Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Ron Krebs as Sheriff

Posted October 1, 2022 at 10:25 pm by

I am pleased to sup­port the re-elec­tion of Ron Krebs as Sher­iff of San Juan County.

I met Ron short­ly after my arrival in Fri­day Har­bor eight years ago. He has an easy­go­ing per­son­al­i­ty and is a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor, essen­tial skills need­ed to man­age and guide the county’s law enforce­ment officers.

Ron honed his skills while serv­ing our coun­try in the USMC, where he also devel­oped his pro­fi­cien­cy in law enforce­ment. Ron is cul­tur­al­ly attuned with the issues fac­ing law enforce­ment offi­cers. These attrib­ut­es help him to suc­cess­ful­ly address the chal­lenges he faces as the county’s top law enforce­ment offi­cer. Fur­ther­more, his years of ser­vice in the USMC, cou­pled with the man­age­r­i­al skills acquired dur­ing his employ­ment in the pri­vate sec­tor, unique­ly qual­i­fy him to con­tin­ue ful­fill­ing the job require­ments of the posi­tion to which he was elected.

Ron’s com­mit­ment to the com­mu­ni­ty is evi­dent with his par­tic­i­pa­tion with caus­es focus­ing on improv­ing our qual­i­ty of life, reduc­ing crime and the assist­ing the youth become respon­si­ble adults. He vol­un­teers his time with the Coali­tion for Orcas Youth, a com­mu­ni­ty empow­er­ing youth with skills and resources to become com­pas­sion­ate, and healthy adults; and the San Juan Island Pre­ven­tion Coali­tion, which seeks to strength­en our com­mu­ni­ty by reduc­ing sub­stance abuse amongst our youth. He is also a Board mem­ber of SAFE San Juans, whose mis­sion is the pre­ven­tion and elim­i­na­tion of domes­tic vio­lence and sex­u­al assault.

He’s a good hus­band and fam­i­ly man, with strong work eth­ic and integrity.

I don’t hes­i­tate ask­ing for your sup­port in re-elect­ing Ron Krebs as our County’s Sheriff.

Attilio Gal­li
Fri­day Harbor

Island Senior: Emergency! Are you ready?

Posted October 1, 2022 at 7:22 pm by

It’s fall and time to think about tak­ing stock and stock­ing up on sup­plies in case of an emer­gency. Thank­ful­ly we are not in the path­way of hur­ri­canes, but if you’ve been around here for a while you know that we can get some mighty dam­ag­ing win­ter windstorms.

The most com­mon events to be ready for here are pow­er out­ages and get­ting snowed in. Due to our rel­a­tive­ly mild and wet cold weath­er, our snow can melt and freeze and have more snow fall on top of it, cre­at­ing treach­er­ous­ly slick sur­faces. Seniors espe­cial­ly should avoid walk­ing on icy snow.

Earth­quakes are anoth­er pos­si­bil­i­ty. They could be any­thing from a bare­ly felt jig­gle to the big one. Unlike the win­ter storms we are more famil­iar with, an earth­quake is less pre­dictable but nonethe­less a like­li­hood if not an inevitabil­i­ty. Emer­gency con­tacts in your neigh­bor­hood and in a loca­tion out­side the region are good to have in place.

The San Juan Coun­ty Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment cau­tions, “Here in the islands, every­one who is able has the respon­si­bil­i­ty to pre­pare them­selves to be on their own fol­low­ing a dis­as­ter — in the islands, we’re pri­mar­i­ly think­ing earth­quake or win­ter storm. We strong­ly encour­age peo­ple to have at least two weeks worth of sup­plies on hand.”

Emer­gency Man­age­ment also has a prepa­ra­tion cal­en­dar on their web­site with a month-by-month guide to get­ting ful­ly pre­pared. Among their first sug­ges­tions of what to have on hand are 10 gal­lons of water per per­son, a hand-oper­at­ed can open­er, two flash­lights, and bat­ter­ies. Dur­ing our most recent pow­er out­age I was glad to have the bat­tery-oper­at­ed lantern that I bought recent­ly from REI.

Food that does not need to be cooked is good to have on hand — things like peanut but­ter, crack­ers, sar­dines, canned or dried fruit, and gra­nola bars. In a pinch, hav­ing a stash of instant cof­fee and canned milk could save the day.

The Emer­gency Man­age­ment web­site is a valu­able resource that spells out in detail what islanders can do to be pre­pared. Stay safe my friends!

Notes from the Island — Oct. 1

Posted October 1, 2022 at 10:30 am by

  • Ear­li­er this week, per­son­nel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Wash­ing­ton Depart­ment of Ecol­o­gy, and San Juan Coun­ty sur­veyed the shore­line from Lime Kiln State Park to Hen­ry Island look­ing for impacts from the oil and fuel spilled from the sunken Aleut­ian Isle fish­ing ves­sel. No con­t­a­m­i­nants were found on any of the shore­lines, even on beach­es where oil had pre­vi­ous­ly been seen. As a result, no addi­tion­al shore­line cleanup is being recommended.
  • Fri­day Har­bor High School foot­ball lost on the road at Coupeville 35–3 last night. Boys soc­cer knocked off Lopez Island 6–0 in a home game at Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Fields.
  • Okto­ber­fest hap­pens from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. today at San Juan Brew­ing Co. They’ll have all-day Ger­man food spe­cials, live music, face paint­ing, crafts, a pho­to booth, a cos­tume con­test, and a stein hold­ing contest.
  • Fall is here, which means that the east­ern por­tion of the Zyl­stra Lake Pre­serve loop trail is closed until April. Dogs aren’t allowed at Zyl­stra until the spring either. Dri­ving access to Mount Grant Pre­serve is now lim­it­ed to Sun­days only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Start­ing today, peo­ple age 18 and younger can ride the Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries for free.
  • Mer­ri Ann Simon­son has pub­lished an exten­sive arti­cle about the state of the local real estate mar­ket and its impact on prop­er­ty tax assess­ments.
  • Thanks to our adver­tis­ers for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the San Juan Update — includ­ing Fri­day Har­bor Mar­ket Place.

Have some­thing to share with the Island? Whether the news is big or small, let us know!

Searching for the landing

Posted September 30, 2022 at 9:30 pm by

Letter to the Editor: Vote yes on SJI Library District Proposition 1

Posted September 30, 2022 at 7:36 pm by

Some islanders won­der about build­ing a new library while the island has an afford­able hous­ing issue, but afford­able hous­ing and an expand­ed library serve the same island fam­i­lies in dif­fer­ent ways. Low- to mid­dle-income fam­i­lies need after school youth pro­grams in safe spaces; books, movies, and audio to check out instead of pur­chase; and free access to tech­nol­o­gy and tech­nol­o­gy instruc­tion. What seems like stan­dard tech­nol­o­gy to own nowa­days is out of reach for many who can­not afford home com­put­ers or inter­net ser­vice, includ­ing seniors liv­ing on lim­it­ed incomes. The Library pro­vides these. The Library also loans out adap­tive equip­ment for those with mobil­i­ty, vision, and hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, Dis­cov­er Pass­es to state parks, bird­watch­ing kits with binoc­u­lars, a tele­scope, and glass­es for col­or­blind­ness — items whose costs would be too pro­hib­i­tive for many.

But the Library is out of space and thus lim­it­ed in what it can offer. Our pop­u­la­tion has grown 50 per­cent since 1995, but the Library has not. It is not pos­si­ble to expand either upwards or out­wards, and cur­rent park­ing is dan­ger­ous and insuf­fi­cient to meet demand. The building’s infra­struc­ture is out of date and lim­its ser­vices. Pro­gram space is too small to accom­mo­date all who come to pro­grams, forc­ing library pro­grams off­site. The Library is a noisy place with­out pro­tect­ed qui­et retreats, and the teen and children’s areas are far too cramped. There are no study rooms for online inter­views, small col­lab­o­ra­tive groups, or qui­et study space.

Please vote yes on SJI Library Dis­trict Propo­si­tion 1.

Lau­rie Orton
San Juan Island

County shares its vision for road levy projects

Posted September 30, 2022 at 10:58 am by

San Juan Coun­ty sends along its plans for the rough­ly $4 mil­lion in addi­tion­al fund­ing that would be gen­er­at­ed by the road levy increase propo­si­tion on this Novem­ber’s ballot.

The upcom­ing Novem­ber elec­tion includes Res­o­lu­tion 20–2022 – a propo­si­tion to increase the road levy. It is a one-time, per­ma­nent levy lid lift for the coun­ty road fund. If approved, the Coun­ty levy would increase from $0.56 to $1.00 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The Coun­ty is respon­si­ble for over 270 miles of pub­lic roads, thou­sands of cul­verts, numer­ous marine facil­i­ties, bridges, trails, and oth­er trans­porta­tion-relat­ed facil­i­ties locat­ed on sev­en dif­fer­ent islands.

San Juan Coun­ty’s road levy is the low­est in the state. Our road levy is cur­rent­ly 7.24 per­cent of the total prop­er­ty tax. The levy is expect­ed to gen­er­ate an addi­tion­al $4 mil­lion in rev­enues for the road fund every year which will sup­port repairs and replace­ments of fail­ing cul­verts, updates to marine facil­i­ties, and widen­ing of shoul­ders for mul­ti-modal trans­porta­tion. Con­tin­ue Reading

River is the Animal Protection Society’s pet of the week

Posted September 30, 2022 at 9:51 am by

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor shares a look at the adopt­able ani­mal of the week — Riv­er, a six-month-old domes­tic Pug-Chi­huahua-Shih Tzu mix.

Pan­de­mo­ni­um / (noun): a wild uproar (as because of anger or excite­ment in a crowd of people).

Pup­py pan­de­mo­ni­um / (noun): when the pan­de­mo­ni­um (of the excite­ment vari­ety, obvi­ous­ly) erupts in response to the cute­ness over­load that pup­pies bring.

Hi! My name is Riv­er, and I’m one of the eight pup­pies who arrived here at the shel­ter ear­li­er this month — but based on the excite­ment we’ve stirred up in this island com­mu­ni­ty, I have a feel­ing you may already know that. You may be so wrapped up in pup­py pan­de­mo­ni­um that you’re unable to see all the indi­vid­ual ways in which each one of us lit­tle pups shine. Don’t wor­ry though, there are no judg­ments from me and my shel­ter friends; we know all too well the effect baby ani­mals (espe­cial­ly pup­pies) have on peo­ple — us included.

So, before cute­ness over­load takes hold of your brain com­plete­ly, I want­ed to share some fun facts about the one and only me, River:

  1. I’m a Par­vo+ survivor
  2. I have an under­bite which I’m told is very adorable
  3. Out of all eight of us, I’m the biggest
  4. Although this pho­to doesn’t show it, I have a lit­tle white mohawk which is my favorite hair­style right now

One final note: although I’m a very hap­py pup­py, I will only be friends with some­one who notices that some­times I get a lit­tle scared and who will respect my bound­aries. Don’t wor­ry though, I warm up to new, under­stand­ing, friends quickly.

Learn more about Riv­er here.

Possibly the most colorful spot on the island

Posted September 29, 2022 at 10:02 pm by