Letter to the Editor: Lessons Learned from School’s Community Forum

— by Maggie Schuler — Thanks to all who came [to the school-sponsored Community Forum on Sept. 21], shared their beliefs and therefore furthered MY education. I came thinking I was adamantly opposed to building a track– mainly because I knew there are so many other, and to me, more … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Space Needle Climb for Joe’s Legacy


— from Elaine Goodrich — In honor of Joe Goodrich, Elaine Goodrich and Cassie Hayes have created a team called “Joe’s Legacy” to raise donations for cancer research in the the Base 2 Space Climb. The climb is on October 2nd. It is 832 steps to the top of the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Track Donation Brings Problems

— by Bea vonTobel — Updated Sept. 20: I would like to offer a couple revisions to my original letter. (Editor’s note: revisions are in italics) Sometime when you look a gift horse in the mouth you may need to say, “Thanks but no thanks.” The extreme generosity of a … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Did You Get Our Mis-directed Mail?


— from Antoinette Botsford for Shinola Jewelry — UPDATE 2:15, September 21: It was discovered.  Within the post office building, if not the post office itself. Thanks for caring.  Love, AB A small package directed to Shinola Jewelry has been lost. The key to that locker was put in someone … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Café Olga to Close

— from Bobby Olmsted — It is with disappointment and sadness that we tell you Café Olga will be closing in mid-October. The building on Urner Street in Eastsound has been sold, and Bev and I have lost our lease. Since the arson fire at the Artworks three years ago, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Back to School Clothing Drive At Exchange at the Grange --Swap Meet

— from Ellen Edwardson and Larry Coddington — I am collecting children’s clothing for the Swap Meet, Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Grange. The clothing will be available for free, to children who have not finished their Back to School wardrobe. Any clothing not finding a new home will be … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | SJI’s Mount Grant Worth the Trip Reach the top


— from Barbara Marrett & Bill Watson, Sunday Summit Volunteers — Have you had a chance to enjoy “Sundays at the Summit” of Mount Grant on San Juan Island? The road to the top is open Sundays noon to six through September 25. Hiking trails are open daily. The Summit offers … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Does Eastsound Still Need Architectural Design Standards? Envisioning what Eastsound will look like entails planning and standards

— by John Campbell, Chairman, Eastsound Design Review Committee– History: 25 years ago there was a general outcry in favor of minimum architectural standards in response to a big dowdy building that engulfed a treasured old landmark. There are two legal bases for community architectural design standards: good design and … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Help Replace Oil Spill Assc. Landing Craft Matching funds to replace motor during County Fair days ONLY

— from Islands Oil Spill Association — Thanks to the generosity of the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF), each of us has a special opportunity to help Islands’ Oil Spill Association purchase a much-needed new outboard motor for the Green Heron, IOSA’s landing craft that is staged at the … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Bond Proposal Will Impact School Music Program Phase III Plans for School Bond Present Music Program Crisis


— by Catherine Pederson — Our School Music Program is facing a crisis situation! You probably received a postcard in the mail last week thanking islanders for the completion of the last two years’ Phase II Building project. It included one music classroom – now used by the Band program. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: What Do You Need in Your County Council? Thanks to all citizens of San Juan County


— by Bill Watson, Candidate for San Juan County Council, District 1– The August 2nd Primary is done and I’d like to thank all the people who supported me. But the work is not done as we now move forward to the November 8th general election. I commit to continuing … Continue reading