Letter to the Editor: Vote Alex Ramel for 40th District Representative

Posted July 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm by

Alex Ramel has proven him­self to be an effec­tive, thought­ful, and strate­gic leader for the 40th Dis­trict in Wash­ing­ton. He is a pro­gres­sive demo­c­rat who cham­pi­ons cli­mate action, afford­able hous­ing, health­care for all, ful­ly fund­ed schools, equal pay for women, and gun vio­lence pre­ven­tion. Alex is also a lis­ten­er and strong col­lab­o­ra­tor. I high­ly endorse and trust him.

I have known Alex for almost two decades. He and I have worked togeth­er on many pro­grams in the region, rang­ing from the Com­mu­ni­ty Ener­gy Chal­lenge that he helped devel­op, to stop­ping the Cana­di­an Trans Moun­tain pipeline expan­sion. He also says yes to every request I make of him to meet the young peo­ple I have men­tored and instruct­ed over the years — he great­ly val­ues the impact of the next gen­er­a­tion and knows how impor­tant it is to inspire and edu­cate them.

If you care about cli­mate action and our envi­ron­ment, val­ue social jus­tice, are a par­ent or grand­par­ent who wants a good future for the chil­dren you love, and a per­son who wants a true, hon­est pro­gres­sive in our state gov­ern­ment — vote for Alex.

Katie Flem­ing
San Juan Island 

Lakedale Music Festival takes place Aug. 26–28

Posted July 12, 2022 at 1:53 pm by

Lakedale Resort sends along news about their annu­al music festival.

The fifth annu­al Music Fes­ti­val returns to Lakedale Resort from Aug. 26–28, fea­tur­ing renowned jazz vir­tu­oso Bri­an Nova and his Trio. While you swing around the dance floor, know that it will be for a good cause as the fes­ti­val ben­e­fits the San Juan Islands School Dis­trict music pro­grams and Ter­ry’s Kids. Ter­ry’s Kids pro­vides music pro­gram­ming to glob­al schools and care facilities.

Admis­sion is includ­ed in the night­ly rate for guests. Advance tick­ets are $20. A lim­it­ed num­ber of gate tick­ets are avail­able for $25 per day.

Notes from the Island — July 12

Posted July 12, 2022 at 8:00 am by

  • Beaver­ton Val­ley Road will be closed for drainage cul­vert repairs between Egg Lake Road and Boyce Road start­ing today. The Coun­ty expects the work to take one week.
  • San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust shares pos­i­tive news about the Island Mar­ble But­ter­fly cater­pil­lars of the Fraz­er Home­stead Preserve.
  • The Sum­mer Film Series at San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with a show­ing of the doc­u­men­tary Kurt Von­negut: Unstuck in Time.
  • The Indige­nous Edu­ca­tion Insti­tute con­tin­ues its speak­er series at noon on Thurs­day with Indige­nous Per­spec­tives on Earth, Water and Sky by Rena Priest. Rena is the Wash­ing­ton State Poet Lau­re­ate and a mem­ber of the Lhaq’temish (Lum­mi) Nation. Pre-reg­is­tra­tion is avail­able here.
  • Sum­mer sail­ing takes place every Thurs­day at 5 p.m. at Jack­son Beach start­ing this week and run­ning through Aug. 11. The events are open to the pub­lic, and some sail­ing expe­ri­ence is required. Boats are pro­vid­ed by the San Juan Island Sail­ing Foun­da­tion and the cost is $10 per ses­sion or $40 for the sea­son. Con­tact Nige Oswald for more details.
  • Madrone Cel­lars & Cider is host­ing a din­ner pop-up with Natalia Swan Cater­ing this Sat­ur­day from 4 to 7 p.m., with a banh mi sand­wich, sweet & sour cucum­ber sal­ad, and man­go mousse with crisp. Tick­ets are $35 and include a glass of wine or cider.

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

Plastic Free July — habit shift #11

Posted July 11, 2022 at 10:35 pm by

Tran­si­tion San Juan Island’s Waste Reduc­tion group shares today’s habit shift inspi­ra­tion from the glob­al Plas­tic Free July campaign.

Plastic Free Picnic

It’s final­ly pic­nic sea­son and it’s a delight to pack up a bas­ket of food to share with friends and head to the beach or park. But take a look at what you’re pack­ing and what can poten­tial­ly get lost and left behind as plas­tic trash. Beach­es and parks are full of plas­tic wrap from bars, chip bags, bot­tle caps, plas­tic cut­lery, straws, plas­tic bot­tles, etc. Feel fan­tas­tic by pack­ing a plas­tic free pic­nic. Bake treats to bring, pack fresh fruit, make sand­wich­es and fill reusable water bot­tles, bring your own cloth nap­kins and cut­lery and pack it all in reusable con­tain­ers. This effort will make you pic­nic expe­ri­ence feel even more in con­nec­tion with the nat­ur­al sur­round­ings you’re enjoying.

County Council agenda for July 12

Posted July 11, 2022 at 9:47 pm by

The San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil will hold a reg­u­lar meet­ing on Tues­day, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Wal­dron Island Fire Shel­ter. Items up for dis­cus­sion include:

  • Wal­dron quar­ry access and use
  • Deer Har­bor park­ing project update
  • Cli­mate and Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Com­mit­tee update
  • Haz­ardous waste and recy­cling update
  • Per­ceived noise impacts from tran­sient travel
  • Wal­dron Island’s beach ecology

Because the meet­ing is being held out­side of the Coun­cil Leg­isla­tive Hear­ing Room, a live stream of the meet­ing will not be available.

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

Posted July 11, 2022 at 7:28 pm by

Here’s the adopt­able ani­mal of the week from the Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor — Bagel, a three-year-old domes­tic shorthair.

Petite is a sen­si­tive soul and although his name does not at first seem to fit his appear­ance, you may find that it fits his per­son­al­i­ty. He car­ries him­self in a slen­der man­ner, kind and poised. But his play­ful­ness comes out when he is around anoth­er play­ful cat, kit­ten, or a favorite toy. Petite does not care for rough­hous­ing or loud words. He would love to curl up with you while you read a book or dis­cuss the lat­est lit­er­ary gems. Petite loves affec­tion and some­times will pass a treat to get an extra scratch behind the ear. If you are look­ing for a poet­ic, young fel­low at heart, Petite would be delight­ed to share your favorite chair or sun­ny spot with you.

Learn more about Petite here.

K Pod welcomes a new calf

Posted July 11, 2022 at 10:00 am by

Photo credit: Center for Whale Research

The Cen­ter for Whale Research shares some pos­i­tive news from the South­ern Res­i­dent orca K Pod.

On Sat­ur­day, July 9, we met the newest mem­ber of K Pod, K45.

We received word that South­ern Res­i­dent orcas were inbound from the west side of Van­cou­ver Island, and in the group were mem­bers of K Pod whom we had not seen since Novem­ber 21, 2021.

We had pre­vi­ous­ly received video and pho­tographs of a pos­si­ble new calf with K Pod ear­li­er this year in April and June. Still, we were excit­ed to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see the baby firsthand.

On Sat­ur­day, Cen­ter for Whale Research field biol­o­gist Mark Malle­son and his col­leagues sight­ed the group north­east of Race Rocks and con­firmed that K20 was trav­el­ing with a new calf. They cap­tured images of K20 with her new baby trav­el­ing in a tight group with oth­er fam­i­ly members.

CWR des­ig­nates this new­born K45. K45’s sex is unknown at this time. Its size and shape are typ­i­cal of a calf in good phys­i­cal con­di­tion. K45 is the first calf born into K Pod since 2011 when K27 gave birth to K44 (male).

The moth­er, K20 (born 1986), is part of the K13 matri­line and has two sib­lings — K27 (female, born 1994) and K34 (male, born 2001). She is the moth­er to K38 (male, born in 2004).