Topic: Letters

Letter from Ron Whalen

Written on June 17, 2020 at 7:33 am, by

In the SJ Update Mail­bag this morn­ing we have this let­ter from Ron Whalen… I request post­ing of the fol­low­ing; June 7th Aman­da Azous post­ed a let­ter titled Fact Check of Whalen Peti­tion. There­in Aman­da alleges I request sign­ing a peti­tion to elim­i­nate the Land Bank (LB). She alleges I have spread false­hoods and attempt­ed  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on June 8, 2020 at 6:49 am, by

In the mail­bag this morn­ing we have this let­ter from Janet Thomas… Dear Islanders, The South­ern Res­i­dent orcas are fac­ing immi­nent extinc­tion. Unlike oth­er orca species they do not eat oth­er marine mam­mals. Their pri­ma­ry diet is Chi­nook salmon–specifically the salmon that comes from the Fras­er Riv­er in B.C. and migrates along the west side  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on June 8, 2020 at 6:47 am, by

And anoth­er let­ter, this one from Lau­ra Sac­cio… To My Fel­low Islanders, More than 20 years ago, my grand­fa­ther, a New Mex­i­can farmer, res­cued me from a life of imper­son­al work in the finan­cial indus­try. I had been hired to work at an invest­ment firm in Port­land, and would see my fam­i­ly, includ­ing our two  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on June 7, 2020 at 4:56 pm, by

Fact Check of Whalen Peti­tion Dear Edi­tor and Com­mu­ni­ty, We recent­ly received in the mail Mr. Ron Whalen’s request to have us sign a peti­tion to elim­i­nate the Land Bank by Decem­ber 2020. The request was loaded with false­hoods and out­ra­geous­ly attempt­ed to dupe our com­mu­ni­ty into think­ing that a yes or no answer meant  Con­tin­ue Reading

John Miller Shares a Photo

Written on June 7, 2020 at 6:56 am, by

John Miller saw this on Roche Har­bor road the oth­er day. He said: “It reminds me of the old Bur­ma Shave signs of years past, pro­ject­ing an impor­tant mes­sage.” Thanks for shar­ing John!


Written on June 5, 2020 at 10:38 am, by

Today in the SJ Update mail­bag, we have this let­ter from Lydia Miller… I want to com­mend Dr Frank James, the Board of Health and Coun­ty Coun­cil, for mak­ing the pru­dent respon­si­ble deci­sion to final­ly allow lodg­ing to reopen. Giv­en that Amer­i­cans are cau­tious­ly emerg­ing from social dis­tanc­ing mea­sures, the fear of crowds descend­ing on  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on June 2, 2020 at 7:37 pm, by

Response to the dis­cus­sion about the Land Bank and Afford­able Hous­ing REETs. Tues­day, June 2, 2020 Edi­tor, I am writ­ing as Board Pres­i­dent of the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty Home Trust, a non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion on San Juan Island. Our mis­sion is to build and sell per­ma­nent­ly afford­able hous­ing for own­er­ship, to low and mod­er­ate income-qual­i­­fied islanders. We are  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on June 2, 2020 at 8:35 am, by

Response by Ron Whalen/Sponsor of San Juan Coun­ty Ini­tia­tive 2020-10 I request the fol­low­ing be post­ed to San Juan Update as a response to the let­ter post­ed by Alice Hurd on June 1st. Not true…..Neither the ini­tia­tive or the peti­tion says any­thing about end­ing or elim­i­nat­ing the Land Bank (LB) and afford­able hous­ing. THE PROPOSED INITIATIVE  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on June 1, 2020 at 6:11 pm, by

In the SJ Update Mail­bag today we have this let­ter from Alice Hurd, For­mer Trustee of the San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust… I am writ­ing to share my con­cern about an ini­tia­tive peti­tion being cir­cu­lat­ed in San Juan Coun­ty for the pur­pose of putting a mea­sure on the Novem­ber bal­lot to close down the San Juan Coun­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

Letter from the Sheriff

Written on May 30, 2020 at 10:26 am, by

Over the last few days we have all wit­nessed the unfold­ing events in Min­neso­ta, and around the coun­try, spurred by a trag­ic death that occurred in Min­neapo­lis involv­ing the police and a black male who was in cus­tody. The actions that result­ed in the death of George Floyd are dis­turb­ing and sad­den­ing. When these events  Con­tin­ue Reading

Letter to the Community from San Juan Island School District Superintendent Kari McVeigh

Written on May 26, 2020 at 12:20 pm, by

May 2020 Dear Won­der­ful Com­mu­ni­ty Mem­bers, The 2019–2020 school year is wind­ing to a close, and what a year it has been! We start­ed last sum­mer with our Aero­space Design team under the guid­ance of teacher Dan Gar­ner, becom­ing inter­na­tion­al cham­pi­ons and we end this school year with our First/Second grade Sci­ence Team under the  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on May 6, 2020 at 2:26 pm, by

In the SJI Update Mail­bag this after­noon there’s a let­ter from Richard Grout… Dear Edi­tor: Tues­day evening the San Juan Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict (PHD) Com­mis­sion­ers took an action we should all applaud. They vot­ed unan­i­mous­ly to with­draw the agree­ment con­cern­ing inte­gra­tion of the San Juan Island Emer­gency Med­ical Ser­vice (EMS) and Fire Dis­trict #3 and  Con­tin­ue Reading

How the 2020 Census Benefits San Juan County, Islanders

Written on April 29, 2020 at 9:46 am, by

In the SJI Update mail­bag this morn­ing we have a let­ter from our San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil… As islanders con­tin­ue social dis­tanc­ing to help slow the spread of COVID-19, you are prob­a­bly won­der­ing how to help your com­mu­ni­ty from home. One easy, impact­ful way to help? Fill out and return your 2020 Cen­sus. By now,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Your Dose of “Awww” for Today

Written on April 29, 2020 at 9:05 am, by

Kevin Holmes shares these pho­tos of his new neigh­bors. In his words: “I have a mom­ma fox with four babies liv­ing around the cor­ner from my house. Though you might need your dai­ly dose of “Awww”… Thanks for shar­ing Kevin!

Food to Go

Written on April 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm, by

Here’s a note to you from Cyn­thia Burke… Hel­lo Every­one — We miss see­ing you at the Farmer’s Mar­ket so we put togeth­er some prepack­aged items from both Cyn­thi­a’s Bistro and Felic­i­ta­tions Bak­ery for you to pre-order & dri­ve by for pick up. Or just stop by and see what we are offer­ing — Cyn­thia will be  Con­tin­ue Reading

Letter from Eileen Drath

Written on April 16, 2020 at 9:23 am, by

In the Mail­bag this morn­ing we find this let­ter from Eileen Drath… Dear Edi­tor, Dur­ing this time of coro­n­avirus unrest, there are some par­tic­u­lar­ly com­fort­ing aspects of liv­ing in San Juan Coun­ty.  Right at the top is our San Juan Coun­ty Land Bank. We are for­tu­nate to have land set aside in per­pe­tu­ity.  We have ded­i­cat­ed  Con­tin­ue Reading