partisan, county-wide group of affordable housing advocates laser-focused on passing this Home Fund initiative on November 6th. This proposed Home Fund  Continue Reading

Letter from the Port

Written on September 12, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor Commission recently presented the following letter to the Governor’s task force. Here it is for you to see… Dear Council Staff, The Port of Friday Harbor respectfully requests that the Pacific Fishery Management Council set aside an allocation of 250,000 chinook salmon from the Fraser River for the endangered Southern  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag…

Written on September 10, 2018 at 6:10 am, by

We hear from Louise Dustrude… Imagine the impact on our community if everyone who is having trouble paying for housing were to leave. I don’t believe the rest of us could function without them — people such as teachers, sheriff’s deputies, EMTs, firefighters, food service workers, and others. Ours are among the lowest wages and  Continue Reading

From the Mail Bag…

Written on September 8, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

We hear from Lisa Nash Lawrence… Please join me in saying YES for Homes Coalition of San Juan County in the next election! I’m a lifelong Islander and I’ve seen dramatic change in affordable housing and house ownership in San Juan County, and it’s not for the better. Please consider your neighbors, the elderly, and  Continue Reading

Thank You

Written on September 5, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Dear Editor: This is a wonderful community – one that deserves a constant flow of gratitude. Today I’d like to say many thanks to United Way of San Juan County and everyone in the community who gives to United Way, both monetarily and by giving of their time! United Way has supported Hospice of San  Continue Reading

SJIMA Says “Thanks”

Written on September 1, 2018 at 9:55 am, by

Thank you Community Foundation, The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) was thrilled to participate in the County Fair Matching Grant Program by the Community Foundation of San Juan Island. We were in the company of many worthy organizations that make our community more healthy, livable and cohesive. We all thrive due to the  Continue Reading

Paragliding Through Smoky Skies

Written on August 22, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Local photographer John Miller shares this photo… Hello SJ Update – I caught this fellow flying around the winery, in the gray! Fan powered motion! Nikon d500, f2, 200mm at f4 and 1/3000 sec. John

Of Signs, Land, and People

Written on August 14, 2018 at 8:40 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning… My thanks to those who voted in the primary election.  Shortly after the election, Team Gaylord removed most of the Re-Elect Gaylord for Prosecutor signs from our scenic roadways.  I believe residents and visitors deserve to finish the summer with a landscape without interruption. I hope voters will  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Alex Ramel

Written on August 5, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

To the Editor: We thank Representative Kris Lytton for her service to the 40th District and wish her well in her retirement. Kris Lytton did so much to support education in our state. We now need a leader who will work effectively to ensure the future for all of our children and grandchildren. Alex Ramel  Continue Reading

Why We Live on San Juan Island

Written on August 4, 2018 at 5:51 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag this morning… We could all make a list of the many reasons we choose to live on San Juan Island, but this afternoon I received another one to add. I was walking to Peace Island Medical Center for a late afternoon appointment. It was a warm afternoon, and I was  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Nick Power

Written on August 3, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning… I am Colleen Kenimond and I am the adult public defender for San Juan County. This is my sixth year in this position, and my 24th in criminal practice both as a defender and as a senior deputy prosecutor in other counties. Normally I would not broadcast my  Continue Reading

Action needed to ensure the survival of Southern Resident Orca

Written on August 1, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, we have this letter to you written by Christopher Wilson of San Juan Island… I quote Ken Balcomb’s blog found at www.whaleresearch.com/blog. I am writing out of a deep concern for the continued survival of the Southern resident orca pods that have lived much the year for millennia around the San  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on July 30, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning… To the editor: For more than fifty years my home base was on Waldron Island where I beachcombed logs to build a house and where I raised a family. During that time I also spent several years commuting to Mt. Vernon and Friday Harbor to work in their  Continue Reading

Letter In Support of Alex Ramel

Written on July 24, 2018 at 6:15 am, by

We are writing in strong support of Alex Ramel as a candidate to represent us in the 40th district. Among his many strengths, he has a proven ability to bring people together to work for specific goals. As one example, he built a coalition to create the Community Energy Challenge, an energy upgrade program which  Continue Reading

Nick Power is Running for Prosecutor

Written on July 23, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Here’s a letter from Nick Power regarding his candidacy for SJC Prosecuting Attorney… I’m running for San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney to bring meaningful change to the way the office performs its duties.   I have lived on San Juan Island with my wife Penelope Haskew and our two daughters Chiara and Alison for over ten  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on July 21, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter about the upcoming election… Vote for Debra Lekanoff, Washington 40th Legislative District By Sandy Strehlou and David Meiland, San Juan Island Debra Lekanoff is running for the 40th Legislative District seat currently held by State Representative Kristine Lytton, who is stepping down. Lytton has been a  Continue Reading

Locals Committed to Keeping Islanders Healthy

Written on July 19, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this letter to the community from Julia Vouri… That San Juan County was recently declared the “healthiest county” in Washington State should come as no surprise to those who have benefited from the excellent health and social services here. And these services are continually improving thanks to a  Continue Reading

Bravo!

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Huddle Lopez Island… Bravo for rallies in the rain! Bravo for signs held high! Bravo for floats in parades! Bravo for letters to politicians! Bravo to students for their initiative, leadership, sensitivity, and energy! Bravo to everyone for what you have done to help bring  Continue Reading