Lest we forget, the combined emergency services, clergy and elected officials of San Juan Island will hold a short service in memory of all those who responded to the call that went out in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania on the morning of September 11, 2001.
I'm delighted to say that the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs' 16th Jazz at the Labs fundraiser in support of the Friday Harbor Labs (K-12) Science Outreach Program was a great success! It was a perfect summer evening for excellent music, delicious food and generous giving. Dr. Adam Summers the "fabulous fish guy" was entertaining and engaging as he collected donations from the audience in support of two terrific science projects - the 9 day Biotechnology Invasive Mussel Lab and the Diver for a Day Program conducted aboard the Research Vessel Centennial.
I just wanted to give a shout out to the San Juan Island Land Bank and the library for sponsoring the Discover San Juan Scavenger Hunt. All summer long, we had so much fun exploring the public preserves around our amazing island. My sister and nieces live in Nashville, Tenn. and visit Friday Harbor every summer. We loved hunting for the tile rubbings together and finding new areas so well cared for. Islanders are lucky to have the Land Bank secure these special spots for us to enjoy. Sidney and Sam had a great day on Labor Day hiking to the last two venues. Booklet completed!
I am disappointed with the recent series of articles featuring drugs, sexual abuse and other criminal activities on the front page of the Sounder. I could not help feeling embarrassed when I saw last week's headline about heroin abuse as I rode the inter-island ferry full of tourists and families traveling to the San Juan County Fair. Is this really necessary during the height of the vacation season? These stories are certainly of community interest and should be reported, but they do not warrant front page display. Our summer visitors come here to enjoy their vacations. They are only here a short time and are a vital part of our economy. It is in poor taste to publicize such negativity, especially when there is so much other newsworthy material to choose from. Nobody is under any illusions. We all know that Orcas Island faces the same types of problems as any other rural community. Why the need to continually bombard everyone with this information?
A representative of I-732 will be at the San Juan Grange, 6 p.m., Sept. 1.
(Editor's note: The quote mentioned below ["If this becomes a problem," Larsen said, "let me know immediately and I will see what I can do."] appeared in the article "Affordable housing,the dilemma continues" on Aug. 24 and was his response to the USDA affordable home loan program issue not the housing problem.)
The San Juan County Council congratulates the National Park Service on its Aug. 25 centennial anniversary. We who live in the San Juan Islands are fortunate to have had a National Historic Landmark site designated in 1961, which commemorates and preserves the history of our founding.
Summer is really here now and its hot. PLEASE don't lock children or pets inside your car. Temperatures can soar to over a hundred in a few minutes, even with the windows cracked.
Heroin, and drug use in general, is right up there with domestic violence as issues we all know exist on our islands, but prefer not to talk about. I congratulate the Journal on their courage to bring the heroin topic front and center. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the county, but there is a dark side. Its going to take all of us, law enforcement, the schools, government, medical facilities and most of all families and neighborhoods, to come together and work cooperatively to solve these complex issues. Parents, talk, and more importantly, listen to your children. Citizens, open your eyes, look out for your neighbors, and report suspicious activity. We can beat this, but it's going to take a full-scale community effort.
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today voted in support of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, legislation that makes critical reforms to address the nation's opioid epidemic.
This levy must pass
Chief of EMS Discusses the Upcoming Levy
Baseball in Morgantown
"Transparency" in the EMS levy
County Council's conflict of interest
Thanks go out to all Orcas Islanders who donated to the Skagit Habitat for Humanity's Store truck. During the three hours the truck was parked at Island Market on the 4th of April, donors came by to provide items that can be reused. The truck left filled. This visit was, once again, coordinated with Pete Moe, executive director of Orcas Recycling Services and The Exchange, and was a continuing and growing relationship between SHFH and ORS. If fact, Pete helped with the process at the truck, and got to meet donors and talk to them about the coming reopening of The Exchange. Donor comments dramatically emphasized how much islanders are eager for The Exchange to be back in business.
I find it surprising that two letters at the top of the Journal page refer readers to what was an anonymous "hit job" web site until one Koshi Holt, known for her local Tea Party demonstrations with Jenny Ledford recently admitted she put it up two weeks ago.
The evening began with the Argyle Street Jazz Band (thank you!) playing whilst attendees feasted on a magnificent tri-tip dinner prepared by "Billy Grewohl, the tri-tip guy" and his crew.
It's obviously good news that with the birth of J53 – the sixth orca calf to be born in the last 11 months — the Southern resident orca population has soared to 83. Way to go, whales!