Topic: Letters

Letter: Island Hospital District Thanks Community For Hospice Support

Written on December 23, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Thank you to all the advocates raising their voices. At the Skagit Valley Hospital District board meeting on Dec. 18, the hospital districts that jointly own Hospice of the Northwest announced that they would not sell to Bristol Hospice. San Juan County Public Hospital District No.  Continue Reading

Letter: Orca Nonprofit Supports New State Whale Watching Rules

Written on December 22, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Donna Sandstrom, Whale Trail director and former member of Governor Inslee’s Orca Recovery Task Force Last Friday, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commissioners approved rules for commercial whale-watching that will make it easier for the endangered southern residents to forage and rear their young in these next few critical years. Commercial whale-watching on  Continue Reading

Online Learning Resumes For All Grades At San Juan Island School District

Written on November 22, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Fred Woods, Superintendent, San Juan Island School District It is with sadness and frustration that I must announce the return to teleschool for all grades in the San Juan Island School District. As a community, San Juan Island is beginning to experience increased levels of the COVID-19 virus, and though we have maintained a  Continue Reading

Letter: Island Leaders Say Stay Home For Holidays

Written on November 15, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

As cases spike dramatically in San Juan County, Washington, and the United States, we would like to urge islanders to scale back their holiday plans. Over recent months, we’ve been able to enjoy a slow reopening of our islands. Restaurants, gatherings, shops, gyms, and most recently schools have all made slow progress towards returning to  Continue Reading

Letter: Minney Is Honored To Be Elected

Written on November 10, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

By Christine Minney, San Jan County Council Member-elect  Position 1 I am joyous and honored to have been elected to serve on the SJ County Council, District 1. I am grateful for the community’s support and trust that I am a good fit to represent all islanders. I look forward to working with my fellow  Continue Reading

Letter: Wolf Thanks Voters

Written on November 10, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Cindy Wolf, San Juan County Council Member District 2 Elect I want to extend my sincere thanks to all of my campaign supporters, volunteers and staff, and especially to the voters, for electing me as San Juan County Council Member from District 2. I am honored that you put your trust in me to  Continue Reading

Letter: San Juan Hospital District Says Reject Hospice Sale

Written on November 8, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

Members of San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 have each signed this letter regarding the potential sale of the Hospice of the Northwest. One copy is being sent to United General District 304 and the other to Skagit Regional Health. Dear Commissioners, We write to you as concerned citizens of San Juan County and  Continue Reading

Letters for the November Election

Written on November 2, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

You can see letters from individuals at the links below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. Letters are posted in the order received in support of: Ryan Palmateer Winnie Adams and Bob Gamble Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts Christopher Minney Cindy Wolf Winnie Adams and  Continue Reading

Letter: 12 EMS Volunteers Resign

Written on October 29, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

We believe it is important to set the record straight on recent exchanges between some of the San Juan EMS volunteers and the Board of Public Hospital District No. 1. Following the PHD board’s restructuring of the administration of both the PHD and EMS, a number of volunteers from San Juan EMS met to share  Continue Reading

Letter: Protect Hospice Care in San Juans

Written on October 29, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Marie-Luz Villa MD AGSF, Main Operations Manager, Hospice of San Juan San Juan County, being relatively tiny in the eyes of Medicare, receives insurance-funded hospice care under the umbrella of Hospice of the Northwest (HNW), which is based in Skagit County. Although both San Juan Island and Lopez Island have all-volunteer hospice organizations to  Continue Reading

Letter: For-Profit Hospice Bad for County

Written on October 23, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Kathryn Clary, RN, BSN, CHPN, Hospice of the Northwest, San Juan Island Currently, the only Medicare-based hospice in our county is Hospice of the Northwest. Two years ago this hospice was listed as the No. 1 hospice agency in the United States. HNW provides medical hospice services no matter one’s ability to pay. Medicare  Continue Reading

Letter: Farewell and Thanks

Written on October 22, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Mary Stone, San Juan Island After 40 years practicing law, 30 of them in Friday Harbor, I am retiring, but I am leaving the law practice in the very capable hands of my partner, Bob Bulloch. My husband and I will continue to spend winters in Puerto Rico, but instead of returning to Friday  Continue Reading

Letters: Vote Hughes and Minney

Written on October 21, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Susan Kollet, San Juan Island A vote for Rick Hughes for Council Dist. 2 and Christine Minney for Dist. 1 will provide a wonderful balance to the three-member council. At such a critical juncture, the continuity and expertise Rick brings to the office will benefit our community and put the county in a better  Continue Reading

Letters: Why I’m Voting Wolf

Written on October 20, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Michael Durland, Orcas Island A couple of weeks ago I listed a number of actions by this current San Juan County Council that I said were in violation of their oath of office and the San Juan County Charter. My main concern is why this council instructed or allowed their attorney to argue in  Continue Reading

Letters: Vote Palmateer

Written on October 16, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Christopher Minney, San Juan Island We’ve seen what inexperience and ineptitude looks like at the highest levels of our federal government over the past four years. The last thing our islands need is to bring that type of leadership home to San Juan County in the midst of a 100-year pandemic and severe economic  Continue Reading

Letters: Minney is Committed to All Islanders

Written on October 16, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Chuck Dalldorf, Friday Harbor I am a full-time resident in Friday Harbor and I strongly support Christine Minney for San Juan County Council in the upcoming November election. Council is a nonpartisan position (there’s no political party potholes or sewers). Christine is an independent, long-time resident of our islands, who is fully committed to  Continue Reading

Letters: Rep. Lekanoff for Wolf

Written on October 15, 2020 at 4:45 am, by

By Rep. Debra Lekanoff, Washington State 40th Legislative District In 2018, Cindy Wolf invested in me as a candidate, and today I am investing in her as a candidate for San Juan County Council. A solid community leader, Cindy listens with a keen ear to the issues around her and takes action to address those  Continue Reading

Letters: Minney Has My Vote

Written on October 15, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By Sandy Strehlou, San Juan Island We have four fine candidates to choose from in our county council races. All are decent, caring, competent candidates and we will be well-represented by whoever is elected. That said, I am voting for Christine Minney.

Letters: Vote Palmateer, Hughes

Written on October 14, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts, San Juan Island There is so much to be concerned about these days. Much of it well beyond our abilities as individuals to effect any change. Except that we each have a vote. Please do your homework and vote.

Letters: Vote Palmateer, Wolf

Written on October 13, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Winnie Adams and Bob Gamble, Orcas and Waldron Islands In the last few days we watched the League of Women Voters county council debate and have read the candidates’ replies to questions in the local papers. It’s a hard choice for many because we have four very good people running for just two positions.

Freedom Flotilla

Written on October 6, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this report of a Freedom Flotilla down at the harbor… Despite the cool, foggy weather more than 50 people showed up at Fairweather Park to celebrate living in the greatest country on Earth with a Freedom Flotilla on Saturday, Oct. 3. Signs, flags and music marked the occasion. Candidate for WA State  Continue Reading


Written on September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we find this letter from Anna Maria de Freitas… As I listen to the rain bounce off my sky light and feel the fall chill settle in the air, I know that the days of outdoor dining for me and my restaurant industry colleagues are quickly coming to an end.  Continue Reading